Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Learning to draw again …..

on March 7, 2012

I grew up drawing. I took art all though school including high school and college. But, I did not think I could make a living as an “artist” so I got a degree in psychology. That didn’t help me either.

Then one day while I was working as a pasteup artist (you may have to look this up) for a little advertising newspaper in California the first computers were brought in. They were macs.. but little screens and you could draw but only in black and white. Color printing was not yet cost efficient for this business, but at least with pasteup we could create some gray colors. We would draw a line…. and wait…… draw a line……. and wait… was not very fast. Then you had to save often, at least every 3-5 minutes. The programs did not automatically safe what you were doing for you. If you forgot to save.. the computer would lock up, and all your work would be gone. But I now could maybe be and artist and make a living at it.

The first years were fun.. we could be creative, we learned from one another and as programs and computers progressed so did we. But my last few jobs were like working in a factory… work as fast as you can… everything was placed were someone told you to place it, and be quiet. There was no creativity, the only new things I was learning was on my own – by now the internet had tutorials. I even tried teaching graphics. But few of my student had any traditional art knowledge or skills. Pushing buttons in Photoshop does not make you an artist. I was not creative anymore…

So I decided to get my Master in Education. Well that hasn’t work much either. Recently, from an online group I am involved in developed from Howard Rheingold’s Mindamp classes, I meet a artist from New York, Amanda. And what she was doing was amazing. This visual drawing is being done to explain things, such as RSA does. It is being done in meetings and classrooms to organize out thoughts. Amanda has create drawings for our classes at Rheingold U. amanda. So thanks Amanda, for giving me back my creativity.

This is not me.. I am still just using a pencil and paper, and trying somethings on my iPad. But it gives me a great idea.

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