Slow Art Day is a global (all volunteer) event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of art appreciation.
Taking the time to look slowly at a piece of art, people make discoveries – and the most important discovery a person can make, is that they can see and experience art without an expert. (Or expertise) Why is this an exciting discovery? Because it helps to unlock passion and creativity and can help in creating new art fans.
How Does It work?
One day each year – April 11 in 2015 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.
This 2010 ARTNews feature article, Slow Down You Look Too Fast, provides an excellent overview of Slow Art Day.
But what if you don’t have anyone to go with, or if you prefer to do things alone?
Take a notebook and pencil and take brief notes of anything you notice or feel about the piece. What materials is it made from? What colors do you see? Is it representational, (depicting something in the real world) or abstract? Does the piece tell a story? Can you guess what the artist might have been thinking or feeling when they created it?
There is no right or wrong way to do this, and you do not have to know anything about art to appreciate it. Anything you write down will help you to better remember the experience.
If and when you’d like to learn more about art, ask the gallery or museum if they have any upcoming artist talks or lectures, which are often free and open to the public to attend. The art section of your local library would also be a great place to start.
PS: Why a pencil and not a pen? Because museums often restrict the use of writing/drawing implements in their galleries to pencils.
There are 195 participating venues around the world. See which one is closest to you here.