Monday, October 08, 2018

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Rosemary PlumsteadRosemary Plumstead, Aesthetic Realism Consultant and Educator


Sunday, October 07, 2018

I respect tremendously the work of Emmy Award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman.  Mr. Kimmelman, who is a Consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, has produced films that have made the world a kinder place.  An example of his fine work is:  "What Does a Person Deserve?" which you can see now.  https://bit.ly/1K4qFVh 

Monday, October 01, 2018

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Shows Science is For Liking the World!

I had a wonderful time teaching science to high school students in New York City using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method!  It was even more meaningful to me because this is not the subject I originally trained to teach when I was attending college.  I began my career as a health and physical education teacher.  It was because of my study of Aesthetic Realism that I branched out into a field that I was essentially "disinterested" in and, in turn, had a hard time learning myself while in high school.  I loved sports, but I almost passed up a career in physical education because of the extensive science courses that were required.  I took the leap and I got my teaching license.  After three years of being a classroom teacher, I was burnt out.  I no longer felt the thrill of sports because I was teaching the mechanics, (which seemed dull to me when broken down into individual skills), and I thought I might leave the classroom and go into public health work.

Three years after I started teaching, I began to have Aesthetic Realism consultations.  Through what I learned, my way of seeing the world, people, and the subjects I was teaching changed!  I began to see the world with new wonder and respect.  I learned what Eli Siegel explained:  that "the purpose of all education is to like the world through knowing it," and my teaching changed radically for the better.  I learned that reality, including every subject, has a sensible structure making for beauty--it is a oneness of opposites--the same opposites we want to put together in our lives.  After 20 years of teaching Health and PE successfully using the Aesthetic Realism method, I had the opportunity to teach science out of license for a few years.  I loved it!  I then decided to take a sabbatical and get re-certified to teach science full time.  I am immensely grateful that my Aesthetic Realism education enabled me to do so.  I found evidence day after day through the subjects I taught that THIS world could be liked, with all the difficulty, uncertainty and yes, injustice that exists. It was an honor to teach my students and try to present the world truly to them--to give them hope about the world and the true value of their minds and lives.  Here is an article describing one of the many lessons I gave: https://bit.ly/2yp5OKB

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Aesthetic Realism and the Art tof the Flute: An Interview with Barbara Allen in Conversation with Edward Green, PhD

It is a pleasure to post a video of an important interview of Aesthetic Realism Consultant and flutist, Barbara Allen.  It was conducted by Edward Green, PhD who is also an Aesthetic Realism Associate, a composer and Professor at the Manhattan School of Music.  Like myself, they had the good fortune to have studied in classes with Eli Siegel and learned new things from him about the world, the art they care for, and their lives.

This interview was published in the Hellenic Journal of Music Education and Culture and shows with vividness why Miss Allen is personally and professionally grateful for her Aesthetic Realism education in the field of what beauty is in music, particularly in the art of playing of the flute.  I respect her expression tremendously and I'm glad to know her better through this interview and learn new things about the importance of Aesthetic Realism to music education.  Enjoy! https://bit.ly/2uGZXQN

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,
Brushstrokes!

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: http://bit.ly/2lLWc48