Wednesday, September 16, 2015
What was your favorite subject back when you were in school?
I remember liking Geography when it was introduced to the curriculum when I was in 4th grade with Mrs. Goetches. (If you had asked me yesterday what the name of my 4th grade teacher was, I would not have been able to tell you. Funny what these prompts bring up.) We must not have gotten to individual US states because the next year, when my family moved to Utah, I couldn't have told you where it was or that it was even a state.
There was a 1/2 year class in Shakespeare that was interesting and cemented Will's place as my favorite playwright EVER!
I also remember a Drawing 101 class in college (when I went back after a 10-year break). Two things stick out in my memory.
1. When we sketched our first 'still life' the professor told us to put our pencils on the paper and to look at the display and to draw what we saw without looking at our paper or lifting the pencil. The gasps of horror from the students were audible. And, of course, when we were done, to a student, our sketches looked like something only the mother of a toddler could love. But you know what? We could tell from looking at the drawings what the display had been. So it turns out there weren't all that bad after all. I think it was a tremendous confidence booster.
2. A year or two after the class, I was in the play "Gertrude Stein and a Companion" (as Gertrude). The art professor invited me to sit for his advanced portrait painting class in the manner that she had sat for Picasso. Lots of black in that. And the other best part? I got PAID!