Statement by Donita Ellison, New York City Teacher
As to the lie about education and achievement, Ms. Ellison writes: For someone to say that Aesthetic Realism discourages a person from being educated and striving for academic achievement is so far from the truth that it would be comic if it weren’t such a hideous lie.
When I began studying Aesthetic Realism I was an art student at Southwest Missouri State University. I loved the way Aesthetic Realism explains the relation between art and life—that we can actually learn from art about ourselves and how to see other people and the world better. Looking at how this was true made me a better student (e.g., my grade point average improved), and made me a better artist. I wanted to move to New York to study this and I did. In fact after moving I obtained a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree from one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation, the School of Visual Arts, and graduated with honors from Iona College with a master’s degree in education. I am now a high school art teacher and my studies continue in classes at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, as well as other educational institutions, like Baruch College, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Educational Alliance.
[Here is a link to Ms. Ellison’s webpage, where you can learn about her recent speaking engagements as an art educator: http://www.DonitaEllison.com]