I’ve been thinking about the process of teaching and learning lately as I plan upcoming drawing tutorials for Nil-tech. I don’t think I’m an authority on drawing. I’m just fascinated by the subject and have done drawings almost daily for a really long time. It seems that there’s interest in me showing more of how I draw. So as I wrote in my last post I’m planning how to do that in simple, no-fuss, ways. Nil-tech has an online library of drawing tutorials and that’s where I’ll be adding my tutorials. I’ll also share them on my social media. If someone buys an art supply kit from my link I’ll get a small, but appreciated, royalty. We’ll see how this project goes … please wish me luck.
More than a decade ago I used to teach art in person in Oklahoma. For a number of years I even designed hands-on art exhibits for children and created teaching curriculums for a staff of teachers to teach from. Fun times except for experiencing the right-wing political opposition in Oklahoma to teachers teaching art (or even teaching reading and writing) and the general objections to the “intellectual eliteism” supposedly evident at any and all art exhibits and literary events. Suffice it to say that I can empathize all too well with teachers (plus librarians, booksellers, writers and artists) who are currently on the recieving end of right-wing anti-intellectual ire.
Yes, I have a bit of PTSD from my time in Oklahoma. There were some nice people there who were supportive of education and the arts in general – people I’m glad to know, people I’m still in touch with – but hooey the PTSD is real. And meanness selfjustified by anti-intellectualism still sucks.
Anyway, imagine my delight when, mere months after we had moved (12 years ago) to the West Coast, during my first in person art opening in Oregon, I was respectfully asked about my usage of metaphors in my work! After replying to the question I hurried to find my wife and, grinning from ear to ear, exclaimed excitedly “They used the M word!!!”
So, I keep reminding myself that as I contemplate a new art teaching opportunity that I’m not, emphatically not, in Oklahoma any more!
That’s why last Friday on A. M. Sketching I included a monument to teaching and learning.
On a lighter note: here’s a touching tribute to a UK music and dance teacher. https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/bride-thinks-its-time-for-wedding-vows-when-groom-says-to-look-at-guests-on-the-balcony/ar-AA106rYX
My art exhibit “For You by Sue the ABC’S: Art, Books and Cards” has been delivered to the Aurora Gallery! The exhibit officially opens August 5th. I’ve been updating the portfolio page about the exhibit and, for the fun in it, included all pages of my book “Coffee Please”. Coffee Please is an amalgamation from the sketchbooks I’d kept during our pre-pandemic travels. I looked in my sketchbook for all the times I recorded requesting coffee; what was said and the type of cup I was given. You can see part of this artist book at the bottom of the photo below and you can see the entire book page by page, in my portfolio here.
Apropos of nothing here’s some of the flowers from our garden.
And here are some books I’m reading because both of these humorists maintained their humor during difficult times. Robert Benchley (b. 1889 – d.1945) lived through WW1, the Spanish Flu and the Great Depression. P. G. Wodehouse (b. 1881 – d.1975) lived through the same events as Benchley plus WW2 – he was even held prisoner by the Germans – and lived through many other world events in his long life. Both continued to write – and be gently humorous – all of their lives.
Resilience and creativity seem to correlate. I find it comforting and encouraging to learn how other artists made it through hard times and maintained their creativity and sense of humor.
It’s been hot this week so the studio supervisor and I have made sun tea by the gallon…
… the sun brewed tea is added to a large lump of ice in glasses. The chilling tea glass is kept on a coaster covered with a bit of paper towel so that drips of condensation don’t fall onto books. Mustn’t drip on the books. Nope, mustn’t…
As Kurt Vonnegut (another artist who turned hard times into fodder for creativity) often said “and so it goes”.
Hope your favorite beverages are just the way you like them this week. See you next Monday.
13 thoughts on “Hot times, cold tea, teaching and learning”
I am so happy for you that you have this new opportunity to teach people about art and creativity. I know that I have learned so much from you through our online interactions so I know that you are going to deliver really stimulating, engaging, inspiring and accessible lessons for your students.
Thank you!!! Oh gosh I appreciate your support!!! And I so hope you’re correct 🤞🤞 p.s. since I can’t add photos to this comment I’m sending you a text that relates…
I’m glad that you’re excited about getting back into teaching! I would expect that art students wouldn’t be bringing all the negative baggage that writing students tend to have?
Thank you!!! I think the baggage is there with art students too. Too often they’ve seen art in the museums and expect themselves to do something like they saw in a museum the first day or so of class. When that doesn’t happen they say “I’m not an artist”. So part of my teaching job, I think, is to debunk those negative thoughts – hopefully before those thoughts get a firm grip. Is that similar to what happens with writing students?
With writing students, it’s mostly K-12 teachers’ sea of red ink that leads students to label themselves as “bad writers.” All their attention is focused on grammatical errors, when it shoud be on what they have to say that others need to hear.
Oh yes, I imagine that is a bit more baggage where writers are concerned… with art classes things are more focused on what they have to say rather than the way they painted. I find it’s usually the adults that have baggage issues related to art (the aforementioned museum expectations) but kids are usually wonderfully enthusiastic art students.
That makes perfect sense to me!
Your studio supervisor is so cute…❤️❤️❤️ Once again, I am amazed at all the work you accomplish even through the summer! Very enjoyable post Sue.
Thank you! I told my supervisor that you think he’s cute and he wagged his tail! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. 😊❤
Good luck on this new project, Sue!
Thank you so much!!!