Painting Chinese: A Lifelong Teacher Gains the Wisdom of Youth (2020)

Painting Chinese A Lifelong Teacher Gains the Wisdom of Youth As Herbert Kohl approached seventy he realized the image he had of himself energetic man in midlife was not in keeping with how he was viewed by others wise grandfather figure To counter the realizat
  • Title: Painting Chinese: A Lifelong Teacher Gains the Wisdom of Youth
  • Author: Herbert R. Kohl
  • ISBN: 9781596910522
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As Herbert Kohl approached seventy, he realized the image he had of himself energetic man in midlife was not in keeping with how he was viewed by others wise grandfather figure To counter the realization that he was growing old, Kohl, a staunch believer in lifelong learning, set out to try something new While on a walk, he happened upon a painting studio and on a laAs Herbert Kohl approached seventy, he realized the image he had of himself energetic man in midlife was not in keeping with how he was viewed by others wise grandfather figure To counter the realization that he was growing old, Kohl, a staunch believer in lifelong learning, set out to try something new While on a walk, he happened upon a painting studio and on a lark signed up for a beginning class When Kohl arrived for his first lesson, he was surprised to see the students were Chinese children between the ages of four and seven Now, after three years of study, Kohl tells us what he learned from them He shares the joys of trying to stay as fresh and unafraid as his young classmates and the wisdom he unexpectedly discovers in the formal tenets of Chinese landscape painting As he advances into classes with older students, he reflects on how this experience allows him to accept and find comfort in aging For anyone who feels stuck in the wearying repetition of everyday life, Kohl s adventures will clearly illustrate that you can never be too old to grow from new experiences.
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    1. Who can tell the end of the endless changes of things Li PoHerbert Kohl, activist and educator, approaches old age with trepidation He knows it will involve change, but he is both reluctant and afraid.In choosing to become as a child and learn something both unfamiliar and demanding as he approaches 70, Kohl finds a guide and an anchor for all the other changes in his life He is learning Chinese painting, but also a different approach to living He paints he reads Chinese literature, poetry, phil [...]

    2. What a marvelous, informative, life affirming book Kohl, who has educated thousands of students and future teachers over the years, and whose progressive philosophy has lead him to embrace openness and creativity in the classroom, signs up for a beginners class in Chinese painting, where his classmates are kindergarteners, the curriculum is based strictly on copying of others pictures, silence is required, and positive reinforcement is rare He thrives, eventually becoming an excellent painter ev [...]

    3. This quiet book approaches the topic of aging and the wisdom that can be gained from those around us in a gently insistent fashion Noted educator Herbert Kohl was approaching a crossroads in his life Unhappy with how a university education program he had created was being dismantled, Kohl happened to be walking through a San Francisco neighborhood when he stumbled upon an ad for a Chinese landscape painting class It turned out to be exactly what he needed since he ended up painting alongside ver [...]

    4. Becoming a student in his old age approaching seventy , and attempting to learn a new skill Chinese painting in this particular case helps the author accept and even embrace the aging process Who knew that sitting in class with five year olds could lead to this It s a fascinating and humbling journey as he wrestles with his anxieties about aging, mourns the loss of his accomplished career, and acknowledges his arrogance and need for public attention A book well worth your time and attention.

    5. I love this book What do you do when you discover your position is being eliminated You learn to center yourself In the process you learn about yourself I believe every teacher should read this book We, as educators, are too focused on originality and don t give enough credit to the masters who should be emulated.

    6. The author of the book uses Chinese painting to help him through some transitions in life While i am ot yet near retirement age, as he is in the book, I am old enough to think about that I am also considering doing something wlse with mylife than ai am curently doing His issues made me think.

    7. This little book is a journey Through his study of Chinese landscape painting, Kohl address the conflicts and insights that accompany change In his case, aging and retirement are prominent, but his ongoing attempts to integrate Taoism, painting and poetry with his Western critical competetive thinking spoke to me Note loaned to Mary

    8. I learned from this book that you don t have to be in your 20 s any to accomplish anything The writer is an septogonian hope this is right and he s still active and even went thru a second childhood

    9. A succinct and humorous tale of finding humility and artistic discipline in a children s class in Chinese painting It offers insight into the Eastern way of approaching art through rigorous skill building that, in time, reveals spirit Perfect for a lazy afternoon of contemplation.

    10. Kohl was feeling down with his life as an aging educator He wanted totry something fresh and new Somehow he ended up in a painting class,a class to learn to paint the Chinese way, a class for children.It was just what he needed.

    11. This was a charming book dealing with aging and learning a new skill I would recommend this book to artists, writers, teachers and anyone who wishes to learn how to meet aging in a positive manner.

    12. Interesting account of the author s use of a new skill, Chinese painting, to accept his aging and transitioning into retirement.

    13. While I took away some things to think about from the book, the author is so introspective and repetitive that it was a tougher read than it needed to be.

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