With the students in 6th Grade at Monforton we are learning about Prehistoric Art. It is making me excited to visit Lascaux ll again this summer with SketchyTours. Check out this Virtual Tour of this subterranian labyrinth of sketching! http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en#/en/00.xml
It doesn’t matter what we’ve experienced – whether it’s the breathtaking scope of the Grand Canyon, the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or the exhilarating view from the top of the Eiffel Tower – at some point in our lives we’ve all had the feeling of being in a complete and overwhelming sense of awe.
Awe seems to be a universal emotion, but it has been largely neglected by scientists—until now.
Psychological scientists Melanie Rudd and Jennifer Aaker of Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management devised a way to study this feeling of awe in the laboratory. Across three different experiments, they found that jaw-dropping moments made participants feel like they had more time available and made them more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer time to help others.
The researchers found that the effects that awe has on decision-making and well-being can be explained by awe’s ability to actually change our subjective experience of time by slowing it down. Experiences of awe help to brings us into the present moment which, in turn, adjusts our perception of time, influences our decisions, and makes life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.
Now that’s awesome.
The study, “Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being,” will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
This post is a Press Release from the Association for Psychological Science and can be found on their website at their website address by clicking here: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/being-in-awe-can-expand-time-and-enhance-well-being.html
Where are all my new art friends? The tour is over and I don't see them every day. I can only hope that everyone's sketching after breakfast, while waiting for a meal, in the park, in town, in the back yard, or whenever there's time.
We should have an art show of our favorite sketches.
That was fun.
Here are our phone numbers in France:
Compared with the 20,000-year-old images at Lascaux or the 17,000-year-old creations in Spain’s Altamira, the art of the Ardèche received scant media attention —until the discovery of Chauvet Cave in 1994.
The first photographs captivated specialists and the public alike. For decades scholars had theorized that art had advanced in slow stages from primitive scratchings to lively, naturalistic renderings. Surely the subtle shading, ingenious use of perspective, and elegant lines of Chauvet’s masterworks placed them at the pinnacle of that progression. Then carbon dates came in, and prehistorians reeled. Approximately twice as old as those in the more famous caves, Chauvet’s images represented not the culmination of prehistoric art but its earliest known beginnings. A few thousand years after anatomically modern humans appeared in Europe, cave painting was as sophisticated as it would ever be.
Get the whole story in the pages of National Geographic magazine.
Stone Age artists were painting red disks, handprints, clublike symbols and geometric patterns on European cave walls long before previously thought, in some cases more than 40,000 years ago, scientists reported on Thursday, after completing more reliable dating tests that raised a possibility that Neanderthals were the artists.
Read the entire article from the New York Times.
Why wouldn't you want to go to France? History, art, food, wine, what else is there?