Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor
She showed me ways of using these simple things — our hands, a pen, and some paper — as both a navigation and expedition device, one that could reliably carry me into my past, deeper into my present, or farther into a place I have ...more
which I am using in my Teaching of Writing in Middle and High School English class this term. The book is actually a kind of syllabus and notes with drawings fromher and her students for you to use as artist or teacher.
The section of the course it particularly pertains to is an assignment for my students to create a visual essay on a topic of their choice using drawing and words. It could be narrative, ...more
Ok. So. I'm fairly sure this is meant as a Learn/Teach Creativity guide-like piece.
It's Barry's notebook from her time as an art teacher.
This is a book of notes, drawings, and syllabi I kept during my first three years of teaching in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The chronology is rough and mixed up in places but all kept by hand on pages of either legal pads or in standard black and white marbled composition notebooks" (p. ...more
It did, however, put me onto the work of Iain McGilchrist, whose book The Master and His Emissary is well worth a read even if you remain sceptical of his hypothesis. Fo ...more
I love Lynda Barry's books, especially Picture This, and I have passively audited some of her classes via her tumblr. This book came out as I was reaching my apex of feeling antsy, uncreative, and tired (at least I hope it's the apex). I feel really renewed in my desire to create stuff, largely unconcerned with how good it turns out. I need to make more. I need to draw more. I need to use materials ...more
I have read the entire book, re-read portions, and implemented some of the exercises already. Chock-full of ideas and exercises, ther ...more
Syllabus is a book about teaching art, but it's also about the ineffable process of making art. That magic time when thinking di ...more
If this was all that Syllabus did, it would be interesting, but not worth more than a quick read. Syllabus is as much or more about t ...more
I didn’t really know what to make of it at first glance. The f ...more
this lady is a literal holy figure come down from the spiraling clouds to kazoom the little tin pans of our hearts, buttery cascading waterfalls of salty perfect singular art busting out that you never even would have dreamed omg excuse me but she is INCREDIBLE
Barry herself is a very smart person and she's asking interesting questions about arting, about the work we do and what we assume and how it grows in us and always has.
I cannot quite do everything she outlines ...more
I don't know that I've ever read anything as profoundly original as Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, which I was both intrigued and confused by. Even before reading, I was bemused by the choice to fashion the novel, in both look and feel, after a composition book. The composition book serves as a central object around which virtually all of Barry's actives revolve and so is a obvious choice, but regardless, it was an inspired choice and would have encouraged me to buy this novel had...more
HOWEVER, this was a really cool visual novel, and if I ever get the notion, I would actually ki ...more
Just staring at the cover of Lynda Barry’s work/notes I was overwhelmed and intimidated. I almost didn’t want to “read” it. Even in the first few pages, I found myself asking “What is this?” While I don’t even know that it can be categorized in one particular genre, I am not familiar with anything like it. This “book” catalogues the notes from a few semesters of Barry’s classes, including her syllabi, in a way that can only be described as a visual expl ...more
What was it?
This: I told them to color hard in order to do it right. And go straight to using force— thinking I was showing them a short-cut—— this took away the way of coloring they would have found on their own. By telling them just how to do it, I took the playing-around away, the gradual figuring out that brings something alive to this activity, makes it worth-while, and is transferable to other activities.
I realize now the best results came when I gave no instructions except, “spend time on this assignment.” That was 3 years ago. Why did it take me so long to figure this out?”