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My Paint-Making Workshop Experience

So, I’ve finally gone and done a bit of teaching. I have finally imparted whatever remnants of wisdom I have onto others, which they can apply to their own artistic endeavours. How did it go? Well, rather bloody well actually. And I am very grateful to Cupola Gallery for their hospitality and for thinking that a paint making workshop was a good idea in the first place.

My paint-making workshop in action!

My paint-making workshop in action!

My workshop seems to be pretty solid ‘straight out of the box,’ with only a few tweaks needed for my next gig at Bank Street Arts. 5 people attended, which was perfect because I was able to conductΒ the workshopΒ with a sense of informality. It felt more like a few friends with like-minded ambitions that came together to chat about an artistic endeavour, which was lovely, as I was instantly able to feel at ease.

I started by introducing myself and my practice and showed examples of my paint applied to a surface. I then proceeded to conduct a working demonstration of how paint is created before the attendees had a go themselves: A pretty simple yet effective workshop model. However, whilst I knew more or less what to expect, what I hadn’t bargained for was how I would feel afterwards. A palpable sense of accomplishment engrossed me as I knew that those who attended had gone away with something useful, tangible and captivating.

However, my workshop was by no means perfect. Hare a few things that I will tweak for the future:

  • I need a few more props and materials. – I didn’t bargain for the volume of work that would be created. Bringing too many materials would be more beneficial than bringing just enough. I ran out of eggs part way through – though that was easily redeemed by nipping to ASDA. I also ran short of canvas board. Which was less redeemable, but I got round it by supplying paper and acetate. I also think that a hand-out, describing and imbedding what I said throughout the workshop, would be valuable for attendees to take home.
  • I need to remember that there is value in what I have to say – I felt a little awkward initially adopting the role of a teacher. What I do as an artist is quite idiosyncratic and intuitive: But I think that if what I do can’t be imparted in some way, allowing people to apply it to their own way of thinking, then it is useless. Workshops are a good way to share experiences, and the reason why people attend a workshop like this is to learn. Embracing the teacher dynamic with confidence may make for more coherent and engaging workshop in the future.

So, with this, and my experience in mind, I will now strive to make my Bank Street Arts paint making workshop every bit a success.

If you’re interested in attending my paint making workshop at Bank Street Arts on 28th September, you can find details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/649424818409817/?ref=22

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2 responses

  1. Michael, just love your rendition of you giving your paint-making workshop! Totally fabulous, and I learned a lot about giving a workshop for when I get brave enough to follow suit! Our feelings are the same about the subject of giving them. I’m not a visual artist, but a visual artist’s manager/consultant/adviser/educator: http://www.victoriadickinsonconsulting.com . I’ll either do a workshop, or a Q & A talk; haven’t decided which yet. Thanks SO much!! Congratulations on your success, and may your 9/28/13 Bank Street Arts workshop go totally splendidly!! Please recount and let us know!!
    Best Always,
    Victoria Dickinson
    Portland, Maine, US

    September 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria, I’m glad you’re able to get so much out of what I’ve said πŸ™‚

      September 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

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