Key ideas

Artworks are complex, with many features you could focus on, such as the artist’s inspiration, materials and methods, subject matter, meaning, use, and cultural context. On a tour, let the theme guide your choice of one to three key ideas to explore in each artwork. Visitors find tours more meaningful when they have a voice in discussion, so concentrate on questions that encourage participation and connect to the chosen key ideas. An overload of information, no matter how interesting, limits discussion.