Friday, February 13, 2009
Teaching Collage on Valentine's Day
Today I had the pleasure of going into Indigo's classroom for 2 hours to teach the kids some collage techniques. It was a great experience for me on so many levels!
First of all, kids are just plain awesome. Whenever I have a chance to be around lots of them I am amazed at the diversity of their genius. Some of the kids have an intuitive eye for composition and easily created gorgeous collages. Others came out a little rougher, but they had a great story to go along with it. All of them were so exited to go through my box of scrap paper and tear it up!
Secondly, I have been wanting to do some teaching for a long time. Not as a full time teacher, but little art workshops. For a number of reasons I had never really done it before, mostly some weird lack of self confidence which led to, well, terror. Ha! I was super nervous the past couple of days, but somehow today I was just fine. I felt calm going in there and had no trouble talking to the class, showing them my own artwork, talking to them about some different examples, and leading them through the project. It was a lot of fun!
I took tons of pictures, too! I can't believe these kids are only 8 and 9 years old. Here are some of my favorites: