a bastion against cultural obscenity  Robert Hughes
In a speech delivered at Burlington House last night, the critic Robert Hughes calls for a revitalized Royal Academy to defend art against the degrading power of the wealthy collectors.

art, artists & teaching
The arts occupy a low rung on the ladder of educational priorities. Considered interesting but not useful by industrialized societies, whose educational systems are designed for 19th century economic models, the arts have traditionally received the crumbs of educational funding and time in the school day….

art is love  Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Only that which is loved is beautiful. . . . The necessary essence of art is Love. . . . Love must be the mother of the arts, not architecture, not structure, not function. True art always involves the observer in the participatory gesture of being, or what we call love.

art's healing hand  Edwin Ayre
Although it is not the task of children to produce finished works of art, the process of learning to become creative. with hand, heart and head is the same in education as it is in the arts.

eloquent evidence: arts at the core of learning
A dramatic revolution in cognitive understanding began in the 1970's. Research now substantiates what some teachers and parents knew intuitively -- that the arts are critical to education and learning.

even if we can't see them, colors have the power to affect us  Anne Gaal
Scientists are just now beginning to explain the power of color something that metaphysicians, mystics, and pagans have understood for centuries.

handwork and intellectual development  Eugene Schwartz 
"In an age when children are too often encouraged to become passive consumers who, (as Oscar Wilde once said about a cynic), "know the price of everything and the value of nothing," learning to knit and engaging in other areas of handwork can be a powerful way of bringing meaning into the child's life."
Adapted from "Millennial Child" Anthroposophic Press, 1999

the myths of high and low  Robert Hughes
I can remember quite vividly the first time that I realized there might be some connection, not just a permanent enmity, between high art and popular culture. It was back in 1955, and I was sitting at my desk in a Jesuit boarding-school in Australia, during evening study period.

it's the end of the modern age  John Lukacs
We have arrived at a stage of history when we must begin thinking about thinking itself. That is something as different from philosophy as it is from psychoanalysis. At the end of an age, we must engage in a radical rethinking of "progress," of history, of "science," of the limitations of our knowledge, of our place in the universe.

lost the plot  Mira Katbamna
Philip Pullman, the prizewinning children's author, argues that we are creating a generation that 'hates reading and feels nothing but hostility for literature'

rape of the masters   
Roger Kimball
Why do we teach and study art history? A question that elicits a complicated answer. To learn about art, yes, but also to learn about the cultural setting in which art unfolds; in addition, to learn about--what to call it? "Evolution" is not quite right, neither is "progress." Possibly "development": to learn about the development of art, then, how artists "solved problems"....

road to nowhere? art's cul-de-sac 
David Thomson
When Chris Ware, creator of the graphic novel
Jimmy Corrigan, visited an exhibition of contemporary art in Amsterdam, the aesthetic experience was less memorable than he'd hoped. Struggling to retrieve a specific impression, he recalled: "I do remember one particularly obvious pile of Styrofoam and wire that would've been difficult to sort out of the rubble of the building had it collapsed."

study links art classes to academic achievment  Lori Olszewski
A Stanford University professor has found that youngsters who dance, act, sing and paint in after-school arts programs are more likely to win academic awards and achieve, yet most American students have no weekly arts education.

terrorism and postmodern art   by Michael Newberry
Ignored as it may be, postmodern art, America's crazy uncle, is not in a sanatorium. Postmodern art rules the art institutions of western civilization. Its aesthetics are the criteria guiding curators and directors of contemporary art museums. It is the only aesthetic taught to upper level students in the major art schools around the world. It is the criteria used by the most influential art critics. It is debated in nuances of comical and absurd proportions by the scholarly community. It is the baying of sheep.

the education of the child in the light of anthroposophy
  Rudolf Steiner
Looking at all these things of life with deeper vision, one cannot but feel -- indeed the impression forces itself upon one -- that the men of our age are in the position of trying to meet the demands involved in modern life with means which are utterly inadequate. Many are setting about to reform life, without really knowing life in its foundations. But he who would make proposals as to the future must not content himself with a knowledge of life that merely touches life's surface. He must investigate its depths.

the relevance of art in times of crisis  Ben Tripp
Are we as a species really on the razor's edge between salvation and destruction? How does this impact the creative spirit of our generation? And is there any significance to my recurring dream of being forced at gunpoint to gum a crepe wool beard onto Mother Theresa's corpse?

the supersensible origin of the arts  Rudolf Steiner
If we learn to understand art, it becomes a real proof of human immortality and of life before birth. This is what we need in order to expand our consciousness beyond the horizon of birth and death, so that we can link what we have during life on the physical Earth to the life that transcends the physical plane.

the violence of our knowledge: toward a spirituality of higher education
  Parker J. Palmer
We do violence whenever we violate the integrity or the nature of the other, whether the other is the earth, or another human being, or another culture. I want to suggest that in our institutions of higher education we are deeply devoted to a mode of knowing that often issues in violence, thus understood.
they shock too much  Julian Spalding
A weird thing has happened. I think it's got something to do with New Labour - though it doesn't spring from them (what does?), but has emerged out of the same post-Cold War soup. While culture has supposedly become more accessible, the public has become increasingly estranged from contemporary art.

truth, beauty and goodness  Rudolf Steiner
The True, the Beautiful, the Good -- through all the ages of man's conscious evolution these words have expressed three great ideals: ideals which have instinctively been recognized as representing the sublime nature and lofty goal of all human endeavor. In epochs earlier than our own there was a deeper knowledge of man's being and his connection with the universe, when Truth, Beauty and Goodness had more concrete reality than they have in our age of abstraction.

understanding the end of art
  Jorn K. Bramann
"A specter is haunting the art world, the specter of the end of art," one may be tempted to say, and saying so would be prompted foremost by the following two considerations. First there is the widespread feeling--justified or not--that artists have for a long time failed to produce any work of real substance, that the community of artists has been lingering in a protracted state of artistic disorientation and exhaustion which could be only thinly disguised by such sensationalist shenanigans as sawing a cow into sections, or lining up plain bricks on the hardwood floors of expensive galleries and prestigious museums…."

waldorf art  Mary Joan Deutschbein
A first time visitor to an exhibition of the work of Waldorf pupils is usually particularly struck by the paintings. They make an unusual impression. The first perception is of strong, shining primary or mixed colors that are fundamentally translucent.

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