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Art: the living line
[See below: Proposed publication to feature Woodstock artists]
Beginning art courses at Woodstock lay the technical foundation for further study, much of which delves into the philosophical basis for individual creativity and perception. Hartmuth Hanisch, Head of A4 guides his advanced students in the maturation of their visual perception.
Starting with representative art students move into abstract art and ultimately to non-objective art where line, form, color, texture -- the elements in a composition -- become "an independent entity to encourage a visual experience," as Hanisch expresses it.
Advanced students put their own theory of art into words. What is art to me? How do I do art? Who shaped my perception? Why do I create art?
The following excerpts are from "A Personal Art Theory" by Lovily Vito ('97- India):
"There is safety in art; it is a mute expression of my inner-most being.
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Hartmuth Hanisch, Head of Art, has asked The Brown and the Gold to help him conduct a feasibility study about the prospects of publishing a high-quality book of art works by professional or semi-professional artists who have been students or staff at Woodstock.
He envisions the project to include works on any subject, 2-4 pages per artist with 10-15 contributors. The preface would give a brief history of Woodstock and outline the present day school and its art program. Contributors would also have a write-up on their lives and works. An editorial board is envisioned with Hartmuth as general editor.
The intent of the project is to highlight the range and vitality of artistic creative endeavor in lives touched by Woodstock. Artists interested in participating, please contact Hartmuth through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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