Monday, June 2, 2014

Starting a visual collection Journal

When working with a sketch book, I find that big empty book fairly daunting.  "Is what I'm making worth these pages?"  "how will I fill this"  "Will I have embarrassing pages in here?"

One of the hardest thing for an artist is to quite the mind of self doubt and focus on just making.  But what to just make?

Here are some prompts (made by Abbi Allan (c) 2014  - 6/2/14) to cut and paste and attach to your journal pages, (*along with blank ones)

So when you are looking for images to collect for future reference, you have:
1). Prompts
2) There is something already in your journal, so getting started now is out of the way
3)  Easier to do something every day, rather sporadically.  You can make 'assignments' for yourself as your work starts developing a specific area of research.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Why good leaders make us feel safe

I found this video randomly while trying to think about why I teach 3D foundations the way I do.  I had other faculty say "You are too supportive, they feel safe, maybe too safe with you.  Is that really learning?"

And I kept saying "I'm teaching them to glue with fire and put their hands on tables with giant knives on them.  I'm taking the fear away 1st.  After that - then I can teach".

Which of course went over with a bit of a snicker from time to time....  but then I found this - which I found was really helpful.

Cheers to all of the good leaders in our life. 

This is what I learned from my dad.  He never had to say it - I just saw it work.  A lot of what we learn is not in lesson format.