Teaching is an ART. I truly believe that and it is through the slow ooze of experience, of classroom trial and error that one becomes a master teacher.
I'd like to share here, my own thoughts and ruminations on teaching, good teaching. I have many years experience and will leave some notes here for others who are following. Hopefully, after a few months, I'll collect for a nice presentation for beginning teachers.
The entries will be short, concise. Meant for others to think about , ponder and arrive at their own truth. Like a koan, like a parable, like an aphorism -- a thunderbolt of thought.
Great for courses/teacher development and training.
David, it is hard not to tease you on this one... no artist ever drew a great painting...quite correct! But going with your flow, many great painters could not draw*... too bad I can't remember any examples! But this info was garnered in a very reputable art history course I took many years ago.
Drawing (as in illustrating) is a simple skill to learn. The fundamental part is "seeing" what is actually there, instead of relying on the "symbol" your mind makes. For example, first try to draw an object, or reproduce a line drawing from a book. Kind of hard if you are not in practice, and you probably will be disappointed with your results. Now take the object or drawing you are trying to reproduce and turn it upside down- your results will be much more accurate. The first time you do this, it will astound you! What we "think" is there interferes with our ability to see what is "actually" there. I am sure this can be applied to life in general.
Of course there are tips, tricks and techniques that can help you- shading, perspective, and such- but the basics are there every time you pick up a pencil. Anyone that can see can learn to draw. What amazes me is when people draw out of their imagination- it is like the difference between writing non-fiction, and creating a fictional story. This probably correlates to life and teaching too... there is something more (and more difficult to grasp, hold down and identify) than the curriculum we teach in every class and lesson.
Last comment- all rules do not have to be mastered before you can start breaking them. In fact, I think we start creatively manipulating knowledge as soon as we have grasped it, probably even as we are grasping it. (You have been in Korea a long time- and I am a smart ass :D )
*hmm, this statement seems to contradict my following statement that anyone can learn to draw... ok, I guess they all could draw if they wanted to :D Not all great painters DID draw, and some felt as though they couldn't, because they didn't have me as a fourth grade teacher.
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