Episode 297 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast
In this episode of the CMP, mentors, teachers, giving back, and a look at an unusual (and very cool) graphic novel. There are a few quirks to The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw, but I really enjoyed the format, the how-to content, and the drawing lessons. I even learned a thing or two. I don’t think a mentorship like this could really happen in modern day, but the story will definitely make you long for a creative mentor … and make you think about the mentor/mentee relationship, how you learn, what it means to be a student, and about a cultural myth that suggests mentors are for the young. Everyone needs a Mr. Miyagi, right?
I think there is a lot more to say and think about in this context…. I really enjoyed the graphic novel (and I love graphic novels). But when I sat down to talk about the book and the relationship between Becky and David, all of this “stuff” came to the foreground about teachers and mentors… and age. Definitely more to unpack and think about and reflect upon.
Note: I address this in talking about the book, but please note that Becky in the book is a bit stern at times. Her demeanor changes lightning fast in places. I do suggest that parents read the book first to get a feelfor the approach.
Mentioned in this Episode:
- The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw (by Mark Crilley)