Broaden your Horizons...Visit a Museum (for FREE!)
Museum Day Live...sponsored by the Smithsonian
Smithsonian Museums are free...but not all of us live in Washington D.C. so we can go visit them. So...once a year, the Smithsonian helps make it possible for people all over the United States to visit a museum (or two or three) for free.
All you need to do is go here: Museum Day Live Find a museum you'd like to visit. Then go to the Tickets tab, register for an account (or sign in if you already have one), click on "request tickets", then filter the tickets by state and choose the museum you want. You will receive 2 free tickets. Some museums allow you to show them the tickets on your phone so you don't even have to print them out.
Visiting museums and talking about the art with others was the way I ended up acing my Art Appreciation class in college. Being close enough to touch the art (but not doing that, of course, because touching is often off limits in a museum!) created much more vivid memories for me. When the tests came around, I didn't have to search my memory for the different flash cards I'd memorized. Instead, my mind immediately went to the innocent, delicate, and childlike Degas ballerina I saw...or the funny Rembrandt self portrait that made me chuckle...or the soothing and relaxing water lilies by Monet that I saw. Granted, it definitely helped that my professors made us choose different pieces and write about them. But, I would say having a discussion about them with someone about what it looks like, what materials might have been used, how it makes you feel...that kind of stuff...can do a lot to solidify those memories much better than flash cards ever will!
Take advantage of some that cost today and enjoy the free ones later!
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