After being down in Savannah for a week, I'm trying to get back into my life. It was so great to be with family. We spent a weekend remembering all the great times we had with Dad before he got ill. It was incredible how after all this time we could piece together the special stories and details about Dad. How he held his pipe, his incredibly squeaky office chair, all the nicknames he had for us kids. I didn't know that it would be a funny, happy and sad experience all at the same time.
I've been thrown back into my life and I'm trying to get my bearings again. Teaching yesterday helped with that. I spent all of yesterday in the classroom teaching two short workshops, which I dubbed the messy
workshop (Just Gelatin) and the un-messy
workshop (Jazzy). Both classes had four students (and one student, Cheryl, stayed for the entire day). All of these students were a pleasure to teach. Such enthusiasm was just the balm I needed!
The morning workshop was all about gelatin printing. We all agreed that it needed to be a longer class as students were just getting into the flow of experimentation when we had to clean up.
Two moms and two daughters spent the afternoon making my wrapped wire doll, Jazzy.
We played doll dress-up
, creating clothes and accessories for our Jazzys
using fabric strips, pipe cleaners, beads and yarn. The end of class became a fashion shoot with our Jazzys
posing for the camera.
Thank you to all my students for helping me get back into flow of my life.
Your classes sound/look like such fun, and it's wonderful that you were able to witness so much enthusiasm & creativity just when you really needed it. I imagine you are still getting used to the idea of your father being gone, but gathering to cherish his memory sounds like a good way to celebrate his life.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a creative week/return to your life...