I took this photo on the morning that I nervously waited for my new Art & Design Foundation group to arrive at the beginning of the month.
It's the same every time, those butterflies in the stomach, even after twenty-six years!
September is a really important month for me, probably because it's a New Year in many ways for us teachers.
I feel so lucky to work part time with students who are on the cusp of their creative careers and adventures, it's such a turning-point in the lives of these future artists and designers.
This is the month that makes me reflect, as I talk to them about some of the fundamental aspects of living a creative life. I need reminding of these things too, it's so easy to forget.
The first statements that I always write on the board before the students arrive are:
1. Make misteaks.
2. We cannot give you the answers but we can give you the questions.
I must admit that sometimes I feel more like the Riddler and not the tutor, these two statements are the fundamental corner stones of being a Creative.
And even after all these years, as a tutor and a painter-textile-artist-person I still have to remember that it's okay to make it up as I go along!
So thank you September for reminding me about these important lessons, I shall miss you until next year ...
The thing I remember most about my art teacher (school 45+ years ago was when preparing for my gcse art I suggested using string and he said I could use anything I wanted, art didn't have to be flat on a piece of paper - there was no stopping me after that and I passed my exam with 3d onion layers made from string that I dyed and positioned on board. I think he opened my mind to the idea that art is all around us and not just on the end of a brush!ReplyDelete
What an inspiring story! And what an inspiring teacher xDelete
and September was kind in many ways to us this year. Good luck with your new students xxReplyDelete
Thank you so much Lyn xDelete
Always love your creativity. I do not think that one could live in a sterile mono environment, you need the play back and forward, playing off one another, not copying but that input makes your brain spring off in another direction, like a Eureka moment, I just love that. Christine. PS Love the boots.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Christine! Yes, bouncing ideas around is the most inspiring and creative thing to do ever! xDelete
I sometimes wish I could be your student. I guess that would be very interesting.ReplyDelete
Living in the Netherlands will make that impossible but one can dream.....:-)
Awwww thank you, thats a lovely thing to say chuck xDelete