Teaching gives the gift of deeper understanding of a subject to the teacher.
As a person who spent her career in the classroom, I had been hesitant to start on that path again. People often ask me “Do you teach?” My reply has been that I am focused on my own work in my studio.
Recently I got the itch to share my knowledge.
As an art teacher there is a hard rule: Don’t ever present a project to a class without having made that project. I often made numerous sample projects over summer breaks or after school until I could make them in a fraction of the time I would allot to my students.
I knew I had a project locked down when I could write down the lesson with a description of the supplies, setup and steps in less than 15 minutes. It was ingrained in my brain. Another sign of readiness was being able to easily modify the project for different ages, time constraints, limitations in space or supplies came easily.
Now that I am retired, I have enjoyed leading a friendship group at my local quilt guild. In that group I shared some basic principles of art, some techniques and little art history. This has been a real joy. One of the members of this group asked me to share some information about how I printed photographs onto cloth.
She is only of many people who see one of my quilts and ask “How do you do that?” Now I have an answer to that question: Check out my YouTube channel.
YouTube is an amazing platform helps meet the needs of a variety of learners. Because a presentation is easily shared and can be viewed multiple times it’s a tool that anyone can use as a reference. It is also arranged in format that is good for the brain.
Research says our brains like to take a break after 20 minutes of instruction. Good teachers understand that pace and incorporate something different before piling on more information. Ask the class to get up even for a minute, write down a note, share your understanding with partner, etc...
When I was teaching middle school I always limited my instruction to the first 10 minutes of class. So when I created this presentation on how to get a photo from a phone printed on cloth I aimed for 10 minutes of instruction.
The video is now up on YouTube and I plan to create several more. It has been fun to figure out this process. I hope in the future that I will see more art quilters using photographs.
Until next time.......