Friday Two Cents: Art Is Taking Risks


 

‘We have to take risks with art. If we don’t, it all becomes a bit boring.’

Julie Walters

This past week I had an interesting interaction with someone who made me stop and think. I was indulging in some drawing this week because I saw an individual that inspired me to draw them. She is rather attractive and I drew her from her head down to her chest but wearing clothes. Everyone who saw me drawing the images thought it was good yet one individual, who thought it was good too, said that I should be careful when I am drawing in public because someone may be offended by what I draw.

I thought about this comment they made and I had a few feelings come out of it. I felt some concern about what people thought about my drawings but mostly resentment and anger that I was in essence scolded for drawing something I like and I felt inspired to do. Yet as the resentment and anger subsided I began to feel that this person was either jealous but more over that this person was placing their negative points of views/emotions on me. I for one do not want to live my life based on negativity so I pushed them aside and thought of the positive side of the encounter.
I want my drawings/art to bring out different emotions in people. If some people are not comfortable with it that is the risk one takes showing it to others. My professor once told me that it takes courage to do art. Not to create it but to show it to others. It takes courage to have others see what you have created and artists take risks every time they show their work. I guess that I am following in the footsteps of some great masters when they took the risk of showing their works to others. Probably a lot of people did not like some of da Vinci’s, Michelangelo’s or Picasso’s work but they did not let those negative comments stop them from creating and neither will I.

 

 

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Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 03


    

‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

 

Inspiration and Imagination, something every artist needs and is elusive as an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos. Many people have told me that I inspire the children and people in general with what I do. Whether creating art, playing baseball or trying to improve my life, people say that I have inspired others to try new things and look inside themselves. I have always found this interesting because I get my inspiration from these very people.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. It took quit a while to create the caricatures but once the staff received them they loved the cards and caricatures. In the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters. Hopefully they can spur imagination and inspire others.

Steampunk Woman 03

The third caricature is a person who is always thinking of others a typical mom. I wanted to show that this person is adventurous but someone you can rely on. So I decided to draw her with a pith helmet, with a matching corset and long dress. But I wanted to show that she is always prepared so I added the bag with pencils and a book.

She enjoyed the caricature, as did many of the other staff. I hope you enjoy the third steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 03

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Point Of View: Remember, Remember The 5th Of November


Five years ago I started this blog as a way to inspire others yet my first post was a reminder to everyone that democracy and freedom must be constantly fought for or else we can lose it to a tyrant. Be it a king or an elected official our responsibility as citizens to these two ideals is constant vigilance.

There is a prime example in the United States Declaration of Independence / Constitution 2nd Amendment. In it, it states that the people have the right to rebel against their government if we have no other choice when the government shows they have a long history of abuses, to a point where the government is reduced to Despotism / Tyranny. On November 5th 1605 a man called Guy Fawks and others in England, felt that their government had turned into despotism. Therefore they planned to begin a rebellion to remove the government. It did not succeed but I like to see this as a reminder to all government officials and bureaucrats that you only serve at the pleasure of the people who put you there.  

To that end I am reposting my first post five years ago and for some reason it still rings true today.

Originally posted November 6th, 2012 …

Guy Fawks – Gunpowder Plot November 5th, 1605

Remember, remember
The fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

 

This is a small poem about the plan by a man called Guy Fawks to blow up the British Parliament with the King, the members of the House of Lords and the Members of Parliament.  It was believed that this act to kill the king and place his catholic daughter as the head of state in England would begin a revolt against the government.

Be as it may, I have thought that this was an act, by the people, to remind the leaders that they serve at the pleasure of the people, us.  When a government loses the trust and confidence of the people it should be removed (non-violently preferably).  However, as history painfully has shown us it is not always that easy; just as we have seen in the former USSR and in recent years, the Middle East.

Let the 5th of November be a reminder to all Politicians and citizens that;

 

People shouldn’t be afraid of their Governments.

Governments should be afraid of their people.

 

 

Friday Two Cents: Experience It At Least Once


 

‘The only source of knowledge is experience.’ Albert Einstein

 

‘Experience is the teacher of all things.’ Julius Caesar

 

This week I was working as a prep coverage teacher for music and gym and in the process I discovered something, I enjoy doing prep coverage. For those of you who do not know what prep coverage is, it’s the time the home room teacher gets everyday to help them prepare for lessons and other things they need to get done for the class (example: write report cards). Many times these are times that the students get to experience/learn other subjects such as physical education or something from the arts. This particular week I was the music and physical education/health teacher for the school.

When I took the position I knew it was a prep coverage but I did not know what subject matter I would be covering. I thought it would be art or phys. Ed., subjects I am very familiar with. Yet when I arrived they told me it was phys. Ed. and music, I thought “oh boy, music”. Mind you I took music since I was 10 years old and I played in many bands but I have not played in 10 years and teaching it is a lot different from playing it.
So I told myself  ‘you have a good background in music and you can do what the teacher left for the students to do.’ Unfortunately the previous teacher did not level specific instructions and left it up to me to teach the classes. So I had to come up with lessons on the spot for 10 different classes ranging from kindergarten to grade 5. Thank goodness we were covering rhythm and I had some experience teaching students this in the past.
The planning went well and the students appeared to enjoy my lessons and I think that they learned a few things too. Yet what was surprising was that I discovered that I enjoyed being the prep coverage person teaching one to two specific subjects. When I got into teaching I knew that I would be working with students from kindergarten to grade 6 and I would have to teach a variety of subjects. Mind you I did teach visual arts prep for a half day once and when I go into different classrooms I do bring in my visual arts background into other subjects to help teach the students.  But I never had the opportunity to teach a single subject matter to the entire school.
This opportunity has opened my eyes to another possibility in the teaching world, prep coverage. Of course I think I would be more comfortable teaching visual arts or possibly physical education, but this experience has opened my mind to possibly teaching drama or even a core subject like math.
I knew when I took my additional qualification in visual arts, I was motivated to continue along that path and earn my visual arts specialist. Now that I have had a taste of what prep coverage is like I think this is something I would probably like to do. I guess no one knows what we like to do until we get to experience it at least once.    

Comic Strips: Candy And Taxes


 

The November newsletter has been sent out and with it the latest instalment of, The Craziest Things along with it. This month explores a Halloween tradition from a funny point of view, the giving of treats.

Many of us remember the joy of putting on our Halloween costume and going out trick or treating. The day when you are allowed to get candy and then eat it. Yet as adults we now go out to buy the treats, only to dip into them and indulge a chocolate bar or two before the little trick or treaters show up. On many occasions I would buy treats for the kids a week in advance and then have the teachers raid it. Then to make sure the students have enough candy, I’d have to get some more.

They say, “The only constants in the universe are death and taxes”. Will I would like to add to that saying …

“The only constants in the universe are death, taxes and an empty bowl of chocolate in a room full of teachers.”

I hope you enjoy the latest instalment of, The Craziest Things; Candy and Taxes.

Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 02


 

‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

Inspiration and Imagination, something every artist needs and is elusive as an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos. Many people have told me that I inspire the children and people in general with what I do. Whether creating art, playing baseball or trying to improve my life, people say that I have inspired others to try new things and look inside themselves. I have always found this interesting because I get my inspiration from these very people.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. It took quit a while to create the caricatures but once the staff received them they loved the cards and caricatures. In the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters. Hopefully they can spur imagination and inspire others.

 

 

Steampunk Woman 02

 

The second caricature is a person who is one that would help anyone if they asked for it. I wanted to show this person with more of a rebellious side; hence I began drawing her wearing a corset and short skirt or slip with the dress frame on the outside. However, I took this one step further by drawing the caricature showing a lot leg that showed off garter stockings. I then added a tight shirt that showed off a bit of cleavage. I finished off the caricature by adding a pair of steampunk binoculars and a flintlock pistol, for that “don’t mess with me” look.

She enjoyed the caricature, especially the garter stockings, as did many of the other staff. I hope you enjoy the second steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 02

Friday Two Cents: What’s In A Name


 

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ William Shakespeare

Something interesting this school year has been happening to me. It involves how the students address me. In the majority of schools I have worked in, they call me Mr. Gauchi or Mr. G, yet in one school they have been calling me Mr. Paul and this year I have asked the students and teachers to please call me by my last name. You see at this school I was working in the after school program where they call teachers by their first names, however when I started working for the board at other schools as a supply ECE they called me by my last name. This past year I was finally placed on the occasional teacher list so I can supply teach, therefore I made the decision that I would like to be addressed by my last name. I find it to be more professional and whenever the staff and students have asked me why I tell them this.   The staff and students have accepted this yet there are a few adults who looked at me with a disapproving look.

It is not as if I get upset with people if they address me by my first name I simply remind them to call me by my last name, usually with a smile. Yet these adults give me a look that says “Oh you think you are so big now because you are a teacher and not an ECE.”   This usually does not bother me, but this has not been the only instance from these people where they resist something I have said. I have been getting this type of behaviour when I make suggestions or tell them something else in the school. It’s as if by calling me by my last name that I am a different person and from whom they know.
Mind you I do feel different ever since I started working as a teacher instead of an ECE. There is more responsibility and I have become the central person in the classroom. The students look to me for guidance and support, the Captain of a ship, as I once stated. Perhaps it is just me, but I have always trusted my instincts and they usually end up being correct.
I am not sure why this would be an issue for some people. We all have the right to be addressed the way we wish to be addressed. In the end I am still the same person I was those years when everyone called me Mr. Paul. Perhaps this has something to do with change. Most people do not like change and yet everyday is different from the last. I think Lao Tzu said it best …

‘Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.’ Lao Tzu

I have embraced a lot of change in the past 5 to 10 years, both personally and professionally. It has not been easy but looking back I can honestly say they have been for the better. Change naturally occurs and the more easily we embrace the change, the less sorrow we may endure.

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