2016 has been quite the year so far. In January, with Dayna Collins and Tory Brokenshire, I took on the Compass Gallery at the Willamette Heritage Center…shows that change monthly, and Thursday we put up a new show called “Mark Making”.
I wrote an essay for a book just out compiled by Salem-ite Deleen Riley Wills (book signing this Thursday in the Compass Gallery 5-7).
AND I arranged to teach two classes…though I have never taught in my life. As luck would have it, the classes were back to back this past weekend which, though tiring, DID shove all the “teaching-anxiety” onto one week. Verdict? Total FUN!
Friday I showed up at the Art Department (our local and wonderful art supply store) and this is what it looked like from the novice teacher’s point of view….
oh my gosh, what if it’s like a party where nobody comes? Of course, they all came and were lively, interested and polite…the subject? “The Habit of Drawing”…keeping a sketchbook as a way of thinking one’s way through what drawing means and does for us as artists. They were all given a small and portable Moleskine drawing book, asked to draw 15 minutes a day, given a list of possible “prompts”, and they will return to the classroom next Friday when we will have “show and tell.” It was a totally fun morning. Stay tuned for results (if anybody lets me photograph…)
Saturday morning nine quilters joined me for an “Improv Quilt” class up in the studio classroom.
Several of the attendees had seen a quilt of mine last year and wanted me to do a class. (Here are two versions of my quilt…)
As it was an improv quilt I agreed, only if they were willing to “wing it” and plunge in without patterns. They were.
And here’s that part that teachers of these sorts of creative classes all know (but don’t necessarily divulge) the teacher learns MORE from the students than vice versa.
They started slowly, gaining speed as they worked and chatted…jokes, politics, food, families, the weddings of children, creative work and the balancing of a creative life with a “day job”…pretty much every subject you can imagine. I sat quietly behind, quilting away and enjoying the work and the chat. At the end I asked them all to share their pieces, and was delighted on the totally different look each student had come up with.
Hoping for news of finishes….