Through out my career as a maker, a good amount of the time I have also been an instructor and have always loved it equally to being in my own studio. Life enforced a bit of a respite from teaching as I needed to take on a full time position (sometimes you need a full on salary with benefits!). And although this position as Director of Recruitment at ArtCenter College of Design allowed me to seek out, mentor, and help shape the paths of future artists & designers, it never was quite the same as getting to directly teach.
In an earlier post I shared that I left this position; it has now been 6 months ago! In fear of jinxing I probably shouldn't mention how well it's been going, but let's just say; I am doing OK. And my pup, Mouse, is a big fan of the shift.
One of my many new adventures was teaching a course very dear to my heart called Wearable Art to 9-12 years old. Newly back to teaching, I worked really hard to make a great experience for these young artists and it really paid off. These 10 students completely wowed and exceeded expectations! I think we all were overwhelmed by the results.
We did a total of 6 projects (in 5 days mind you!) including: couture hats, masks inspired by multiple cultures, bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and hand stamped patterns based on each students heritage that became skirts. This class definitely was a bit indulgent for me as I got to show images of Nick Cave, Viktor & Rolf, Yayoi Kusuma, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Madonna, plus many other of artists and designers that inspire me.
See images to ascertain for yourself the delight of this class! The week went too fast.