When you teach a class, what are you really trying to get across? Do you have a broader underlying message?
I posed this question to our Beadweaving Master Class panel. Each week on Monday I ask a new question of these wonderful author-teacher-beaders!
Follow your bliss.
Find inspiration in every aspect of your life.
Enjoy the time you are able to spend partaking in an art form that is more than 40,000 years old.
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
If a student can walk away with the ability to complete the project taught in the class, I’m happy. I’m very literal in a workshop.
Now, if I have time with someone in a relaxed atmosphere, say in the studio or even in the pages of my books, then maybe we can get esoteric and ruminate on the meaning of things and how we’re going to put expression into our work.
Ideally I’d be able to impart the importance of improvisation and how important it is to embrace the limitless possibilities with our beads and needle and thread.
I try to get creative freedom into the minds of my students. I like them to learn the process and then see where they can take it.
I am trying to instill confidence in the ability to create and the love of the medium as a means of self-expression.
I try to pass on some of the skills that I’ve learned over time, but more importantly I like to pass on the desire to make a piece one’s own.
Many of my designs are component oriented. Different color, finish, and bead choices, as well as different arrangements, are good places for people to start to exercise their own design vision.
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
I hope they can learn the project, but more importantly I want them to be able to take what they learn from the workshop and incorporate the techniques into their own designs.
I love it when a returning student comes to a workshop and shows me what they have made since the last time we met.
*Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative jewelers, beaders, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think about the artists and their work:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)