Notebook, 1993-



The taking of preliminary steps toward a particular purpose . . . . A particular manner of taking such steps . . . . A means of access: Avenue . . . . To make advances to esp. in order to create a desired result . . . . To take preliminary steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of something . . . .

There are approches to one's work encompassed in the idea of Theory, Attitude, Idea, Style, Concept, Mood, Method, Quality, Motif, Process, Trend, Materials, Theme, Topic, etc.

There are Historic, Theoretic, Philosophic, Contemporary, Cultural, Personal, Stylistic, Metaphorical approaches to art making, etc.

One might take a particular abstract approach in regard to visual elements and their relationships, such as through a focus upon shapes, values, measure, pace, colors or proportion, etc.

Examples: Impressionism, Abstraction . . . . Monochromatic, Conceptual, Linear, Volumetric . . . . Stylized, Gestural, Structural, Emotive, Political, Urban, Literary . . . . Deep, Flat, Poetic . . . . Minimalist, Automatist, Surrealist, Neoclassical, Mannerist, Cubist, Nabist, Fauvist, Structuralist, Abstract Expressionist, Pictorialist . . . .Taoism . . . . Naturalism . . . . Western, Folk, Flemish, Assyrian, Buddhist, Egyptian, Plains Indian, 19th c. French, German, Mexican, 20th c., Early Christian, Tang, Reconstruction, Renaissance, Cycladic, Eastern, etc.

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One may get started from any perspective and find Developments will proceed through selected courses of interest. For personal appreciation --or through concentration of interest in one or two courses through which to demonstrate expertise --all forms of development require the investment of time and interest.

The focus here is on 'Approaches.'

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Developments may in this way proceed through an appreciation of the arts and art works on a very general level . . . . or . . . . through engagement in materials, processes and methods . . . . through work with visual relationships . . . . . through consideration of aesthetic theory and practice . . . . through an interpretation of a specific discipline . . . . through reference to tradition . . . . . through a review of history or attention to cultural norms or through the development of specific topics, events, or issues . . . .

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Approach vb [ME approchen, fr. OF aprochier, fr. LL appropriare, fr. L ad- + prope near; akin to L pro before -more at For] vt [13c] 1a: to draw closer to: Near [__ the podium] b: to come very near to: be almost the same as [its mathematics __es mysticism -Theodore Sturgeion] [as the quantity x __es zero] 2: to make advances to esp. in order to creat a desired result [was __ed by several Broadway producers] b: to take preliminary steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of [__ the subject with an open mind] vi 1: to draw nearer [dawn __es] 2: to make an approach in golf

2 Approach n [15c] 1a: an act or instance of approaching [the __ of summer] b: Approximation [in this book he makes his closest __ to greatness] 2a: the taking of preliminary steps toward a particular purpose [experimenting with new lines of __] b: a particular manner of taking such steps [a highly individual __ to language] 3: a means of access: Avenue 4a: a golf shot from the fairway toward the green b: the steps taken by a bowler before he delivers the ball; also: the part of the alley behind the foul line from which the bowler delivers the ball 5: the descent of an aircraft toward a landing place

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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