I gathered supplies, made handouts, set up tables, dreamed up an approach and got prepared. After talking to lots of people who had been to the "paint and wine" or "sip and dip" places I decided that I wanted everyone to paint their own version of the subject matter...no cookie cutter paintings for us!
I am not a real teacher and while I don't mind public speaking I quickly learned that this process meant I was the teacher, the coach, the demonstrator, the cheerleader, the fixer and the hostess! Yikes, a lot of hats to wear at once: my brain was buzzing...
I could not have asked for a nicer group of guinea pigs...they were enthusiastic, eager learners and willing to leave their comfort zones and give some new things a try. I know for a fact that the effort was a real stretch for several of them but I also have it on good authority that they had fun. The evaluation sheets were full of helpful advice and compliments.
My buddy Cheri won't mind if I share some of the steps everyone went through:
I learned alot during this class, namely that 2 hours is a real short time for anyone to learn anything! But as I believe that art should be a positive experience for any and all I think we at least accomplished that goal. Can't wait to try this again. Will let you know if I need anymore test subjects!
Just a few of the delightful participants!
Smiles and masterpieces +
one exhausted teacher!
ART FULLY yours,