Engaging with Silence

Using Art as a Heuristic to Develop Understanding about Meditation
  • Shannon Murphy
Part of the Bold Visions in Educational Research book series (BVER)


Silence can be a provocative tool in an education setting. Research suggests that contemplative practices that incorporate silence, such as meditation, can help students focus. This article investigates how to help students understand meditation by using a work of art as a heuristic. During a weeklong camp at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, students meditated daily in the art studio and galleries, embracing silence both mentally and physically. Through a hermeneutic art exploration of On Kawara’s Date Paintings, students unpacked their understanding of meditation and developed a polysemic understanding of their practice.


Hermeneutic Circle Contemplative Practice Date Painting Interaction Ritual Museum Educator 
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