The Arts, the Senses, and the Imagination
Resources
Ballet at the Paris Opera
Edgar Degas  1877
Welcome to the Resources page, a place where you can find materials to help supplement your knowledge of the Arts and add to your understanding of them. I'll try to keep this page from becoming overly theoretical and intellectual, focusing instead on resources that inform but never lose sight of the overriding goal of the Arts --- to express something about the human experience. By expression I mean more than simply the communication of thoughts and ideas, although they, too, are important. I mean the revelation of what it FEELS like to be a human being. After all, our feelings about the experiences in our lives  undoubtedly make up the most significant and memorable aspects of our daily existence.

You can employ the links below to begin  exploring these exciting resources. I will add to them as I scour the internet for the most accessible examples I can find. Happy viewing!

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DRAMA AND FILM

PLAYING SHAKESPEARE

PHOTOGRAPHERS

DRAMA & FILM

PLAYING SHAKESPEARE - on this page.
This excellent series is hosted by John Barton, one of the co-founders of Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company. Aided by a Who's Who cast of actors, including such luminary Sirs and Dames as Ian McKellen, Judy Dench, Ben Kingsley, David Suchet, Patrick Stewart and many others (much earlier in their careers), he illustrates performance traditions and techniques that help actors bring their very best to making Shakespeare's plays come to life. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the series is watching the actors play the same roles in a variety of ways as they explore alternative interpretations. Best of all, there is keen insight into the monumental talent of Shakespeare himself as a writer and poet.













LOOKIN FOR RICHARD -
A film with Al Pacino delving into Shakespeare's play, RICHARD III, and Shakespeare in general. A very accessible introduction to the Bard. By clicking on the link above you will be able to watch the film on You Tube for as little as $2.99.
STELLA ADLER - AWAKE AND DREAM -- This documentary looks into the life and techniques of the very influential acting teacher who helped shape the skills of such actors as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Sydney Poitier, Judy Garland, Salma Hayek, Mark Ruffalo, and many others. In spite of her apparent eccentricity (or should I say originality?), her guidance is full of techniques and insights that cut to the heart of dramatic performance.

VISUAL ART

MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE ART GALLERY

In the above gallery you can explore a huge number of artworks up close by using your mouse to left-click and drag an image to move it, by using your mouse wheel, or by using the small image on the right of the screen.
ART AND ARTISTS
A wonderfully wide-ranging blog that includes both Art and Illustration.

MUSIC

LEONARD BERNSTEIN --- THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERTS
These concerts, old though they may be, are still some of the best introductions to classical music around.






THE STORY OF MUSIC
English composer Howard Goodall presents an engaging and informative overview of the history of music.
INSTRUMENTS OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
In a brilliant series of videos, members of the Philharmonia Orchestra demonstrate each of the instruments. Click on the image of the orchestra to get to the resource.

POETRY & LITERATURE

THE POETRY ARCHIVE
A place to explore some of the most representative works of great poets, both in print and read aloud. Of particular interest are the recordings of poets reading their own works. Hearing poetry read by its creator can sometimes be a revelation (not always, however, because some poets are not particularly adept at reading aloud). Probably the best voice for reading poetry is the inner voice we develop by reading expressively in our own imagination. But then again when you hear someone like Dylan Thomas reading....

BALLET

VIDEO BALLET GLOSSARY 
A compendium of basic ballet moves and positions

ANSEL ADAMS

ALFRED STIEGLITZ

EDWARD WESTON