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If someone told me two years ago that l was going to be teaching art classes, l would have leaned back and laughed. Although my amazing Mom always told me to follow my dreams, l didn’t fall in love with visual arts till l was in my twenties. She did tell me on more than one occasion to not sacrifice the time l had with my boys, but to never give up on my dreams and passions. Although l am now in my mid-forties and feeling like l am catching up to my true abilities and potential, l have no regrets, as l have devoted most of my time to my boys who are my world and have grown into amazing young men. How l wish my Mom could share in my adventures with me now. She had the biggest heart of anyone l knew and still know in my life. She loved helping people, and making all who knew her happy. It’s one of the reasons why l love teaching my painting classes. The apple does not fall far from the tree, and making people happy makes me feel truly rewarded.
I have been teaching the Grumbacher Fine Arts program at Michaels in Kingston for a year and a half. It started with teaching acrylic painting classes to now offering acrylic and watercolour classes. Yes, l am super busy as l also work a full-time day job, but if there is a will, there is a way to do what you love and l work super hard to make sure my classes are informative, and interesting, the fun comes naturally.
Art makes me feel alive and being creative brings me true excitement. Sharing this with other people adds so much richness to my life. The experience of teaching someone my knowledge, expertise, advice and seeing them apply it successfully is magical. I know l might sound like a goofball, but it’s true. It’s rewarding. Seeing students on a weekly basis, work through challenges and show growth whatever their level, is extremely rewarding.
My first few weeks of teaching was a challenge, as most of you may not know this about me, but l suffer panic attacks often, at one point in my life l was getting them daily. It’s a condition that l have lived with most of my life, and art has been my saving grace, it has been therapeutic, and teaching has helped me not only cope with my anxiety and panic attacks but help control them. Yes! It is true. I know, hard to believe right? But my fear wasn’t sharing my knowledge with people, it was the fear of disappointing people. Once l saw how l was making a difference and people were happy…..well the rest is history. Being kind and showing people you care is priceless. The best medicine one can have, a smile, a good laugh, and appreciation. It’s a win, win for me and my students.
Recently l was approached to teach and offer painting classes at Open Studios Kingston, located at 39-1 Montreal St. and l jumped at the opportunity. This would give me the chance to engage students in paintings that are not as structured, offer longer and more in-depth classes. Being able to offer different painting classes and now teaching at two locations, why not? Right? Plus l can now teach uptown and downtown Kingston.
Although l don’t have an educational background or degree in art, what l do have is painting experience, knowledge, patients, but most of all l love making people happy. l am thankful that l am able to facilitate creativity, and able to offer a fun experience to all who join my classes. Although l have always felt fulfilled being a busy Mom, l now have added purpose and meaning to my life. I am so grateful that l am able to do what l love.
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I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.