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Education through Art

3 Aug

Haliburton School of Arts

Truly edcuated men and women know that art is an essential part of education. Since modern men and women spend most of their time in a self-made enviornment, they are being educated through in and about art whether or not they realize it.
This is where the responsible educators will see to the provision of effective art programs that prepare students not only for their self-made environment, but also for the fullest enjoyment of that enviornment which is nature’s work.
The basic purposes of art education for my students is:
1. The development and coordination of the senses
2. The enrichment of the imagination
3. The development of the power to communicate
4. The acquisition of the means of transforming experience and being creative
5. The giving of order to the relationship between the emotional and intellectual parts of their nature
6. The preparation of students to be thoughtful and productive members of society, capable of making a contribution to the well being of their neighbour through the right uses of their talents.


Book: The Map as Art

15 Jul

In The Map as Art, (Princeton Architectural Press) Katharine Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists—such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz—and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art.

The book is a collection of visionary topographies and imaginary geographies charted by artists including Vik Muniz (there is a work of his at the Palazzo Forti, Verona) who re-creates the globe from pieces of junk amongst others.

I haven’t read it, but it looks like a book I would like to buy and keep. I’m going to look into this through Amazon.

check out a review on

and the national post

Pensieri della Vita e pace

13 Jul

CHINUA ACHEBE, Nigerian writer, professor at Brown

Seguite quello che vi afferra da dentro e che vi viene meglio, qualunque cosa sia. Nessunopuò insegnarti chi sei e di che cosa hai bisogno.


Stringi stringi, salta fuori che l’autentico miracolo della vita è la vita stessa. Abbiamo la technologia, la capacità di costruire macchine e strade, ma non abbiamo gli strumenti per capire cosa c’è dentro un essere umano. Certo, esistone le religioni: ma sono così imbevute di traditizione da avere trasferito tutto all’esterno, in rituali e ceremonie. E’ vero, l’Oriente si preoccupa di scoprire ci sei dentro, dal punto di vista spirituale. Ma la parola “spirituale” non si dovrebbe nemmeno usare. Il punto è scoprire chi sei davvero. Accettarlo. E accorgersi che il paradiso è qui e ora. Se metti in conto questo, poi arriva anche la pace.
Ma la pace è un lavoro privato e non un negoziato, dove alle fine c’è sempre qualcuno che ci perde. La pace è qualcosa che trovi per te, punto. Guardarsi dentro, ascoltarsi, essere consapevoli. E’ anche frustante, perchè tu sei l’osservatore e insieme l’osservato. E non resta che venire a patti con questo. Ecco che cosè la coscienza: arrendersi e accettarsi. Magari fallirai in modo orrendo, ma abbracciare l’incertezza è un processo creativo che dà l’energia per andare avanti. E anche l’unico modo per veder e sentire gli altri. E provare compassione.


Una buona testa e un cuore buono sono sempre una combinazione formidabile. Sono poche le disgrazie di qeusto  mondo che non puoi trasformare in un trionfo personale. Se hai una volontà di ferro e la capacità  necessria. Ciò che distingue una persona da un’altra non è quello che le è stato dato ma cosa ne fa. E la più grande arma di sviluppo che oguno possiede è la pace.

FRANK GEHRY, architect from Toronto

E’ importante capire l’impressione che si fa agli altri: dopodischè si possono presentare le proprie idee, e aprire i giochi in grande stile. E cose stanno così: se sei sciocco la gente lo sa, ma se non sai che lo sa, perdi inuitmente il tuo tempo. Sintonizzarsi, essere ricettivi è basilare. Gli studenti di architttura dovrebbero preoccuparsi di questo, e poi di essere se stessi sennza sentirsi gravati dal passato. Lo dico ache agli artisti: “La vostra opera migliore è l’espressione di voi stessi”.

we feel fine

22 May

I feel that we are full of wonderous awe at who we are and the opening of the world around us

I feel overwhelmed with all the creative things I want to do

Every emotion, every feeling of every body is documented in this site that calculates the feelings on the social web. It takes them into one big melting pot and divides them up into colours and sex, location, weather, age and a world emotion is brewing on the internet.

we feel fine

It finds out what we say when we use anatomy to describe how we are: heart, head, stomach, chest, legs, arms, fingers, toes.

How destiny has entered our lives according to palm reading: life, heart, head, sex, money, fortune, health, spirit, trips, marriage, destiny, fame.

Every time you click on the website, you get hundreds of small coloured dots that explode with emotional words and pictures with words and colours and people and emotions and colours and pictures.

You MUST check it out.

Space Clearing

10 May

How much fun it is to organize and keep everything in order!

I wish I had this space clearing space

Detoxifing our house is like giving you new space- clean up and put away and open yourself up! This is what I am doing now with all my accumulated articles, websites, exhibition reviews…I am taking them all and putting them into once space, all filed away and then they are happy where they are. I have read them, my brain has absorbed all their knowledge, I become richer and now whoever reads my blog can share in this knowledge with me. And I can throw out the article and get rid of paper! Clean up! My mind and myhuge file of articles!

Are you depressed? Clean out your closet.

Difficult to make decisions about life? Don’t do all the useless stuff that takes up your time (like maybe writing this blog, but I don’t think so). Finally space clearing is coming to Italy! It means cleaning up the space around you and get rid of cluter and junk that accumulates in your rooms and in your life. Almost like an old feng shui, getting rid of the old to make room for the new. A reset that arrives directly to your brain.

Space Clearing  is based on the presupposition that whatever happens in a room, every situation played between those walls, leaves behind a charge of enegy (positive or negative) that get absorbed by the objects and by the enviornment. The first step towards wellness consists in eliminating all the big and little things accumulating in the drawers, boxs, garage and that we don’t have the courage to throw them away with the illusion that one day they might become useful.

Instead they are just wasting enery and old stagnant energy that get blocked causing sadness and depression.

Where to start? From the room that has the most discomfort (like all the rooms are filled with stuff? Really where to start?) Do we really eed all those objects? If in the last 2 years they haven’t been touched, then they need to go to my GARAGE SALE!!

You must start where the disorder is most evident, eliminating all the paper (done that) like old newspapers and magazines that take up old energy. I completly rip them apart – images I use for collage/decoupage, recipes I keep and I rip out all the events and articles and write about them here. Then I bring them to school and they use them for collages and THEN they get thrown out. I’ll post a picture of what I did last with my magazines.

Put the things in containers if they are out of place. (tying). At last throw away at least one object that does not serve any purpose. Small or big, its the ritual that counts.

The gestures are liberating and the energy goes up with every bag of garbage (I love throwing out garbage and have a back balcony full of because I can only throw it out once a week).

There are precise correlations between rooms and their spirit. So do a change of season and put all the seasonal stuff away and get the new ones out. Unfortunately, we aren’t able as it rains all the time and spring is not coming!!!

Objects that remind you of negative experiences or people, like objects that caused  arguments. Objects that don’t go with other things, colours are different and accumulate dust. Things that take up too must space, small tables that take up space, paintings not framed, photo albums that are half done.


They even have an ORDER RESTORER ! Just try to keep things clean if at all possible and in this house it is NOT EASY!!

love yourself

2 May


 To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to seek yourself is to have found yourself for now.

And now is all we have and love is who we are….

Learn to say NO!

2 May

so many things

  • Now you have to make mistakes to find out who you AREN’T.
  • You take the action and your insight follows.
  • You don’t thinkyour way into becoming yourself, you DO IT!
  • Every single day, try to figure out something you no longer agree to do, you can say NO!
  • Then you can realize what you really WANT TO DO!