Passion. No Blandisity. Two teachers from UC Berkeley don’t teach technique, at least not in the usual sense. They imbue their subject matter—and their students—with a new vitality. Their job is to breakdown barriers and change perspectives. Once you have insight you can dispense with the formulas. This is not your archetypal classroom workbook. It’s more of a playbook.
Inspired by his champion, Joseph Slusky, a longtime teacher at many schools in the Bay Area, but primarily at UC Berkeley, Chip Sullivan, a fellow Berkeley professor audited Slusky’s classes, took notes, notebooks full of scribbles, phrases, doodles, hoping to catch the essence of his inspiring mentor. Together they taught a popular introduction to drawing class at the College of Environmental Design. In the lexicon, they are both acknowledged as leading educators but those words belie their hands-on full immersion skills.
This manifesto is here to rally the tentative, rejuvenate the faltering and reward the determined. Slusky and Sullivan would say all that with words of their own—Vitalism, Visuology, the Vatic Line, the Nutritious Void, and that’s just one letter—leaving on the drawing board a publisher’s blurb sanctioned by Webster.