Thursday, July 17, 2014

look what i can do!

in addition to the PBH master class that i'm continuing, last week i participated in lori pickert's observational drawing class.

you guys, she is seriously a fantastic teacher. i looked forward to reading her emails every day, over and over. i especially appreciate her wit, her humor, and her no-nonsense, straightforward approach. it's like she's climbed into my brain and heard all the negative messages i tell myself about drawing (and many other things in life) and addressed each one with an empathetic, compassionate, and entirely reasonable bonk over the head to set those messages firmly aside. she's a friend, mentor, curator, therapist, life coach, cheerleader, and connector of people into a community all rolled into one.

it was an online class. there were daily assignments. i could have just read the emails and nothing else.  but there was encouragement without chastisement, support without scolding. i felt compelled to do the work and be brave and share it, not because i was afraid of being reprimanded for not doing so, but because she set the tone and the environment where personal success was achievable and desireable. she facilitated our self-development and growth.

she's one of my role models in how i work with my own children. in how i work on myself.

just see what i didn't think i could ever do, but actually did.  forty-plus years of self-doubt about drawing, eradicated almost completely within seven days.

day 1: blind contour drawing. subject = own hand

day 1: blind contour, then remove the blinder

day 1: what i could do after those practice draws

day 2: subject = natural object

day 3: perspective. subject = something from kitchen drawer

day 4: subject = toy

i did this one just for fun. and practice. because i could. and i wanted to. it made me happy.
day 5: subject = food

day 6: ways to fill in space between black and white. subject = tool

day 7: more details. subject = shoe
no longer will ander believe me when i say that i can't draw something. he's right not to. and i'm better off not saying it. not even thinking it. it's not true. i can draw! so there, self-doubt! ::doing a little victory dance, per lori's suggestion::

if you want to see what others in my class have drawn and shared, take a look on twitter under the hashtag #pbhdrawingclass. just wow!

Friday, July 11, 2014

hello, you-toobers!

we did it! um, i mean he did it! no, it really is we.

i've been following lori pickert's project based homeschooling blog for quite some time now. i finally decided to take one of her online courses and am head-over-heels excited about the changes i have made in my thinking and my feeling and my doing with the kids. i'm only a few weeks into it and i already see the tremendous effects that her writing and assignments and encouragement have on my approach and perspective as i mentor them.

because of the time and attention and effort i have put into really noticing what ander's interests and passions are, today we have completed one aspect of a long-term goal of his to have his own you tube channel. yes, i have posted a video about him already when he made slime, but that was for me. this was all about him.

he chose the subject. he staged the space and the pieces. he designed and assembled the build. he helped choose the musical background. he approved my edits and wording.

what did i do? i reminded him that he wanted to record a video. i made a space available to him. i set up the camera and a tripod. i found a time when the house was quiet and it was just the two of us to work together. i asked him what he wanted to video first. i uploaded and edited and did the technical stuff he may eventually want to do on his own but for now would just slow him down.

he's now "on the computer" where people can see him, just like all the people he admires watching.

this success is so sweet. you have no idea.