Does That Sound Weird?
Probably. Here’s what I mean: In teaching, I was transferring a skill set, and specifically in my courses I was teaching my students how to SEE to create. Here in Codis, I am transferring skills sets on every day, while also teaching our team how to think for themselves.
Monday, we attempted a different style of our social hour. (Usually, we get together once weekly to have fun together and build relationships) Since we have to do everything virtually, we decided to try a virtual arts night.
The idea was to create a scene from stuff in the house. Pasta, paper and glue, paints, pens, or the thing I decided, digital paint art. The results were… Interesting. We started by picking the time of day to portray (sunset, night, day) and then where we were looking – towards the horizon or up to the sky. This set up the basis of our canvas.
Next, we added our respective trees, then any leaves (palms and coconuts or bugs) or animals (owls, meerkats, etc.).
In painting, you typically paint from background to foreground, so the sky, clouds, then work forward to the subject of the painting, and even foreground which can add depth. Then go back in and add more details the closer something is to the viewer. This works in a painting class when everyone is painting… but when some people are drawing, we enter phase 2 of the lesson plan.
When drawing, you start by shading, starting to shape the dark and the light. Once a pen hits the paper, you can’t paint a new layer over it. So this requires more light touches and undetailed, vague depictions, but again the last thing to do is add detail.
Overall, I realized the same goes for teaching adults as I did for kids. First, I need to show them how to see. When you at something, and my example was my face on the zoom call. Objects protruding closer to you tend to be lighter, and further away are darker. (look at your nose in your mirror)
In a large environment, you also see that air isn’t clear. In the distance, it looks like fog between you and your furthest subject. So it may be light, but it is faded or muted.
Teaching this way, sight first, enabled the students, my peers, to start acting independently. This leads to a variety of different images that we are proud to share based on the journey!
How does this relate to what we do? First, I have to teach someone my intention. We have to teach our values and why we do something or our goal of doing something. What this does is enable people to think critically, and enables people to come up with new ideas of how to do something. We love to innovate and create more efficient ways to do what we do.
Essentially, we love to get better. Learning how to see is a lot like learning how to think. We teach people why we do what we do, our goals and our values to stick by. It gives enough structure for people to be productive, but enough freedom to get creative and find better solutions.
This is what it takes to train an entrepreneur. Someone willing to learn, someone confident to try new things, and ultimately be ok with failure as a means to success.
Our drawings are in no way perfect, but with everything, we are proud of the progress.