Lloyd Reynolds's Perennial Pedagogy

Lloyd Reynolds (1902–1978) was a calligraphy professor at Reed College for close to forty years and a calligraphy icon in his own right. His love and dedication are contagious. In his work, Reynolds followed what he called the “Perennial Pedagogy,” a simple, well-worn guide to creative practice.

Perennial Pedagogy

  1.  Get the idea of what is to be learned (the “formative image”).
  2.  Concentrate (serene open awareness - try softer, not harder).
  3.  Get the feel.
  4.  Practice, practice, practice.
  5.  Take it easy (Easy does it.).
  6.  Get the swing of it.
  7.  Be in good form.
  8.  Get lost in the work.
  9.  Let IT do it.
  10. Work for the work’s sake.
  11. Don’t sell out.
  12. Do it the right way.
  13. Keep to your calling.
  14. Teach. (Share your skills.)