Hello friends, and welcome back. I am sorry that it has been a while since l have posted a new blog. I have been crazy busy in my new studio 214 at the Tett Centre, getting ready for exciting upcoming art exhibitions this fall and I have been painting any chance l get. Feel free to come visit me as l love seeing your smiling faces!
In this blog l want to talk to you about why you should start teaching your own art classes, and the benefits. I have taught many painting classes in varies locations in the Kingston area and l now presently teach painting workshops at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, located 370 King St W, Kingston, ON . I also offer private art lessons, so do not forget to check out my “Private Art Lessons” link. It is affordable and you might feel less intimidated and comfortable in a one-on-one setting.
Teaching art and creative workshops can positively impact you artistically in a variety of ways. Not only is it a way to earn extra income, but also to increase your creative productivity and publicize your art. Although location and overhead could be an issue, l do believe there are many options, such as a home studio if you have the space, the “Tett Centre” also has a creative art studio you can rent, and there is also a fantastic location called “Tie One On Creativity Bar”. I will link the sites below, so click them for more information. There are many perfect settings and spaces for teaching classes and workshops in many communities at very affordable prices.
Although an obvious benefit of hosting workshops or classes is extra income, money isn’t the only reason for holding them. However, for some artists not even the primary one, like me. For example, it keeps me stimulated creatively, helps with my artist block, it can result in new ideas and inspirations for future work, and it’s the benefit of being around new people. You are made to paint regardless whether you feel like it or not, and this means you are practicing along with your students.
Increasing your overall exposure and profile in the arts community will likely also result from conducting workshops and classes. You will be able to add participant’s names to your email list for other workshops, shows, and new artwork you have created. Those who enjoy your workshop experiences, tend to return to learn more and can often bring friends or family who might be interested in your art or in attending your classes.
Another advantage of workshops or classes as opposed to a formal course of study is that you can make them less structured and more fun and social. Although my classes can be a bit more structured than others, l still try to encourage students to add their own ideas and creative spin into their work. Attendees will still learn lots, l know they do in my classes, but they will be able to do so in a relaxed and casual setting. Especially in an inspiring space like The Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning. If you are thinking about conducting a workshop for the first time, make it fun, it’s a great advantage to attracting participants. A huge advantage to hosting these workshops and classes is that participants can receive plenty of individual attention and support, especially if you keep them small. Beginners and amateurs appreciate positive hands-on approach, this helps with self-esteem and personal growth, and other artists appreciate it for professional and technical reasons, especially when it comes to understanding the important points.
I believe it is an advantage when each student completes and leaves with a finished work of art. It gives them a feeling of knowledge and accomplishment. Although everyone works at a different pace and not everyone will finish their painting, if the student understands and masters the techniques, they can finish it on their own time. Students not only have learned something new, but they also have something to show for it. I think it is important to teach techniques and knowledge that can be applied when practicing at home. Offering workshops that aren’t going to cost your students a fortune, and financially be able to purchase similar supplies, is appealing, and attendees are more apt to try the same medium, and classes again.
Lastly workshops are a great way to gain teaching experience and improve your overall ability to talk about your art in public. Teaching workshops and making art in public brings you closer to people and brings people closer to art. This is a great way to advertise your art as well as for future workshops, classes and shows. Intimidation and reluctance that many people have around trying something new, like painting usually diminishes once they see how it’s created and able to try it firsthand. It’s a win, win for the students and myself, we all benefit, the gratifying feeling of helping someone accomplish something that makes them feel great is priceless. It is truly rewarding to be able to help people feel good about themselves, and it is fun to meet new, amazing and talented people.
If you or anyone you know are interested in teaching and you may have questions, please feel free to contact me and l can try my best to help and point you in the right direction.
Until next time my friends. Have a Beautiful day.
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