After taking a year long break in teaching at my studio and in the community I am fully relaunching my youth studio and adding more adult classes.
Why do we want to create and yet look at creating with such self doubt and fear? It is wonderful to see a young one create and we are inspired by our 4 year olds eager rapture with crayons and paper. Yet. For adults we think "we can or we can't", "it's something I love to look at, but can't do mysellf", "I've always wanted to do but I can't draw". Oh the reasons we make to avoid that uncomfortable vulnerable place that creating draws us to. We spend our money on classes for our little ones, but can't find time or money for ourselves. We pick up a flier about a class for ourselves, again and again.
I encourage and employ you to take the risk to be vulnerable. Come with your stick figure drawings, your awkward uncomfortable feelings they are welcome and safe. If you stopped drawing in second grade then you will draw like a second grader. You are an adult now though and you will grow and learn faster than you can imagine with a safe supportive studio to work in.
This fall I will be offering a class in the Elements of Art for adults, a class that I learn from every time I teach it. This will give you the tools and understanding to start your journey in understanding of how art/creativity works, or help you continue your building in reviewing these foundations. Following will be a second class that will be an hour of embracing our creative selves. I will be drawing from the The Artist's Way, Big Magic and several other books that have been instrumental in my journey in embracing myself as a creative being. Fear wants to speak, it needs to get in the back seat and shut up(from Big Magic).
Let this be the fall when you take the step past excuses and skirting the edges and dipping your toes. It's time for you.
I am a teacher, a mom and an artist. I have my BA in Arts Education from U of Oregon and my MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State. I've been teaching for 25 plus years in a variety of settings. Teaching private lessons, in community centers and as a classroom teacher. This has given me a wide view of teaching art and what it does for our lives and our students. I have found creating to be a place that we can all meet, find our humanity and surrender to process.