With how many unnecessary words have over-clever writers of modern times sinned in the cause of the ideals in plastic arts.
Wilhelm H. Wackenroder
Today’s craft show left me exhausted, so I had to take a power nap before settling into a long Saturday night of grading.
Deciding against sitting in my house on a Saturday night, I journeyed to my favorite downtown Fort Worth spot on Sundance Square.
I’m very pleased tonight to read essays from my A.P. Art History students, analyzing works from Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaughin, Munch, Matisse and Picasso. Thanks to a set of chrome books provided for my classroom, students are given opportunity to research and write during class while I intermittently insert lectures and initiate dialogue. I am working hard to steer them away from “bookish”, critical essays that employ the same worn-out terminology, by supplying them instead with philosophical paradigms from the likes of Plato, Hegel, Nietzsche and Husserl. I’m also encouraging them to look at this art with a fresh set of eyes, daring to mesh their observations with what they’ve gleaned from other disciplines-math, science, language arts, social studies, etc. For years I’ve heard the catch phrase “writing across the curriculum”, but that is not going to happen until they begin thinking across the curriculum. Paul Tillich urged that the border line was the truly propitious place for acquiring knowledge.
I think my idea is paying off-though these essays cover the same subjects, they are not reading the same from one paper to the next. And in that I am taking utmost delight.
Thanks for reading.