Different people attend painting workshops with varying expectations,
but the ones who get the most out of the experience are those who recognize
that workshops are not:
|A workshop gives you
the opportunity to start at one point in your artistic journey and
your own passage to the other side. Passage by Steve Henderson,
30 x 40, oil painting, also
available as note
- They won't slay the werewolves of everything you've been doing
wrong, allowing you to kick aside your canvas and walk forward, free of all
doubts and insecurities.
Miracle pills - Swallowing every word
the oil painting instructor says and slavishly copying his or her technique will not turn
you, or your art, into this person.
to a doctoral dissertation - This is a one to five day class, and it can't
exhaustively cover everything.
- Nothing is a one size fits all magic potion.
These are what workshops are not. Here are some things that
they can be:
cables - Have you been stuck in the driveway with a dead battery and don't
know where to go with your art? A workshop can give you ideas, new direction,
and energy to get moving again.
restaurant dinner - A good instructor has great ingredients that he or she stir
fries into a hot, spicy, complex entrée that you inhale, with ice water,
because there's a lot to absorb in a little time.
afternoon with PlayDoh - Punch it, pummel it, shape it, let yourself go and
try out the techniques that the instructor is demonstrating. The goal is not
to produce a finished painting that you can sell, but to try and learn
something new and different, especially while the person who knows more about
it than you do is right there in front of you to give you feedback.
Excited? That's a great attitude to walk into the room with.
Carolyn Henderson is the manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She is a weekly columnist for Fine Art News, a division of Canvoo, and writes a lifestyle column, Middle Aged Plague, that is published online and in print newspapers throughout the country.
Describing herself as "small, insignificant, and ordinary," Carolyn
writes for and about normal, everyday people, who are not small and
insignificant at all.