I have provided a few artworks in this post in case you have problems accessing a virtual art museum tour.
Choose a work which speaks to you and write a story or a poem or a journal entry stemming from some of these possibilities (several of which are borrowed from Peter Elbow’s Writing with Power):
- Pretend you created the work. Something important was going on in your life and your poured your feelings into the art. What was happening?
- Pretend you made it and are very dissatisfied. Why are you dissatisfied with it?
- Imagine the work as medicine. What is the disease? What are the symptoms? How does this medicine cure it?
- Imagine the work as poison. It destroys whoever experiences it. Describe the effects.
- Imagine that everyone on earth owned this work and all babies were repeatedly exposed to it. How would it change the world?
- What tiny detail in the work says more about it than any other?
- Create a story about what’s happening in the art—seen or unseen
- Create a story about what’s about to happen after the scene the art shows
- Create a story about one of the characters in the artwork (for example, someone observing the Savior at Bethesda).
- Suppose that this work is the only one transported to an inhabited planet. What would the inhabitants deduce about earthlings given this work?