Yesterday I taught an Art Journaling workshop to Teens at a local Library. There were over 20 teens in attendance. !5 of them had English as a second language (ESL) so I’m not sure if they understood my directions. Because I had not been told ahead of time the ethnicity of the group I had sent ahead some digital pictures of very WHITE teens for the program director to colour copy. Good Grief – i was mortified! I certainly would have been more sensitive had I been informed ahead of time. Luckily I had some magazines on hand that the teens (some younger than teens) could pick through for images.
Here is a photo of some pages i painted ahead of time. Since i was facilitating the workshop in a library it needed to be a fairly clean craft. It would seem that some of the kids enjoyed themselves – a few of the older ESL boys seemed incredibly bored and told me so when i asked them if they were bored – ACK!!!!!!
In any case i think this last workshop pretty much was the last nail in the coffin for delivering live workshops on technique based art journaling – I’m DONE – BAKED – FRIED – FINISHED!
At the end of it (only 2 hours long) i was so fried I could barely put the key in the car’s ignition. A good indication of whether or not an activity is feeding your soul is if you are energized at the end of it. At 59 years old I definitely was NOT energized. My shoulder which has been a problem for many years cannot take the schlepping of supplies….here I have two heavy rolling carts, a box and toolbox……
Usually I have another two or more boxes of paints. This time I didn’t receive any help with carrying supplies into the venue so was pretty frazzled.
If I’m not a workshop instructor then what am I?
One of the things i have been struggling with is “if I’m not a workshop instructor then what am I?” My identity had been wrapped up in giving live workshops but I no longer have the passion for it. I have been an early adopter of Art Journaling having pursued it for over 12 years (probably more but i didn’t know what to call it). I see many younger folks teaching art journaling classes all over the world and online but then they have only been doing it for a few years and are probably feeling pretty fresh and excited about it.
Sorry for the rant – just thinking out loud and thought that it was high time that I was honest about how I have been feeling lately. Any of your thoughts or comments (if you’ve read thus far) would be appreciated! To be honest I’m feeling rather weary and old. I’m pretty much re-evaluating everything!
And now for something completely different……….a bit of fun and frivolity ………..
Birthday Party fun!
Remember the birdhouse post i painted? Well it wasn’t finished yet……..until……
Mr. G ever so patiently hammered over 60 bottle caps into the bottom post. Here you can see a close-up shot of the festooned spindle and the birthday party in the background. Note the 3 grandkids in the background – one of them is upside down!
My son-in-law Nis is showing his son Cillian the bottlecaps – it was a tactile experience .
Mr. G aka Grampa Gra taking time out from the party to make a craft with grandson Sam! It’s a whirligig made from two pop tins very carefully cut and weaved together. Sam got to squish the tin strips together as well as feed some large beads onto the copper wire. Here is a fun video depicting the assorted Whirligis and here is a how to video on making whirligigs.
The birthday couple – Nis and my daughter Jessica opening gifts. Jessica is showing Cillian the scrapbook my Mom created for him and he had a tantrum. He’s an early adopter for the terrible twos – not yet two years old – has a few months left .
The Swing Mr. G and I put together was a big hit – the grandkids loved it. Here is Sam enjoying a bit of food on the swing. The strap made a handy resting spot for his food.
Mr. G and baby Toby having a bit of fun!
Enter to win a free Spot on 21 Secrets LIVE!
If you missed my Monday blogpost I announced a giveaway – I am one of the 21 Secrets LIVE! Workshop art journaling workshops and I’m giving away one spot to a lucky winner. Go to that blogpost and leave a comment to be entered to win! I’ll be drawing a name on Friday morning!
See you all on Friday!
Love, Violette xo