Topics available for tours and/or presentations at the David Owsley Museum of Art include:
General Tour A general tour offers an introduction to the Museum of Art and the variety of cultures represented within the collection. Samplings comprise paintings, sculptures, prints, and photography, as well as the history of the Museum of Art and its collections.
Pattern, Perspective, and Proportion: Math in Art A number of the principles that guide mathematics are shared by art. This talk focuses on artists' use of mathematical principles in their work.
Spanish Painting, Mirror of Mystery This talk explores the distinct aspects that set Spanish painting apart from that of other countries.
German and Austrian Art in the Museum This topic includes a discussion of medieval and rococo sculpture, along with prints by Dürer and the German expressionists.
Talking About Art With Children This talk presents viewer-centered tips and techniques for talking about paintings and sculptures with children.
Writing About Art This topic is designed for students completing assignments in which they will be describing and/or discussing a work of art. Examples are provided.
Saints in the Collection Participants look at images of saints from the 15th through the 18th centuries.
Art in the Buff: The Nude in Art Museum visitors are often perplexed by the number of nudes featured in painting and sculpture. This talk explores some of the reasons artists from the Renaissance forward depicted the nude.
Love Is in the Air: A Valentine's Museum Review This talk focuses on love themes in the collection.
Focus on Families Images of families in the museum's collection are the focus of this talk.
Mysteries in the Museum This topic explores questions raised by works of art in the museum and how research answers some of the questions and "mysteries" that remain.
Say Cheese! A Brief History of Portraiture Common in ancient Rome, portraiture appeared again in the Renaissance and continues today. This talk features painted and sculpted portraits in the museum.
Blood, Guts, and Gore: Violence and Death in Painting and Sculpture Images of war, torture, and death populate the history of art. This talk features examples from the 17th through 19th centuries.
Land Ho! Landscape Painting in Europe and America Landscape appeared as an important subject in Europe in the 17th century. Examples from the museum's extensive collection of landscape paintings are the focus of this talk.
Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! Animals in Art Animals appear in art from around the world. This talk looks at animal imagery.
Visual Thinking StrategiesAn interactive tour to promote looking, thinking, and discussion.
Critical Thinking and MuseumsA presentation about how visiting museums promotes critical thinking.
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