Art and Nature
Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity
July 19–25, 2020 | Santa Fe, NM
On-campus Summer Academy has been postponed to summer 2021. You can experience the next best thing during summer 2020: the online Great Books Summer Seminars for High School Students.
So great is the power of “art”, in all its dimensions, that Aeschylus portrays the Olympian gods as punishing Prometheus for stealing the source of art, the “sacred fire” of the gods, and giving it to humans. What are the true powers of art? Does art “imitate nature”, as Aristotle claimed, or, at its peak, does it express forms of life, creativity, and individual expression that transcend the world as understood by philosophy or the sciences? Does it possess unique forms of insight, or does it mask its inability to account for its own origins (as Plato suggests in the Ion)? We shall explore these questions directly in the seminar, and indirectly through careful reflection on works of poetry, painting, and photography—all against the aesthetically rich natural and cultural landscape of Santa Fe.
Classes and Readings
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Poetry by William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, John Keats, and Wallace Stevens
Paintings, essays, and photography by Breughel, W.H. Auden, Georgia O'Keeffe, Nadar, Dorothea Lange, and Susan Sontag
Yoga, Calligraphy, Archery
Visits to Ghost Ranch and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
July 12–18, 2020Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue
July 19–25, 2020Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity
July 26–August 1, 2020The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy
June 28–July 4, 2020The Soul of the Sciences: Thinking, Counting, Seeing
July 5–11, 2020Power and Politics: The Great and the Good
The community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas shared in the classroom. To further nurture a sense of community, Summer Academy students participate in non-academic workshops such as archery, pottery, yoga, and cooking. Off-campus excursions will include a refreshing visit to Lake Abiquiu and a tour of Meow Wolf’s immersive, multimedia arts installation.