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What People Are Saying; or, Aesthetic Realism Is Education — Resources by Persons Who Study This Philosophy
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ART (A Sampling)

Aesthetic Realism and Picasso's GUERNICA: For Life 

"Pablo Picasso in his angry yet monumental memorial to Guernica opposes cruelty and affirms lifedoesn't say reality is senseless." Dorothy Koppelman

GERRIT RIETVELD'S RED AND BLUE CHAIR & What I Learned about Rest and Motion in Myself by Anthony Romeo, Architect (AIA).

"In 1918, the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld designed a chair that affected not only furniture design, but the history of architecture. Rietveld's 'Red and Blue' chair is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and it is a chair I love." Mr. Romeo quotes from Eli Siegel's Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?, an Aesthetic Realism class taught by Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, Gerrit Rietveld, and other sources.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Illustrating the Place of Eli Siegel in Anthropological Thought

Excerpt #1 from Columbia University doctoral thesis in anthropology by Arnold Perey, PhD, based on Aesthetic Realism. And, in "A New Perspective for Anthropology" Dr. Perey writes: " Through the Aesthetic Realism method we can learn about ourselves from anthropology. There is not a person in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, or the Pacific, who cannot teach us about the deepest feelings in ourselves...."

ACTING

The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company in New York City 

"The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents groundbreaking talks by Eli Siegel, founder of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, on plays such as Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, Sheridan's School For Scandal, Ibsen's A Doll's House." See the pages about Outreach, links to classes in Acting and Singing, and important articles on Drama, including on Ophelia in Hamlet, the immortal actors Edmund Kean and Rachel, and the subject "Passion and Control in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night."

Anne Fielding,  Actress, Consultant 

"You will see the classes I love to teach.  And, how immeasurably useful Aesthetic Realism is to people's lives--including, so much, my own.  See my article on the loss of one's spouse.  My essay ' ‘I Believe This About Acting’ ' is some of what I learned about the urgent, needed, true comprehension of the art of acting and the human self. And there is much more!"

FILM

Imagery Film Ltd. / Award-Winning Filmmaker Ken Kimmelman

"Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana" “Ken Kimmelman's reproduction, on film, of Eli Siegel's magisterial poem, is an extraordinary achievement. It matches, in its visual beauty, the elegance of Siegel's words, and adds the dimension of stunning imagery to an already profound work of art.” — Howard Zinn

"The Heart Knows Better" This Emmy award-winning anti-prejudice public service announcement by Ken Kimmelman illustrates, in powerful images, that people of different backgrounds are more alike than we may see. The film arose from Mr. Kimmelman's study of Aesthetic Realism. Imagery Film, Ltd. is the film company directed by Mr. Kimmelman, an Aesthetic Realism consultant, in New York City.

United Nations AFF 99: "What Does a Person Deserve?"  A film that asks this question, first posed by Eli Siegel, in relation to homelessness and hunger in the United States today: "What does a person deserve by being alive?" 

EDUCATION

Through the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Knowledge Opposes Anger — & Students Learn! by Rosemary A. Plumstead

"I am proud and grateful to be beginning my 24th year of using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method. I know with every fiber of my being that this method can defeat the hurtful, even deadly anger in students. I have seen thousands of students who were hard-bitten and angry change — learn with enthusiasm and success, and become kinder." >> Next Part

• Blog of Rosemary Plumstead: Aesthetic Realism & Education

Teaching "The Miracle Worker" by Ann M. Richards

"Using the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel as a teaching method, I have had tremendous success teaching William Gibson's The Miracle Worker in high school. Based on the lives of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, it is a modern classic."  >> More

Leila Rosen: English Teacher and Aesthetic Realism Associate. Recipient of Educator of Excellence Award, New York State English Council.

"As a woman, wife, high school English teacher, daughter and self, I'm proud to tell about what I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by Eli Siegel (1902-1978)—American poet, critic and educator." >> More

• See the blogs Aesthetic Realism and the Works of Edith Wharton and The Aesthetics Of...

Donita Ellison: Art Educator

"I also use the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in the art classes I teach to high school students and present it to other teachers in professional conferences.  You can find out more about this effective and kind teaching method inside." >> More  

See the blog "Aesthetic Realism; or, Why I Love Teaching Art" & the post "Art and Science Truly Related."

Alan Shapiro, Aesthetic Realism Associate, Jazz Pianist, Music Educator

"Originally from Philadelphia, I'm a musician and music teacher with a wide range of professional experience, as a jazz pianist, arranger, composer, accompanist, and as a teacher from elementary school through college.  Since 1988, I've been teaching junior and senior high school chorus and general music in the New York City area." >> More  

See the blog "A New Way of Seeing Jazz"  Says Shapiro: "Aesthetic Realism and The Siegel Theory of Opposites offer a new way of understanding the beauty of jazz and all music."

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method workshop for educators

This workshop explains the aesthetic structure in each subject, from spelling to algebra, to show its beauty and relate it to students' lives. It is taught by distinguished New York City teachers, including Rosemary Plumstead, and Patricia Martone.

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS / architecture

Housing: A Basic Human Right

This site announces a groundbreaking presentation by a filmmaker, a city planner, and two architects who speak—with statistics and great feelingabout the housing crisis in America and what they have seen through their study of Aesthetic Realism about its cause and solution.

HONESTY

Friends of Aesthetic Realism—Countering the Lies

The purpose of this website is to counter lies about Aesthetic Realism, which have been put forth on the Internet by a few individuals.“It's a lie, and not a well told one at that. It grins out like a copper dollar.” —Abraham Lincoln    

MUSIC

Barbara Allen, flutist, teacher, Aesthetic Realism Consultant

 "The philosophy of Aesthetic Realism, which I am so proud to teach, has educated me about the most important things a person can knowincluding about Music, Education, Love and Marriage." Barbara Allen  

Edward Green

prize-winning composer, teacher of piano and composition, professor at Manhattan School of Music and on the Aesthetic Realism Foundation faculty. 

Haroldo Mauro Jr. - [in English] 

The accomplished Brazilian pianist, arranger, composer and teacher Haroldo Mauro, Jr. 

Haroldo Mauro Jr. - [em Português] 

Pianista/compositor - Formação acadêmica: Aesthetic Realism Foundation - Nova York, EUA (1986-1989) Estudos em educação e estética. 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Len BernsteinPhotography  

Photography education using the philosophy of Aesthetic Realism as its critical basis. 

David M. Bernstein, Fine Art Photography

Portfolio and articles by this noted photographer and his colleagues. "I want people to have the thrill and honor of learning, as I so happily do, how the questions of our lives are solved in art; how opposites such as immediate and permanent, logic and emotion, dark and light are crucial in a photograph, and that we can learn from art how to have these opposites truly composed in ourselves." -- David M. Bernstein   Email: davidmbernstein@mindspring.com

Amy and Louis Dienes, Photographers and Aesthetic Realism Associates 

Portfolios of photographs; accounts of Aesthetic Realism classes; Gallery Talks; News; and Poem: Black and White, with a selection of photographs which inspired the lines.  Louis and Amy Dienes studied in classes with Eli Siegel and now with Ellen Reiss.

NEWS, ARTICLES, & ESSAYS

Lynette Abel  Articles and essays, particularly published in New York Stateincluding "World should be owned by people living in it," The Record, Troy, NY, April 9, 2001. 

Alice Bernstein and Friends   Articles on the economy, education, love, art, and the solution to racism by Alice Bernstein and colleagues. Mrs. Bernstein is a columnist for the Harlem Times and other journals.

Nancy Huntting, Aesthetic Realism Consultant  "I am proud to have seen that Aesthetic Realism is the greatest force for individuality of a true kind as it shows what a person has in common with all people on this diverse earth!"

How My Stuttering Ended by Miriam Mondlin. "A matter that concerns many people in America and has caused a great deal of pain is stuttering.  From Aesthetic Realism I learned the scientific cause of stuttering and my stuttering ended!" 

Ruth Oron, Essayist  On my website, you can read articles on many different subjects, including very much about Israel, and what will make for peace in the middle east. 

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