Monday, March 10, 2008
Art classes in Taiwan are really different from in the States. In Chicago, I was given lots of creative space and encouragement.
"Draw a still life." GREAT JOB! "Now paint it." GREAT JOB!
Here in Taipei, I spend two hours each Saturday trying to make my fruit (after fruit, after fruit) look just like the instructor's fruit. After each session he points to one and says: "bu cuo (not bad)."
Sometimes I wonder if I am disliking the watercolors because I really hate the painting method or just because of the boring class. Or perhaps I need someone to let me do my own thing and then come over and tell me GREAT JOB!
I shouldn't hold my breath, though.