Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Relates the Beauty in Art and the Beauty in Science

For the last several years, my colleague Donita Ellison and I have given presentations at Art conferences throughout the New York Metropolitan area showing how the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method gracefully and powerfully relates the beauty in art and the beauty in science. Donita teaches art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and is an Aesthetic Realism Associate. I taught science at LaGuardia prior to my retirement in 2004.

Using this principle by Eli Siegel as the basis of our talks, we have had a wonderful time showing that the beauty in art and science are not in different worlds or of different quality: "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites." We have given presentations on the relation of sameness and change in embryonic development and the modeling of clay; how surface and depth are beautifully one in the structure of the human skin and the art of printmaking; how separation and junction are inextricably one in the structure and function of the human heart and the making of a coil pot.

In each of these presentations we have also described how these same opposites present in the subjects we discussed, every teacher and student wants to put together in his or her own personal life. The Aesthetic Realism method answers the question, "Education: What For?" in the teaching of every subject--to like the world more and to know ourselves better. That it answers this question with such organization and excitement was the reason I loved using this method for more than 30 years.

These presentations grew out of a talk we gave at the 31st International Society for Education Through Art in New York City in August, 2002. To read this presentation on how power and delicacy are in the structure of the human hand and in preshistoric cave paintings, as explained by Aesthetic Realism, you can click here .