“All perception of truth is the perception
we reason from our hands to our head.”
You can become a world traveler in your own backyard. Henry David
Thoreau and William Blake are only two of many mentors you’ll
follow in your Private Eye studies.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author, naturalist and
philosopher, who laid the foundations for modern environmentalism,
famously said, “I have traveled widely in Concord.” He
found so much beauty and intrigue in Concord, Massachusetts, it
was as if he’d traveled all over the world. You can
be a world traveler in wisdom and nature studies, in art and poetry
in your own neck of the woods using The Private Eye. As you get
better and better at looking closely and thinking by analogy, as
you study carefully what grows through cracks and crawls or flies
or blooms in your own neighborhood —you can gain a world’s
worth of knowledge.
You may also want to use the English poet, painter and printmaker
William Blake (1757-1827), as your guide, who said life’s
“to see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven
in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour"
The "Blake/Thoreau Gallery” gives glimpses
of more teacher and student explorations using The Private Eye
approach in drawing and writing, often integrated, in which the
young writers and artists gain appreciation and insight into the
world around them—as they develop their writing/thinking
and close-observation skills. (You might also want to check out
the math lesson in The Private Eye guide that uses Thoreau as inspiration.
See page 177.) On
to the Gallery!