Thursday, September 14, 2006

Gardeners



We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not 'grow' flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves. (John Holt)


Tonight I completed the first night of teaching my basic drawing class. I believe that it went well. Laughter, work and listening took place on both sides and to see the 'aha' moment when the concept is realized is magical.

The quote above is quite true. I simply provide the tools and theory, the individuals themselves, learn, absorb and create with their own style. So as a gardener and a teacher my aim is to continue to provide what I hope they need and sit back and watch them grow.

These columbines are likely one of my favourite flowers in the garden. To me they resumble 5 birds gathered round a fountain or feeder. The white against the green of the leaves of the sweet cicicely made a perfect image.

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3 comments:

Robin Neudorfer said...

Beautiful image.
Glad that your first night was a success.

Mallika said...

Oh, it sounds like the class was a great one! How often is the class again? Is it once a week?

I hope you have some interesting anecdotes to share with us later! :)

Jeanette Jobson said...

Yes, I believe it was a success. Thanks Robin.

The class runs once a week for 8 weeks Mallika. I'm sure there will be lots of interesting snippets to come out of it.