I’ve decided that I’m not going to do any teaching this September, to focus on my own painting and that I’ll revisit this decision again in January. Eventhough I’ll miss many aspects of teaching, that sentence gives me a strong sense of relief.
I started teaching in 1998; I remember because it was the year Jack Shadbolt died and I was recruited by John Hooley to teach Community Education at the Jack Shadbolt Studio in North Island College. Since then I taught two years in the Fine Arts Program at North Island College (drawing and colour, while Alan Burgess was on leave); and my own classes at various locations (maybe you remember): The Muir Gallery, The Comox Valley Art Gallery (the old location on 4th and new), at a studio I shared with Pauline Conley above the jeweller on Cliffe Ave (by Bar None, at the time), at Atkinson’s Art Supply on 4th, at the Art Room on Rosewall Cres., at the Aquatic Centre and finally at the Gordon Ross Studio. I took 2 and a half years off teaching when I had my son, Arlo – so that would make it about 12 Septembers that I’ve started a new season teaching.
I didn’t mean this post to be a trip down memory lane, but it has.
The reason for the decision not to teach this fall is that I find it extremely difficult to paint AND teach, despite my solid efforts. I feel like I haven’t done any serious painting or exhibiting, well for about 10 years, and I’m not getting any younger.
Since I won’t be teaching, I think it’ll be a way to connect to others through writing this blog (since I enjoy writing too). It was my intention to do this before, but I just didn’t have enough time! I’ll keep you posted on this decision to paint “full-time” and the new things I create.
Photo: Here is a couple that took my collage class at the Art Room about 7 years ago for a (I think maybe even first) date. Now they’re married with a child…all the possibilities with art.