Category Archives: People Learning

Old Friends at Work

My husband and I have been visiting Denmark. One of its attractions is meeting up with our many old friends. The first Dane we ever met was in grad school 1975 and since that time I have often sketched this … Continue reading

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The Critique

It was wonderful to meet again with my plein air class. Returning students were encouraged to bring a sketch for a critique since we would not be painting on this first day of the fall semester. It can be hard … Continue reading

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Annie, Painting Above Inverness

I spent three days painting with my cousin, Annie Lewis.  Annie is an accomplished and talented artist whose work can be found at the Door Art Gallery. She is also a tremendously generous teacher.  It was wonderful to paint alongside … Continue reading

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Sheila Speaks to Students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco

My sister Sheila Polk gave a presentation to students at CONALEP Plantel Temixco, a technical high school near Cuernavaca, and I jumped at the chance to go along. Retired or not I still love going to schools and this one … Continue reading

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Homework Time

This Spanish course that the five of us are taking is really great. Not only are we learning Spanish in small groups, but we also have homework. This means my four fellow students are holding relatively still this evening while … Continue reading

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Two Listeners 

This morning before leaving Chicago we stopped for a working breakfast with a lifelong friend. First we ate and caught up on our news and then I sketched while they worked a bit. I was looking forward to this sketch … Continue reading

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Presenting to the Group, version II

This is based on a black and white sketch I posted two days ago.  I used two apps on my iPad, Procreate and Snapseed, to crop it and add color and texture.  I notice that it adds more emotional value … Continue reading

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Three More Sketches from the Conference

  Today I used the app Procreate on my iPad to make sketches of the presenters and participants at my conference. 

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Day 3 of ‘One Week 100 People’

The San Diego Opera welcomed artists this evening to its working rehearsal for ‘The Tragedy of Carmen‘, which opens this Friday. It was wonderful to live sketch while listening to the music and was a delightful way to get my … Continue reading

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Day Two of One Week 100 People

Today is the second day of the #ONE WEEK 100 PEOPLE 2017 challenge. I began the day with my landscape class in Old Town and sketched two pairs of people while working on preliminary sketches for a painting. The whole day got away … Continue reading

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Grading Exams in a Camper

Last night we sat in our camper, sharing a very small space, while Peter marked his midterms and I sketched. I liked watching his range of expressions as he considered each exam, particularly his delight, dismay, puzzlement, surprise, and approval. … Continue reading

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Peter Then and Now

To celebrate my amazing husband’s birthday today I am posting two sketches that I particularly like, the first from 1979 and the second from this past spring. My favorite person to sketch over the past 40 some years is my … Continue reading

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An Artist at Torrey Pines State Park

There is something beautiful about the intensity of an artist as they paint. This morning at Torrey Pines I looked over and saw an artist in the distance. She was engrossed in the place and in her painting. I noticed … Continue reading

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Thinking at a Workshop

I attended an amazing conference over the past week and had very little time to sketch. In fact, this is the only sketch I did the whole time. I had taken my eyes off the speaker and become diverted by noticing the uniform … Continue reading

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That’s a Thought!

I love sketching people who are pinning down an elusive idea together. I did several quick sketches of this scene and each time caught something different in their body language that reflected the state of their thinking. The body language of building idea shows … Continue reading

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On the Train to Budapest

Yesterday we crossed Austria and Hungary by train, arriving in Budapest in the early evening. A man one aisle up and across from us was working on an academic paper through much of the trip. His body language indicated reflection. … Continue reading

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Learning

We know how people learn, it is not a mystery. It goes best when people want to learn something specific, have resources to consult, can ask questions, work in a respectful environment, have enough time,  get feedback as they go … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table Catalyst

There is something about working at a kitchen table, especially late at night, that makes ideas grow. Maybe it is the conditioning from all those hours spent at the table as a child doing homework. Or maybe it is sitting … Continue reading

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Real Reading

Savvy teachers pay attention to the body language of reading when their students read in class. And old teachers may never stop noticing a real reader when they see one. Real readers have facial expressions that change depending on the … Continue reading

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Ideas and Discussion

What is a vacation if not an opportunity to work on solving a problem of mutual obsession? Or better yet, an opportunity to sketch a type of interaction, people learning together, that has long fascinated me? The body language of … Continue reading

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Fighting Jet Lag

If you traveled for twenty-four hours, had a meal, did a little sight seeing, and then worked on a tough puzzle with your father, this is what your body language might look like as you fight jet lag. The focused … Continue reading

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What Do Researchers Do All Day?

My brother sent the following note about my February 26 sketch, “What Does It Mean?” “I like this sketch. It reminds me of an illustration that I saw once that was duplicated exactly into two cells. The overall caption was … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean?

  The body language of thinking often involves sitting up straight, staring directly at a person, computer, or text, and a hand gesture that shows surprise or attention. I believe I caught all three of these this morning in this … Continue reading

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The Referee Report

  The decision about whether a scientific paper merits publication in a journal is usually made by fellow scientists. Decisions like these require a huge effort by the referees to understand new ideas. Many of my sketches are attempts to … Continue reading

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What Does It All Mean?

  I didn’t get a chance to sketch until the end of the day but fortunately I had an excellent model, sleepy but fixated on making sense of a lecture on his computer. One of my goals is telling a … Continue reading

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Belgium House

  The Belgium House at the Hebrew University is a great place to get a cup of coffee, some sunshine and a sketch. The gardens are lush, inviting and set up for groups and individuals. I started off drawing the … Continue reading

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Burning ideas

Sitting around the fire pit on a cold January night makes for perfect conditions to exchange ideas. This sketch is part of an occasional study of what it looks like when people are learning individually or in groups. All three figures are holding their hands … Continue reading

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Can’t stop thinking

I notice that I have a theme running off and on through my blog entries, the theme of exploring the ways people work to understand elusive ideas. This sketch goes back to this theme again. This time I wanted to … Continue reading

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Problems worthy of attack

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. This small poem from the Danish mathematician, scientist, inventor, and poet, Piet Hein (1905- 1996) goes a long way to explain why people want to figure things out. It feels so good to get … Continue reading

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Thinking

  I kept noticing the look of thinking as this young woman worked. Her expression changed as she wrote and rewrote, as though she were in an engaging conversation. At times she appeared questioning, knowing, disappointed, happy, or perplexed. This showed … Continue reading

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