Musical style, with S-T-Y-L-E !

I talk about 'style' in each lesson as we study Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, who all have very distinctive styles.

In this video Nahre Sol plays 'Mary had a little lamb' in the styles of about a dozen great composers.

There are plenty of labels and visual cues to help you follow the ideas. Enjoy!

If the video does not show, click here to see it at YouTube.

The video is played by Nahre Sol (Alice Gi-Young Hwang), a young pianist and composer. She likes to combine improvisation with traditional Western form and harmony. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2013 at The Juilliard School and did further composition study in Paris.

Please give her video a 'like'!

Benefits of the Inglis Art Method

What are are the benefits of learning the structured, repertoire based Inglis Art Method?

It's fun!

Movement literacy enables emotional expression and communication!
Movement literacy enables emotional expression and communication!

The method draws on a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, music performance and learning, psychology, meditation, martial arts, time and motion study... and more.

Complex activities such as art, music and dance contain a hierarchy of skills.
Complex activities such as art, music and dance contain a hierarchy of skills.

By completing paintings with my method you will be systematically developing all of these capabilities:

  • Develop their painting ability
  • Explore their art tastes
  • Develop their creativity
  • Literacy in the language of visual communication
  • Thinking abstractly
  • Creativity via Process
  • Achieving Focus
  • Entering the Flow State
  • Creative Visualisation
  • Abstract thinking
  • Right Brain mode (Switching in and out)
  • Relaxation
  • Coordination
  • Proprioceptive Perception (where is your body?)
  • Kineasthetic Perception (where are you moving?)
  • Synaesthetic Perception (sound and colour)

Count 'em!
Count 'em!

Here are just some of the technical art skills you will practice in these sessions:

  • Sketching
  • Brush Techniques
  • Colour Mixing
  • Painting like a master
  • Understanding visual language

Learn to see in 6 dimensions!
Learn to see in 6 dimensions!

Learning to see abstract patterns.
Learning to see abstract patterns.
In this case a Monet's Japanese Bridge 1899, No.2, at the texture mapping stage.

Cracking the genius code

Do you want to be a genius? Do you have the time?

Getting there is where the fun really lays.

We are all born with varying skills and abilities.

The good news is that, all of us being human, we share those skills and abilities, and can develop them to a large degree through training and practice.

Developing artistic talent in 3 steps

In any population a particular skill will be distributed as shown in the standard "bell curve".

Artistic Talent is not just one thing, it's a network of skills including line, texture, form, colour, tone, composition. All of these skills are learnable. I include all of them under "Method".

  1. Method: an efficient process which involves artistic skill sets
  2. Technique: how you handle your equipment, based on coordination
  3. Repertoire: your body of work

In each session at Inglis Academy we develop your method and technique by adding to your repertoire.

If you keep adding to the repertoire, who knows, you might be an artistic genius too! But not everybody has the time to develop into a genius and that's OK.

Taking any number of steps along that path is an immensely satisfying life experience!

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

In the 1940's a young jewish-american psychology intern had a leap of insight. He realised that reductionist models of the human psyche went nowhere in explaining culture.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

He realised that much of what people do is not directed to satisfying their immediate, physical needs, but rather to other, non-physical ends.

As a result, he started a new direction in psychology, focussing on "wellness", and what makes people more human, hence "Humanistic Psychology".

This was in stark contrast with previous giants such as Freud and his disciples, who had dealt mainly with mental pathology.

A holistic view of humanity can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, in whose gymnasiums you would study philosophy, art, music, athletics and health. Nonetheless, the revival of this idea was a potent force, and still serves as an anodyne to many of the self-destructive ideas which gained currency in the 20c.

Music genres

Use this chart of music styles and their connections as a starting point in your own explorations of the wonderful world of music.