At Santa Cruz’s Neoteric School, if it was good enough for the grand masters …

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Every first-year art student is taught that art is generally divided into two broad categories — abstract and representational.

The former puts the emphasis on the artist’s distinct vision of his world and can include anything from Picasso to “South Park.”

Representational art, on the other hand, is an effort to render the world as close to objective reality as the artist is capable of. Think Michelangelo’s “David” or Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man.”

We live in an era in which abstract reigns supreme in the art world, which is why the small Santa Cruz school, grandly named the Neoteric Renaissance School of Art, seems like it’s rowing upstream against the tide of popular culture.

Neoteric, owned and operated out of the Tannery Arts Center by Jonathan Chorn and Lisa Silas, is

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