Reflection & Refraction

Does the Education humanize us? As the question show in Parker Palmer’s article, I also asked the same questions. Before answer this question, we need to identify what education is in 21 century. Transfer knowledge is the essential task for educator and institutions. Especially in the digital era, the various methods to transmit information and knowledge. It is a significant challenge to highlight the critical structure and promote the face-to-face communication skills. Moreover, self-learning is another aspect for students to practices. Study on campus is a short time, while learning is a whole-life project. So, in the high educational environment, it would affect the personality and habits. But hardly to modify all the students in the same.

It is general for art students drawing the same style in the facsimile task. In the primary level of drawing class, facsimile task is necessary and essential works to improve the technical ability. But, the familiar styles will not stay for a long time, after the several weeks or months (it depends personally), the diversity in styles and technicals will show in the works. For example. Lin Fengmian, a Chinese painter and is considered a pioneer of modern Chinese painting for blending Chinese and Western styles. His works below, show all the process of changes in different periods: studied in France, president of CAA, and rear lifetime.


The experience of study abroad is important for Lin Fengmian. During the 1920s, impressionism and Cubusion is the mainstream in the scholarly cycle. His artworks in that period show the familiar technical as what he learned from professors. After graduated, he perfect blend all technical he learned with his culture, which is the works he painted in the rear life.

Education is access for the learner to broaden the horizon. Diversity is the key word in 21 century. Hence, the humanize would affect the students in short period. After the working time, students will combine the background knowledge with what they learned together; then the new styles will be constructed.


4 thoughts on “Reflection & Refraction”

  1. Really nice pictures! I think you hit the mark in that learning takes place over the course of one’s entire life, and perhaps learning how to learn should be the goal of teachers in helping students. The paintings you’ve shown could not have been possible without the artist making the effort to self-explore and to venture into different styles. We as students also need to explore – whether it’s taking courses in other disciplines or trying something different. Even if the results don’t turn out great, it’s important for instructors to not penalize the effort and rather reward the process.

  2. Great post! I really appreciated the example that you provided that showed growth and change over time and demonstrated how different people and places can influence a style. I agree with your post and Grace’s comment that exploring and seeing new perspectives is really important for learning. I hope that we all can find our own style and encourage our students to do the same.

  3. Thanks for the post. The work by Lin Fengmian definitely included both Chinese and Western elements. You mentioned diversity is the key work in 21st century. I think it is not only for different styles art work, but also true for studying different disciplines. The concept of interdisciplinary is very much emphasized nowadays.

  4. It is true that the time that we spend in school is far less than the time that we spend in real-life implementing the knowledge that we gather in a school. It is very important to learn the tools and find a connection with real-life.

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