ART IN ACTION: HOW VISITING GALLERIES BENEFITS ART EDUCATION
By: Ana Carolina Alvear
In November, I had the privilege of taking my Art class on a field trip. We went to see a fantastic Textile Art show at Pobre Diablo, a gallery and cultural center.
The show was made by 28 women artists most of them from Ecuador. Artists Paula Barragán and María Pérez were waiting for us and guided us through the show and explained the process involved in making their art.
Students were thrilled by the art! They enjoyed the show and talking to the artists. To “live” the show and experience it in person is completely different to seeing art in books or slides; meeting with artists adds even more value to the experience.
These type of trips are culturally enriching. They improve students’ knowledge and ability to think critically about art. They expand the mind. They present a way to foster art appreciation in an environment where they feel free to express their ideas about it. Their enthusiasm tells us that this is an event that they will remember.
Visiting galleries can impact them and encourage them to commit themselves even more to their artistic development.