Prepared by Laura Durham
Analytical skills, evaluating multiple perspectives, and communicating personal opinion is an important quality needed to excel in the academic and professional world. It is also helpful in friendships and family relationships.
To practice asking questions before forming opinions. To nurture confidence in analyzing unfamiliar subject matter and how to maturely communicate a differing opinion.
Prepare handouts beforehand with questions you would like the girls to answer when they arrive at the museum/gallery (See below for possible questions). If a gallery isn’t available in your area, you can explore artwork online:
Make sure the gallery or museum will be open the night of your activity (some galleries might offer to stay late for a private tour). Ask the gallery owner or museum worker to prepare a brief explanation of the exhibit. Ask them to explain representational work vs. abstract and conceptual work.
If you are viewing work online, you can bring computers or iPads and have the girls browse the different online collections or you can print out works that you select and put them on the wall like a gallery and have them explore those.
Introduce the gallery or museum worker and have them talk. (If you do not have a gallery to visit and are viewing work online, ask around to see if there is an artist or art expert in your ward who would be willing to come talk to the young women).
Describe the artwork or objects you have in your home (try to offer both religious and secular examples), why you chose to display it, and how it changes the atmosphere of your home. Ask the girls if there are any paintings or objects in their home that come to mind, and share their thoughts.
Ask the girls to approach the artwork with questions. Assure them that they don’t have to like the work, but they should come away with an opinion about one of the pieces and say what they think the artist is trying to communicate. Have them choose one or two works (one they like and one they don’t particularly like) and answer the prepared questions.
“Be selective in what you consume and what you produce. It becomes a part of you.”
– Boyd K. Packer, Ensign Oct. 1973
Teaching Our Families to Love the Fine Arts (Home and Family Education)
“Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; . . . think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Prepared for Aspiring Mormon Women by Laura Durham