(from Alison's Process Log): By seeing everyones chair on the wall, I realized that even if the chair is the same, the artists are different and you can really see it. You can see by the force of the lines and by the marks left on the paper that every chair reflects the personality of the artist who made it.

(from Alison’s Process Log):
By seeing everyones chair on the wall, I realized that even if the chair is the same, the artists are different and you can really see it. You can see by the force of the lines and by the marks left on the paper that every chair reflects the personality of the artist who made it.

I was struck by the following passage from Alison’s reflection:

It’s been almost two months that the Visual Thinking course started, and in this short amount of time, I feel it has brought me so many things. First the discovery of new art tools but also a better notion of space and light. But it has mostly brought me, not a better capacity to create art, but the capacity to approach art differently. By making me work on patience, on self-confidence, and on my ability to let go of my mistakes, this course has offered me the opportunity to work on myself as much, if not more, as on my art.

This work on myself that I ‘m talking to you about, can simply be reflected on the comfort of showing your creations to someone else, which is now much easier for me.

But the thing that strikes me the most about this class is being able to not feel alone anymore in the art process, we are ALL working on the same project, we are ALL confronted to the same problems while doing it, and we are ALL paying attention to others work and appreciating it.

And with that proximity and exchange with other artists, you somehow develop something that goes beyond any knowledge that the teacher, alone, will be able to give you.

I boldfaced the ideas that I especially want to acknowledge. These ideas cannot be attributed to a single “teacher” but instead result from group contributions. The student herself must be open to being open, and that only happens when the temperature of the studio is just right. She feels her peers are for her and not judging her, and so feels open to risk and to develop her capacities and approaches. This passage that Alison wrote is a tribute to the effort of the Fall 2014 Visual Thinking class –which has a level of gravitas and contentment that is yielding surprising results. Alison captures beautifully that this is “something that goes beyond any knowledge that the teacher, alone, will be able to give you”

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