Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bernie's Ramblings: Right-Brain vs Left-Brain

As long as I can remember art has been a part of my life. My favorite subject to draw as a young boy was sailing ships... from giant Clipper's to Pirate ships. AARRRGGGHHH!

I was one of the few people in high school who took art class seriously and didn't consider it a crypt course. I was fortunate enough to have a great art teacher, Blanche Johnson, who really worked with those who were serious about art. Unfortunately, growing up in the 70's where left brain thinkers seemed to rule... us right brainers were many times told... "Oh that's a pretty picture... but you have to get a real job if you want to eat". As a grown up I now realize I was caving into false teachings and letting someone else tell me what to dream. Today, thank goodness, there is a shift... the right brain revenge per say... logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age... now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. With all that said... I think the Right-Brain vs the Left-Brain needs to give way to a new order of Whole-Brained thinkers out there. For that to begin... schools need to give equal weight to the arts, creativity, and the skills of imagination and synthesis.

Balance and Harmony are fruits of the Whole-Brained thinker. I welcome your thoughts on this subject.

In Faith, Bernie


Pete said...

Bernie, your comment about "oh,that's a pretty picture, but..." really struck me. I too took art class seriously but nobody told me that I could persue it as a vocation. My guidance counselor actually encouraged that belief. So, I studied business in college instead. 12 years after I graduated, I ended up as a graphic designer doing fine art in my spare time. You just can't out run your brain!

Whole brain thinking. Not enough of that going on these days.

Bernie Rosage Jr. said...

Thanks for dropping by Pete... hope everything has been going well with you. Your last statement rings so true!