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Doodling in Class

My husband and I are taking a course at Columbia about Art vs Culture.  It is a small discussion class at the Heyman Center and the first text that we read was The Two Cultures - a transcription of the 1959 lecture at Cambridge by CP Snow.  The "artists" were the great writers of the time and the scientists were in the hard sciences - physics, chemistry, and mathematics.  The premise was that these cultures were so different, that artists and scientists could not communicate with each other.

This past week we began class by reading Genesis 3 to reflect on the tree of life and tree of knowledge and then went on to consider 4 discussions between artists and scientists.  Scientists are making rapid technological advances ( like cloning), but are the "artists" capable of understanding and discussing the possible perils of these discoveries, thus beginning a dialogue about good and evil inherent in them?  Can they be translators for the society at large. 

Just because we can DO something, should we DO it? 

I doodle to keep my mind on the discussion - and here is my tree of knowledge and two classmates - all scribbled on the back of a handout with ball point pen.



Looks like a wonderful class!

That would be an interesting class! I think when my uni course starts in Nov 'Art & Culture' will be one of my study units. I can't wait. By the way, great little class sketches.

Unlike teachers I had as a child, I always encouraged my students to doodle in class. I think it helps your brain focus better on the various senses, including listening.

I was just thinking about something like this today. I saw an artist that reflected so much pain and suffering in her work, and you know that she is expressing some personal experience. Much of my work is so representational - just shows what I see. I wonder what it would be like to use are to express a principle or societal need - and avoid being preachy! Tough. I wonder if you have to be wired that way. It's a fun sketch/collage you have here. The man on top looks quite taken aback about the subject of the evening!

Sounds like an interesting class!

Love the cut-off paper compilation =) Nice one Shirley

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