Art Speaks: engaging viewers through conversation

June 8, 2019 | 10am-12pm

Art has the potential to teach, to transform, and to connect. Art speaks volumes and communicates powerful messages––to those who feel comfortable engaging with it, that is!

Unfortunately, for many viewers, art is challenging and intimidating. And it can be just as challenging to discuss art in a way that’s inviting and accessible. Talking about art is truly an art in itself. Fortunately, there are ways to engage people in the practice of looking at art through fun and meaningful conversation.

During this intimate, two-hour workshop, you’ll discover the theory behind interpretive approaches to looking at art and explore techniques for facilitating meaningful conversations about it.

You’ll learn how to:

  • encourage others to connect with your artwork

  • guide viewers in the practice of interpreting art

  • speak about your work in a way that’s accessible, inviting, and personal

  • respond to unexpected interpretations of your work

Like any skill, facilitating conversation about art takes time and practice. This is an introductory workshop that will provide an overview of interpretive techniques and a short practicum. We’ll also have time for group reflection and questions.

Workshop facilitator
That would be me, Elaine Ritchel. Hello!

I specialize in interpretive approaches to teaching about art, and as founder and lead guide of Santa Fe Art Tours, I regularly engage people in meaningful discussions about art. My tours receive rave reviews from people seeking a deeper understanding of visual art. (Scroll down to read some of their testimonials.)

Our workshop will take place at the lovely studio of local artist Pat Pecorella. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the studio address.

$49 per person plus tax. Workshop materials, resources, and refreshments included. The workshop will be limited to eight participants to ensure a personal experience.

This stuff really works!

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what a few participants on my tours have said about their experiences with me. Feedback like this proves that so many people out there are interested in engaging more deeply with art. They just need a bit of skillful encouragement.

Not only was I experiencing Santa Fe’s amazing collection of art, additionally, Elaine leads you into a conversation that brings forth who you are, what you’re doing and what’s occurring in the world. She is remarkably tuned into her individual or group and has an understanding of the art through the ages.
Elaine’s knowledgeable and entertaining dialogue has added a whole new dimension to the way I view art.
Our family of four was wowed by Elaine’s tour. The goal was to explore our taste in art by evaluating pieces in different galleries with her guidance. We then each individually chose a piece of art in a gallery and explained to each other what spoke to us. Besides being really fun, Elaine’s knowledge and approach was spot on for our family. Elaine’s easy to talk to style, and encouragement despite our naivete, was much appreciated. She is obviously well educated, extremely experienced and worldly, but also down to earth and interacted with each of us.
My sister and I took Elaine’s tour last week and as seasoned museum and gallery-goers we were thrilled to experience a new way to evaluate what we were seeing.
We booked Santa Fe Art Tours on our trip to New Mexico and I honestly did not know what to expect. I’d thought we’d look at art, have some chocolate and be on our way; but the experience Elaine provides is so much more than that! She uses her knowledge and expertise to engage you in ways you may not think of on your own. She really encourages you to evaluate the piece, think about the materials used, and teaches you to look for subtle traits and techniques unique to the artist, in order to really inspire your opinion about the work!