Peppers & Hands & John Cage

Students in Drawing 1a have been investigating the complex architecture of a bell pepper…..

….while students in Drawing 1b have been exploring drawing their hands, and the hands of others…

As students have been working, they have been thinking about John Cage’s : Some rules & hints for students and teachers

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined – this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE TEN: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.

These “hints” have resonated deeply with the students in the studio space……..

and they are thinking about them in all other classes, and hopefully throughout the day.

2 Replies to “Peppers & Hands & John Cage”

  1. The photos and the descriptions are excellent. The Bay school and the students are so lucky to have Ascha Drake as their Art teacher. Thank you for everything.

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