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Re: beauty

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carla schiller (
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 20:45:59 -0800 (PST)

If beauty is linked with hedonistic pleasure, as the Philosopher's Walk
considers, then perhaps the many students I have who love to go to
violent, scary movies, such as "Scream" and "I know what you did last
summer" consider seeing them to be "beautiful" experiences. (I can't even
open my eyes during such movies, so this is as close as I can come to
pondering the beauty of such films!)

Dave - I, too, do a mosaic project with my students, though I usually wait
until we are studying Byzantine art. One of my favorite moments was when
one girl said, "I never knew who involved and complicated it is to make a
mosaic. I'm much more impressed with them now than I was before!"


Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
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"We all make the best choices from among those we see, but we don't always
see all the choices available." --Author unknown

On Tue, 3 Nov 1998 DRLanders wrote:

> I can agree with Ron's statement that there are certain forms of bad violence
> (e.g. murder, rape, hateful harming) that just can't be beautiful.
> But it seems that with some of the Roman Arches that were made that Rome
> sought to show this as a form of if not beauty, but as art making a statement
> of who is the boss. (early billboards).
> In our modern time we can or do look on some "violence" with a form of beauty.
> We look at some of the "great" boxers and comment on how graceful and fluent
> their moves were. That to watch a quarterback throw a pass and the receiver
> evade the tackle a thing of beauty. So, we look at some "violent" type of
> sport activities and ignore the violent but focus on the individual actions as
> a form of beauty.
> Is this taking beauty out of context?
> Another way that I help my students understand how art was used in Rome is by
> having them create mosaics.
> This lesson can be found in the Trajan's Forum section.
> The students come to appreciate the amount of time it took to create a mosaic
> and for the skill it took to make them as realistic as some were. This also
> allows students to experiment with the use of shading, contrast, texture as
> well as look at the history associated with it.
> Dave