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Lesson Plans

Re: First-time objective choice

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Larry Seiler (
Sun, 28 Nov 1999 08:00:45 -0600

> Here's the secret of making art, and other things too:
> Find out what you do best, and stick to it---and what
> you do best is what comes easiest to you.
> Joseph

While out walking through the northwoods this afternoon...I thought about
this conversation...and came back to look at it again. It had occurred to
me that in a way, what is suggested falls in line with those that believe
art skills are a talent born to those fortunate few. For having innate
born talent would account for making art to "coming easy," the same we
might consider Michael Jordan taking to air. As such...I have fooled
nature apparently, for in the pains for which I have endured...I overcame
that meant for only the few. Indeed, even Michael needed to discover his
potential after having failed to make the basketball team his sophomore
year in high school.

I recognize that there are art "exercises" that are simply fun, n'er
mindless...and as such perhaps "easy". But some prefer that which is
beyond their present capability, and excellence is often like that.

Just as there are heights attained easily...bunny hills, knolls, foothills
requiring short windedness, there are arts likewise that come easier.
However...there are heights that require more of its climbers.

As one climbs one height...often the mind is already mentally preparing for
the next climb. A certain amount of challenge for many personalities is
necessary for the climb to even be worth the energy spent.

It is entirely possible, and I apologize for not acknowledging that
earlier...that the making of art can be easy. I only hope it not possible
that you are not able to recognize the heroics of those that reach beyond
themselves. Those whom place faith in their evidence not
seen in the present.

I believe young people need to understand that what stands between them and
their potential is "heroics"....courage. Faith in human potential. The
opposite assumption that one could come to otherwise is that if it does NOT
seem easy...and if "easy" is the way it should seem, then perhaps they are
not cut out or made to be artistically inclined.

IF something is easy....I really fail to understand then the meaning of
"potential?" I also fail to understand what depth there can be in
"satisfaction" having attained only "easy" goals.

Larry Seiler
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