A Path to Our Future: Artful Thinking, Learning, Teaching, and Research
Chapter One: Introduction: Deep Learning and Generative Research Through Story
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The place is Alma Rosa Winery in California. Amidst rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, forests, and black-and-white cows grazing, there is room for a few humans in the rustic tasting room. As we enter, we hear the host explain the write-ups of the wines on the menu: “We have shifted our tasting notes to telling stories instead of telling what you need to look for.”
We read on these tasting notes,
Story for 2012 Pinot Noir—La Encantada Vineyard
“Swan Lake” ballet transposed into wine: the beauty and the balance, the drama and the darkness…graceful and elegant, seductive and beguiling with a sense of tension beneath the surface. Our future is what but unknown, leaving us only the moment, this moment, time to pour another glass and release our imaginations to soar in the winged embrace of the Black Swan.
This thinking and talking and sipping brought a favorite topic of ours to mind about how art and life so richly reflect each other. We were reminded of the student teacher in a kindergarten classroom in Brooklyn. She told the children the story of her study-abroad trip to Amsterdam by displaying prints of van Gogh’s paintings, reading a biographical storybook about the artist, and then she engaged the children in a discussion of her favorite painting, My Bedroom. The children went on to think about their favorite “rooms” at home for each of them and began ← 1 | 2 → to...
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