Art LO28360

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 04/30/02

Replying to LO28293 --

Dear Organlearners,

Fred Nickols <> writes:

>Shortly after my freshman year began, I was called
>to a counseling session with my art teacher. He
>informed me that I might someday make a competent
>illustrator but that I would never be an artist. The
>reason he gave was that, although I could faithfully
>reproduce what was in front of me (real or imagined),
>I had nothing to say. There was not in me, according
>to him, the makings of an artist.

Greetings dear Fred,

This teacher overstepped a Law of Teaching. Never, never, never tell any
learner that a certain becoming is impossible. Rather help the learner
with guidance to discover self what is possible.

Many a learner surprised me beyond my wildest expectations.

I am so sorry that it happened to you. But I am so glad that you have told
stories about yourself and especially this one from which we can learn.

Telling a learner that he/she will not become in this or that has the
effect of impairing liveness ("becoming-being") in that learner seriously.
Liveness is one of the 7Es (seven essentialities of creativity). One
becoming lost echoes through the spirit, leading to many lost becomings.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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