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Art Teacher

11 Mar

It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which…
you may find really marvellous ideas. 

Leonardo da Vinci

fairy class 1

my samples of abstract emotion painting

I’m an art teacher among many things, and have found unexpectedly over the last two years that I really enjoy it. I started offering the classes as a way to trick myself into doing some art. But it brings its own rewards.

I try to design each class for the specific kids signed up (knowing many of them ahead of time from the homeschool community helps). I look for ways to engage them, yet sneak in academic stuff like history and geography. I can get them to consider challenging ideas along the way by using games, wide ranging examples of art, and interesting conversations.  Talking and listening to them like adults helps. Focusing on the process and not the product helps.

Kids naturally want to make art but they have confidence issues. Some have already learned what’s “good” and “not good”. Just like grown ups. My mission is to help them recover their curiousity and undo the preconceptions. To show them the surprising possibilities of art – the power and the fun of it.

The first Fairy Art class went well yesterday. The kids responded to the Rapunzel story and the process of abstract painting. They had a lot of ideas about emotions and colors. The basic class structure I designed seems to hold up and the girls (ages 8 to 10) seem to be easy and open.

In another life I would have liked being an art teacher in a school, with my own room full of supplies, big tables, inspiring quotes on the wall and a parade of young artists coming through.