Never lazy and never awake. These five-word statement by Gilles Kutten, an art teacher from Luxembourg, makes us read more. He is one of those few teachers who promote creative thinking through doodling. He trains his student the eye-to-hand coordination and do some kind of meditation and relaxation specially designed for creative tasks. He even encourage his students to doodle outside his class that resulted to plenty of issues concerning his teaching style.
While some teachers accept his style, most of his colleagues find it misplaced. Still, he will always stick to his vision by promoting creativity in class. “People think that my style will doom the students to focus on their art and become unattentive. Even if most of us feel differently about my teaching style, our experiment found out that students who doodle were very responsive and receptive to learning. They were able to get a lot of information they need during my class and I feel proud of it,” he explains with conviction.
“I’m absolutely convinced that doodling is a way of keeping your consciousness busy whilst letting everything else deeper into your mind, your subconscious, the place where the real magic happens.” – Gilles Kutten
“When I’m out of inspiration, I always have this little notebook where I write down things to be included on my doodle.” – Gilles Kutten
Even at the height of his career, Gilles still consider himself as an average artist struggling with lack of skills. “There are guys and gals with so much talent who keep me motivated. They possess inspiring talent that just flow and keep going to find your own way.”
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