Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting comfortable being uncomfortable – good for teachers as well as students

Orientation for incoming 1L’s starts today!  ASP’ers are prepped to welcome students to law school: introductory lessons are prepared; workshops are scheduled resource rooms are stocked with study aids. 

What else can we do?  As we prepare to, and work with, students embarking on the new challenges that are integral to law school, why not experience new challenges?  The answer:  Paint Night, anyone?  A perfect activity the week before orientation was to  go to the local participatory arts organization and try to create a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Seascape at Saintes-Maries.  With brush in hand, mix a palette of colors from only four tubes of paint and try to recreate Van Gogh’s depth and movement – in two hours.

While paint night does not present the same pressures as those experienced by entering (and returning) law students, it did afford the opportunity to experience the unfamiliar and to try to complete a task under time constraints.  Happy first day of school!

(Myra Orlen)

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