My Philosophy: How I Learn.
I believe that I learn by doing, not by watching.
Learning is a change which occurs inside of me as a result of what I am doing and how I experience what I am doing.
A transformation occurs. I become immersed in my questions and observations. I pay attention to the feedback I receive as a result of what I do. I make changes to get closer to the results I desire. As I find what "works" get closer to these results consistently, I repeat and refine to develop "muscle-memory". In this way my learning becomes "internalized".
When my learning has become "internalized", I don't have to try to remember what someone said or showed me. I don't have to refer to a video tutorial.
What I know is now a part of me and can becomes accessible when I need it.
Physically, my brain is actually changing as I learn. Watching a video may excite me and cause a chemical reaction in my brain, but nothing has physically changed. It's just chemicals. The feelings will fade.
New research about our brains is reflected in the field of Neuroplasticity. Here is what researchers have found:
Meet Ricky Frank
I never dreamed that I would become an artist. I had no interest, no role models, and no "talent". Art class, and even worse, music class, were the classes I dreaded the most in high school. I went to a college which didn't even have studio art classes and chose Psychology as a major because that way I would at least "learn how to learn" as I worked towards what I though would be a meaningless degree.
Now I find myself obsessed with how people learn and change. Upon graduating from college I discovered a passion for enameling and decided that I wanted to become an "artist". Since then, I've spent more than 42 years "teaching myself" to become an artist.
All art is a form of self-directed learning!
What does an artist do? They teach themselves to make the image they imagine. Each new work of art is a learning experience. Who teaches an artist to view the world from their distinct perspective or to respond to how their media changes as the work is in process?
This comes from inside. It emerges from inside.
The good news is that this is a skill. Artists are not born as "artists", though many people believe this is what happens, and that you are either born with talent or you are no. Artists have developed the visible skill of mastering techniques, tools and materials. But they have also developed (learned) the inner skills which helps them use what they know to make their art work personal and meaningful.
Actually you were born with this skill. Nobody explained to you "how to walk". Your parents didn't show you videos or sign you up for a class. You wanted to move and you tried different things until you got it right. You fell over many times and you sometimes needed to hold onto something for support. This is how we learn anything. And as you began to feel more confident being upright and balanced, you challenged yourself to improve. You ran, you skipped, you jumped, and you danced. And then sadly (if you were like me), you began to believe that there was a "good or right way" to dance. You may have had a similar experience as a young artist. You would play and experiment joyfully until you discovered that it was important to be "good at it". How do you think that belief affected you. I know how it affected me; I stopped because "I wasn't any good". Luckily I learned many years later that I could challenge this belief system and make something I loved. You can too!