While unpacking boxes, as I settle into my childhood home, I came across my research from teaching Contemporary Art & Design at Chowan University a few years ago. The timing was perfect for me to be my own learner. “Teaching is for learners,” echoing in my ears in my Momma’s voice. The creative process of learning is revoluntary. My life is a witness to the insights gained from handmade craftsmanship. The process of making something out of nothing is healing especially when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances. Life is about taking the bitter with the sweet and learning how to walk out our fears. I’m living in Indigo Blues, seeking contentment with the circumstances of my life. I forgive my self and others. My goal is to stay focused on living in the moment and to learn to trust and obey God’s plan for my life.
Readings and unit lessons from teaching Contemporary Art & Design:
- It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
- Art & Fear: Observation On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
- The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
- The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp
Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon
- You don’t have to be a genius.
- Think process, not product.
- Share something small every day.
- Open up your cabinet of curiosities.
- Tell good stories.
- Teach what you know.
- Don’t turn into human spam.
- Learn too take a punch.
- Sell out.
- Stick around.