Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rosemary Plumstead

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Brushstrokes: A Film Against Prejudice by Ken Kimmelman

This Emmy award winning, animated film by Ken Kimmelman, Filmaker, Educator and Aesthetic Realism Consultant has changed the lives of many young people as they see, through art and humor, the "ridiculousness of prejudice."  We see visually the contempt that Aesthetic Realism describes as the basis of all prejudice and racism, and we are kinder.  I respect the imagination present in this film and want educators everywhere to know of it, especially at this time in history.  I present to you,

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aesthetic Realism Asks: What is Art For?

I love this wonderful issue of the international periodical, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known titled, "What is Art For?,' written by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism.  In it, he discusses passages from a work that is a staple in art education: "Art Through the Ages," written by Helen Gardner, a Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936 and greatly respected as critic by Mr. Siegel.  "All beauty," he stated, "is the making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."  And he proceeds, in a scholarly and delightful manner, to illustrate this landmark principle through specific passages in Gardner's great work.  Enjoy this fine article!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

History is Ethics and Aesthetics

Beginning in issue #1835 of the international periodical, "The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known," is a serialization of Eli Siegel's great lecture titled, Poetry and History.  This is a must-read for History teachers!  The commentary, written by the Chairman of Education Ellen Reiss, begins this way:

Dear Unknown Friends, "We begin to serialize  Poetry and History, a 1949 lecture by Eli Siegel. I love this lecture. I think the way of seeing history that it presents is tremendously beautiful—and true. It is a way of seeing the world, human beings, and the past which is central to Aesthetic Realism."

I agree with Ellen Reiss.  The understanding by Eli Siegel of history is great and deep and new.  And as educators who want young people to be interested in history--even come to love it--this can come to be through the way of seeing people of the past had in this lecture.  For example, Mr. Siegel says:

"Aesthetic Realism sees the people who died three thousand years ago as wanting to be around. They prepared what is now, and they should be acknowledged. Our best way of acknowledging them is to know about them. So if the past is seen as indispensable, and also as beautiful, and furthermore, as definitely existing—well, we are on the way to being just to it.”  And we are on our way to liking it and having deep feeling about the past and the people who lived long ago.  Here is the lecture:

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Is Beauty the Making One Of Opposites?" by Eli Siegel

Art educators, from kindergarten through college, will want to study these 15 questions by Eli Siegel, founder of the philosophy of Aesthetic Realism.   What is the source of beauty in a work of art, or a great piece of music, or a poem that one loves?  Can the beauty in a work of art tell us something central about what we want in our own lives?  Aesthetic Realism says resoundingly, "yes."   "All beauty, " Eli Siegel explained, "is a making one of opposites and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."   I know you will find these 15 questions useful to you as educator and person:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Aesthetic Realism, Education and Life

This post contains works of Eli Siegel about the relation of art, life and and ourselves.  The basis is this great principle by Mr. Siegel: "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."  The education of Aesthetic Realism enables a person--through the opposites--to know and like the world in its various wonderful forms--a song, the drama, the alphabet--and more!  As you will see, this blog has many articles that show the rich education that persons are receiving through Aesthetic Realism, including teachers who use the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in classrooms on all grade levels.  It was my good fortune to use this method for more than 30 years, to have the privilege of teaching it to educators in a course at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation with my colleagues Barbara Allen, Dr. Arnold Perey and Patricia Martone.  Here it is: 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Aesthetic Realism Lectures by Eli Siegel

I had the inestimable privilege of studying in Aesthetic Realism classes with Eli Siegel in the 1970's.  His scholarship was vast, as was his kindness.  He lectured on poetry, economics, art, history, education, literature, the lives of famous persons and those largely unknown yet whose lives he saw as a means of knowing the world and oneself!   And there was much more. Every lecture was a thrilling explanation of and justice to the human mind and self of every person.  I am pleased to provide a link to some of the great lectures by Mr. Siegel, especially pointing to three about education.  They are: "Aesthetic Realism and Learning," "Mind and Schools," and "Educational Method is Poetic."  In them, you will find the erudition and charm had by Mr. Siegel in understanding the hopes of every student and teacher.

Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea, a Novel Against Racism by Dr. Arnold Perey

This important novel is a must read by anthropologists, but every educator will find within its pages an understanding of the way of seeing, based on respect for difference, that can end racism.   Dr. Arnold Perey is a consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City.  He uses the knowledge of Aesthetic Realism, which was founded by the great American poet and educator, Eli Siegel, as the basis of his seeing of Gwe, a young man of New Guinea, with great respect.  From this, a deep friendship and a vivid sense of relation comes to be between them.  It is very moving, and I am proud to provide a link to learn more about this novel.