“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires” – William Arthur Ward.
You can only imagine how great he was that now, more then 5 years later, I’m still inspired to create art.
It was not magic, he didn’t do anything extraordinary to blow my mind. He was just there. To guide. To help. To allow us to open up and blossom in whatever medium, whatever subject, at whatever speed we were ready to. I realized it years later when teacher after teacher, school after school I was being taught, preached and converted into their “churches” of methods, schools, approaches and mediums how precious and needed is it in the art education today to hear/see/feel the creative call of the student and LET THEM BECOME what they are aspiring to become instead of MAKING something “worthy” out of them.
I spent a few months of once-a-week classes with this brilliant artist – Nikolay Balyshev – and then moved to Canada (which I love, BTW). A little while later I started missing the inspiration and support in my art process. I realized how much of it was coming from him. Only then I actually bothered to GOOGLE HIM for the FIRST TIME. Oh, boy, did I discover credentials. He turned out to be one of the most recognized artists in my city, member of numerous art groups, his work sold internationally.
How was it possible for someone who had never touched a brush before to end up in the classroom of the highest standard master? – you might ask. Well, it’s a specifics of Russian art market and topic for another day.
It’s a little scary actually, now when I think about it. Have there been another teacher in that classroom, maybe I would never have discovered my passion. I don’t want to be too dramatic here, but till this day I’m looking for a teacher like this, talented, inspiring, respectful and sadly I haven’t been so fortunate to find one. How do I manage without guidance? Wait for the next post and you will know 🙂
Here is some of my favorite pieces by Nikolay:
You can see more on his website http://www.nikbalyshev.ru/