From: PDX (and now) London, UK
This stuff is priceless!
Being a teacher I often bristle at statements about the word 'talent,' which is similar. I don't actually believe in that word. There is only hard work, circumstance and the ability to recognize how to take advantage of it.
Girl of the Prairie is a teacher as well. One of her bristle-worthies is "I can't."
When I was a kid, my dad, an ex-CPO, used to say "Can't means won't. Are you refusing to do what I told you to do?" Gulp.
That's a refrain whenever I start teaching a drawing class.
"I can't draw. I've never been able to."
I just ask, "Could you do chemistry before you took the course?"
I couldn't do chemistry after I took the class, but I have always been able to draw! (just kidding! at least about the chemistry part. I actually did well in the subject and retain a rudimentary knowledge)
Drawing is a natural talent.
Sure those without the talent can be taught to engage in an appproximation of drawing, but their efforts will never rival those who possess the talent.
btw...I had no idea you taught drawing. My deepest respect. As some one who has the talent (led me into a career in architecture), I cringe at the thought of trying to teach it to some one else.
When I say drawing doesn't take talent, I don't mean becoming an artist or getting to a professional level. I do firmly believe I can teach anyone to accurately draw what they see in front of them, and even to do it with some feeling and subtlety. It's not that I am a great teacher, I just don't take 'can't' from anyone, and I don't let them think they don't have "talent.' I haven't been proven wrong yet!
After all, we all did draw at one time, when we were kids. Most of us just stopped at some point.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill