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Fellow

by Erin Riley -

It’s too easy in a creative work environment, to be overly concerned about the end product.  We may have a vision in our minds of what we would like students to produce and even how they might get there; however, when we predetermine what that project will become by restricting process and regimenting our environment for an indistinguishable experience, we are not allowing room for the development of an important skill: asserting one’s individuality and creativity through the practice of solving problems.

No mistakes

Fellow

by Erin Riley -

Acting as a studio and lab teacher requires providing not only materials, inspiration, and a problem to tackle, but also a bit of redirecting student desire to focus on the end product. Conversely, the path of a creative thinker can be a non-linear one, resembling alphabet soup more than a direct path from A to B.  This process requires periodic realignments, or, if the maker chooses, redirections: either edit, or continue.  There are no mistakes on this journey, just decisions.

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