“Dr. Blumenthal radiated expertise, was always approachable and open. One never feared asking a ‘dumb question.’”
"Just a note to express to you my sheer pleasure for your inspiring class ... I have been awed and changed by it! Not only do I "see" art in a richer, fuller way, but the class allowed me to validate my own impressions. Having to verbally express my reaction to a work of art engaged all my sensibilities. Thank you for transporting me from a viewer to one who "owns" Massimo Stanzione's painting of "Rest on the Flight into Egypt." You taught me to go beyond seeing to "entering" (internalizing) a masterpiece and experiencing its energy and deeper dimensions."
“I’m no longer afraid of the possibility that I might not understand art.”
“My eyes have been opened.”
“Dr. B was very effective … He kept us on task to use a factual approach and not get caught up in emotions when viewing art.”
“Now I know how to keep looking, rather than breezing through a museum!”
“Excellent course! I’ll study pieces more closely now and not worry about seeing the whole museum. One gallery at a time, that’s the way!”
“Dr. Blumenthal certainly succeeded in helping me look … I could have looked all day and then some.”
“My eyes are open and less resistant to the art I see.”
“I acquired skills for objective, verbal description of the art.”
“My ideas have broadened as a result of this course.”
“Dr. Blumenthal instilled in me the fundamental importance of looking.”
“Dr. B. is a very nice man; an excellent instructor!”
“I like how I now can allow a work of art to grow on me and can articulate why.”
“I’ve learned the essential thing is to look, look, look when exposed to a work of art.”
“I’ve learned how to slow down my observations of things.”
“I look at everything a bit closer, searching for details in everyday objects.”
“I see things I never saw before; I see the mathematics in life, geometry is everywhere.”
“Your ‘How to Look at Art’ class was the highlight of my year!”
"This presentation helped me very much in learning how to look at art and how to present what I know to my docent tours."
"Demystified the experience of looking at art! Offered tools to make the individual viewer more comfortable."
"Even with a background in art education, Dr. Blumenthal's approach was eye-opening to me!"