I definitely share the author’s view that “knowledge is a prerequisite to imagination”. While I’m all for encouraging creativity and innovation, they can’t arise out of a vacuum. One needs a base of knowledge before making new connections , discoveries and understandings. The book does a decent job of highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the general Eastern (Asian) and Western approaches to education. She writes about the benefits of memorization and the need to inculcate resilience in our kids. She praises memory-based and conceptual-based learning. Ultimately, the author advocates practising the best of both worlds, and balancing our expectations with what the world needs from our children. Overall offers nothing revolutionary but still a good attempt at raising awareness.
I like how the author links the human blink with a cut in a film, and how the decision on when you time the cut influences the audience’s appreciation of the shot/film. There are a number of good advice and tips for anyone looking to become a better editor. I think editing is an artform that is hard to learn and even harder to teach so his writing is very much appreaciated. However, I feel his thoughts related to equipment and methods of old, present and possible future, while insightful, go a bit too much into detail and subsequently felt draggy to me. Overall it’s still a pretty short book so definitely worth a read.
This week we tackled inking and cross hatching in preparation for the final DRAW assignment. As the accompanying images show, students had to rough out the subject in pencil before drawing over it with a pen. Photo was referenced here.
Decided to do another piece at Holland Village. This time I sat on the sidewalk across the street and sketched for close to 2 hours. Pen on A4 sketchbook.
Sat at the nearby food centre to sketch a section of the street. Luckily it was early enough to not be crowded. I actually didn’t realize there is a mock windmill on that roof until recently. I wonder how long it’s been up there? Anyway, I did mess up a few of the little details, but decided it doesn’t really matter in the bigger scheme of things :) Pen on A4 sketchbook.
I thought the students could benefit from more practice drawing trees today so I found some pictures online of the types that can be seen around Singapore. Pencil on A3 paper.