||On Thursday, November 3, 2011, Prof. Vecchioʼs UNIV 101 class came to the Quick Center for a tour of the galleries. Sean OʼBrien, a JMC freshman, eagerly participated in discussions about the artwork. He later commented on how much he enjoyed the tour and plans on coming back to the galleries to spend more time with artwork in the universityʼs collection.
|In the Fall semester of 2011, over three hundred students from fifteen of
the twenty-three UNIV 101 freshmen classes at SBU came to the Quick
Center for our new tour, Chillinʻ With Rembrandt. Based on a summer
workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Quick Center Arts
Education program developed a tour in which students analyze and spend
time with a painting, leaving with an appreciation for the artist and artwork.
Students are not told the title of the painting, name of the artist or the time
period. Instead, students are asked to explore and exchange ideas about
the artwork, make connections with history, literature, and life
experiences, and use the artistʼs details to create a narrative about the
artwork. After twenty minutes of discussion, the title, artist, and time
period are revealed, often to a cheer from members of the class. Artworks
used on the tour are The Gypsy Fortune Teller by Jan Victoors and Soul
Cloudʼs Procession by John Hultberg (above).