In spite of all the life surprises 2016 has thrown at me, I am finally getting on track with something I've been wanting to do since I retired a little over a year ago: I am officially sticking my toes into the teaching pool. My first two classes through Gallery 194 have been scheduled!
The first, which is a week from tonight, is a 3-hour Imagination Uncorked session (you know, one of those wine & snacks paint parties that are so popular these days) on Mandala design and painting. I've taught/led this process in a couple different formats already so I feel pretty confident that it will be fun and productive.
The second one is a 5-week portrait drawing and painting class. While I've worked through a fairly detailed process and lesson plan in my head and on paper, this will be my first time trying to teach this topic to strangers. So I'm a little nervous about it. But It's not til January so I still have some time to work through my anxiety. The main thing I want people to get out of the class is that are many different ways of artistically depicting faces, and that it takes a lot of practice and experimenting to settle into one's own personal style.