Spread #50- Smudging in Circular Motion May 7, 2009Posted by Orly in Spreads.
…That’s what one student said while exploring ‘circles’ in her art journal in a session inspired by the art of the ancient Tibetan Mandala. This spontaneous statement clearly illustrates my intentions of teaching ‘creativity’ rather than teaching ‘art’. Learning art would be being introduced to the stunning Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of two pink shells, and then being asked to paint a Georgia O’Keeffe. Learning creativity, on the other hand, would be being introduced to Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of two pink shells, and then being asked to paint shells. When you do the first your learning would end as you lay down the brush. When you do the last your learning has just begun. As another student said: “…you will do more and different things you thought you cannot do.” And I say bring on the shells.