Teaching and my first Skillshare class

Years back I wasn't accepted for teacher training college. This was straight after gaining my degree in Textile Design. I regularly taught in Sunday School and had always thought teaching would be a great vocation, gaining a subject specific degree followed by a certificate. This route was not to be.

Sharing what we know and how we do things is great, it somehow helps the soul to grow. If someone says "Wow, how did you do that?" or "Can you show me how to..." we jump at the chance to share.

There has been much discussion in one of my art groups, with a few having prepared, and  teaching art techniques on a website called Skillshare. "Good idea" thinks me. So, off I go to film a class....

Quite a few megabits of memory later, many 'out takes' of hesitation, deviation and just plain 'wrong' and a new Skillshare class is borne: 'Beginning with Brusho'. A step by step tutorial with a mix of screen shots, me talking to the camera and work in progress, a suitable length film showing how to paint some poppies.

If you want to give it a go: here is a code for the first 10 delegates: https://skl.sh/2GSVyOI

Poppies.jpg

Looking into the Future

The art of Tasseography is not something I knew anything about which is why the February assignment for Make Art That Sells bootcamp class was so intriguing. Roll on 4 weeks and now I have a better understanding of this past-time and a lot more art. 

Tasseography is better known as Tea Leaf Reading, a mystical art of seeing and assigning meaning to tea leaves in a tea cup after the liquid has been drunk.

I drink tea as my preferred option; Builders, Earl Grey, English Breakfast or a herb tea, chamomile to aid sleep, Echinacea to ward off colds. But how to paint and what to paint?

But First Tea

But First Tea

There are lots of different images in the tea leaves but I have concentrated only on some of the positive. Elephants, anchors, flying birds, directional footprints, hearts... just some imagery I concentrated on. The final piece of work for this project needed to be a journal cover.

My Journal Cover

My Journal Cover

I have enjoyed this project; learning an aspect of life I didn't know much about, exploring a subject through art which has included painting on dried tea bags! It has been fun and consuming. Roll on March and a brand new assignment which I believe is something to do with faces...

Can you see an elephant in your tea cup? 

Can you see an elephant in your tea cup? 

A jumper design based an chamomile tea

A jumper design based an chamomile tea