People that know me, specially artists, know that I LOVE art. I am in love with the process of making art. I find so much joy creating art that I automatically share details freely with my fellow artists. I think it comes naturally for me to share, so that maybe others can find the same joy I feel doing it.
I had several friends tell me I should teach, that I am a natural at it. Well, I can tell you that I never thought of myself as a teacher of any kind! I guess the difference is that sharing something you love does not feel like teaching, so it does come naturally. So I finally decided to give it a try and did a small test workshop. I invited 4 friends to take part (several that encouraged me to do this in the first place), so I could figure out how to structure it for other students.
I thought about what to name it and how to describe my workshop, and it’s so hard to put into words what I would like to teach. Mostly I want to share fun techniques, tips, and play, to inspire those that are too afraid to “be” an artist, or remind those artists that lost the “fun” and “joy”, why they became artists in the first place. I want them to come out of the workshop with their creativity wheels turning, ideas running through their heads and inspiration overflowing. I feel it’s those little surprises that come out during play and experimentation that excite us and allows us to come up with something that no one else has done before.
I also love working with other artists. The inspiration you get from working with others is contagious, and in teaching others you come up with new ideas while you are explaining a process. I know also that many artists do not share their ideas. They are afraid that someone will steal or copy them. Well, with the age of the internet I think that can happen anyway, without teaching someone! Also I have seen that when you have a group working on an art project, each person has their own artistic vision in their work, which makes it different from the others. I believe true artists want to come up with something uniquely theirs, that makes them stand out from the rest.