Friday, May 28, 2010
Just Do It
A book called Art and Fear shows how indispensibly failure is tied to learning. A ceramics teacher divided his class into two groups. One group would be graded solely on quantity of work - fifty pounds of pottery would be an "A", forty would be a "B", and so on. The other group would be graded on quality Students in that group had to produce only one pot - but it had better be good. Amazingly, all the highest quality pots were turned out by the quantity group. It seems while the quantity group kept churning out pots, they were continually learning from their disasters and growing as artists. The quality group just sat around theorizing about perfection and worrying about it. No pot, no matter how misshapen, is really a failure. Each is just another learning step on the road to an "A" I am constantly amazed at how closely the "art journey" parallels the spiritual journey. This is just another of those. Have a great weekend everyone.