For their third Slow Art Day, the Erie Art Museum partnered with the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Art Therapy Program to host a very interesting art therapy hybrid event celebrating the importance of observation, introspection, and emotionality when looking slowly at art.
Each in-person visitor was given a journal in which to record their thoughts, observations, and ideas with the following attached label:
Through guided observation, visitors were asked to think about the following:
- Spend a few moments being present with this piece.
Pay attention to thoughts/emotions.
As you gaze at the piece, notice your breath and your body.
- Describe: What do you see?
- Analyze: Think of 4 emotions or words that you associate with this piece.
- Inquire: What does this piece tell you about yourself?
- As you reflect on these photos, jot down a memory in this shared journal that comes to mind.
For visitors who couldn’t make it to the museum, art therapy students at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania held a Virtual Open Studio. An aspiring art therapist guided visitors through slow looking techniques.
At Slow Art Day HQ we love seeing the use of art therapy techniques for Slow Art Day and look forward to what the Erie Art Museum comes up with, perhaps again in partnership with Edinboro, for their fourth Slow Art Day
– Phyl, Robin, Ashley, Johanna, Jessica Jane