On Teaching

I had a great time on Saturday teaching a couple of creative ladies about watercolor.  We covered materials, application, and other little tips and tricks that can be used along the way.  Teaching can be challenging and fun.  You never quite know the specific interests and expectations that the student will have when they walk in the door, so I always try to get to know my students a little bit before diving in.  Through the act of teaching I am able to refresh myself on technique.  The students always teach me something too, whether through a question I had not considered before or a suggestion.  Teaching is an important part to being an artist.   It is a necessary process to foster creativity.  It forces the artist out of the bubble of their own practice and into a dynamic setting where ideas are exchanged.  I have more classes coming up soon in my studio, looking forward to it!