Class Act

Working with a student in mixed media. Photo by JT Thomas
Working with a student in mixed media. Photo by JT Thomas

Working with a student in mixed media. Photo by JT Thomas

I never considered myself a “natural” teacher, despite the long line of teachers in my family.

Yet there’s a big difference between teaching National Forest issues as a Wilderness Ranger, (a previous life) and infusing students with my love of art.

Yesterday I spent the day with a group of women teaching mixed media. In the morning we painted in the tall grasses by the river. We journaled with watercolors and pencils and pens, and got loose with the materials.

Art journaling outside in the morning, to loosen up.

Art journaling outside in the morning, to loosen up.

I could have spent the day there, but we headed inside to play on our canvases. We talked about being inspired, and letting go of drawing realistically – trying instead to capture the form of things. This, from Cézanne.

I realized that to be a great teacher – and a great artist for that matter – my job is to stay inspired, which requires staying true to my path. This lesson hit close to home. Being too busy keeps both my feet from being on my true path, and living in my full capacity.

These are the challenges of life, and frankly if they came easily, my art would not be what I want it to be. So I accept this journey as perfect, and challenging.

Thanks to the many students I’ve had in the last year, I am learning to guide others into their creativity. I believe that we are all creative, when given the space to hear that voice.

Having to speak about something that I’ve always acted on intuitively strengthens it, and clarifies in my head what I’m doing on canvas. And always, I learn from each person.

Thanks to all of you for a great day!

Kellie

If you are interested in taking a mixed media class, please contact me here.

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