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Art and Creativity.
2.Title of Course
Into The Heart of Art
3. Course Description
There is a message of unity within all nature encompassing all art. It could be said that creativity is the mirroring of that unity in diverse ways that the "Aha! Experience" is this perception. We will study the lyrics and rhythms of popular music of our day, art from the walls of Lascaux to the Museum of Fine Arts, the metaphors of language, poetry and other writings. Our subject is the inner imagination that creates art. This is an extension of the course "Man's Search for Meaning" previous offered at LLARC, but can be taken separately. Approximately two hours of reading per week. Handouts will be provided. Group participation will be through discussion and creative input. Suggested summer reading is The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham is required.
4. Course MeetingTimes:
Every Thursday for ten weeks, 9:45 AM – 11:30 withbreak, approx. ten minutes
Number of Weeks:
Total Number of Sessions:10
Hours Per Session:1 ½ hours
5. Required Text
Readings provided. Two books suggested: Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy and Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, to immerse participants in the subject that is art and creativity
6.Study Group Leader and Brief Biography: (Optional)
Ruth Housman, a psychiatric social worker, poet/writer, has been teaching adult learning classes at Brandeis Bolli and the LLARC program these last several years. She has taught courses on Spirituality, including Sufism, Kabbalah, the Christian and Jewish mystics. She has an abiding interest inMemoir and the Stories We Tell.
7. SGL Contact Information: (Optional)
8. Course Given At:
Regis College, Wellesley, MAThe LLARC program for adult learners in retirement
SYLLABUSI am including video, power point presentations, and current news in the ARTS, folding this into all classes and using this as a springboard to discussion. There is a Syllabus of reading material to accompany each class of articles I have culled from various sources and relevant chapters I have personally copied out of books, giving, of course, the relevant acknowledgments.Current Syllabus with Proviso that this is changing as more information is becoming available on the NET for download, as in You Tube and from other Source Material. For example, the BBC series with Nigel Spivey: How Man Made Art is an excellent set of videos and I plan to include excerpts that I feel are relevantAnd also Power Point Presentations from the Book (French) What is Art, actually available on line as download with fabulous art illustrationsSeptember 24:Red Packet: visuals: Marla Olmstead, Elephant art, Gasparetto, Georgia O’Keefe, discussion, What is Art? Handouts,The Dot page 7 red paperclipHmwk. Read through red packet, WatercolorOctober 1Field Trip, Webster House, 20 Webster Place, Brookline 10:15 AMRe: Self-Taught Art/Under Represented Art Read through Blue Paperclip, Handout: Through the Eyes ofOctober 8 The Moon and Sixpence, Paul Gauguin, the art of Paradise, further discussion, visuals: Richard Wawro, Power Point Presentation, aspects of Art, discussion Resch, Lisa Fittipaldi (A Brush with Darkness)Art of severely handicapped, Flying ColorsHmwk: visits to stores, aspects of creative expression in packaging etc.Yellow paperclip, read through handoutsOctober 15 Prehistoric Art, Discussion, Visuals, articles in yellow paperclip, discussed, How Art Made THe World: BBC excerpts. The Venus of Willendorf, goddess worship, unsolved mysteriesHmwk: Green paperclip, readings, Symmetry in Nature, Enduring Creation: pain in art, ponder these concepts for discussionOctober 22 Discussion: Enduring Creation, symmetry, how art enlarges on what we see, distortion and metaphor. Hmwk: White PaperclipOctober 29 Discussion: The Fibonnaci Ratio, Discussion, music and sound, echoic connects in music and art, holding a mirror to nature and our livesHmwk: Pink PaperclipNovember 5 Discussion, Kandinsky, Klee, is all art an expression of synesthesia? Color in art, VisualsNovember 12 How Art Made The WorldNovember l9 Possible Field Trip, to be discussedDecember 3 Wrap up/Rap upThe following is a list of handouts but is not complete as I am adding to this as the course evolves from week to week.Auden’s Poem Musee des Beaux ArtsThe Symbol of Beauty: symmetry and repetitive patterningSymmetry in NatureStepping Westwards: Spivey from Enduring CreationWHAT IS ARTreprints of statements Irving Stone: Memorable Quotes about Art(from his books about Michelangelo and Van Gogh)Note on the Meaning of Words: Spivey Enduring Creation*To be added: Paul Klee Quotations+About Art: Salvador Dalito beaddedQuotes by Wassily KandinskyCAVES: from Sacred Space, Sacred SoundSusan HaleMOUNTAINS: from Sacred Space, Sacred SoundSusan HaleGobekli Tepe, Guardian Article, by Nicholas BirchWorld’s Oldest Wall Painting, SyriaKhaled Oweis articleMusic, Life Energyfrom Music and Sound in the Healing ArtsJohn BeaulieuWhat makes good art?Margaret Liveseythe Dot, a children’s bookPeter H. ReynoldsPiano in Mayo ClinicYou TubeThe Golden Mean, Sacred Space, Sacred Sound, Susan HaleThe Fibonacci Series, off the WEBSong, World Book EncyclopediaSynesthesia, from Oliver Sacks, MusicophiliaThe Man Who Heard His PaintboxOssian WardAdult Brain Can Change Within Seconds Catherine DeludeKazantzakisThe ButterflyThe Paleo-Camera TheoryPaul Klee Painting Musicfrom Hajo Duchting’s book same titleOur Inner Artist: class exercisesThe Moon and Sixpence,by Somerset Maughamhow this book came to be Winterich*From the comforts of unhomeliness ch 11 Spivey Enduring Creation: DADA and Surrealism