I recently enjoyed reading this New York Times article,
How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain.
It provoked a further thought: if visualization is an important tool for an athlete's training (as studies show it is) could paintings serve as tools to visualize ourselves walking through nature, similar to the photos, videos, and daydreaming used by athletes, and therefore provide "brain training" opportunities in the places and times when physically getting outside is not possible?
I'll be thinking about this...
Browsing the website of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation I found this video, and after watching Albers move all around and make his students do laps, I thought, "This man is an athlete in the classroom!" I love how whole body movement is essential when teaching his students "how to see more acutely."
"In this film—the only film of Albers teaching in the classroom—Albers is seen introducing students to the basics of drawing ellipses and foreshortened circles. His lively classroom manner is particularly evident as he gets the entire class on its feet and moving around to experience ellipses from all angles."