Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Art Appreciation (Week 2)

Structure Within

Slow reading and discussion of Krishnamurti's "On Nature and the Environment."

-How to look without a center? A self-abandonment
-How do we see, without labels, without preconception?
-From where do we engage?
-How do we participate in constructing and reconstructing our world?

Jon Kabat Zinn's sitting meditation- assignment practice for one week.

Write a page of your illuminated manuscript. Focus on handwriting, slowing down with the curve of each letter. What is the life philosophy you follow? The Bible was quoted along with Shakespeare and Krishnamurti.

Introduction to Zentangle, following something moment to moment, constructing space, a looseness, presence, and exploring absorption.

-works from Documenta 13

How does philosophy, People's History, and everything we have discussed tie into Art Appreciation?
Slide Presentation- The Masters, Michaelangelo, DaVinci, Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, etc.

-Discussed looking. (On looking and listening: "One of the hardest things to do,'- Krishnamurti)
Looked at Manet's Peony

Next day drew and painted from observation: Easter Lilly

Jonas took a pencil and created his first cave drawing. The sheer joy of his stroke prevented me from interrupting. After each mark he burst into delight. (The next day he was introduced to eraser.) we discussed natural mark-making and how to observe/learn from our children. 

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