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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
August 2004 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Events/News Items
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
"The Use of the Descriptive Process in Art" by Curtis White
* Comments, Feedback
George Copsey - Use of Photoreading and Image-Streaming
Angus Donald - A Bit of Fluff
* Question Quest - Challenge #8
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." -- Maya Angelou
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We are sad to report that Tijl Koenderink, Project Renaissance's Executive
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thank him for the great boost he gave to our organization during his nearly
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CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING WORKSHOP - Belfast, UK - September 20-21, 2004
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PROJECT RENAISSANCE DOUBLE FESTIVAL - November 12-14, 2004
13th Annual Conference on Creativity and Accelerated Learning in the
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During this fun-filled weekend of colloquium-like dynamic events, people
from around the world will again gather to discover and explore creating
and learning. Over the last decade the Double Festivals have celebrated
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this equation. Our theme is the 'Theory and Practice of Education'.
Living in a World Where We Can't Go Home Again...
Every second our world is changing, sometimes perceptibly. It is as though
we are all in "the Kindergarten of the Future," except that change is
happening right now as you read this.
All of us are having to learn and adapt to conditions we never encountered
before. For better or worse, we do so based on the options in our available
repertoire of responses and appreciations. In effect, how well we learn
determines how well we live.
Creativity, learning and problem-solving are critical skills each of us
must develop in this world of inevitable change. Fortunately, just over
twenty years ago, we at Project Renaissance realized that learning and
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- Win Wenger
IAL CONFERENCE CALL SERIES
The International Alliance for Learning will host a series of conference
calls with leaders in the field of Accelerated Learning, Accelerative
Learning and other areas of human development - leading up to the 2005
IAL International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, January 13-16, 2005.
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THE USE OF THE DESCRIPTIVE PROCESS IN ART
by Curtis White
The descriptive process I am referring to here is a lot like Image-
Streaming in reverse. The purpose of the descriptive process is to
enable the artist to better put his ideas into words - where the artist
describes, in very sensory-rich or analytically accurate/precise ways,
the differences between various illustrations.
Using description, the artist is:
* Better able to communicate his thoughts to himself and to others
* Able to increase his observational skills
* Enabled to *perhaps* gain the ability to have more control over
imaging via verbal description
For example, if you look at your hands and then look at a set of well-
illustrated hands, the tendency is to think, "those hands look good/real,
etc." If you look at a bone and then at an illustrated bone, the tendency
will be to think, "the illustrated bone IS the bone." Of course, it's
not!!! There are many differences.
The basic tendency is to think this is "good", "right" - or "bad",
"wrong". The idea then with this is to gain a far greater flexibility in
For example, you might take a photograph of a hand and a very good ink
drawing of a hand, and then use this descriptive process (preferably of
the exact same angle/depiction, though not necessary).
You would describe each using a sensory-rich process, and then you'd
describe what is similar and what is different. And then you would
describe one of them so that someone who doesn't know what a hand is,
or could even see that, could theoretically make a drawing that would
resemble it. Then you would describe a plausible way the artist worked
based on what you see. The idea is just to get as many thoughts going
The thing is, when you start it you might think, "this illustration
looks very close to this drawing," and there won't be many differences;
BUT when you start describing, then you will find there are just too
Many differences to list. It works best with similar forms or things
That both look "good" and "right".
So, if you use this, the hope is that when you see a painting of a
head by Hals and a photograph of a head in a fashion magazine, then you
will be able to observe a lot, and hopefully then you will be able to
recreate whatever effect, style, etc., you want. You will also be able
to observe more variations in your own work compared to other works. So
part of it is in understanding styles and in merely increasing
observational skills. The other part is thinking about complex systems
of parts (like the human body) and reducing that into a type of
analytical language where someone could construct a model to match the
model that you described.
The intent in this case is to understand the interrelationships of
these forms and parts so that the artist's drawings will take on more
believability, and he will be able to think about his subject more
realistically. (If an artist is able to understand that the body is made
up of joints and parts that must work together, then he is more likely
to depict the body accurately than if he thinks just of shape.)
If an artist understands that muscles are like cords, and that muscles
contract when the fingers are pulled, then he can artistically work
with anatomy. The literal understanding of anatomy is good, but I think
this "artistic" understanding is far more valuable.
A lot of artists are struggling and working blind. This is the best way
I describe the difference: If you don't realize how useful visualization
is in art then you are working blind, and when you do realize it, then
you are able to see.
-- Curtis White
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
APPLICATION OF PHOTOREADING AND IMAGE-STREAMING
- George Copsey ( mailto:email@example.com )
I've had an idea for an interesting application of PhotoReading and
Image-Streaming and would like to know the list's experience with it.
1. Photoread a book that you haven't consciously read at all -
preferably about a subject you know very little about. Don't activate
2. Wait for 24 hours after PhotoReading, if you like, or however long
you usually do (if you do at all - I often activate immediately after
Photoreading and have found this to be VERY helpful for comprehension).
3. Using Win's Instant Replay technique, listed on pages 84
and 85 of The Einstein Factor, Image-Stream the experience of
Photoreading the book and, once in the experience fully, begin opening
yourself up to more abstract insights (pt #5 of Instant Replay format).
In other words, use the Instant Replay format as an activation method.
4. Once "done", consider how this experience differs from other
activation techniques you've used.
I look forward to your feedback on this...
-- George Copsey (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
A BIT OF FLUFF... Angus Donald ( mailto:email@example.com )
August is sometimes known as the silly season, so here's a Quick Fix
for those like me who find it difficult to make decisions.
First a story: This morning I woke up to find that I was in the
fortunate position of having 30 shirts all ironed and ready for the
wearing - varying colours, hues and shades, some with stripes and some
plain - making it an agony of indecision of which to choose and worse -
what to wear with it before departing for work. So here's a solution I
fell upon earlier today:
Go to the wardrobe where they hang - or drawer if they are folded - and
allow your eye to light upon one - the first that attracts your
attention. Choose the one that does attract your attention or you feel
drawn towards, and without questioning it take that one out. Now
visualize (imagine) yourself wearing that shirt with whichever suit /
tie combination that comes to mind - and there you have it. No more
agonizing over colours contrasting or worrying what looks alluring or
makes me look too fat!
Our unconscious processes have already been at work making the right
choices for us - if only we would allow them the space in which to work.
All too often the "editor" or, as I sometimes like to think of it, the
over-zealous stage prompt is ready with the next line whilst we are
building up the dramatic tension with an appropriate pause.
So try it out, the next time you have a decision to make - be it what
to wear or what to eat or where to go. Go with your intuition, let your
creativity free - that may not be all that you free up!
- Angus Donald ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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In these perilous times, and with the fate of the world placed into the
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what questions should we Americans be asking as we consider our election
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