Monday, November 20, 2006

Aesthetics, The Human Heart and Ourselves!

I loved teaching lessons on the structure of the human heart to my high school students at LaGuardia HS in New York City using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method as the basis. As I studied the way the heart is made and saw how it put together opposites--strength and gentleness, assertion and yielding, separation and junction--I came to see it as having great beauty. I have never tired of showing this beauty as I have given presentations at art and science conferences throughout the years. This principle by Eli Siegel provides a solid framework through which teachers can see meaning and beauty in the facts of any subject: "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites." Teachers at conferences have been thrilled, not only with a new way of seeing the heart--its structure and function--but how through the opposites, the day to day human questions that they and their students can have are gracefully related in the lesson.

A paper I gave at a public seminar on the human heart was published years ago by Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism Ellen Reiss in an issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, the international periodical of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.