I spent a lovely day today teaching an all-day workshop in Watercolour Pencils to thirteen keen and creative folks. The way to tell when people are really “in the zone” in a class is the level of talk — today when I sent people back to their tables after each demo, each time there was a velvety silence, broken only by the sound of pencils rubbing on paper — the true Sound of Creativity. Not wanting to break the spell, most of the time I hung out at my own table, creating along with them, which was really a nice feeling. I actually finished my demo abstract ( I rarely finish a class demo in class) and a quick little pink bunny drawing.
I have people make their own scribble abstract sampler as a way to test out the techniques I show them without the stress of needing to make a “picture”. It occurred to me that people are making their own colouring pages! I also brought along a good bit of my collection of Safari animal figures for them to draw from (thus the bunny), and not one of them quailed at the challenge; I was so proud of them all. We worked in both drawing and painting styles, and I think at least some of them are hooked!
I wrote a blog post about watercolour pencils a while back, if you’d like to read about the stuff I taught today. Here’s what my table looked like — I brought all my pencils!