Art for Introverts: or how not to feel stupid at the museum

Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. 

 Do you ever find yourself going to a museum because you think you’re supposed to go look at great art and you want to feel something but then nothing happens? 

Do you sometimes find yourself standing there in a room full of art and wondering what all the fuss is about and at the same time being a little afraid to confess that to the person standing next to you, even though that’s your friend, who came to the museum with you in the first place? 

These things are here but I’m not sure what to make of them! (Help!) Very often reading the little cards pinned to the wall next to the pieces of art don’t really help do they? 

Perhaps it all makes you feel a bit stupid. I’ve been there. I know how you feel. 

 Jacques-Louis David, Belisarius Begging for Alms, 1781

And so you wander out of the museum unsure of what to say or do, and head to a movie or grab a drink, relieved to be off the hook of culture, hoping to silence that little voice in your head which says this should’ve been much more fun and interesting if only I wasn’t such a dope. 

By the way, you’re not a dope. We could all just use a little help on figuring out how to look at all the stuff in a museum or an art gallery.

So- If this sounds like you, then I have a class coming up that I think you’re really going to like. 

We’ll visit a museum and talk about how to see, how to engage with the work in a way that involves all our humanity, our hearts, our minds, even our bodies. 

Call it art for introverts if you like. 

I promise that you’ll have a good time and you’ll realize you can form your own way of making sense of the work that fits rather intuitively with your own experiences in life. 

We’ll talk about what art does for us. 

How coming into contact with art can allow us to feel moved and connected with the divine. 

We’ll start to see that art can help us remember what is precious to us, help us establish and cultivate hope even in these very challenging times; deal with our sorrows, and so forth. 

Francis Bacon, three studies for figures at the base of the crucifixion detail circa. 1944

You’ll leave this interactive class able to enjoy not only art in the museum but to see differently in your everyday life.

 To appreciate the art and divinity in every moment, every breath. To see that each moment of seeing and perceiving, listening, touching and tasting is a moment to respond differently, from a place of a greater expanded sense of our own potential for the adventure that is our one and only life. 

If this interests you please comment below with an, “I’m in!” And you’ll be the first to know when the first class is happening.  I really hope to see you there, and please tell your friends and bring them with you. We’re gonna have a blast.

#Mindfulness #Creativity #CreativityCoach #Art #Introvert #Museum #SeeThingsDifferently #Chicago

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