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Re: [teacherartexchange] Neuroscience and Art Education

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From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 01 2008 - 06:52:30 PDT


Does she have a book?
susan in Ohio

--- On Sun, 7/27/08, Diane Gregory <gregory.diane55@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Diane Gregory <gregory.diane55@yahoo.com>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Neuroscience and Art Education
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu>
> Date: Sunday, July 27, 2008, 9:12 PM
> Hi Guys,
>
> Has anyone heard of the work of Dr. Victoria Stevens on
> neuroscience, brain research and arts education?
> I mention this, because I recently listened to an hour long
> vod cast in which she talks about how the arts
> can stimulate holistic brain development and noble,
> socially productive behaviors such as empathy, tolerance,
> compassion,
> meaning, purpose, etc. that can eventually lead to less
> violent, more cooperative, less aggressive behavior. She
> also talks
> about the arts as being an essential part of a major
> paradigm shift in the way that we think about the nature of
> learning. The left brain is good, but the right side gives
> the entire mind its reason for even thinking in the first
> place.
>
> Kathy
> Douglass mentioned that she noticed how everyone has
> described a
> different artistic process on the list. Dr. Stevens would
> say that the
> arts
> bring out diversity and because of this we are more open to
> differences in others, less rigid, more tolerant, etc. She
> indicates
> this
> is a function of brain development and if children grow up
> participating in the arts, the brain develops differently.
> So
> apparently
> our civilization has been starving the mind. This is
> probably not earth shaking to us artists, but the
> scientific community
> is rapidly
> coming around to the arts way of thinking. Unfortunately,
> this research has had little effect on education.
>
> Sounds
> like the arts can greatly humanize the world and there is
> now brain
> research that indicates this is so. So if we can transform
> our
> culture to an arts education culture, then scientifically
> we can live in greater harmony. Is this too good to be
> true?
>
> Diane
>
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> > From: "india99@infionline.net"
> <india99@infionline.net>
> > To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
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> > Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 6:22:05 AM
> > Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] What is your artistic
> process
> >
> >
> > I never start with thumb nails I make.. than respond
> to that start. It works
> > well with painting as I can develop the painting as I
> go along. I think I really
> > need an idea or image to start. It is a dialouge
> that is created. Due to my
> > impulsive nature it is really hard to complete
> artworks. They often are left
> > unfinished. So, upon reflection, I need to preplan
> enough time so that the art
> > making is complete in one sitting if I am looking for
> closure. Randy in Maine
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