Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit

S2 E6: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Looking”

Does art come from thinking or responding?

In this episode we talk about Chapter 2, ‘Looking,’ in ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.

Nurturing and developing ways of seeing is one of the most important practices any artist or writer can engage in.

Each week we integrate the ideas into our practice and talk about how it goes, one chapter at a time. We hope you’ll join our Facebook Community “Hummingbird Podcast Community” where we can continue the discussion and share the learnings with each other. 

‘Open curiosity’–what does this mean to you? What is your relationship with curiosity today? Where do you hope it will be in a couple months?

Some of our favourite quotes:

  • “When you get past making labels for things, it is possible to combine and transform elements into new things. Look at things until their import, identity, name, use, and description have dissolved.”
  • “Look at a tree and its shape. Look at the part the leaves play in making the shape you see and look at the part the trunk and branches play in making the structure you see.”
  • “Try looking the way a child looks – as if always for the first time – and you will, I promise, feel wider awake than since you yourself wound your own way home from that back of the house to the front.”

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