For the first time in my life I'm having lessons in a one on one situation. While they're not art lessons, I think the experience of learning in a situation like this definitely translates to other activities.
I'm the only student..and after about a dozen lessons, I have realised just how wonderful it is to be the only student. Would that I had had a personal tutor all along! It's just amazing the progress you can make when the teacher is totally focused on your performance and no one else's. Although, of course, a little intimidating at first being the sole focus of another's attention - or at least it looks like that! The teacher could be mentally compiling a grocery list!
|All At Sea|
It's very hard and very slow, learning in many group situations - I remember being largely bored in school as a child, reading a book hidden on my lap under the desk! I did get very good at hiding books and reading!! Even got away with it later on when, as a potential juror in a large court room, we were absolutely forbidden to read anything - as they interminably asked 100 people the same four boring questions!! it was a choice between going bonkers and reading illicitly!
|Pond in Winter, looking East|
I've often thought that I could make art so much better if I had a really great teacher constantly available...Nancy Crow in the closet, or Emily Richardson at the next table...maybe Cezanne offering suggestions from an armchair, or Hans Hoffman coming by every few minutes. Do we learn from making mistakes? yes definitely...but not if we keep making the same mistakes over and over - then all we're learning is how to make mistakes. And I have learned a LOT of them.
|On the Latch|
I don't know how one could get the same effect as that "teacher in the closet" if you were totally on your own...perhaps having frequent review sessions with oneself? I know it's hard to stop and really look at what you're doing when you're in a sewing frenzy and hoping to get the piece done by some deadline...but we probably need to stop and look - and change horses in midstream (love mixed metaphors) more often?
Anybody got any other ideas? anybody willing to come and reside in the alcove of my sewing room?
I could make it quite cozy AND bring you nice cups of tea.....
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