I was absent from class in Session 13 due to a bad back and the student proved me right in believing that it’s time to retire. They did brilliantly without me :) T, the most senior student was a capable deputy and lead them well with an exemplary esprit de corp. When I arrived in class last Tuesday most of the class had completed their work for the exhibition and even the ‘blurb’ that I asked for.
Some students are still keen to improve further so we spent some time studying the constructions of various strokes that they find difficult to achieve. I hope I was able to help them ‘read’ each stroke so that they can discern the correct approach to execute appropriate variations. Once students are confident in handling the brush, it’s a matter of using their eyes to inform their hands when copying from the masters.
Copying is a humbling experience that not everyone can condescend to readily, especially for adult learners. It requires a humility that accepts ones limitations and acknowledges that there is much to learn. It trains one to see with a beginner’s eye, and the discovery of the richness of the old masters is the reward.
The final submission for the exhibition is due tomorrow. I am sure that no one will let the team down.