10/09/2007

Teaching and a little "stage fright."


Teaching art to kids is something I really wanted to do back in college. Strangely enough, I got so nervous standing in front of a classroom...even if it was a room full of adorable kiddies!

A few months ago I was asked to teach a beginners painting class for a local Mom's group. I was excited to get the opportunity as this would be a big step in overcoming my little bit of nervousness speaking in front of a crowd. I said "yes!" Then I found out that I would be not be teaching the kids but the Moms! Needless to say, I got a little nervous again but am definitely going through with it.

I was racking my brain trying to think of what to have the Mom's paint. After all, you cannot teach everything in one class and I didn't want anyone to be intimidated by the blank canvas. Thankfully, my own Mom thought of having everyone do a painting for their kids room.
Thanks, Mom!

I figured that since I'm only teaching for one morning meeting that I will give a run down on the paints then let them work on their paintings. I will create some simple line art of a boat, sports balls, mermaid, fairy, etc. for them to choose from. Then, they can transfer the image to the thick canvas with carbon paper and paint it.

Everyone will walk away with a sweet painting ready to hang in their kids room!

The class is in a couple of weeks so I'll let you know how it goes...Wish me luck! Kim :)

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