I have dabbled as a teacher many times in my life but only for short periods of time with a curriculum by someone else. This time I taught a one-day-class that I have thought out, planned, presented and set to action all by myself. Or mostly by myself. It wouldn’t have happened if the embroidery ladies hadn’t asked me to teach them “something” and experiment on them, testing out my teacher skills! They know I am a paper person and do a lot of things that they don’t, so I decided to do a day of sketchbook making.
I started the day out with letting everyone paint their own cover papers using acrylic paint. We were just mixing colours and creating patterns, but my pupils were very excited and almost everyone used their own patterned paper instead of the bought papers I also brought with me.
After coffee I showed a few of my creations, like my tiny Book of Quotes and the newly created sketchbook covered in brown paper to inspire everyone. And inspired they were! Everyone went ahead with great enthusiasm to make book covers and cutting pages to size.
There were papers, paint, stencils, loose papers, glue sticks, painted papers, cardboard, assembled book pages, cutting mats and scissors everywhere. And lots of creative flow, laughter and concentration as well.
I felt like a teacher, and it felt good to be on top of things, to be able to assist and inspire and be generally helpful. A lot of fun!
And even more images of the creative process, lots of hands doing wonderful things;
Being a teacher to enthusiastic and creative pupils is so much fun! Thrilling actually. Teaching IRL is different from being a teacher online (making videos at home and giving slow feedback via comments), but just as invigorating and exciting to me. I felt like I was in my rightful element all the time, even at home preparing for the class. Coming up with ideas to try and getting the materials etc. I hope to teach again very soon.
I was deadly tired afterwards but on a high! :-)