Andrew Kern: Circe ’12 Breakout Session — “Creation, Imitation, and Analogy: The Paths to Learning”

If you follow Andrew you will find much of this is the heart and soul of what he has been saying for some time now.  Teaching is about the embodiment of ideas.  The best teaching works from analogy, from the thing known to the “new” thing.  This breakout was a good summary of those thoughts.  I know that a couple weeks out, I will not be able to do it justice, but here is the notes as I took them.

Creation: the Logos incarnated.

Analogy is the only way to learn anything.

Tabernacle given to Moses as a pattern of the divine reality of the cosmos (Exo. 32-34)

Creation is using an art to make an artifact.  There are three participants in the act of art:

Working off this chart, we can examine the question, “Who is the Lord of the artistic experience?”

First, to set up the relationships that are drawn above, we have…

…The artist who directs the percipient (the one perceiving the artifact) to see the artifact that he (the artist) has created

…Obviously, the artist is also the one who has embodied a truth in making the artifact

…The percipient must look at and consider/attend to the artifact

…The artifact just “is”

Notice the heresies that come of making any one of these three the “lord” of the artistic experience:

When the Artist is the “lord” — we get “self-expressionism”

When the Artifact is made the “lord” — we get “art for art’s sake” or “abstractionism”

When the percipient is made the “lord” — we get “impressionism”

None of these are right thinking.  We only get it right when we make the Logos, the truth being expressed, the “lord” of the experience, and ultimately that only works when Christ is the Logos of all.

So how does this apply to education/teaching:

Both the Teacher and the Student (Percipient) look through the Artifact (whatever is being studied) to the Logos.  This is true Christian education.  It cannot be simply “observed” it must be acted upon.



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