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New Book from Milwaukee Art Museum Inspires Writing and Discovery Through Art Exploration

Look, Write, See, written by the docents of the Milwaukee Art Museum, offers 20 art-based writing activities for teachers and parents to help children explore art and writing

By - Oct 31st, 2018 02:13 pm
Look Write See

Look Write See

Milwaukee, Wis. – October 31, 2018 – A new book published by the Milwaukee Art Museum engages elementary- and middle school-aged children in the process of discovery and writing through activities that involve close observation of works of art. Created by Museum docents and staff, Look, Write, See: Activities for Teaching Writing and Looking at Art includes 20 writing activities that challenge students to analyze details, create fictional worlds, and tell stories.

“The beauty of the book is that you don’t need to know art history to have fun with these activities,” said Brigid Globensky, Barbara Brown Lee Senior Director of Education & Programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “The magic happens in the combination of close looking, writing, listening to what others see and looking again. Teachers and parents will be amazed at what  children will discover through writing and exploration.”

On November 29, 2018, at 7 p.m., Boswell Books will host an authors’ talk. Milwaukee Art Museum docents Peetie Basson, Jody Baxter, and Jeewon Schally will introduce the book and its activities to parents, grandparents and anyone with a child in their life.

Geared toward students in fourth grade and higher, the book’s activities are paired with works of art from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection, but are written so they can be used at any location where art can be found. Each activity encourages students to carefully examine a chosen work of art, write a thoughtful reaction, then share his or her response with a partner or group.

“Look, Write, See follows the Museum’s popular A Is for Art book written by Marjorie Moon for our youngest visitors,” said Globensky. “Both books can be used by parents or teachers. They are designed to be easily used in the art museum, classroom or home. These books offer flexibility, can appeal to many ages and provide endless discoveries.”

Look, Write, See retails for $12.95 and is available at many local booksellers, including Boswell’s and the Milwaukee Art Museum Store. It can also be purchased online through the Museum Store.

Wholesale discounts are available for purchases of 10 copies or more at 414-224-3876 or

About the Milwaukee Art Museum

Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. In 2016, after a yearlong renovation, the Museum reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition. This reimagined space also allows for the presentation of additional changing exhibitions. For more information, please visit:

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