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don’t despise small beginnings

August 2, 2010

week 23 of 52 weeks: lessons learned. friday was the beginning of my first class EVER! super exciting for me. i have two students in my class. yeah, i was a little discouraged when i dreamed about filling the entire room with willing and eager students. i quickly had the opportunity to get discouraged or stay positive. and i am learning that it is ok. that i don’t need to despise my small beginnings. i can look at it as a learning experience. and it is actually a blessing. i get to test everything out this time around. this class will be my jumping off point. the other plus is having two old friends in my class. it made the whole experience not so intimidating. and i had an absolute BLAST!  i think they enjoyed themselves as well. nothing like getting a little messy. i love sharing my love for all things mixed media with friends. hello… awesome!

so this week i learned not to despise my small beginnings. lesson learned. it was good for this big dreamer. and i can’t wait for my classes to be full on a regular basis. but when i get there, i will actually be ready for all of those students. and that is a good thing.

altered book class

my first two students, cara and amy (sisters)

altered book class

cara making a mess

altered book class

having tons of fun

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2010 10:23 am

    Okay, that looks awesome, and I’m even more jealous that I don’t live in Colorado! But yay for beginnings, even if they are small!

  2. August 4, 2010 2:42 am

    Congratulations on your new course!

    I’ve done a lot of teaching myself and I think you’re very lucky to have got a small group where you really could focus on your students and adapt your course to your students abilities and needs! I know this might not sound like much consolation, but I think you probably got the most out of this as a learning experience for yourself, and it will help you when your class is so full that you have to put people on a waiting list!

    • August 4, 2010 1:33 pm

      you are right kate, i think if there had been more people it would have been way more difficult. and both of my students have had very minimal art so we are truly starting from scratch and i can really give them the full attention they deserve.

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