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: