Sunday, February 26, 2017

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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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Timothy Lynch--A Labor Leader for All Time!

I am very proud to post this fine article by Matthew D'Amico.  He is a political coordinator for the Civil Service Employees Association in NYC and a friend to labor.  He tells of the important work of Timothy Lynch, former president of Local 1205 of the Teamsters Union on Long Island, New York.  Timothy Lynch tragically died on January 30th.  He was passionate in his desire to take care of the workers of his local--to see to it that they received wages and benefits they deserved.  He was an Aesthetic Realism Associate, studying the philosophy of Aesthetic Realism, which was founded by the great American poet and educator, Eli Siegel.  It was from Aesthetic Realism and Mr. Siegel that Timothy Lynch learned that the basis of profit economics was contempt for people--the hope in an employer to get as much from a worker as possible and give that worker as little as possible for his or her labor.  Timothy Lynch felt this was unethical, immoral, and I am proud to agree with him.  To read more about and see a very moving video that was played at his memorial service, click here:

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

"Welcome Your Confusion As a Guest," by Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education

We all have thoughts and feelings we don’t understand, and they affect us at every moment—as we walk down the street, see passing cars, experience the changing weather. How should we see what puzzles us? What do we do with our confusion—about ourselves, about the world? Ellen Reiss writes movingly about this in her musical poem “Welcome Your Confusion as a Guest.”

Friday, March 04, 2016

Twenty-one Distichs about Children: A Poem by Eli Siegel

I am pleased to post the poem, "Twenty-one Distichs about Children," by Eli Siegel.  My colleague, Lauren Philips, who is a middle school teacher in the New York City public school system using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method as the basis of her lessons, says this about the poem: [It] "expresses the feelings of a child—and also the meaning of a child—with beautiful respect and depth. I’m grateful for it, as both a mother and educator. When my son was younger, these musical couplets helped me understand him and also myself, and encouraged me to meet both his hopes and my own."....  Here are several of these important distichs: