The goal of education at the Lowe Art Museum is to facilitate exploration of the visual arts. All educational opportunities, whether led by museum staff, museum volunteers or guests strive to challenge the visitor to engage (individually or as a group) in a learning process utilizing and encouraging critical inquiry, object-based education and visual literacy. Overall education at the Lowe Art Museum intends to provide visitors with the necessary skills to explore the visual arts inside and outside of the museum, to instill a sense of excitement about art among our visitors, and to build lasting relationships between our community and our collections.
The Lowe Art Museum Docent Guild supports the mission of the education department by providing a corps of trained volunteer guides (docents) to lead group tours for museum visitors. Docents present tours using inquiry-based strategies. An inquiry-based approach uses questions to help people learn. Inquiry-based learning and teaching allows learners to participate in the education experience, opportunity for rich exploration, as well as, multiple perspectives and ideas. The Lowe Art Museum often uses Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) [ www.vue.org ], a method of inquiry, for K-12 and college tours due to its student-centered approach, its emphasis on constructivist theory, skill building and aesthetic development.
With over 17,500 objects in our permanent collection, the Lowe’s exhibitions represent 5,000 years of art history throughout the world. Our collections enhance and support a multidisciplinary curriculum from pre-K through college. In addition the Lowe Art Museum installs several temporary and traveling exhibitions each year.