This work will guide the Des Moines Art Center’s meditation event for national Slow Art Day on Saturday. William T. Richards, “Woods in Washington State” (1885), watercolor and pencil on paper; Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections. Photo: Rich Sanders
How long do you look at a piece of artwork? If you’re like the average person, it’s probably around 27 seconds, according to a 2017 study in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. The Des Moines Art Center is encouraging everyone to take a few more minutes during Slow Art Day, a global event to help people discover art, on Saturday.
For the virtual event, participants will go through an introduction, then a slow breathing exercise guided by museum educator Mia Buch. The group will then look at the artwork and discuss the piece and artist. The Art Center says this “session will take you out of the rush of your every day to make space to experience artwork thoughtfully and with intention.”
Each session will be 30 minutes, with times at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Admission is free, but there are only 100 spots on the Zoom call, available on a first-come, first-served basis.