Living Art- IV. Teaching Personal Creative Expression- Painting Archetypes

Painting Archetypes 1.1 Opening  Art is personal. Yet it is crucial to avoid the stereotypical notion of inwardness as entirely idiosyncratic. – First as an artist then as a teacher I began to work through “archetypes.”[1] 1.2 “Looking at the European “old masters” you were probably first struck by their perceptual accuracy. Yet for the […]

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Living Art – V. Answering My Students

A Visual Artist Answers his students Student: What shaped you as a teacher? Avron: My personality as a teacher is rooted in my childhood….My father Isaac, mother Sofia and two of my uncles Moses and Raphael were painters. Isaac, Moses and Raphael were well known. They are characterized as “urban realists,”   “painters of the American […]

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A Dream of Reason- IV. Part 3 …A Working Paper in the Sociology-Psychology…and Apendixes

John Constable’s Orientational Reconstruction of the Art of Landscape Painting: A Working Paper in the Sociology-Psychology of Disciplinary Positions (1965) 1. Opening             In this essay we explore “framework” and “orientational reconstruction” through John Constable’s contribution to the art of landscape painting[1]. 2.Generative problematic 2.1             Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792), first president of […]

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A Dream of Reason- IV- Part 4 On Social Structural Positions…

On Social Structural Positions: Variations On a Theme by Karl Mannheim (1995)  1.Prologue             This section is incomplete…. A crucial unresolved problem is to construct explicit typologies of   emergent determinate processing potentialities and orders of life. – Other relevant unresolved issues include the bourgeois position, the nature and limitations of “craft rationality,” and the special […]

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A Dream of Reason V- Part 3 A Trip to Shadowland

A Trip to Shadowland (2003) When I was a graduate student, in the early 1960s, a professor told me about his research project. His task was to determine how the governing politicians could reassert control when they emerged after a nuclear war. (My doubt that this would be advisable was dismissed as “merely subjective.”) I […]

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