Tag Archives: Curiosity

Has Music Education Lost Its Way?

Depending who you ask, rock and roll originated some seventy years ago. Jazz is about a hundred years old. Even Rap is pushing fifty. These are musical art forms that predate young music students, today in their middle teens, by … Continue reading

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Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Raising the Stakes on Failure

As a child, my favourite game was learning. It’s what I called “play”, but my approach was always curiosity-driven, by design and undertaken to see how far my imagination could take me. My play was always about seeing if I … Continue reading

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Growing at Your Own Pace

One of the best things about a self-directed art practice, in my opinion, is that you can learn and grow, as an artist, at your own pace.  There are no externally imposed deadlines.  Nobody cares whether or not you reach … Continue reading

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What Happens When All the Artists Leave?

It’s an interesting question.  Can any formerly abuzz creative conurbation survive the loss of its artists and its most creative people?  I suspect London is about to find out.  I read this article this morning: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/01/creative-young-brits-quit-london-affordable-berlin In the article, the … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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Consciousness, Curiosity, Creativity, Intuition, Dreaming and Imagination

These things seem, to me, to be deeply related and interconnected.  I don’t know why.  Call it a hunch.  I couldn’t find very much literature on the neural correlates of these six aspects of our cognitive functioning, so it seems … Continue reading

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