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"Is it not possible to appreciate the works of Caravaggio and also the works of

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Sun, 21 Jul 1996 18:16:05 GMT

I have found the discussion about "quality art" very interesting. Some of
the answers to Mr.McSwain have been like spoken from my own heart.
Especially regarding our duty as teachers of art. We must integrate art
education with aesthetic education. What I mean by aesthetic education is
what Maxine Green talks about in her article; Texts and Margins in Harward
Educational Review Vol. 61 No.1 February 1991 and I recommend for every art
teacher to read. Alongside with teaching our students the fundamentals like
the principles of design we must give them opportunity to encounter ALL
kinds of art works. These have to be informed and involved encounters with
art works,< the kind that allows you to understand what is to be noticed in
the work at hand, releasing immagination to create orders in the field of
what is perceived. allowing feeling to inform and illuminate what is there
to be realized, to be achieved.<(Maxine Greene) Dewey also reminded his
readers of how necessary it was for their imaginative and perceptual
energies to reach towards a painting or a poem if it were to be transmuted
into an aesthetic object for the one perceiving it. And imagination is
something we must never forget it is so important that maybe we should
place it at the core of understanding.
Well enough now, but I recommend that article again and hope we continue to
have such interesting discussions. Rosa
Actually Dorothy Pierce=B4s question "Is it not possible to appreciate the
works of Caravaggio and also the works of Franz Kline?" says it all.