When I teach art, I like to set up learning stations around a room - usually focusing somewhat on what I'm most interested in at the time. Adults & children can choose their spot and work at their own pace with my (sometimes not so gentle) encouragement.
In this way, over the course of my so-called career, I've taught students of every age, from 2 years old right up to 80. We have such a great time!
So - what does this have to do with knitting or knitters? Well, right alongside the intensive still life drawing lesson and the colorful imaginary lands is a young man trying out some yarn and needles. Or a young woman learning to spin. Or a handful of happy needle felters, poking away. (I'm leading them all down "the slippery slope" of fiber!)
This past week at Searsport Shores, I was invited to teach in precisely this way. I was given a lovely cabin and a studio and complete freedom. Here are some pictures:
She's drawing (see next photo)
|So are Norma & Jessica|
FINISHED! 2 hours)
Everybody was encouraged to join in.
Water-based markers are great for true enthusiasts!
This, by the way, is a picture of the Fairy Swimming Pool.
Lori chose to draw the garlic scapes - a real challenge.
Needle felting was so popular we ran out of materials!
And out in the yard, my favorite blacksmith was also attracting a crowd...
Jeff forged these handles for the cabin.
And more knitting & spinning...
Finally, I actually made some art - or at least started to...
Faith & Hope, version one
5 ft x 3 ft, charcoal & pencil