This is an introduction to Aesthetic Inquiry. In this workshop you will become familiar with the work of Dr. Maxine Greene and other philosophers, educators and artists who have wondered, explored, and analyzed the dynamic transaction between an engaged observer and a work of art.
You will be immersed in thoughtful exploration and discussion around a work of art and experience how being an ardent observer can deepen your encounters with works of art, affect your own art making, and heighten your perception of the world around you.
"Aesthetic Inquiry is an intentional undertaking designed to nurture appreciative, reflective, cultural, participatory engagements with the arts by enabling learners to notice what is there to be noticed, and to lend works of art their lives in such a way that they can achieve them as variously meaningful. When this happens, new connections are made in experience: new patterns are formed, new vistas are opened."
- Maxine Greene, Variations on a Blue Guitar, p. 6
“For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.”
-Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Chapter 2
Upcoming Aesthetic Inquiry workshops will be posted online