10 Rules for Students and Teachers

Still great advice. I just reviewed it and got a nice shot in the arm. I’m off to make.

Updated links to her work here.

The Practice of Practice

Sister Mary Corita (Corita Kent), artist Sister Mary Corita (Corita Kent), artist

Sometimes attributed to composer John Cage, these rules were actually created by Sister Corita Kent, in 1967-68, and later taken up by the art department of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent where Sister Corita went to school.

She’s got a wonderful book out called, Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit.

Maybe the list is attributed to composer John Cage because he’s quoted in rule #10…. Here they are:


1: Find a place you trust and then try trusting it a while.

2: General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

3: General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

4: Consider everything an experiment.

5: Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a…

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