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Lesson Plans

Taking slides in art museums

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Scurfield (scurfield)
Sun, 04 Apr 1999 08:06:00 -0500

In general art museums will allow you to take slides of their permanent
collection (but not special exhibitions) for educational use, if you
don't use a flash or a tripod. You need to check with the information
desk, sometimes they make you sign a release and wear a special badge.

After several different systems I have one which works for me. I use
1600 speed slide film--I think it's called Provia by Fujifilm--green
package--with a blue filter to color correct for the yellow cast of the
lights in the museum. I used to use tungsten film, but it was expensive
and hard to find. This system works great and I generally am taking
shots at 30 or 60, sometimes 125. It takes a lot of time to write down
the information from the label, so I usually only take slides if I'm by
myself. But over the years at the NAEA conventions I am slowly (180
slides at a time) building up a decent slide library. One advantage to
taking your own slides is the ability to zero in on special details.

However, not to be overlooked are slide packets from the museums. The
St. Louis, Dallas, Cleveland and Los Angeles County Museums of Art (and
I'm sure many more) have teacher packets with slides for around $1
apiece. I can hardly take my own for that price, and the teacher
packets have lots of information accompanying the slides. The Museum
Exchange at the NAEA is an excellent source for teacher packets.