A note on Aesthetic Realism classes and Aesthetic Realism itself.
Aesthetic Realism was founded by Eli Siegel, a poet of "the very first rank" (William Carlos Williams) and a critic whose "penetration [is] both original and extraordinary" (N.Y. Times Book Review).
All Aesthetic Realism classes are based on the inclusive way of seeing aesthetics that is the foundation of Aesthetic Realism.
The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry is taught by Ellen Reiss, Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism. "Poetry," Eli Siegel explained, "is the oneness of the permanent opposites in reality as seen by an individual."
The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method workshop for educators explains the aesthetic structure in each subject, from spelling to algebra, to show its beauty and relate it to students' lives. It is taught by distinguished New York City teachers, including Rosemary Plumstead, Patricia Martone, Lois Mason.
Aesthetic Realism and Anthropology, taught by Dr. Arnold Perey, discusses the Aesthetic Realism explanation of self to oppose racism and study what people have in common East and West, in the Arctic & the southern tip of Africa.
The Aesthetic Realism music classes, taught by Aesthetic Realism faculty members Barbara Allen, Anne Fielding, & Edward Green, and mezzo-soprano Carrie Wilson (Singing), are based on this principle of Aesthetic Realism: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."
The Aesthetic Realism and Acting class, taught by Anne Fielding * is based on this concept stated by the founder of Aesthetic Realism: "Acting is a certain way of taking the contraries of the world. It is a way of being somebody else for the purpose of coming back home immediately."
In the Aesthetic Realism and Marriage classes, taught by Pauline Meglino, Anne Fielding & Barbara Allen, Aesthetic Realism consultants, women study "the opposites of contempt and respect in the history of marriage and in their own lives including yesterday's incident at the breakfast table."
In the Learning to Like the World class, Robert Murphy and Barbara Allen teach young people how "everything — from a flower to mathematics to their mothers — can be used to like the world!"
* Director of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company