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The Intelligent Eye: Learning to Think by Looking at Art
Attentive observation of art provides an excellent opportunity for better thinking, for the cultivation of the "art of intelligence." The arts are important in an educational setting, therefore, because they can cultivate important thinking strategies in children and adults alike. With carefully chosen illustrations, Perkins demonstrates how the reflective approach to art ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 21st 1994 by J. Paul Getty Museum
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The book teaches critical thinking by instructing the reader how to view and analyze works of art. It's very helpful for those who have never had an art class or for those who don't understand art beyond the basics of what they see. Many paintings communicate deep philosophical truths or light satires, and it takes thinking time to draw these out. This book gives some strategies to do so, all the while arguing for art education in schools.
The things that I liked about this book was to train myself to stop, look and really see what an artwork is, how it makes me feel and how the artists used the principles of art to convey his or her message. Trying to explain a visual artwork in words is difficult at times for me and this book helped give me tools to "translate" what I see visually into words.