| What is Nature?
Lincoln Center Institute at the Museum of
BROOKLYN COLLEGE / CUNY
Pre-Service Program (Fall 98)
Visual Arts Facilitator John Toth
Exploring A Work Of Art...
Elegant Plans...... Sept. 28 1998
Howard Segan, Transformation, Game as maetaphor, Design, Rules, Fashion, Movement
Joe Proglar, Art as a view on society, alchemy, Escher, Mandalas, Islamic design, Time,
Peter Taubman, Art as a node for guiding learning, Desire as a motivation for learning
/ teaching, Light
Jay Lemke, Darwin,
Composition as beauty
Phyllis, Symmetry and pattern, Economy of means, Simple / Complex, Passion of the
John Toth, Teaching as art.... Learning as art
Explore the narrative aspects of a visual work of art.
Sequence an investigation that moves from simple to complex
Explore choices in representing a similar theme.
Unfold dilemma of how we learn.
External meaning... Internal meaning
Practice method of Visual Literacy. (MoMA)
Describe... Analyze... Interpret
Let the conversation at hand move you into an understanding that the
conversations around an art work contain the elements of a lesson that is student centered
and contextually related to the students interests.
Create an activity that comes out of the looking.
How can the activity come out of an
organic need to physically explore some aspect of the art work.
Theater as contact with desire.
Art is nodal
How do we see ourselves through nature? (PT)
How do different cultures represent nature (JT)
Art Work to Explore:
Brooklyn Museum of
Kerry James Marshall, "Mementos"
(1830-1902) "Storm in the Rockies"
"View of Brooklyn"
Pat Steir, "Everlasting Waterfall"
of Modern Art
Pollock, "One, #31" (press release)
Thomas Hart Benton, "July Hay"
Tools ..... choices of ways
Shapes, lines and planes
Divide into small groups and discuss as a team :
metaphors for... nature / artist / teacher
Draw something that does not have form:
Draw something that has structure:
A TREE IS......................
Draw the above metaphor
Develop a conversation around the
ideas of this work
A Distant Learning Community