Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sight and Insight

Working with young people (boy do I feel old when I say that) frequently makes me stop to think about the difference between seeing and understanding. I just read an artist's blog who talked about the ability to see in order to be able to draw.

I believe that artists see differently than I do. They see shape and colour, texture and proportion. They see bits and pieces but they also see wholes.

I see 'things' The forest for the trees or vice versa - can my kind of seeing ever be changed into insight or understanding. I try

Students on the other hand are an interesting and diverse lot. They are certainly not all alike but they do fall into categories when it comes to sight and insight.

Some of the see everything and understand just as much - the wunderkind of students. I have encountered a few of these people and am always curious about how their minds work. How did they figure that out so fast? How did they see that relationship - when it wasn't apparent to me?

Some don't see nor do they understand. And this group has a few subcategories - those that can't see and will never understand - those that won't see and who think they understand - and gratefully those that can be taught to see and who eventually understand - the perfect student - receptive and responsive.

Then there is the unique group who don't really see but understand anyway - the intuitors. Probably the most difficult to teach because the question really is whether they need to see if they already understand.

Sight and insight - from an artist's perspective, from a teacher's perspective and from a student's perspective.

regardless of category - it takes effort to have sight and it takes even more effort to have insight


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to let you know that I am really enjoying these philosophical posts as they give me a lot to ponder throughout the day. They have made me take note of the fact that I haven't done a lot of pondering since I left university.

I guess life can have a way of turning into a series of related tasks strung together until all of a sudden you realize you have been 'doing' a lot more than 'reflecting'. I look forward to more reflecting and using your blog as my prompt. (no pressure, hey?!)

Please keep it up!

Your fan, :)
Lona Froshaug

7:48 AM  
Blogger Cyril Kesten said...

Does this mean that I can look forward`to a blog by Lona? I hope so - I think your reflections would be most enlightening!

9:08 PM  

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