teaching others, teaching yourself

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The Pause, graphite on Twinrocker handmade paper, 12″ x 16″

Here is a figure drawing that I did, while teaching class last night at my studio.  I don’t really feel the need to say much, except that I really like the feeling of this sketch.

Itzhak Perlman has a wonderful statement concerning teaching. He says “Teaching is really very, very important.  I always tell students you should find an opportunity to teach.  When you teach others, you teach yourself.”  Dragging my silvery 4H pencil across the beautiful handmade paper, capturing the line of the shoulder as it leads to the upper arm, letting the contour closest to the light fade away, all convexities without concavities, expressing the maximum by means of the minimum… I could see things on this night that I could not see five years ago.  And I turned and watched my group of dedicated students working steadily in front of their easels, and I listened to the soft whisper of pencil on paper, and there was a deep awareness- teaching others has taught me.

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