The process of making art is a lot of work. There's no magic in it. I'm not saying that imagaination or the source of inspiration isn't magical, I'm saying that the day-to-day, getting up and going into the studio, cleaning up your bench, putting in the hours, doing the research-- that's work. Even though it's work you love, your craft is not going to improve by posting on Facebook what you had for breakfast,or by spending hours on Pinterest. Nope.
When people take a class from me that they will be learning from
someone who has put in considerable time in the discipline of polymer
clay, someone who knows a lot about what techniques are out there and
what resources are available. For example, after last year's ArtBliss
retreat, I put together a very comprehensive color resources chart
for my students, listing all the media we used in class, and
appropriate uses for each. I don't simply teach a way to use a
technique-- I teach a way of thinking about that technique, a method
that-- hopefully-- will lead you to your own artistic way of using
it, of expanding your skill-set as well as your imagination.
The person that's copying my workshop (see previous posts this
past week) has no idea of the thought process behind the technique.
She merely sees the results and likes them-- likes them enough that
she wants to teach them too. She wants to use my work to enhance her
teaching reputation. But she's an impostor-- I originated the content
and I know the thought-process behind the technique. I put in the
hours and days and weeks of work it took to create the technique
that she will now go and blithely take perhaps 10 minutes to throw at
her students. After all, she's only got a few hours to teach what it
takes me twice as much time to do in my class. Because I know why the
technique exists, what it's really meant to do (besides color
polymer), the philosophy behind it, the reasons why it will enhance
your work, the best ways to use it, all the stuff that's listed on
the chart that my students get at the end of the class.
So workshop imposters aren't offering any magic, no matter how the
class description reads. What you're getting is diluted content, the
husk of the technique. The person that originated the concept, that
tapped into the magic of their imagaination to create it, the person
that can tell you why you're using it and how, that's the person you
should seek out. And that would be me.
(Christine is teaching two new classes at ArtBliss this
September-- stay tuned to AB's website for the announcment in early