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BARCELONA, SPAIN – Dorian Iten, Director of the Digital Art Program, uses principles from The Art of Learning with an aim to strengthen resilience and deepen the students’ awareness of their internal states.

“Time and again I have found my insights from drawing and painting echoed in the principles Josh gleans from chess and the martial arts,” Iten told the JWF. “Both mental and physical resilience are crucial elements of an artist’s success. There is a lot to discover in this area and I am looking forward to sharing our findings with fellow teachers, trainers and coaches!”

Throughout their studies, students explore feelings of self-doubt and fear of failure by learning about and discussing mindset and participating in shared journaling activities. Collaborative drawing exercises provide opportunities to practice Valuing Process Before Results and discussions of both the teacher’s and the students’ struggles create a safe space in which participants can be vulnerable and open to working together on Investment in Loss and growing as learners.  Iten believes this work will help the students to become more capable artists, and more importantly, more capable, resilient, kind, and aware humans.

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