Teachers are great. Inspiring teachers are awesome. Effective teachers convey information about their subject in a way that makes sense. Inspiring teachers go one step further and give you a piece of their soul. When you are with them, you know you have plugged into something deep. What they impart is nourishing to your soul.
We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.
Disney animator Walt Stanchfield, who died in 2000, was both effective and inspiring. When I hear about him and his teaching style, I wonder if I would have chosen a different career path had I worked with him? Don Hahn, one of the first to be mentored by Stanchfield, brings interesting insights to this dedicated teacher on this Disney History blog entry.
A two-volume book series highlighting the knowledge, experience, and wisdom he shared with his students during his tenure at Disney is available for both edification and inspiration. I don’t know about you, but I always find inspiration as well as application from the how-to books I purchase. This one is no different!
Try it yourself! Doodle in your spare time. Look at what’s around you and sketch it. Just like coloring books have reintroduced adults to the joy of coloring, allow your doodles to (re)awaken a love of drawing! Why not try to create a cartoon character representing how you feel in the moment? Don’t judge what you do. Have some fun! Here’s a little inspiration!
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Are you a parent living in southern New Jersey just over the bridges from Philadelphia? Nurture the artist you have at home! Have your child study with me. I offer Art Camps, classes and private lessons that are child-centered but also rigorous; a perfect balance!
Not sure art lessons are right your child? Read my art lesson Q&A just for parents!
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