Learning to Teach
One of the reasons I decided to pursue a Fine Arts Degree was so at the end of it I could do an additional course and learn how to teach. I thought it would be a good way to earn some money as I pursued my art career. Well the additional course didn’t happen, but teaching has. I started teaching kids how to do art, but after about 2 years, it stopped happening for various reasons.
Then almost two years ago I decided that I should teach photography. Someone I knew at the time suggested I contact Living & Learning Nillumbik in Eltham. It has been a great experience for me, and the staff there have really nurtured me through the whole experience. I really love teaching, but I have had to learn some things along the way.
Some of things I’ve really had to work on is believing in myself, believing in what I know and sharing it. Not always easy, the first that is. I also recently learned something which was new, that I need to be careful showing my images to my students. If we go out and take photos and then I show them what I do, it didn’t occur to me that some of them would be put off, or decided that their images were no good. So in last weeks class we did architecture and went to the local library in Eltham, fantastic building.
As a single building to help teach people how to photograph architecture, it is great. (In all my classes the class takes photos) There are lots of lines, shapes, and interesting art works all around it. It was fun doing a small demonstation and then letting them all just go and take photos. I walked around and made sure that they got help if they needed it. I did get a chance to take a few photos myself.
After the class was finished I didn’t show them the images I had taken. I decided to let them wait until after they had shown me theirs, which they will do this Saturday in our next class. I did, however, ask them if they would like me to process one or two images and show them what I would do to them? The idea was to do it during the week, which I have now done, and then show them to them on Saturday. I will probably do the original and then the processed one, so they can compare.
I thought I would show you what I have done here today. I am going to put them in a gallery for you. Well in a minute. I just wanted to say that I do love teaching, and it has been a surprise to me how much I enjoy it. The class I have at the moment are fantastic. It is my first time doing a short course like this, and it is just wonderful. I hope they are enjoying it as much as I am. I am excited that my next course for next term is also filling up, if anyone is interested, go to my website for details.
Here is that gallery. Oh, and before anyone asks, it was a very overcast dark day.