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ERIC Number: EJ789035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Vibrations in the Soul
Ellyn, Tracy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v106 n5 p19-21 Jan 2007
As artists of many centuries have known, there is a psychology and spirituality behind every color, every shape, and every movement. In his pioneering work, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Wassily Kandinsky explained his vision to free art from material reality to inner life. He called for a spiritual revolution that would allow artists to express their own inner lives in abstract, nonobjective form. He believed that in true art there is a soul (expressionism) without which the body (skill) can never be healthy. He further explained that "while connoisseurs admire skill, hungry souls go hungry away." As art educators, it is their responsibility to nurture not only the student's skill, but even more importantly, the student's inner life. When a child is not worried about the judging of his or her technical skills, the result is a freshness of vision. The artwork serves as both a catharsis and a discovery process. Thus, the author states that educators should begin by introducing students to the nonobjective works of the abstract expressionists, such as Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, etc. Educators should give students a clear understanding of the difference between objective and nonobjective art and have them discuss the difference between looking outward and looking inward. Finally, they should sit them in a circle and ask them to describe each other both outwardly (gender, hair color, shirt color, etc.) and inwardly (personality traits, favorite things, how they might be feeling, etc.).
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