— a one day seminar for educators, with Daved Driscoll
For centuries, philosophers and artists have discussed the nature of “aesthetic experience” and have delineated the differences between Art objects and those which are merely entertaining.
We will look, briefly, at different ways these philosophers, from Aristotle and Kant through Stanley Fish in the 20th Century, have defined Art and the aesthetic experience. As daunting as that may sound to some, it won’t be. (They were just people, too.)
But we’ll spend far more of our time talking about what Art does than about what Art is. We’ll move the conversation away from the important theory to the universal and unavoidable practice of encountering Art.
(Happily, our children may well be more prepared than many of us adults to explore these fully aesthetic experiences. Perhaps the most difficult part for us is that we ourselves take seriously the reactions that children have to a given work of art. We'll talk about that.)
So, when we’ve spent some time talking about what Art does, we’ll spend an equal part actually going through a specific work to look at ways we can enable and then explore the aesthetic experiences our children may be able to have with it. we’ll examine the Pixar movie, The Incredibles in some detail. (With frequent reference to Dante’s Inferno.)
No preparation is strictly necessary. But if you haven’t watched The Incredibles, why not do so?
(Click here to read more of Daved Driscoll's thoughts on sharing the arts with children.)
Come and hear why the arts are so important in our lives. Gain understanding and tools to use with your own children, or those you teach (or both!). Engage in hands- on immersion lessons you can use with the young people in your life.
Taught by Daved Driscoll, founding Artistic Director of the award winning SkyVault Theatre Company and Words Players Theatre, one of the most active educational and youth theatres in Minnesota.
$35 Registration includes lunch and refreshments.