Thursday, July 28, 2011

Today's the Day....

It's finally here!  Today is a day that I've been looking forward to for the last SIX months!

It's the day that I get to teach my "Collage like an Ephemeraologist" class at Inspire my Life, a 3-day art retreat and Fun Fest hosted by my friend and very talented artist Kim Geiser (and it just so happens to be her birthday today so if you're reading this and you know her, show her some love and send her a note!)!

I can't wait for the class tonight - I've got seven people signed up for it, which is a fantastic number.  I've made packets for everyone,  packed up my supplies, and loaded up the car.  I'm also taking classes at the retreat all weekend so I'll see some great friends and FINALLY be able to meet some wonderful folks with whom I've been friends online for years!  

This is what being an artist is all about for me.  I feel so lucky to be a part of this fantastic event.  I mean, really - I get to hang out with art peeps for three days AND be a part of the instructor team?  When you're a working artist, it doesn't get much better than this.  In the last two years or so I've realized that, as terrifying as the prospect was in the beginning, I LOVE teaching workshops.  I love showing other people what it is that I get to do for a living.  I love getting other artists and collectors excited about the endless possibilities of ephemera and I always learn new ideas from the folks who take my classes (I hesitate to call them "students" because I'd rather think of our time together as just an excuse to make art).  I love the camaraderie and connectivity and meeting new people.

I'll post an update about the class sometime tomorrow, hopefully with pictures (if I remember to take any!).  I sincerely hope that all of the folks who take my class tonight have a wonderful time - I know I will!  :D

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