(A somewhat funky video I made in my hotel room in China)
Learning to draw is not like learning to drive. You don’t have to master the fundamentals, take courses, pass tests, put thousands of dollars of equipment at risk. You just have to start.
Drawing isn’t a learned skill so much as it’s a process of discovery that starts with skills you have had since you were a toddler. And that process requires a willingness to stretch and practice, things that can be scary or boring if you approach them with the wrong set of expectations.
One thing that has been reinforced with me over the past few weeks that I have spent drawing with kids is that the most crucial thing is to have fun. If you are all enjoying yourself and slopping ink and paint around, well, you want to keep it doing it. As as you do it, you encounter new situations, you have questions, you want to stretch. And that’s where a decent teacher can step in and show you how to make progress. You also start to feel more comfortable with what you are doing so you are willing to make mistakes and take new risks, and that’s how your adventures to new places begin.
We all need to accept that creativity is not about immediately achieving some sort of awesome finished piece; it’s an exploration of discovery, not a straight-line commute to Perfection.
Of course, this insight isn’t just for junior high. It’s the core idea behind Sketchbook Skool: having new experiences, having fun, exploring with friends, and having opportunities to grow. Speaking of which, the new semester is about to begin. I assume you have already signed up, but if not, get over to our site and enroll.
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Danny, reading about your adventures while away make me wish that I was still in the classroom.
Looking forward to Sketchbook Skool this Friday. My friend keeps sending me links to Koeje’s Storytelling this week. I am really excited.
Danny that is awesome as usual- and the SBS Beginnings course was great. My family was really surprised by some of the pieces that came from the assignments. I’ve discovered there is also a lot of fun for me in the technical aspects as well.
Wow! I loved your concept of students drawing each other. “Creativity is not about immediately achieving some sort of awesome finished piece” so true! 😊
This is really good. I will share it on FB
I have a question…you said “I made in my hotel room in China”…your room was very bog!!!
see you later
My room was not very bog. It was very clean and had no mud or reeds or other stuff one find in a bog.
sorry, I wanted to write “big” not bog… My question was, about the video, were it was? In their school?
This is wonderful, I love hearing these stories from China.
Fabulous video and a great drawing idea, so much fun.
Such a great idea!