Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries--17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque Period. Which one should they follow, the absolute authority of the church and the divine rights of kings or the Protestant reform and the belief … Continue reading Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we will explore the High Renaissance into Mannerism. The influence of the state and private individuals heighten, affecting the style and mood of the times. High … Continue reading Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

Challenging the Ideas of Art

How do we view art? How do we define art? More importantly, how do we accept and challenge these ideas? From the movie Mona Lisa Smile and John Berger's Ways of Seeing, how did we think about the ideas of arts? Let us compare it ideas presented in most art books such as Robert Cumming's … Continue reading Challenging the Ideas of Art

The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

Since I started teaching in an exclusive school, I became fond of starting the semester with Mona Lisa Smile. This line from Catherine Watson is the best: What is art? What makes it good or bad? And who decides? It is one of the key things that I try to teach in an Art Appreciation … Continue reading The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

Marie Curie and the new semester

Tomorrow, another semester will start. Whew, I had a bit of vacation and I really hope I have recuperated enough from last semester's tasks. As always, I have a dual role, as a teacher and as a student. Its been exhausting and exasperating, but at the same time, it is worth it. I've been browsing … Continue reading Marie Curie and the new semester

Art Around Us, Art in UP

These are projects for my teacher, Dr. Eloisa May Hernandez. Hope this inspires you to find art around us 🙂 The photos are linked to the original URL. To find more, please check out Dr. Eloisa May Hernandez Tumblr account here. Related articles Funding cuts for PhDs and Masters (bbc.co.uk)

Over Rizal

Hi girls, and a few guys. This article might interest you: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/225070/lifestyle/rizal-as-piece-of-stone You've all seen the various Rizal Monuments all over the Philippines. At least one or two aside from the one in Rizal Park. You should check out this article. Also, Over Rizal: Monuments to a Hero, is an ongoing exhibit at the Vargas … Continue reading Over Rizal