Learning and Teaching

Two weekends ago, I had the most rare and wonderful opportunity to attend a Mike Sibley workshop — the last he intends to give in Canada! Mike’s workshops are designed to allow for loads of individual attention and, while I picked up a few little tidbits here and there, many of the attendees were quite new to drawing, so they really gleaned an overwhelming amount of information! If you ever have the chance to attend one of Mike’s workshops, I would highly recommend it! 😀

Mike taking us through his process for this drawing.

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While I love learning, I think I would have to admit that I am just as much, or maybe even more passionate about teaching! Though I’ve only taught four of my Basics workshop so far, those classes (along with my past experience teaching Paint Nites) have been enough to truly convince me that teaching art is not only my fortĂ©, but I might go so far as to say that it is perhaps my “calling”. As much as I enjoy making art, I absolutely love sharing my knowledge and watching my students gain understanding and confidence in their own ability to create art that they can be both pleased with and proud of.

Me and my students in one of my Basics of Shading workshops.

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I’ve been spending a lot of my time thinking about where I’d like to take my teaching in future and have quite a few ideas bouncing around inside my head that I’m hoping to implement next year. For now though, I’ve created a few new workshops that I’m excited to share as the season changes and takes us into some welcome cooler weather and holiday fun. I also recently had someone contact me about a circulism tutorial I used to have on my website eons ago which ended up disappearing into the ethers when I revamped my site several years ago … so that is something I am hoping to write about here sometime in the next couple of weeks.

This cheeky little fella was just begging me to take his picture on a recent outing to Mud Lake!

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In the meantime, if you’re in the Ottawa area and are interested in learning how to draw and shade in a realistic manner, you can check out the workshops I’ll be offering over the next three months at https://lissarachelle.com/workshops.html

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