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 "In reality opposites are one; art shows this." —Eli Siegel

ART CLASSES
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Classes on This Page:

square ornament for Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism FoundationThe Art of Drawing
square ornament for Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism FoundationCritical Inquiry
square ornament for Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism FoundationThe Visual Arts and the Opposites
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Visual Arts & Opposites Class taught by Marcia Rackow

 

THE ART OF DRAWING: SURFACE AND DEPTH
taught by Marcia Rackow

Each semester accents either drawing, pastel, or watercolor.  In this class, based on the Siegel Theory of Opposites, a student's mind and hand, seeing and imagination, logic and emotion are encouraged to work together.  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. 

Class Meets Alternate Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Note: This class was taught by the noted and loved printmaker Chaim Koppelman from 1973 to 2009, the year of his death.

Tangerines by Marcia Rackow
Watercolor of Tangerines by Marcia Rackow

 

CRITICAL INQUIRY: A Workshop in the Visual Arts
taught by Dorothy Koppelman 

In this class, work in process by persons engaged in the visual arts is looked at with Eli Siegel's historic 15 Questions, "Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?," as the critical criterion.  Fresh, honest seeing and sincerity of expression are encouraged, and some questions asked are: What is your intention?; Are you trying to put opposites together?; What is the relation of subject matter and technique?; What is your criticism of the way you see?; As an artist, what do you hope for?; Is there an impediment? 

square ornament for Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism FoundationDorothy Koppelman is Founding Director of the Terrain Gallery. See "A History."

Class Meets Third Sunday each month, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (continuous)


Conversation of Two Red Pots
Oil on Canvas by Dorothy Koppelman

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THE VISUAL ARTS AND THE OPPOSITES
taught by Marcia Rackow

This class studies the art of the world — from the Rembrandts at the Met to the latest work in Chelsea — with this great Aesthetic Realism principle, stated by Eli Siegel, as the basis: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." The class will be held in museums, galleries, and at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. 

Note: Since many museums charge admission, the museum fees will be additional.

Class Meets Alternate Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

square ornament for Terrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism FoundationThe Harlem Times (New York, New York) 2/22/03 ... "The class I tell of took place at the Whitney Museum exhibition and was conducted by Marcia Rackow, Aesthetic Realism teacher of art." 

 

Oysters by Artist Marcia Rackow, Aesthetic Realism Consultant

Oysters
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Opaque watercolor on paper by Marcia Rackow

 

 

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Notes on Classes offered at the Terrain Gallery and the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.

The education Aesthetic Realism was founded by Eli Siegel, poet and critic.

Aesthetic Realism classes in art include The Visual Arts and the Opposites, a museum/gallery course; The Art of Drawing: Surface & Depth, taught by Marcia Rackow and the Critical Inquiry: A Workshop in the Visual Art s, in which works in process are looked at, taught by painter Dorothy Koppelman.

The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry is taught by Ellen Reiss, Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism. "Poetry," Eli Siegel explained, "is the oneness of the permanent opposites in reality as seen by an individual." 

The Aesthetic Realism music classes, taught by Aesthetic Realism faculty members Barbara Allen, Anne Fielding, & Edward Green, and mezzo-soprano Carrie Wilson  (Singing), are based on this principle of Aesthetic Realism: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

The Aesthetic Realism and Acting class, taught by Anne Fielding * is based on this concept stated by the founder of Aesthetic Realism: "Acting is a certain way of taking the contraries of the world.  It is a way of being somebody else for the purpose of coming back home immediately."

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* Director of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company  

 
 

 

Further Resources

• Works on this site: Anuszkiewicz, Blaustein, Burckhardt, Di Cerbo, Hall, Henry, Hung, King, Kranjac, Koppelman, Longo, Michael, Rackow, Romano, Roth, Schmidt, Sloat, Stadnik,

• Discussions in the press & at the TG: Bernstein, Bruegel, da Vinci, Gee's Bend: Quilts, Guston, Homer, Indiana, Koppelman, Lange, Monet, Picasso: Dora Maar Seated, Picasso: Minotauromachy, Picasso: Guernica, Pollock, Pollock: Number One 1948, Potter, Rietveld, Sargent, Sloan, Terrain Gallery [1}, Terrain Gallery [2], Terrain Gallery [3], Velazquez, Vermeer

• More: Eli Siegel - Biog., Library, Self and World & chapters, On Beauty, Anthropology; Ellen Reiss - Poetry Class, Professional classes; Classes on Idioms, Children, Poetry & Animals; TRO commentaries: Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, Eli Siegel, J.K. Rowling

• More on the Arts: Film.Imagery Film Ltd.; Photography.L. Bernstein, D. Bernstein, Dienes & Dienes; Music. B. Allen, E. Green, A. Shapiro; Theater.Acting & Drama, A. Fielding

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