Who's Using Us?

“Overall I think this series is terrific --- students with little background in art history will find the material engaging and leave them feeling curious and interested in art ---  to visit museums, websites, do further reading and generally make art a part of their lives"

Lou Marcus, MFA, MA

Professor of Art

School of Art and Art History

COTA, University of South Florida, Tampa

Self-directed learners:

No matter your lifestyle, career, level of formal education, age or wherever you happen to live, the desire to learn more about art is universal. On location filming in Europe and the US in this series offers a variety learning experiences. No lecturing from a podium!. Mini lectures are delivered in a lively, comfortable style, without lecture notes or dry bullet points. Demonstrations by artists in their studios explore art from their perspective. Practice your developing skills in front of real art….  easy-to-follow assignments are included, giving you ample opportunity to test your own engagement. And, completing your journal leads you forward, towards lifelong learning about art.

College students:

Mini lectures are delivered in a lively, comfortable style, without lecture notes or dry bullet points. No lecturing from a podium! Instead, you’ll experience art in live locations such as Stonehenge, mosques in Istanbul and Paris, cathedrals in France and England, architectural sites and museums in Chicago, London, Montreal, Paris, as well as various sites in Florida and the United States. Be there with artist interviews in their studios! And, assignments involve you getting away from your screen, visiting museums or college or corporate collections or setting out to find public art at the airport or sketching architectural features of a building downtown (no skill required!). In other words, you engage directly with art to develop your visual and analytical skills.

Instructors and Teachers:

This series provides a framework for instruction. Individual faculty add their own teaching philosophies and strategies. You might initiate group discussions, develop other field assignments, provide additional readings, instruction or web resources such as is www.smarthistory.org , encourage research opportunities and create other assessments. Online assessments are driven directly by the course software, while you grade and provide feedback for written work such as essays or reports. For both new and experienced instructors, The Art of Looking Instructor Guide is available

 You may choose to offer the series in a live classroom environment or totally online, or in a blended online/classroom model or in a more informal setting. Students purchase the DVD set individually.  The Art of Looking video-based series can also be purchased by the educational institution through completion of a Use Agreement with Anne Jeffrey & Associates. However, please note: educational institutions cannot legally stream our content through their course management software.

Museum Educators:

How is The Art of Looking video series a valuable resource for museums?

In three key areas:

Outreach

•         In house education programs

•         Docent training

As every museum professional knows, bringing the discussion about art and its histories into the museum community increases participation and commitment of art lovers, both old and new.

The 12 -hour video-based content, including the 45 page, illustrated The Art of Looking Study Guide offers, at very minimal cost, opportunities for both learning and lively discussion! No podium, no bullet points, no exams ---  instead, interviews with artists, on location filming in Europe and the US, lively exercises in comparative analysis, visual literacy and journal writing --- along with factual information about works, artists and their times. Questions and issues raised in the series encourage reflection and critical thought surrounding art and its many histories across time and cultures.

 

 

Alternative Learning:

This video-based series provides a framework for instruction. Individual teachers develop their own goals, time-frames, additional content and requirements.  If you’re new to teaching or curious about how to maximize our content in diverse educational settings The Art of Looking Instructor’s Guide is available as a separate when you buy the DVD set. Included in the purchase of the DVD set is an additional resource: the 45 page, illustrated The Art of Looking Study Guide.

Although major works and periods in art, including architecture, are explored in The Art of Looking in 6 separate Units,  the primary learning outcome or theme is understanding the many histories of art across time and cultures. Some assignments I suggest in the series focus on comparing works, which develop the student’s critical observation skills. Critical in this sense doesn’t mean taking a negative attitude!  Exploring cultural beliefs and values across time and cultures advances patient looking.

Additional learning outcomes include visual literacy: for instance the term abstraction. Fully explored, this term prompts new thinking about styles in art, from Islamic decoration to the works of Jackson Pollock. Feeling comfortable with terms allows the viewer to fully engage. Keeping a journal is very helpful here and encouraged throughout the series.

Art is everywhere, not only in museums. On the one hand, The Art of Looking content stimulates interest in visiting museums, perhaps even travelling to see particular exhibitions. On the other hand, increased visual awareness means seeing in our own surroundings what we may never have noticed.