This article explores the ease with which art and literacy goals can be achieved cohesively within the elementary classroom by using integrated units and lessons based on children's literature. "Art and literature are natural companions," states art teacher and author of the article Rita Greco. The diverse literature selections now available for elementary-aged children provide a wonderful starting point for educational endeavors involving all of the content areas. This "is a venture that should not be ignored."
d. Elements or general shapes (architectural structural system) within the composition, including building of post-lintel construction or painting with several figures lined up in a row; identification of objects
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I want a visual art that feels ancient and yet modern, archetypical and contemporary, on the human scale and yet vast, quiet but deeply emotional, a balanced composition that is energetic, a transient image that feels permanent, simple yet complex, easy to grasp at first and yet revealing more layers and depth after continued viewings.
As Jui-Ch’i Liu has suggested, Sherman’s own...
A sunset is beautiful because it is so striking, so colorful and it is one of the few times when we can glance at the sun's brilliance directly. At the moment of setting we are reminded of our place (literally) in the solar system and in the universe and also of the eternal struggle between light and dark and of the cycles of the day, the year, and life itself.
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As we know from the study about women, beauty often deals with proportions, symmetry and relationships. In ancient Greek times the mathematician Pythagoras was so taken with this idea, he imagined that numbers had a mystical importance that held the key to a human understanding of the universe. Music to him was the bridge, because on the one hand it was purely mathematical (the relationship between the notes) and on the other hand touched our deepest feelings, longings and desires. He felt that there was a musical and mathematical harmony of the spheres in which all could be understood and that humans could respond to.
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What Kepler found was truly simple, beautiful and harmonious. It was a key insight that led to the discoveries of Isaac Newton and to the inventions of the modern world in which we live. So perhaps Pythagoras was not far wrong.
g. Portrayal of movement and how it is achieved
This is a long introduction to my principle idea. After much thought (lets say forty years), I believe that beauty, in part, has to do with a sense of order, an aesthetic order. As humans we are obsessed with finding patterns. This is as it should be, since these will give us both an understanding and a control that will help us survive as a race. A sense of aesthetic order may involve symmetry, proportions, harmony, dissonance, composition, rhythm, cycles, repetition, irony and even justice.
h. Effect of particular medium(s) used
Beauty also often involves a sense of awe, a feeling that one is seeing something that speaks to our deepest feelings. It is hard to stand in front of one of Monet's large water lily paintings and not feel that, for example. Sections of Bach's St. Matthew Passion move grown men to tears.