4. The Education of the Artist

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Who have been your real teachers?

I know that this is going to sound generic, but what I picked up from this chapter was about education and to just learn. You can’t just wake up one day and discover this amazing talent for art and begin to make successful works of art out of no where. But, in order to actually learn, you must let the knowledge soak into your head and to not let it come into contact with you and forget it. I, being the youngest in the AP group, feel that it is necessary to learn from my older and wiser group members, especially from the ones that were previously in my position. I also believe that this chapter was assigned to me for that specific reason, but that is beside the point. Even if they do not have as many completed artworks as I might, they could know something that would never even cross my mind. As Orland states, “teachers are everywhere”, which in my opinion, is a completely true statement. They are everywhere, can teach a variety of subjects, and can even be taught by their students.

~C.Gilles

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7 Replies to “4. The Education of the Artist”

  1. I completely agree with the statement, from both you and Orland, that teachers are everywhere. Teachers don’t have to be the stereotypical, in-the-classroom people in order to teach you something. Your teachers can be your closest friends, or people that you don’t even know, and through all of the contact and information you gather from meeting all of these “teachers”, you grow as a person, and your skills develop as well.
    Everything that we know, in my opinion, is learned, in some shape or form. This applies to our art skills as well – think about the doodles that you did as a young elementary student and compare them to what you are capable of doing now. I believe that this is a wonderful example of how we learn what we do, and how it does not come to us overnight.

  2. I agree with the comments stated above and Orland about teachers and learning experiences are everywhere. I believe a teacher doesn’t need to be older than you, but someone that is more knowlegable in a specific area than you are. Every experience is a lesson. When I read this chapter and the comments, all I could think about was the Karate Kid (the 1984 version). Everything Mr. Myagi had Daniel do was a lesson. When Mr. Myagi had Daniel paint his fence, he was teaching him how to block; and then when he told him to wax all his cars, Mr. Myagi taught him how to block and attack. When Daniel finished the waxing he was rewarded with driving the car of his choice. Every lesson taught may not have rewards as cool as a car at the end of them, but the knowlege gained is worth much more than a car. Even though lessons don’t have to be taught in secretive, chore escaping ways, they were effective when the time came. Your teacher or mentor has gone through the same things you are going through in your journey in becoming better at a specific thing, and is now trying to teach you ways to better yourself and your learning career.

  3. What I thought of this chapter is that main point is to get across is that you can learn through mistakes and anybody really.Just learning from the people around us is enough to help us with our art skills.I agree with that all people could be our “teachers” and we can learn from them to make our artwork better. And not even our art but from every day life as well.

  4. I agree with pretty much everybodies comments as well. But I also think that teachers don’t necessarily have to be people, it can be an experience, or even just watching how an animal or bug or even the weather reacts to something, they could all be “teachers” as far as art goes. How two different things react to eachother, and then to recreate that as an art piece is certainly a learning experience, which means a teacher was there somewhere.

  5. Yes teachers are everywhere, including “yourself”. I also enjoyed the scientist and artist comparison on how a scientist creates the outer reality and the artist creates the inner reality, because I enjoy both science and art so it makes so much sense that there are different a perspectives on everything we learn. That’s always something as teachers there will always be a line between certain logical ideas such as whether or not the artwork could be taken seriously or maybe it’s imaginary. We get taught the difference between reality and imaginary, but does the fact of reality limit some artists? It just may. Although inspiration is always at work. Aren’t all things imaginary related to some aspect of reality?

  6. I agree that you can learn or be taught by pretty much anything, but it is definitely true that you don’t need a person to learn everything – education is a largely personal matter. This implies with art. Art is a very self taught thing, and you will forever have your own style or way of going about it. Every artwork you do you learn something, or you find ways to go about certain things you do.

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