Guest post by Greg Blankenbehler Although it is widely misunderstood and seems mysterious and esoteric to many, doing the arts in school is not that different from how a good classical education looks in the other subject areas. There are grammar, logic, and rhetoric elements to its skills, just as there are in the developmentContinue reading “Art and The Scholar”
Guest post by Greg Blankenbehler After the moving premiere performance of his sublime oratorio Messiah it is said that a spectator came up to George Frederic Handel and congratulated him on providing “a wonderful new entertainment” for the English public. Maestro Handel soberly replied, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wishContinue reading “Point of View: A Teacher of the Arts Answers the Question “What is the Point?””
If technical skill cannot reliably assure a great artist, and we can’t just take people’s word that they are truly having great aesthetic experiences, how can we recognize if our scholars are making or experiencing great art, or at least progressing towards it?
Beauty is one of the triune transcendentals that philosophers and moralists have observed and pondered for millennia: Truth, Beauty, Goodness – the pinnacle and pure essence of all the many different values we seek.
Where can we find beauty? Beauty is captured in the idea to restore what has been hollowed out, emptied by the ugliness that is also a part of this mortal experience. Beauty is also a marriage of the intellectual and moral virtue. Beauty fights off barbarism, and with so much conflict, crime and debauchery aroundContinue reading “Beauty Armed With Virtue Bows the Soul”
Winter gave way to spring these last few weeks. Blooms, buds, and blossoms are everywhere. What is nature showing and telling you? Change is here! What will this new season offer you? What is or will be your new normal? We have a family couplet that goes like this. “If you always do what youContinue reading “The Power to Make a Different Choice”