Classes in the visual arts available through the Aesthetic Realism Foundation:


The Art of Drawing includes watercolor

♦  The Art of Drawing: Surface & Depth
    Taught by Marcia Rackow

Each semester accents either drawing, pastel, or watercolor. The opposites of purpose and technique, seeing and imagination, logic and emotion in each student are encouraged to work together. Summer classes take place outdoors—for instance, in Central Park and Washington Square Park. Some subjects are: Intimacy and Grandeur in Still Life; How Much Can Small Objects Mean to Us?; There Is Space In, Around, and Between Things. Alternate Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm

♦  Critical Inquiry: A Workshop in the Visual Arts
    Taught by Carrie Wilson, Ken Kimmelman, and Marcia Rackow

Works in process by persons engaged in the visual arts—painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography—are looked at and discussed with Eli Siegel’s 15 Questions, “Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?,” as the critical criterion. There is class discussion, and some questions asked are: What is your intention? What is the relation of subject matter and technique? What is your criticism of the way you see? As artist, what do you hope for? Third Sunday each month, 10 am – 12 pm

♦  The Visual Arts & the Opposites: A Museum/Gallery Course
    Taught by Marcia Rackow

Looking at the art of the world in New York museums and galleries—from the tomb sculptures of ancient China to the latest work in Chelsea—we study how beauty in all art is a oneness of opposites. The classes are based on Eli Siegel’s lectures and essays, including “Art As Flexibility,” “Art As Energy,” “The Drama of Hardness and Softness in Painting.” Once each semester there is a joint Art & Anthropology class in which primitive art is studied. Alternate Sat­ur­days: 11 am – 1 pm; Terrain Gallery classes: 12:35 – 2:35 pm; Note: Museum fees are additional.

 Find out about registering for a semester here, or call about auditing a class at 212.777.4490 

Other great courses offered at the Foundation:

♦ The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry
♦ Anthropology Is about You and Everyone
The Opposites in Music
The Art of Singing: Technique & Feeling
Acting, Life, and the Opposites
Understanding Marriage
Learning to Like the World: A Class for Young People
Film Studies: Opposites in the Cinema
Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Workshop

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