When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Beautiful Minds

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -Albert Einstein

At the start of the school year, I attempt to explain to very young learners, why "Art" is of great importance. I ask them "What is Art?" and "Where is Art?" Five year olds are enthusiastic, curious and "magical" human beings. They truly do "see" beauty in the simplest of things and very quickly they are able to conclude that "Art" is everywhere. It is absolutely everywhere!

They always inquire as to how one "gets good at Art?". I respond by telling them that they must use their eyes and their minds. They must practice and make many wonderful mistakes.( I realize no one ever shared that with me until recent years.) But most importantly, I explain to them that "Art" means trying, learning and creating to the best of their ability for the rest of their lives.That is "big stuff" ,one might think ,to share with a Kindergartner but amazingly, they understand, because in essence I am asking them to always be who they are: spirited, interested and "brave" learners, who have little regard for, or comprehension of "limitations."

We know that "Art" is about so much more then creating 2 and 3 dimensional images and objects to display and view. There is an "Art" to all human activity.Athletes, scientists,educators, parents ,all individuals are genuinely "artists" when they wholeheartedly direct their minds and efforts toward mastering the knowledge and skills associated with their endeavors.

An archaic definition of "Art" is "science, learning or scholarship." (not really so archaic).At the beginning of each academic year, I think seriously about how I will share with my students my personal passion for "Art", learning and life.I tell them to "think big" and think for themselves. And so this morning, I read about some "artists" that I greatly admire because they "think big" and persist in unraveling the mysteries of the universe with childlike wonder and energy. These artists are the physicists who after 14 years of labor, "at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva successfully activated the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest, most powerful particle collider ." They are artists in the greatest sense of the word because they continue to learn,explore and imagine!
So to everyone, "Think Big" and use your beautiful minds.

Check out a video and read a wonderful article about the Hadron Collider on the NY Times website.

"In his daring concept of universal evolution as constant motion, as put forth and written into (unwitting) poetry by Einstein, we have then the greatest conceptioning and greatest communication by a human being to other human beings not only in the 20th Century but possibly in any other of the centuries. Therefore I see that Einstein is certainly the great artist of the 20th Century. Einstein becomes the prototype scientist-artist of the not only the 20th Century but of the now looming 21st Century." R. Buckminster Fuller

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