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I was in a workshop at Wichita State University led by Marilyn
Stewart several summers ago and we did a similar activity to the one you
mentioned--an excellent way to get people to look closely and think
about what they see. We had a bunch of little "descriptive word" cards
--"whimsical, aggressive, joyous, heroic, shocking", etc.--which we
connected with artworks. We used poster-sized reproductions in the
workshop, but real artworks in the museum would be even better, or
postcards would work also.
Thanks for your input. Actually my question was regarding hands-on
activities to complement art exhibitions--make-and-take activities. As
the people who attend these events wander in and out from one activity
to another, there isn't much opportunity to give an in-depth
explanation. Therefore, how do you maximize the learning in this
situation so that patrons get the most from it?