Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Two Pleasures by Eli Siegel

In issue #162 (May 5, 1976) of the international journal, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, Eli Siegel describes the minute to minute fight in every person between the pleasure of having respect for the world, including people, and the pleasure of contempt.  He defined contempt as, "the addition to self through the lessening of something else."  And we have seen contempt recently take a horrific and terrifying form on the streets of Paris.  Mr. Siegel begins this issue of The Right Of where he writes:

Dear Unknown Friends:  "One thing that is clear in the history of man is that he has had pleasure of two kinds.  Man has had pleasure from seeing a sunset; from Handel's Messiah; from seeing courage in someone; from a great rhythm in words.  He has also had pleasure from making everything he can meaningless; from changing architecture into broken eggshells; from making the mighty malodorous; from trivializing.  Man, then, praises; he also diminishes.  The same lips that can curve and droop into a sneer can be apart in astonishment.  Seeing meaning, then, has given pleasure; taking it away has also given pleasure."  You can read the full article here:  http://bit.ly/1g21QH3

Sunday, October 11, 2015

American Education Needs the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method--Teachers Tell Why!

Don't miss this important event at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation on November 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  New York City teachers will tell why the Aesthetic Realism Method has met the hopes of their students; enabled them to learn successfully and to become deeper, kinder individuals.  At this time in the history of education, where testing and teaching to the test has become THE most important thrust of classroom instruction, you will find it inspiring to hear of the success teachers are having based on this principle by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, as the central purpose of every lesson: "The purpose of all education is to like the world through knowing it." You can read the flyer to for this seminar by clicking here: http://aestheticrealism.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/EDUCATION-AMERICA-NEEDS-2015.pdf

Friday, September 25, 2015

Photosynthesis and the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method!

I am very proud that a paper I gave in a public seminar at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation has been published in issue #1910 of the Right of Aesthetic Realism To Be Known.  My paper accompanies a passionate and thrilling commentary by Ellen Reiss, the Chairman of Aesthetic Realism and two wonderful poems by Eli Siegel.  It is an honor.  I am so grateful that I could show the wonder of science through the Aesthetic Realism method and also have a good effect on the lives and minds of my students throughout the many years that I taught high school in New York City.  Here's the article: http://www.aestheticrealism.net/tro/what-the-schools-of-america-need-most.html

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Aesthetic Realism Foundation Fund Raising Letter--2015

It was an honor to write the 2015 fund raising letter on behalf of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.  As I say early in the letter, I believe that the Aesthetic Realism Foundation is the most important cultural and educational institution in America.  I have studied Aesthetic Realism since the early 1970's, including having the honor to study in classes with its founder, Eli Siegel.  The way my life has changed through this education is large and profound.  It makes for enormous gratitude.  In this letter I tell why I have such large respect for this education and am happy to make it available for you to read: http://aestheticrealism.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/R-Plumstead-2015-letter.pdf

Monday, February 09, 2015

Aesthetic Realism Explains, "What Education & the Economy Are For."

In this wonderful issue of The Right Of, Ellen Reiss, the Chairman of Education at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, explains with such kind exactitude what the economy and education are really for.  And history teacher Christopher Balchin tells how, through the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, his students learned about the Constitution of the United States and became more hopeful and kinder individuals.  Meanness and bullying, so prevalent in our schools, stopped in his classroom and his students came to love what they were learning and respect how their minds worked.  As a teacher who used the Aesthetic Realism method for more than 30 years in New York City classrooms, I know the good effect this method can have and I share the pride that Mr. Balchin has in having changed students lives for the better.  Here is the full article for you to read: http://bit.ly/1uUWIKD

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Aesthetic Realism and the Relation of Art and Life

For the last 13 years, Donita Ellison, sculptor and Aesthetic Realism Associate and I have been giving presentations to teachers on the relation of Art and Science through the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method.  We have loved talking to art educators throughout the country about this principle by Eli Siegel: "All beauty is a making one of opposites and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."  We have related, for example, the beauty to be found in the Color Wheel and the Periodic Table of Elements; the way separation and junction are present in the way a coil pot is made and the structure of the human heart; and how near and far are mightily one in linear perspective and the way are eyes make a one of these same opposites as we look at the world.  This has been a wonderful journey for us, learning from each other about how to see beauty in our respective subjects and relating the opposites in art and science to the opposites every person is yearning to put together in his or her own turbulent life.

I am proud to post this great talk by Dorothy Koppelman, Aesthetic Realism Consultant, painter, teacher of "The Critical Inquiry Class," and authority in the field of art criticism.   Mrs. Koppeleman began her studying of Aesthetic Realism in classes with Eli Siegel in the 1940's and her knowledge of art is deep and vast.  A beautiful instance is: "Light and Dark, Hiding and Showing in Joseph Mallord William Turner, which you can read here: http://www.terraingallery.org/archive/J-M-W-Turner/turner-light.htm.  You're in for a wonderful experience.