"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." -- Mark Van Doren
Last week I had the opportunity to do something that I hadn't done in nearly 10 years: I got to teach again!
In my former life as a retail Cosmetic Education Director, I conducted makeup artistry classes on a weekly basis as part of my job. And to be honest, I loved every bit of it. I loved sharing my passion for the products, supplies and techniques as much as I loved seeing the smiling faces of those I was working with. I always attempted to make the classes I taught educational as well as fun. I mean, as adults, if we're going to spend time in a classroom again, I figure it should be an adventure. So while my peers would get down to business in their regions, I was known to have classrooms full of singing students playing with play dough (not kidding - it's a great way to introduce color mixing) and chomping on ring pops. The lessons always came through, they just came by way of antidotes and whimsy. And although it's been a decade since my early career, I've always known that I would get back into teaching - in one form or another - one day.
So the idea of my one day coming around - and teaching something that I'm completely and utterly in love with - is honestly a dream come true. Not only did I have a class full of lovely ladies eager to play with me and explore the world of Art Journaling, but I personally received so much from their excitement and enthusiasm. Really, the entire experience - 10 years in the making - was pure bliss. . .
Of course I took process shots along the way so that I could share with you our day of play. Ready? Okay, here we go:
Student "Goodie bags" full of vintage little pretties
And lotsa fun supplies to play with
Here we are prepping with Gesso
And making our own painted papers
And decorative tapes
In bold, poppy colors
Painted by Sweet Hearts
Playing with paint chips and image transfers
And several Art Journal pages in progress
Full of whimsy
Thank you friends, for sharing your art and heart with us all!
And thank you, for taking a peek into my exciting adventure in teaching. And the best news?! The venue has asked me to teach again in 2015! So I'll be back in Palm Desert, CA in April conducting a class on Mixed Media girls in all their drippy, sparkly fun. (More on that to come).
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