Sunday, February 13, 2011

Webcast: Learn to Appreciate Art

By Diana Hsieh

And now, for something more "modern" than "paleo"... You're invited to February 23rd's OList Webcast: art educator Luc Travers will speak on Bringing an Artwork to Life.

I've heard rave reviews from friends about Mr. Travers' museum tours, but I'd never had the opportunity to enjoy one myself. So I'm quite excited for this opportunity to learn his approach to art appreciation from the comfort of my own home!

Here's Mr. Travers' proposal for the webcast on "Bringing an Artwork to Life":

Most people find that literature and movies provide a more accessible and more emotionally satisfying esthetic experience than the visual arts. However, the visual arts do have the capacity to provide the same kind of experience as other genres.

Most people believe that the extent to which one can experience an artwork is a quick look and a mild emotional response. If there is an artwork which someone finds interesting, the common approach to further appreciating the piece is to turn to an art history source for information about the artist, the culture, the style. However, these "DVD extras" are not a substitute for experiencing the "story" and "characters" in a painting and deriving personal meaning.

In this webcast, Mr. Travers will describe a fundamentally different approach to engaging the visual arts--one that treats an artwork as art and not as an historical artifact. In taking you through several powerful pieces, he will demonstrate principles and techniques that will help you immerse yourself into the "story" and grasp the deeper, personal meaning that so often remains untapped in great art.

Luc Travers is the author of Touching The Art: A Guide to Enjoying Art at a Museum. He leads tours at museums across the country and teaches art appreciation and literature at the VanDamme Academy in Aliso Viejo, CA.
Last Wednesday, Luc Travers gave a free preview for his upcoming webcast. You can watch the video of the webcast preview on YouTube:

The following slideshow was part of the preview:

You can find a larger version of the slideshow on the main page for this event: Luc Travers' Webcast on "Bringing an Artwork to Life".

The webcast itself will be on Wednesday, February 23rd at 6 pm PT / 7 pm MT / 8 pm CT / 9 pm ET. To attend, you must pledge. Let me explain how that works...

This webcast, like other OList Webcasts, is not funded by a standard admissions fee, but rather by pledges. So people who want to watch the live webcast or listen to it afterwards pledge to pay whatever they think reasonable, usually between $10 and $50.

If enough funds are pledged, then the webcast happens and pledgers pay their pledged amount. Only those pledgers are able to attend the live webcast and participate in its live chat. They can also submit questions in advance via Google Moderator. Pledgers need not attend the live event. They can view streaming video of the webcast and download an audio recording of the webcast.

However, if not enough funds are pledged to make the webcast worthwhile, then the webcast will be cancelled and the pledges voided. In that case, the pledgers owe nothing, but they get nothing.

In essence: You pledge what the webcast is worth to you, and you only pay that amount if the webcast happens. You must pledge before the webcast happens, on February 23rd. People who don't pledge for the webcast beforehand can purchase it later for $50.

If you have any questions about pledging, please visit the page for the webcast: Luc Travers Webcast on Bringing an Artwork to Life, then e-mail me at

If you'd like to pledge, you can do so using this form below.

Please remember that your pledge is a contract to pay for the webcast, if delivered, and you should consider yourself honor-bound to pay that pledge.

If you have any problems with that embedded form, try this form.

I hope to see you at the webcast on February 23rd!

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