At the core of aesthetic education are the encounters with works of art and the "releasing of imagination" that those encounters engender. This space has been created to share those experiences with others.
"I am altogether aware that no one can define aesthetic experiences with any certainty anymore then she or he can offer a final definition of “art”. I stress the incompleteness of our common quest because I want to emphasize openendedness and, as well, the relevance of your own experiences as creators, performers, educators and reflective thinkers in the presence of what we call works of art."
- Maxine Greene, 2005
Rethinking Cezanne... through questions.
Why did Cezanne choose to abstract the images in his paintings using geometric shapes?
How does the transformed world that he paints make us think and feel differently about his world and the world in which we live?
How does Cezanne's transformation of color (also a form of abstraction) change our perception of the world?
What cultural influences may have effected his choices?
Encounters with works of art
We invite you to join the conversation by adding your comments observations, questions and interpretations of this photo by Gordan Parks entitled "Emma Watson and her Grandchildren" (1934).
aesthetic space, aesthetic experience
We are concerned, as members of The Maxine Greene Center, with having aesthetic experiences, inhabiting aesthetic spaces. The excerpt here, from Variations on a Blue Guitar, reminds us how to approach the world aesthetically, and of the value of works of art created for this kind of noticing.