Changing Educational Paradigms

I came across an amazing video on Youtube. It is an animation done to a speech by Sir Ken Robinson. Now I had heard him speak before and can only say I agree fully with him about the complete stupidity of the way we educate our kids and even, since I’ve spent most of my life in adult education, the way we educate adults. It has a lot of relevance to those in the creative disciplines, since we suffer the most in conventional education.

His book: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative is an amazing book and something every educator should read. A first class thinker and communicator.

The Keys to getting the most out of photography and art study

Many students doing a photography or fine art study program fail completely to get out of it all they could. Here is how to improve on this.

During the course of a semester of study, students are caught up in the tasks of note taking and doing projects/assignments. This dominates all thinking: the looming deadlines and examinations (if the course has them). This keeps their focus on doing what has to be done and not on drawing personal insights from the work they are doing.

One way to overcome this is for the student to take the opportunity of the breaks and holidays to sit down with their visual diaries and assignments and reflect on the work they have done, what they have learning and what they want to pursue from there. This reflection is critical and well done visual diaries and notebooks can greatly assist this by allowing the student to refresh themselves on what they did earlier in the semester. Few if any colleges encourage this, mainly because everyone, staff and students alike, are just plain exhausted and looking forward to the break.

All art students should also study creativity and the various ways of working with this, stimulating it and sharpening it as a tool you can control. This involves being exposed to the thinking that has happened about creativity since Freud.