I am now teaching mainly from my home studio as I love the smaller numbers of students (3 – 4) as I can really give more attention to each student in the 2.5 hours. I wondered at first if the smaller classes would work, as most want to take a class for socialization but they found they still get that plus, as I knew they would, their art skills soared. Classes can be mixed with beginner and advanced students, as I feel we can all learn from each other. The blend of the beginner’s curiosity and desire mixed with the advanced student’s confidence and support makes for a wonderful class.
Recently I have gone back to teaching at a community centre realizing I wanted to reach more people again. So now I can offer classes to those with budgetary constraints but still want to learn how to paint or draw.
I love the following quote I came across when I was reading the book the Forest Lover, which is about Emily Carr. I feel it opens an interesting dialogue about art and how you learn to paint and draw.
Art isn’t reproducing visual facts.
It’s the difference between perception and conception
Perception: 1. the act of perceiving. 2. intuitive recognition or appreciation; insight
Conception: 1. the act of conceiving (to imagine) 2. a concept (general notion or idea). 3. origination: beginning
* Quote taken from the book The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland (a book about Emily Carr)