So the entire class arrived before I did. I wasn’t late or anything but I guess everyone is used to showing up early. It was a very loose and laid-back setting. There was very little technology for me to use to present my class as all I got was a huge overhead mirror and a wireless microphone. Some kind of projector would have been extremely useful in a setting like that. I set up my example-work on the available tables and on the piano that was in the corner of the room and laid out all of my other materials on one of the tables and the teacher’s desk.
And then it began.
And by miracles of miracles I didn’t die. There was no pounding of my heart against my chest as it tried to escape. There was no shaking, there was no stuttering, and there was no muddled thoughts. There was no nervousness. It was impressive. I don’t think I’ve ever given a presentation without being nervous and having my heart trying to break its way out of my ribcage.
It turned out to be a rather fun teaching experience. The students asked questions and we all interacted well. They were a fun group of ladies and we all seemed to get along with each other. There were a few ladies with experience with colored pencils and many without. Some had trouble with the concept of fracturing the image but most figured it out.
The workshop lasted from 10am to about 3pm with an hour lunch break at noon. It was long enough to get a good start on a small piece and since I had them working on pieces about 10 inches by 12 inches it worked out alright.
At the end of the workshop I had them each write a comment in my comment book. This is the comment book that I’ve had at my solo show up in Moscow and at my BFA show. It’s my official comment/feedback book. I think my favorite comment in that book is, ‘Where are the hotdogs?’ Just because it’s just so ridiculous.
– Kathryn Koozer
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