Socrates said “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”.
Today I have a question for you.
There's always a catch. You have to read this post before you get to it!
It's a concept of using a simple shape, then building up the design within it, step by step. This is the sample I designed, a vintage themed version of my original bunny, (which you can see below.)
I try and give as much as I can to help people get the maximum out of their day. My favourite workshop joke is that I only have one rule, 'There are no rules'!
It's true though - and it's up to me to help each person to think - and find the way that works for them. That's quite hard work. Brilliant fun, but not always easy. (Any tutors reading this, I know you're with me here!)
With this new class, there was a lot of content for the participants to get to grips with. There's always a certain amount of trial and error delivering a new workshop, regardless of how much preparation has gone into the day. You can never tell how people will relate to the content; sometimes you need to make speedy changes on the hoof. I had one or two panicky moments, but I think I got away with it, and I think everyone went away happy!
Okay then; taking into account:
- coming up with an achievable concept and a plan
- creating samples
- drafting (and often endless re-writing) numerous handouts
- putting kits together
- and then making sure there is a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment (and of course, cake)
Is it worth it?
Personally, I feel there is nothing quite like interacting face to face. I get a huge buzz from sharing knowledge, and helping people discover how creative they can be.
It's a powerful thing.
Watching people's delight when they achieve something they've never done before, and knowing you helped, well, it's pretty amazing.
Plus, it's a two way process; I learn so much from students - about life, the universe and everything!
So fellow creative tutors, and those of you who come to our classes; what do you think makes a great workshop?
Original thread doodle bunny