Thursday, January 30, 2014

How Do You Define "Good Art"?

The purpose of this blog is to help your family and friends turn your Shabbat table into a work of art. Please print and share.

Emuna's starfish 3Please look at the picture to the left.

What do you see?

A. A starfish
B. A work of art
C. A proud father of a budding art student's first effort
D. Some wood, some glass, some pastels.

Our daughter spent many hours on this creation, during six sessions of her first-ever art class.

Question 1 for your table: Does knowing that background information make it more beautiful?

devorah fish1While we're at it, I might as well show you her sister's first creation as well:

Truly stunningly fabulously thrillingly amazingly earth-shatteringly beautiful, right?

Great art teachers often say that the main skill to learn is not how to draw, not how to paint, but how to see.

How to get started learning to see?

You could take the neuroscientist's route and read Inside a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.

Or you could go the artist's route and read the classic Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

This is all a build up to Question 2 for your table: What's the point of art?

And what does all of this have to do with being Jewish?

Shabbat Shalom

"Wagner's music isn't as bad as it sounds." - Mark Twain

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Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld
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