Teacher Without a Classroom
Upon my retirement from public teaching, driving away from the campus, boxes in my car filled with the contents of my desk, I wondered. What does a lifelong teacher do without a classroom?
Long ago, I had made the decision in my undergraduate years to give to others what had been given to me by my best teachers -- the guidance to uncover my own unique gifts and abilities coupled with their faith that I would find a way to use them well.
Prior to retiring, I was delving more deeply into my art and writing, and their calling was becoming stronger and more insistent. It was at this time that I had began my journey into publishing with my daughter.
But what of teaching? As I drove home along the highway, the words echoed in my head, “When a teacher retires, it is like a library closing its doors forever.” Many good people I knew were retiring from the profession, good people I admired and respected, kind-hearted people with a wealth of experience.
I concluded my public teaching career as the head of a college Art Education teacher preparation program. I wanted to spend some time serving new professionals by encouraging them to teach art authentically and well, with warmth and caring, with depth and meaning. Now, they were entering classrooms, and I was proud of them.
I immediately turned to private art teaching in my barn studio. It was delightfully refreshing to teach just as I pleased, without the expectations and standards of an institution.
My attention also turned to the full time creation and publication of books. I realized that publishing was yet another way to teach, and its impact was far-reaching. Like teaching, it was humbling; with it came a deep sense of responsibility for the energies being put out to the general public. It was a natural integration of varied facets of my experience, and the opportunity to work side-by-side with my daughter, Julie, was a treat.
Just recently, in addition to my continuing creative work, I've been organizing my decades of teaching experience into written form as I seek ways to serve people I never had the opportunity to teach in school settings. I'm often asked if I will be offering art classes, but my studio space has its limitations.
In today's world, the online environment is redefining so much--even how we can teach and learn.
So now, I no longer need a classroom with four walls in which to teach.
I have the capacity to be the teacher of an art class without walls, to the world.
So I'm pleased to tell you I'm soon going to be offering art classes online.
I'm calling it Virginia's WorldClass Art Class.
I'm hoping it will open eyes, hearts, and minds to the wondrous world of art.
My self-paced online art classes will be available starting next month, June 2017.
I am designing classes suitable for beginners through advanced learners.
These art learning experiences are based on my best holistic art teaching practices, an approach that honors the whole person, head, heart, and hands.
My online classes will incorporate features that I've honed for 40 years of my teaching life, grounded in a respect for the integrity of the individual’s own experience as the inspiration and point of departure for works of art. After all, your artwork should look like your own, not a copy of someone else's art. Your art should be meaningful to you, and the process of creating it should be both pleasurable and rewarding.
In a series of sequential lessons, or as I call them, “Invitations,” students will be invited to make art that matters to them, along with the technical instruction to give them the means to make it.
The learning resources I provide in these classes will always be available to those who register, so there is no pressure to complete the class within a certain time frame.
Enrollment for each class will be limited. To learn more, please visit the Art Classes page on my website.
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Feel free to join my e-mail list for further details about my online art classes. I have much more to tell you!