This class was much too short. Not that we didn’t get a ton accomplished, but we – or at least I – had so much fun. I love working with artists who are willing to accept ideas or concepts with which they are not familiar. Believe me, I know it’s uncomfortable to step away from what has been successful and makes you look good to try new techniques or theories, especially in a situation where your efforts can be scrutinized by others. The courage and openness with which these folks took on new ideas and approaches was gratifying and exciting. I can’t believe I get paid to have so much fun.
Trying to organize everything you’ve ever learned in your brain, form it into complete sentences using words that may or may not convey exactly what you want, get it to dribble out your mouth in the right order, bounce off someone else’s experience and settle comfortably onto the space between you, your student and their easel is an immense challenge and responsibility. Then to squeeze it into useful units of time over a too-short couple of days…
What you know, and think you know; learned and think you learned; read somewhere but can’t quite remember where is all put to the test.You’ve also got lunchtime, snack time, bathroom breaks and bouts of giggling and silliness to squeeze in there as well. For those of us who work alone, those can be the most important times.
The big challenge, from my experience, is for students – and teachers - to get comfortable failing in front of their peers. We all want to impress our friends, even in a class. No one wants to look like a klutz. However, classes should be where klutziness is encouraged, and even honored. If you keep doing what you’re good at, what’s the point? (I have bombed rather spectacularly in front of a class demonstrating a technique. I save my tortured ego by believing that it gives those watching some relief to know that even those of us "in the know" have their moments. )
(Voted coolest painting apron. I gotta get me one a those.)
Take a class. Better yet, teach someone. Let me know how it goes.