Impact of ART

Play more than baseball - throw the ball and wait - You can start something by drawing.  Picasso "There is a child artist in every man."


He changed the way we see the world and may still be influencing brain science for better understanding of memory, action and perception in ongoing studies at Columbia University which indicates there are built in brain processes between two ways of looking at things: bottom up or top down.  So while the pundits are speculating about the part our unconscious mind plays in how we see art, let us draw on the observation of the great Hungarian scientist who discovered Vitamin C. 

Albert Szent Gyorgyi: "The basic texture of research consists of dreams into which threads of reasoning, measurement and calculation are woven." There is a recurrent moment for lovers of art, when we shift from look at a work to actually seeing it. It's like entering a waking dream, as if we were children cued by "Once upon a time."   We don't reflect on the worldly arrangements -- the interests of wealth and power -- that enable our adventures.  Why should we?    

Art often serves us by exposing our values, not to propose solutions but to tap energies of truth, however fugitive; and the service is greatest when our worlds feel most in crisis. The nobel prize-winning Neuroscientist, Eric Kandel says the joining of science and art effectively created “new rules for visual processing.” Abstract art, says Kandel, is therefore the key to understanding both how art and science inform one another, and together, they might open up entirely new ways of seeing and imagining. Poetry like art is a strategy of delight and seduction  with lines, visual  and verbal. 

ART for Inspiring Literature
Self taught,  Jeff McCormick just loves to paint and draw!  This is a ink and watercolor. Drawn with an inkwell with different tips. Watercolor painted after ink had dryed. The painting is called 'reborn'. This is the birth place of Smaug, the dragon. The dragon in J.R.R. Tolken's, The Hobbit! Enjoy!!!

Laugh and  relate with poem

"Old Age"

by Adam Ochsner

"There are three things that you forget,"

      I heard an old man say,

"Three things you often can't recall

      When old age is here to stay."


"Three things you can't remember

       To answer on the spot;

One is the names of people,

        The other two I forgot."


Karate CAT, Missy, leads in brain plasticity, stretches from yoga,

Tai Chi, and Martial Arts to the Cat Stance that wins!

Friend of Tolkein, C. S. Lewis said, if you ever saw a human being as he was meant to be you would be tempted to worship him.  But how far we are from these origins. He once wrote:  "Let's pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere."   Our open invitation and challenge is to create as did our creator with values of truth, goodness, and beauty as guides.

     Tolkien’s Smaug is the one from which all others draw their inspiration, and sets the standards for any Smaugs to come.  

      The poet Rainer Maria Rilke reminds us that though our world has its terrors, they are our terrors and abysses and as we hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.  How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

Artist Jeff McCormick challenges our imaginations again with the drawings below.  Pick a book title that these pictures inspire.  Perhaps the suggestions below can give you some ideas for good reading for 3rd to 5th grade readers.  ASK a librarian for some help.

Suggestion 1  "The Matchstick Castle" by Keir Graff

Suggestion 2 "The Boxcar Children No. 36, The Castle Mystery" by Gertrude Chandler Warner"

Suggestion 3 "The Never Ending Story" by Michael Ende

Suggestion 4 "Princess Bride" and "Castle in the Stars" by William Goldman

Suggestion 5 "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle