Monday, November 12, 2012

Rules of HeArt

     ~Emily Cline
Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules:
RULE 1  Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
RULE 2  General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE 3  General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.
RULE 4  Consider everything an experiment.
RULE 5  Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE 6  Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.
RULE 7  The Only Rule is Work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch onto things.
RULE 8  Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.
RULE 9  Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.
RULE 10  We're breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities. - John Cage

Do you know these? I didn't, but I love them. Just happened on them from a Kelly Kilmer blog reference to Sister Corita Kent and John Cage (hear some of his music here).
Clippings, memories, moments from a recent trip that'll go into my Travel Journal.
I'm a newbie to their world, but I find they lived and breathed creativity. Corita urged here students to "keep record of everything that sparked their interest -- words, poems, quotations, lyrics, signs, slogans, music, composers, films, books, images drawn or collected from magazines, photographs, descriptions of things or experiences, tastes and smells, encyclopedia entries, and newspaper headlines" in a special notebook they made called a "Sense Diary".
I've been doing that in my {self}made Travel Journals. They're full of notes, marks, photos, odds and ends that mark the journey of my life; constantly evolving.
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  1. I love this! We were invited to show Sister Corita at HAPPY as part of a city wide show of her work. I had not heard of her prior, and I totally fell in love with her work! Great post!

  2. She sounds so amazing. And I love her simple rules -- especially the ones about pulling everything out of your teachers and students. Wish our education system could embrace that more!