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The Only Rule is Work.

by aimee • March 5

A few weeks ago, Sarah Williams visited the Corita Kent exhibit at Skimore College, in Saratoga NY. The exhibit, Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, is the first full-scale survey of more than thirty years of work by Corita Kent (1918–1986). Corita Kent was one of the most popular American graphic artists of the 1960s and ’70s. She is commonly known for her experimentation with printmaking and her vibrant, Pop-Art inspired messages that influenced many. Corita kent is an artist, an educator, and an activist.

Corita was a teacher at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. As a teacher, Corita came up with the 'Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules'. These are extremely interesting when you think about life as a student versus a designer in a studio. Personally, I'm very inspired by Rules 1 through 5. The greatest way to learn is in a collaborative environment.

Rule 1 - Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2 - General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3 - General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4 - Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5 - Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6 - Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.

Rule 7 - The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8 - Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.

Rule 9 - Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

Rule 10 - "We're breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities." John Cage

Helpful Hint - Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Ready anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything - It might come in handy later.

There should be new rules next week.