I started running mosaic workshops in my small studio last summer. The current course is nearly at an end and I am just having a ball with yet another wonderful group of students.
I have a professional training background, so facilitating learning is not new to me, but I am surprised just how much I am enjoying running these courses. Actually, its more than enjoyment. It actually makes me happy.
Here’s what is causing my glee.
- seeing work that didn’t exist come into being, at the hand of people who did not know they could do it and have suddenly discovered they can
- the sheer beauty and variety of the work that emerges
- watching people who have not made something with their hands for a while suddenly start breathing with their creative selves again
- creating new mosaic addicts (key symptoms – hoarding of shiny things; looking with great interest at at kitchen and bathroom tiling; saying “oh, I wonder if I can use that in a mosaic?” before throwing something away!)
- sharing the sheer love of materials – the colour, the reflection, the shiny, the matt, smooth and bumpy – and the feeling of possibility at what these broken pieces of tile and glass can become
- seeing that each student, right from the start, has their own style, their own unique creative hand – and watching that emerge.
I really feel privileged to be facilitating both the love and skill of mosaic and the amazing process of discovering creativity that these classes bring.
My next course starts on 1st June for 6 weeks and there are a couple of places left. If you live in or near South West London and think you might want to join in, contact me or visit my web site for more info – I’d love to have you join us!