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From the program description by Charlie Menefee:

On Practice
Drawing well requires practice and by doing so becomes one. Most if not all disciplines are by definition a practice. Definitive, timeless answers are so difficult to come by. Drawing is used to make progress. Drawings are where hope takes form. Model learning. Attend. Think. Speculate. Wonder. Attempt. Struggle. Question with diligence and rigor. Expect to fail. Demand that something be gained from the effort. Do all this openly. Maintain a sense of humor.



On Discipline
Good practice requires discipline. Discipline necessitates repetition. Not blindly but with focus, intensity, and a critical attitude. Each repetition is different. Each day is different. Every drawing helps you learn from the last.



On Location
Draw where you are. Today. Now. Interrogate what you see. Question incessantly. The whos, whats, whens, wheres, whys, and hows are a good place to start. Learn from there. Carry ideas and questions forward. Plan for lunch. Attend.


On Speed
Drawings are a part of a conversation with you and with others. Drawings among those participating in the conversation should therefore be made at conversational pace. This does not mean there are not pauses for thought or rest, but if one takes the position that each drawing need only be a sentence - declarative or interrogatory - then that sets speed. Conversation then sets the speed of progress. Progress is developed collaboratively.



On Completion
How do you know when you are done? When is the drawing complete? A drawing is done when it communicates the answer to the question posed before starting the drawing. "Being done" though is neither as interesting nor as valuable as asking the subsequent question. Pursuits will seldom win anyone a prize but after a while, the pursuit becomes the reward. When everyone pursues, we all gain.