“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” (Confucius)
As an artist and teacher I am continually learning so this is my page were I will add all the bits that I am developing along the way. Sometimes art techniques and sometimes English as a Second Language. All the things I learn along the way. I have had a few articles published so I will add them here too. This page is also an invitation to encourage you to keep learning. One of my most recent new learning so was the process of making ‘Art Collage Cards’. This is a great process that also gives tools for exploring your internal thoughts and ideas. I plan to become a trainer so I can add this to my own resource toolbox.enjoy exploring ideas and please feel free to send any suggestions and thoughts you have. I am learning what it means to share my journey online and hope to continue growing my understandings. How nice if I can meet other people along the way who are just as passionate to grow there own creative dreams.
Joseph Campbell has been a major influence in my journey , opening me to ideas of myth and reality and the interrelationships we all share.
“This is all I ever wanted— to help students and artists to see myth as a reflection of the one sublime adventure of life, and then to breathe new life into it.”
Joseph Campbell p. xii, 1987
I have lived with the sense of duality between my roles as artist and teacher. The myth that you have to be one or the other is often quoted. My experience is that to be one I need the other. If I isolate myself in a studio I go in too deep and lose myself. Teaching grounds me in the world and I interact with lots of amazing people and my soul can dance. One without the other is an impossibility for me as I seek a life balance. My backyard studio has become a haven from the noise of daily life but can also become a prison of isolation if out of balance. One feeds the other in a symbiotic relationship and I am whole. It is about living the moment with an awareness of the whole. My art hopefully uplifts and has a sense of hope that is so needed in our world, at this time, with so much unrest.
I learn so much in my role as a teacher that my own art becomes so much richer. my good fortune is that I work with students from all over the globe. I am lucky enough to be teaching in the most multi-cultural school in Victoria, Australia. Many of my students are refugees and some coming via boat and extended stays in detention centers. There worlds are ones I can’t imagine. On Friday we had an emergency practice. One of my gorgeous young year 7 transition students looked at me and said ‘in Afghanistan they don’t give warnings, they just shoot people’. Life is complex and hard for these kids as they transition into this new world. How much we gain from them is individual choice. Hopefully we as a nation will be open to all the gifts that multi-cultural Australia has to give.