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Lesson Plans

Artist's Block

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Judy Grochowski (jfgro)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 17:14:38 -0500 (CDT)

I must wholeheartly agree with Mark in his recommendation of the book THE
ARTIST'S WAY, in fact, I actually procrastinated on posting a message to
check it out and just wanted to add that I had the PRIVILEGE of seeing Julia
Cameron speak on June 15th in Chicago. She was fantastic!!!! One of her
most memorable quotes was "You can't kill creativity, you can cement over
it, but it comes through the cracks like crabgrass" (or words to that
effect). Her book is quite wonderful and I have incorporated some concepts
from it into my high school art courses. She speaks to my (our) soul/s. She
presented along with Mark Bryan who is listed on the book as co-founder of
the artist's way workshops-I felt blessed to have been in the audience!
Apparently, she is also coming out with a new book this fall-THE GOLDEN VEIN.
On another note, I thought what Mark raised as a question about "block" and
deadlines was interesting, too. I don't know that I have any answers other
than setting reasonable deadlines and extensions when those have turned out
to be not reasonable deadlines :-)
I also tell my students that their work will be marked half credit if it is
late. I agree that we need to view our students as artists who are probably
as frustrated as we are at times in our own production. We do also have to
function in the (excuse me!) left-brain world of deadlines....many of our
students may go on to commercial art or areas where their livelihood will
depend on refined ideas quickly produced...and, I realize we may be talking
apples and oranges here...but I also think they need to be able to meet
deadlines. I figure I need a life too, and I can't have it at the end of a
grading period if I'm being inundated with late work.
For what it's worth...
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!!
Judy Grochowski
Greenfield High School
Greenfield, Wisconsin

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