i live by this. i post it in case you haven’t seen this one before.
Brilliant — and so perfectly timed for what I needed to read RIGHT this minute.
Love these rules! Never seen these before. This is what I learned in the last 5 years in a nutshell. Rule 8 was the best thing I’ve ever learned!!
Thank you for posting & thank you for what you do!
Thank you for posting this, I’m starting my final year of an animation degree and am struggling for ideas but this puts everything into perspective.
I like rule number six best :-)
I’m just reading Corita’s book right now… and having this on my wall where I can see it… her ideas are really great! So are yours! :) Have a nice day.
I’m struggling with my PhD thesis these days and already attended a project and time management workshop. Which was great. Because we learned to make a weekly plan by planning the free and buffer time first.
But for getting started with writing the 7th rule is the most important: Work. Just do it.
It may be far from perfect but only if you do it, can you actually achieve it.
Thanks for the post!
I love this list. I glued one copy into my journal and one into my idea notebook. I love how it says that even though this is a list of rules, you don’t even have to follow them. It reminds me of a line from The Pirates of the Caribbean, ” The code is really more like a list of guidelines.” :D- “whoa”
I too was thinking maybe keri will have the words i need to hear as I go back to finish my degree and sit here worried that the formality and rigour will ruin me.But this little post made me see it as an opportunity not as a place of rewards and punishments which is how we so often see schools
Wow, thanks so much for these! I’ll have to write these down and carry them wherever I go. I know all these things in my head, but sometimes it’s hard, or downright freaking impossible, to make yourself listen. These will be especially good to remember when I go back to school in the fall, but luckily I’ve always lived by number 2 :).
(Huge fan of yours by the way, so I glad I found your website!)
Thank you. Right now number 4 resonates with me, tomorrow I’m certain another rule will stand out. One thing I know for sure is that you are going to be an amazing teacher!
Thanks for introducing me to this fascinating woman and her ideas!
Can you tell us what course you will be teaching?
Thank you so much, Keri. Your students are so lucky!
I am a teacher to. I am not an artist ( i teach sociology), but this rules resonate with we. You are so inspiring to teach in a unconventional way.
Have a nice and brilliant day.
love this! i think i am going to print it and post it on my wall somewhere.
I am really excited by the creative process again. Thank you so much for this post.
I like the helpful hints at the end. Especially read everything and these rules will change. :) Oh, I made a new cover to my copy of This Is Not A Book. Check it out here. http://www.virginiawashere.blogspot.com
Thank you for your inspiring posts.
Love this. I was given this list on the first day of sculpture class during my foundation year of art school, and I pasted copies into many more sketchbooks over the years. I’m curious about the authorship, though — the header on my copy attributed it to John Cage, and a quick Google search seems to agree??
Whoops. Didn’t see the later post on exactly the subject I just mentioned. Sorry!
I’m a preschool art teacher. I think I’ll print this out and read it to my kids. Let’s hear what the kids say!
Hi, I’m 14, I’m from Poland. I love tis website and Keri Smith’s books. Thank for these rules. I have them on my wall in the room. Tey help me every time I loose my inspiration ;) . Sorry for mistakes
Thanks so much for posting these…I think they are rules for life as well as art, especially (as I get older…) rule 4.
So I found a blog(accidently) written by a gal who reminded me of you. Maybe you will enjoy… http://www.graceisoverrated.com/
Inspirational indeed! She has lots of free printables which she illustrates but its her thoughts/process that are most amazing!