This past Wednesday, we visited the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. As a group, we participated in various activities that would help us develop qualitative research skills by analyzing while appreciating the history of the Catalonia the art tells. We practiced observing and sharing our perspectives on what the art was depicting based off our memory and listened how other students chose how to describe and interpret it.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, also known as MNAC, is home to 1000 years of art of the Catalonian culture.

Other activities included a perspective game where we observed how the details change from far and close distances, working together as collaborative group to put together the story the art tells by looking at the specific details, such as color, texture, and characters or symbols that are present, and an interpretation of a piece of artwork that we knew nothing and presenting it to a small group of classmates as if we were experts on it. My favorite exercise we did was listening to one student describe a painting to the rest of their peers whose eyes were closed. My group’s speaker, Courtney, gave detailed descriptions of the subjects and surroundings, and colors and the emotions it elicited. Based off her information, we had to paint a picture in our heads of what we thought the painting looked like. With our eyes still closed, we were asked to share what we pictured, listen to what other saw in their minds, and added our ideas to theirs. This activity was my favorite because it demonstrated everyone has a different idea in their heads based off the same information. It was an activity where everyone got a chance to speak with no interruptions and practice listening to what others had to say which important skills to have for group work.

At “Retaule de sant Pere Martir” by Anonim Arago, a group of students and I used context clues and details surrounding the main subject to piece together the story of his murder.

A series of paintings done by Jean Ponc where we took turns pretending to be experts and sharing our interpretations on what and why the artist had created the artwork.

 

 

“Possession” by Nestor is the painting Courtney described to the group with our eyes closed. She explained the couple looked passionate about each other based off of their body language and deep red color surrounding the subjects.

 

Note: All pictures were altered and original.