"A transaction between the individual and his or her physical, psychological, and social environments is necessary for true artistic activity..."

Henry Schaefer-Simmern

Henry Schaefer-Simmern

The Unfolding of Artistic Activity (1948)
With a foreword by John Dewey

Consciousness of Artistic Form (2003)
Edited by Roy Abrahamson

Artistic activity cannot begin where educators impose on students externally formulated images and methods, concepts and cognition. A transaction between the individual and his or her physical, psychological, and social environments is necessary for true artistic activity....He or she needs, in short, to become conscious of consciousness within and emanating from the being. In doing so, the physical, affective, and cognitive domains of his or her being function in coordination with and in service to the artistic process (Schaefer-Simmern, 2003, p. xx).