04 September, 2007

Give Props to Your Instructors

In class, hopefully you discuss other topics that may or may not be related to the class subject. In my classes, I make it a point to ask questions...about anything. You'll learn everything required to pass the class, but you should be asking other questions, questions about your careers. What do you think of and what are you uncertain of? The more questions you ask of this sort, the more interesting the class will be for each of us. This includes any questions you have about freelance, or navigating through the corporate jungle. There is no specific class on this, but all classes could touch on the subject. If you don't ask, then you'll never know.

As an instructor, we are always giving advice and counseling. I call mine the sawed off shotgun approach. I fire a lot of information at you whether you like it or not, hoping that something I've said sticks. As instructors, we have no way of knowing this unless you come back to tell us. By telling us you continue the cycle of sharing good information.

The other day. One of my life drawing instructors Glenn Vilppu was touring our school. I recognized him immediately, I said hello and shared with him how much he's made an impact on the way I draw and how I teach lifedrawing. He did not know who I was, as I had a weekend drawing workshop with him in 96. I had more hair back then and I was a quiet guy, well sort of. I would be surprised if he remembered me. Regardless, that workshop changed my work for the better.

So thanks a lot Glenn for being my teacher and for the picture too! You're welcome to draw at Las Vegas any time.


  1. This is Glenn Vilppu

    Thanks for your kind comments. One of the rewards in teaching is to see years later the effect that you have had on your students.I have just spent 5 months traveling around the world teaching and at the same time visiting students from many years before who are now teaching. As a drawing instructor the rewards are in the skilled students that you have created.

  2. Thanks Glenn! I could only imagine how you must feel seeing your work (us, your lifedrawing students), flourish and grow.

    I am only a new instructor and I hope to experience that feeling some day.

    Looking forward to drawing with you again.

  3. I heard about Glenn's visit after the fact. I wish I could have met him.