Both Teachers And Art Require A Receptive Audience (2015-02-12)
I taught at Nipissing University for 40 years and am still teaching one course online about what science can contribute to our understanding of art and creativity. I never worried about ‘encouraging’ (or discouraging) my students. I only wanted to teach them the tools of the trade, the tools of critical, scientific thinking. I knew some would master use of these tools yet decline to use them. And I also knew that my caring deeply about what I was teaching made no difference if they weren’t receptive.
Art too is like that. How much a work of art affects you greatly depends on how much you willingly bring to it.