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Topic: Geometric Arts: geometry through the artist's eyes.
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norman shapiro

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Re: Geometric Arts: geometry through the artist's eyes.
Posted: Mar 11, 2007 8:56 PM
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Hello Quincy,

I believe that visitors to your site, (whether parents, teachers, or students would be at something of a lose to know how to reply to your invitation.

The forums and the topics the proliferate these pages allows only ones that are verbal and accessible to the kinds of letters of the alphabet, numbers, signs found on the computer keyboard. It is not one in which one can upload an image.

You have presented a can of worms that not one personhas tried thus far to open.

Most or many discussions are simply disguised psoing of puzzles or problems give as homework assignments. , It is about the lingo of logic, the suppositional, the allowable parameters of 'the given' and the stratgems and algorithms for finding resolution or solution. It is OK with theorums and proofs.

Your art exemplifies something quite foreign. Something that requires a new kind of literacy for many who are quite smart and capablewith left brain tasks. (or is it right brain?) Well, whichever :-) It has to do with the visual and tactile world in which there is a geometry made with points, lines, polygons, circles, spheres, polyhedra, visual perspectives and picture fields, geometric grids, charts & maps, modular structures, geodesics, symmetries, patterns, fractals, tensegrities .... an entire repertoire of what comprises a history of our powers of representing our discoveries as to the geometrical.

It is to be studied, and be learned and expressed by all who are students of the humanities, sciences and the arts.

Quincy, the questions I'd like to help me ask has a lot to do with how to do a better job of teaching math and geometry from the earliest gaqrades in school all the way through to the upper reaches of scholarship.

What Principles in our mathematics and in our geometries does your art require and exemplify?

In what ways does doing art in our classrooms give aide and nourishment our students. Does it arouse greater curiosity? Does it give our students the needed tools and the lingo to have them pose good questions, excite their desire to get into the action, participate with the best they've got to give??

What questions work? What questionsof art does raise as to how we learn? And are they the basics, the fundamentals?

Does making the classroom experience more visual and tactile have some bearing as to the kind of literacy recquired? It is not just verbal, linear, logical. To 'see' is to 'perceive'.There, do we come face to face with 'optical illusions' enigmas, paradoxes, the playing with games having to do with how we know what we think we 'appreciate', 'know', 'undertand'!

What I'd like is a forum that includes galleries such as you present at your web sight. I'd like to see galleries curated of childrens art: trigger discussions as to what they tellus about how they learn and what they've learned. Trutgh is beauty, beauty truth. Do we get it? Is it immediate and relevant? Can have galleries showing great pictures that are about mind blowing ideas?

Norman Shapiro

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