DRAW? YOU CAN!  A flustered student and I had a discussion as to whether or not she was just listening to me instead of thinking. She said she didn’t believe that she was thinking, just doing what I instructed. I found out she was a mathematician by profession. Don’t meet too many of those! I told her that because of her training and occupation that I believed that she was indeed not completely listening to me.

Even though I believe art and math are closely related, in this case it was interfering with her progress because she was innately proofing (making things balance – ti’s a simple concept that’s difficult to briefly explain here) instead of just listening.

You see, Art and Math are about harmony and equivalencies.   The problem, in order to be true and correct, needs to be balanced.  Yes, although they Art and Math are very similar and highly related, there was still a process that had to be learned. Okay, my process but part of that process was not to think at all. It was a point, a rule and the number one law and it was so because I had to regulate the student completely.

I know it sounds creepy but, look at it from this point of view; laws for example are used to regulate or assure expectations. If a student really wants to learn to draw, my expectation is that they comply while their expectation is that by trusting the instructor, the system and themselves, all will be well and they will be rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment and feel fulfilled. In fact, trust is also one of the seven T’s.

E. O. Wilson stated that, “Both fine art and mathematics employ the use of patterns to create order out of chaos. Mathematicians and artists both create something out of nothing, one starting with a blank sheet of paper and the other a blank canvas… Both think inductively, moving from specific details to general conclusions and end products.”

The student was trying to make sense of the problem without considering the outcome. She was not aware of the – everything is related to everything concept – in art as it is in math yet, though similar, it requires a slightly different approach than solving a math problem. Once she stopped, she was startled at her progress.  Proofing as it pertains to math is: a sequence of steps leading to a valid conclusion. She was putting the cart before the horse. I hope to explain this a bit better in future posts.

I do believe anyone can draw.  Here are the seven T’s, which if followed and adhered to will assist the beginning and the intermediate students to draw as well as they can.

T1 is – Teacher

  • Listen, don’t think

T2 is –Trust

  • You need to totally trust the teacher and the method

T3 is –Time

  • As with anything of any value, the more time invested; the better the outcome

T4 is –Tools

  • Mark making tools and body mechanics

T5 is –Talent

  • Why it’s overrated

T6 is – Technique

  • A system not a style

T7 is –Temperament

  • Patience is required

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