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Teachers Make Quick Study of ‘Slow Art’ During Professional Enrichment

Local art teachers, including WAHS' Andrea McDonough-Varner (center), discuss the works “at hand” in The Gallery at Penn College.
Local art teachers, including WAHS’ Andrea McDonough-Varner (center), discuss the works “at hand” in The Gallery at Penn College.
The gallery offers a venue for professional development and discussion.
The gallery offers a venue for professional development and discussion.
A “Slow Art” still life
A “Slow Art” still life
The works on the wall find new expression in an educator’s sketchbook.
The works on the wall find new expression in an educator’s sketchbook.
Meditative moments for art exploration
Meditative moments for art exploration

Eighteen art educators took advantage of The Gallery at Penn College and its current exhibit, “A View Within,” for a professional development session titled “Slow Art” on Monday. Organized by Andrea McDonough Varner, an art teacher at Williamsport Area High School, the workshop focused on viewing one work of art for at least 20 minutes, taking notes and sketching ideas. Art educators from Williamsport, East Lycoming and Jersey Shore school districts attended. “Slow Art” is a global movement that has been catching on in the past few years; it encourages museum-goers to slow down and engage more fully with art, creating a quality experience. “The Gallery at Penn College was pleased to welcome regional art educators today,” manager Penny Griffin Lutz said, “and is happy that our exhibitions are being utilized by the community for lifelong learning.”