Monday, January 31, 2005

Merry Monday

Merry Monday

I'm feeling almost giddy because I got every room in my house clean and organized this weekend. It frees me up so much to have the domestic chores done. It may sound like a small thing to you, but to me it's just awesome!

Now today I'll be taking care of all kinds of paperwork and business things that need to be managed. I'm also doing some research about teaching an art workshop so I don't bungle the whole thing. I'm very nervous about the prospect but I've committed myself to teach this 2 day workshop on Feb. 28th and 29th. The Idaho Watercolor Society wants someone who will teach something that's not traditional or will have a different perspective and they asked me for that reason. I realize now that I do most of my work intuitively and when someone asks why or needs an expiation I feel tongue tied and clueless. Getting ready for this workshop will be my main emphasis for the next few weeks. Anybody have a good source of information about teaching a 2 day workshop? I've tried the library and looked on line but found very little.

Ah, I hear the boys, better get movin'....

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello there! i am currently preparing for a writer´s class in spring. it will be my first class, and just like you i am researching on how to make it worthwhile for the participants. my main focus will be to a) let them know writing is a technique that can be learned and elaborate on that, b) have them write a lot to overcome their shyness with words and c) make them aware that whatever is inside them is worth coming out. it´s funny, there was one episode of "6ft under" that made me aware of an essential problem for many aspiring artists (as it has been for myself): the wanting to be loved for their art and the habit of rather copying some well accepted artist than finding the source in yourself. i dug out the transcript for you, in case you´d like to read it:
http://www.sixfeetunderfan.com/eyeinsidetranscript.html
(you´ll find it under "Scene Sixteen: Classroom")
your description of "I realize now that I do most of my work intuitively and when someone asks why or needs an expiation I feel tongue tied and clueless." seems actually to be a good introduction. i mean, after all, the reason why you are a painter is probably because THIS is your language, not the spoken word. there is only so much students can learn on composition, perspectives and coloring, maybe a few work examples will help them get an idea. but for me personally, the best lesson learned was that i have to observe how the world works according to myself and express that in my chosen medium. and practice! and be patient.

i am not a visual artist but i still like to draw and scribble and even take part in illustration friday. i am learning a lot from there. just looking at how people take different approaches to the same theme is great. i am beginning to see what works and what doesn´t. where i use cliches and where i focus on how the topics relates to me.

sorry i blurb on and on! its just a fascinating journey for me at the moment. i am not sure if it is any helpful for you, but at least i can finish with that someone told me following book is a good resource: "Drawing with Children. A creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too" by Mona Brookes.

good luck! and let us know how it went!

stosova

11:05 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

Hi
I saw an article in the past month, but I need to find it and get the references for it . Briefly, what I liked about the article was getting like minded folks to intro themselves and build a community for after the session. This article...They were in a travel setting where the folks were asked to work from a site...so maybe you could move your class to differing locations at the facility where you will be teaching. I am not doing it justice, so I will find the article and/or website...but brilliant blarneybytes for a beautiful session.

p.s. as I have never been to a two-day class this sounds great... will write later, on the run...

2:09 PM  
Blogger Sheila Hudson said...

Oh goodie, thanks for telling me about this article and I will look forward to getting the links or references so I can check it out.

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Blogger Sheila Hudson said...

Sostova, I do appreciate all that you are saying and look forward to reading the episode of Six Feet Under that you are speaking of. I agree completly that it's essential to find the source of our work within ourselves- that's what gives our "voice" it's authenticity.
It's true also that my art is the way I communicate and it's challenging for me to articulate with words what it is that I'm doing. I am taking this workshop on to stretch myself and I've been told that I will probably learn as much as anyone by doing this.
I love doing the Illustration Friday drawings, oh yes, it's a learning thing for me too. It's amazing to see how all the different people interpret the themes, some are so clever!
Please don't feel you have to apologize for your enthusiastic comments, I love it. It's so nice of you to take the time and also to give me the link to read.
Sheila


>hello there! i am currently preparing for a writer´s class in spring. it will be my first class, and just like you i am researching on how to make it worthwhile for the participants. my main focus will be to a) let them know writing is a technique that can be learned and elaborate on that, b) have them write a lot to overcome their shyness with words and c) make them aware that whatever is inside them is worth coming out. it´s funny, there was one episode of "6ft under" that made me aware of an essential problem for many aspiring artists (as it has been for myself): the wanting to be loved for their art and the habit of rather copying some well accepted artist than finding the source in yourself. i dug out the transcript for you, in case you´d like to read it:
http://www.sixfeetunderfan.com/eyeinsidetranscript.html
(you´ll find it under "Scene Sixteen: Classroom")
your description of "I realize now that I do most of my work intuitively and when someone asks why or needs an expiation I feel tongue tied and clueless." seems actually to be a good introduction. i mean, after all, the reason why you are a painter is probably because THIS is your language, not the spoken word. there is only so much students can learn on composition, perspectives and coloring, maybe a few work examples will help them get an idea. but for me personally, the best lesson learned was that i have to observe how the world works according to myself and express that in my chosen medium. and practice! and be patient.

i am not a visual artist but i still like to draw and scribble and even take part in illustration friday. i am learning a lot from there. just looking at how people take different approaches to the same theme is great. i am beginning to see what works and what doesn´t. where i use cliches and where i focus on how the topics relates to me.

sorry i blurb on and on! its just a fascinating journey for me at the moment. i am not sure if it is any helpful for you, but at least i can finish with that someone told me following book is a good resource: "Drawing with Children. A creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too" by Mona Brookes.

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