I just finished cleaning my studio after my “flower” workshop this weekend. It was great fun and I loved the images they made.
I bring up the subject of “creativity" because when I first started to play with the idea of teaching workshops, I had some concerns. Aside from the fear that gripped me whenever I thought about it, I also found myself wondering if teaching would take up too much of my own “creative” time.
I believe this is a common concern and I could have used it as an excuse to abandon the idea entirely, but with some gentle prodding, I scheduled my first class and faced my terror head on. In the process I discovered that I love sharing my passion for photography, but see no reason to believe that teaching is going to interfere with my own creative pursuits. In fact, I am finding the opposite to be true.
In the beginning I observed that planning each class required a lot of creative thought. After each workshop, I reviewed what went right, what could have gone better and then carefully read the evaluation forms each student filled out. I started to look forward to the brainstorming I would get to do after each class.
According to the definition above, creativity is much more than the ability to make art. Creative muscles must be used regularly and I believe teaching these workshops has provided a wonderful opportunity to work those muscles.
My desire to be the best teacher I can be has motivated me to explore and educate myself. The past year has found me delving deeper into the history of photography, researching color theory and looking for ways to improve my Photoshop skills. Every time I discovered something new, I felt energized. I couldn't wait to take what I had just learned and apply it to a current project.
I realize this is still very new to me and there may come a time when I feel differently. For now I want to enjoy flexing my creative muscles as much as I can and use the energy and knowledge I have discovered to not only make art, but to also practice living creatively. I can learn to be creative when it comes to handling my finances, finding storage in my studio, or making dinner when there is nothing in the refrigerator. The possibilities are endless...........