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Roumayne Schepers

Roumayne Schepers

Roumayne is a facilitator and founder of Learn From Art and writes about creativity & art within and outside organizations.

How to improve your museum visit?

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The museum is a wonderful place to get out of your daily routine. Far from the hustle and bustle and deadlines. With only the beautiful works of art that make you smile, think or evoke emotions. A must for anyone who wants to get inspired.

What can you learn from art?
You can learn a lot from art. About yourself, about each other, about the world in which we live. For example, during the Art Based Learning sessions of Learn from Art in the museum you spend an hour together with one work of art and your own thoughts. The artwork invites you to take a closer look and ultimately reflects your ideas and interpretations. Ideas only you can have. This leads to insights that only you can come up with that way. Art can help to understand ourselves better. Museums are an ideal place to do this.

Looking at art in a different way also ensures that you train your creative thinking skills. Creativity is becoming an increasingly important skill for people and organizations. It ensures innovation power, growth and agility. Creativity is in third place in 2020 in the top 10 skills for a future-proof organization, according to the report "The future of jobs" by the World Economic Forum. Five years earlier, creativity was in tenth place. So let's get started!

How?
Do you want to start training soon? Want to put your imagination and associative thinking to work for a while and get even more out of your museum visit? Then discover where your creative brain is leading you. Create your own experience in the museum. How? For example with the following fun - and therefore useful - exercises

  1. Take a look longer than you are used to at 1 work of art.
    For example, start with five minutes. How was that for you? Was it long or short? Did you like it or did you feel uncomfortable? Try again, but double your time: just observe and really look for ten minutes. Do you think you've seen everything? Close your eyes and take another good look. Can you discover new things?
  2. Bring a sketchbook.
    Begin easy: Draw a work of art that you like. Write in your sketchbook why you think the work is beautiful or ugly. It is fun to read and watch later. A nice reminder of what you have seen.
  3. Visit the exhibition with a friend and "give" each other a work of art as a present.
    How does it work? Walk around the museum separately for 15-20 minutes and look for that one special gift. Money is not an issue ;). Meet after 20 minutes and visit the artworks. Tell the other person why you chose that particular work for him or her. You can bet that you will not forget this work and that you have a nice memory of your museum visit together.

    The nice thing is that you can repeat the above tips over and over again: In a new museum or gallery, with a new work of art. By giving your visit a personal touch, you will get even more out of your museum visit in addition to viewing the artworks and reading the captions.

Would you rather do the assignments from your couch at home before visiting the museum in real life? Then pick up your free museum ticket for the virtual museum of Learn From Art. Have Fun!

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