July 30th, 2010
the rules, by corita kent

i live by this. i post it in case you haven’t seen this one before.

Jul 30 2010
11:21 pm
Jill writes:

Brilliant — and so perfectly timed for what I needed to read RIGHT this minute.

Jul 31 2010
4:24 am
Anna writes:

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!

Jul 31 2010
7:23 am
Jennifer writes:

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.

Jul 31 2010
7:38 am
Sarah writes:

I like rule number six best :-)

Jul 31 2010
9:19 am
ana writes:

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.

Jul 31 2010
11:05 am
Chisa writes:

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!

Jul 31 2010
7:14 pm
Elizabeth writes:

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”

Jul 31 2010
8:17 pm
Kate writes:

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

Jul 31 2010
8:51 pm
Meghan writes:

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!)

Aug 1 2010
4:06 am
nina writes:

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!

Aug 1 2010
11:34 am
Janien writes:

Thanks for introducing me to this fascinating woman and her ideas!

Aug 1 2010
11:49 am
Ramona writes:

Can you tell us what course you will be teaching?

Aug 2 2010
4:19 am
Cynthia writes:

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.

Aug 2 2010
10:50 am
Michelle writes:

love this! i think i am going to print it and post it on my wall somewhere.

Aug 2 2010
6:52 pm
sue writes:


Aug 4 2010
7:14 pm
Lydia writes:

I am really excited by the creative process again. Thank you so much for this post.

Aug 12 2010
12:05 pm
Virginia writes:

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.

Aug 12 2010
9:44 pm
Amy writes:

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??

Aug 12 2010
9:46 pm
Amy writes:

Whoops. Didn’t see the later post on exactly the subject I just mentioned. Sorry!

May 18 2012
11:05 am
BeccaMack writes:

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!

Jun 4 2012
12:53 pm
Ola writes:

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

Jul 5 2012
3:17 pm
Jane writes:

Thanks so much for posting these…I think they are rules for life as well as art, especially (as I get older…) rule 4.

Jul 9 2012
4:14 am
Stephi writes:

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!

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