“Reading” Art is a study group for those who no longer want to run through a gallery and see each painting for 30 seconds before moving on. Instead they want to study a creation and discover the artist’s message — knowing an artist uses lines, color, and space to focus the audience's eye to help identify meaning. One week prior to each class, we will offer a list of paintings with a common theme for discussion. Also, we will reproduce a background article related to each painting to facilitate art study and the artist’s motivation for creating it. Weekly volunteers will select one of the paintings and lead the discussion. The coordinators will model discussion tactics and offer support to volunteers to ensure successful discussions. This is a study group for OLLI members who enjoy looking at artwork with improved skills for understanding what artists are trying to say. This study group will provide many creative opportunities for active minds to consider.