Art is a practice that can take great technical effort, determination, and patience before results are reached. It’s a very wide spectrum of creativity in which innate talent can be refined and honed by a transforming educational experience. 

The aim of this learning process in today’s society is generally focused on achieving artistic results that can be questioned in light of the results that the artists obtain. Do you want to learn filmmaking? You have to give up four years of your life for a degree that answers no practical problems. Don’t know how to improve your digital photos with Photoshop? Choose between a wide range of expensive courses with vague outcomes available.

Although answers to real needs of artists may be found along these ways, prestige, status or money are priorities, not ideas to specific problems. Original thoughts are more likely to happen if teaching art can be life changing for both the student and teacher.

This way, not only the student gets new ideas, achieves new abilities or gains confidence, but the teacher is growing in her own understanding and appreciation of her specialist field through the fresh perspective of a different brain and heart.

The dude that explained to everyone how to find the way down, was the fastest at this decent.
The dude that explained to everyone how to find the way down, was the fastest at this decent.

How Do We Remember Things?

William Glasser, expert in teaching, learning, transformation, and work environments has a wealth of knowledge on this topic and frames the working relationship through a therapist’s lense to achieve better understanding and cohesion between the pair.

However, his Reality Therapy is less like therapy and more like good practical guidance, which is why it is so useful for artists that are feeling lost and stuck. Dark clouds can make our thoughts murky and unproductive, but artists that feel inspired and energised by others, can put their talents to good use.

“We learn 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience, and 95% of what we teach others”, according to Glaser. His work advocates shared learning, communal knowledge, and wisdom sharing to grow our semantic memory above all other forms of learning, teaching art included.

On this topic, he would also say that learning is best achieved by direct experience of doing things that satisfy our needs and wants. Feeling competent, respected, free and joyful about it are also a must in this back-and-forth educational approach.

Can the student be led by the teacher, as the patient is led by the therapist to do what’s really in their best interest? Will the student enter into the present moment, by discarding old insecurities and opening their eyes to a bright future of thought organization, opportunity, and optimism? Can the creative process be revived by this structured template of relating between teacher and pupil? Every relationship on the platform is unique and the spectrum of content at play is astonishing but these concepts can help breathe new life into all manner of art.

How Can We Stimulate Creativity By Teaching Art?

Greyt.me plays the split role of mediator, facilitator, and suggestion board, offering both parties a platform that combines learning and teaching art into one straightforward and rewarding value. They give both parties the confidence and security needed to make deals, form teams, exchange, discuss and improve ideas, which are likely to create amazing art collaborations that foster growth in both creative and advisor.

We give a good indication of how people will react to artwork. Creatives, companies and other types of advisors can all access, share, and react to content. These experienced and knowledgeable people can give a road map to develop ideas further than originally thought. Lots of honest and thought-provoking ideas in the form of reactions to artwork from a whole host of experts in different artistic fields. And if there is some especially valuable advice around, the creative can gain a more specific advantage by contacting the advisor privately. This is a focused 1-to-1 to suit the creative’s needs.

At the same time, mentors get paid for their help at Greyt.me. The hourly rate charged for teaching art will dictate how much they are paid and these payments arrive on a regular basis. As making a living as an artist is difficult, for mentors this interchange is not only a growing educational experience but also compensation for their knowledge and time spent, that will allow them to focus on the art and not on other unrelated work. 

Sounds like an interesting fair, healthy exchange for both parties, right?

How Does Greyt.me Work?

Advisors and creatives have two ways of meeting. For instance quick advice for specific problems or general feedback around a whole artwork. It is not necessary to choose only one of them and you can use both depending on your needs. In both cases, we guarantee an inspiring experience online with people who share your same human and artistic values.

Advisors

  1. Sign in with your personal info, choose skills and tools you are good at, and define your hourly rates and times when you are available.
  2. Find the work that you resonate with. Get inspired, get interested, and write your honest feedback, giving positives, negatives, useful links, and next-step suggestions. Valuable insights only!
  3. If the feedback was overall helpful for creatives, they pay you the hourly rate agreed upon contact you, and we add you to their “trusted advisors“. If they are looking to solve a specific issue and you match the expertise and budget they are searching for, they will contact you directly.
  4. Get in touch with creatives via our fully embedded video conferencing system and screen sharing tool to help them effectively and be the missing piece of creatives’ puzzles.
  5. Track your exact time spent, handle the entire payment process online and receive quick and regular payments into your bank account for whatever work you do.

Creatives

  1. Sign in with your personal info, choose skills and tools on which you have troubles, or upload your project publically on our platform to get free feedback. We have a secure, versatile system that handles images, audios, videos, links, PDFs, or entire websites easily.
  2. If you want to solve a specific problem with selected consultants, send them a quick description. To get insightful feedback for your entire project, motivate advisors by promising them a payment if you later find their review really useful.
  3. Use our chat and video conference features to discuss further details with the consultants and distinguish the ones you like the most. Expect your weak points to be exposed and your strengths highlighted. As well as helpful nods in the right direction through links to related and useful content, you’ll also receive direct advice on what to do next, how you can progress, and how you can do more to improve your work.
  4. Contact your new found mentors regularly and pay only the advisor reviews you found truly helpful.
  5. Build your network of hand-picked trusted advisors that will help you along your way.

Mutually Rewarding Value Exchange

It is about adding value to the artwork but not in any way or at any cost. Art should be a space where the path to a result is equally meaningful, where both the teacher and the student can be enriched professionally and artistically. 

It is necessary to have significant contact with like-minded people who share the same vision about art, honest and constructive feedback, and a mutual appreciation of time and effort. Rethink learning with a healthy growing approach. See the interaction as Glasser’s Reality Therapy in practice. 

At an hourly rate, your money couldn’t be better spent any other way.

Posted by:Gonzalo Olaberria

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