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Monday, September 14, 2015

Why I Love Taking Art Workshops

'Indian Paintbrush Study I'       5x5          pastel          ©Karen Margulis
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I guess I am just a perpetual student. I love to learn new things. I am happiest with my nose in a book or listening to a good lecture and taking notes. Maybe that is why I also love teaching. It gives me the chance to be creative with the information I share and design workshops that lead to lifelong memories! This week I am preparing for several upcoming workshops so I thought I'd share my thoughts on why taking workshops is a good thing.

One of the things I love about painting is that artists are never done learning. It is not something we totally master. We may develop technical skills but there is always room for learning and growth. I like to take workshops.  I choose my workshops carefully and make sure I don't take too many too closely spaced. Time is needed to digest what is learned. Too much information from too many sources can be confusing. But chosen wisely a workshop can have many benefits.

All my gear! Packing is different for a studio workshop when I have my car than flying to a plein air workshop.
  •  A workshop exposes us to new ideas and techniques which can lead to new discoveries even for the most experienced artist.
  • We often learn just as much from the other artists in the workshop. I always learn tips from my fellow artists...not to mention meeting new friends who are as passionate about painting as I am.
  • It's good for your brain!  It is important to go back to learning mode every once in awhile. Hearing things you know explained in a different way can lead to breakthroughs and aha moments and we are never too experienced to have those!
  • Workshops can be a time of forced immersion in art. Sometimes life gets in the way and we don't get to paint as much as we want. A workshop gives your days of uninterrupted painting time. It can really jumpstart a good routine.
  • Workshops help me learn how to be a better teacher. It is humbling to be a struggling student...going back to that place helps me understand my students and what they are feeling in my classes.
  • Workshops lead to lifelong friendships and memories. These experiences add to the fabric of our experiences. The more we experience the richer we will be and the better we will be able to express ourselves through our art.
If you are considering a pastel workshop this year or in 2016 have a look at what I have planned. Perhaps something will speak to you. A Caribbean cruise....Texas Hill Country...Croatia and Venice...

I'd love to have to join one of my workshops! Details of each workshop at this link: http://www.kemstudios.blogspot.com/p/pastel-classes-and-workshops.html


robertsloan2art said...

Oh yes! You too! Even when I read a beginner book or watch a beginner video, something will jump out at me that I'll understand better and apply more easily. When I teach, I learn.

I'd love to take one of your workshops someday. It'll have to wait for better health and income but you're definitely on my list! Year and a half for income, then save up for it.

Priscilla said...

Sometimes the cost of a workshop plus plus plus can be a little too much. What I do is transfer a set amount of $$ from my checking into my savings account every month. Then, I don't feel so guilty spending it!