New Toys- Week 11

CS5 is HERE!!!

Sorry it took so long to get in installed, but it’s here! And it’s AMAZING. I’ve forgotten that many of you haven’t had CS4 to play with at home, so this is a huge jump for you. You’re going to LOVE the new shapebuilder and line width tools. COOL STUFF. Keep moving through the projects- and I’ll need to get the new pen tool exercise tutorials recorded! Seriously advanced technology like Heather K’s robot! (Thanks, Heather!)

On to the Uncle Rob part of today’s post…

Science and psychology both tell us that infants think that the world is only what they see and feel- they do not recognize that other people exist. They think that Mommy is just a part of them- and that when they can’t see something it ceases to exist. It’s a worldview where they are essentially a God and everything else exists to serve them. They want their needs met, and demand they be met on their terms, with happy feelings. They don’t think about how disruptive they might be to others because they don’t even know others exist.

Many grown ups are the same way.

I’m still fascinated by students who think that there are no consequences for poor choices. It’s like they never grew out of infancy and think that their wants and desires are all that matter.  It’s usually the same people that complain about what isn’t “fair.” They don’t seem to take into consideration how their actions affect others, but they want to be considered first by everyone else. I’m not sure how they never grew out of an infantile worldview… but nobody likes it, and it simply does no good for anyone- especially the person with that particular character defect. They remain psychologically infantile until others help them see that they are  just part of a bigger society- and it’s give and take.

Psychologically, this happens when people are too ego-invested and do not have a healthy view of reality. The most unfortunate part of this character defect is that they are unable to see their own limitations and are overly concerned with avoiding any sort of pain or suffering. Of course, we all want to avoid incredible amounts of pain… but most of us realize the wisdom of the old saying “No Pain, No Gain.”

Some of you are getting upset when your peers rate your work accurately when it’s low. I ask some of you how long you spent on a project or if you watched all the videos, and the answer is “no.” So you didn’t do what you were supposed to do- didn’t learn, stretch, and grow- and turned in a piece of art that is at best mediocre. And you want a “B” for it. That makes no sense. If you want to be above average, you’ll need to exert more than average effort. Below average effort will always equal a below average product.

10/26- A student today was complaining about how bad her robot looked. She said she tried 5 or 6 times and it just “never came out good”. I asked if she watched all the videos and she said “No, because there were so many- it would take too long.” I asked how long it took to create and delete 5 or 6 robots- she got the point. It would have taken less time, and she would have had a better entry (like the one above by Heather), if she would just watch the videos.

Another student wanted help on her project- she didn’t know how to lay out the objects. I told her to look at the elements and principles, the percy principles and the 13 rules again. She said “That??? That’s OLD.” Hmmm… maybe we learned it first because it was the necessary step. That’s like refusing to use multiplication and addition to do geometry. It can’t be done. The latter is built on the former. Learning to use a new tool will not negate the necessity of knowing what you’re building.

You guys seem to be completely missing the point of this class. It is to learn, not to crank out crummy art. I want you to learn the tools and the rules- once you know that, you’ll succeed and create things you’re proud of. Without it, you’ll leave this class with nothing more than wasted time, and absolutely NO new skills or anything to be proud of. All the featured art in the posts from the last couple weeks are from first year students. They’re not better because they were born that way. They’re better because they’re taking the time to learn and practice new skills before creating their art. The rest of you are just practicing your own ignorance.

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