Here are a few photos from two workshops that I gave this summer. I'm now getting ready to travel to NYC for a one day workshop at the Pastel Society of America. Then I take a little break from workshops. My next will be while I am on vacation in Scottsdale this winter. Next summer I have a busy schedule with workshops in Maine, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Illinois. Summer will probably be the time I give most of my workshops unless there is some warm weather place that really wants me to come visit in the winter!
I have really enjoyed teaching workshops. It is fun and energizing although I'm always surprised that I get as exhausted as I do by the end of the day. I've met some great people and have been to some wonderful spots. I look forward to teaching more in the future. I only plan on teaching six or eight at the most workshops during the year. I have to balance teaching with my own artwork. If I don't have time for my own work then I don't have anything to give to others.
I really try to give people their money's worth in my workshops. I'm really getting things down at this point. I have a set curriculum for one, two, three and four day workshops. I focus on pastel mostly but also allow people to paint with acrylics if they choose. I give everyone a detailed handout that reflects my upcoming Northlight book. I've also created PowerPoint presentations on abstraction, composition, color and abstract realism. I strive for a well paced, energetic experience with plenty of time to explore and work for extended time. I want people to learn, have fun, explore, bond with each other and find their own direction. I do not give step by step directions for people to copy.
I think everyone needs to discover their own way with abstraction. In a workshop you learn from the instructor's experience and technique but then it is up to you as to how you will apply it.
I've had very good feedback on my workshops. I wasn't able to include photos of all the people I've met this summer. Maybe you will recognize someone. Maybe yourself?