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some rules

Updated: Mar 23

Sister Corita Kent's "Some rules for students and teachers" was developed while she was teaching at Immaculate Heart College in the 1960s. Sometimes mis-attributed to John Cage, the rules were used as official department rules at IHC for many years.


Rule nine is my personal favorite:

"Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think."

Sister Corita's rules are at the same time playful and earnest, and above all, demanding, with rule seven stating, "The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things."


She was known for requiring students to complete immense class assignments, such as collecting hundreds of images for merely the first step of a project. Today, with the internet at my fingertips, this seems to be the only step of many projects I ever complete. My folder of inspiration and ideas is bottomless, but unless it's a client project, I don't seem to finish many of my own.


Be self disciplined.


This December, I am printing out a copy of Sister Corita's rules to live by and commit to memory. For my first project I designed an art print of the rules. To create some structure for myself, I decided to complete one project every day. Playful, earnest, demanding.


"Some rules for students and teachers," by Sister Corita Kent. Poster design by Cait Palmiter.

Learn More

Check out this Art Assignment episode or The Corita Art Center to learn more about Sister Corita Kent and her rules for students and teachers.

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