Sunlight and Shadow
Task One: One of the topics for this week is the influence of Transcendentalist philosophy on Fredrick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park. For an introduction to this school of thought, read this brief post about Transcendentalism and Romanticism.
Task Two: Olmsted vision of the natural world has much in common with the paintings of the Hudson River School. For an introduction to these important artists, read this post about the Hudson River School Artists.
Task Five: Respond to this prompt.
Task Six: Watch this segment of “Sunlight and Shadow,” from Ric Burns’ New York: A Documentary Film.
Task Eight: Respond to this prompt.
Task Nine (optional): Watching this video on the engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge.