Mean As Custard (calico_pye) wrote,
Mean As Custard

End of the Year Show - Question 7

Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)
7. Who was your craziest / most interesting teacher?

In secondary school, I ha an art teacher whose moniker was Mad Mole.  He looked like Dumbledore and behaved like a mad professor.  The plus side is, you could pain what you liked and pass it off as abstract and I kinda looked at the lessons like it was art therapy (I was bullied - boo hoo - painting and drawing gave sharp relief to the nerds who had largely escaped the feral ones).  He made me quite cross one day.  He brough in a sprig of cow parsley which has a stunning show of tiny white flowers, but a less-than-piquant aroma.  He asked me to draw the essence of the plant and I drew the floret head in entirety.  Then he said, "No, I want the essence - look smaller and make it bigger.  Fill the sheet."  Tried again, with a smaller part of the floret.  Still not happy.  Look smaller still, then scale up.  Frustrated,but kinda understanding WHY he was asking me, I did ask he asked.  I even painted it while.  He then (no word of a lie) Took.My. Painting. And. Ran. It. Under. A. Tap.  No shit.  I was dazed, dismayed and angry all at once.  I still don't understand that bit today.

In my later years, I have been taught by some batty, but fascinating lecturers, whose eccentricities and enthusiasm fuelled the interest in my degree.  I graduated with a good grade, so I am eminently grateful to them. Challenging, but interesting I can live with, wringing my hard work under a tap, not so much.
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