Take a Look

Many people with complex disabilities seldom get the chance to visit an art museum.  With our virtual resources, we now can see the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and more. 

Share these works of art with people as a great experience in observation that can be applied to daily living skills. Instead of just taking a glance, really take a look and you’ll discover many things.

Sargent - On the Verandah (Ironbound Island, Maine)

Here’s a painting by John Singer Sargent, “On the Veranda.”

  • What time of year is the setting for the painting? Fall? Winter? Summer?
  • How many people are in the picture?
  • How many women in the picture?
  • What are the women doing?
  • What color is the man’s tie? 
  • What direction do you think the sun is coming from?
  • Does this scene take place inside or outside the house?
  • Do you see any flowers?
  • How many people are wearing hats?
  • Do you sew? Would you like to learn?
  • Do the people in the picture seem relaxed?
  • Does the image seem very sharp or soft?
  • How does this picture make you feel?
  • Do you think this painting was made yesterday or a long time ago? What tips did you see in the painting that helped with your answer?

There are many more questions you can ask, but I’m sure you get the idea. The exercise helps the observer really focus and take an active, rather passive role in the experience. This exercise can be done with any work of art and it can be used with one person or a group.  It’s best to use a computer monitor or SmartBoard when involving a group.

Hope you all have fun with this!

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