This week, I had the privilege of teaching two back to back classes at the Amesbury Public Library. The first class filled up so quickly that we decided to offer a second one on the same night. It was fun to work with two different groups within the same community. I'm so pleased that we could make the class work for everyone! Check out their fantastic tiles at the end of this post.
As I've written before, I always learn so much in the classes that I teach. I love to hear from my students and to answer their questions. It was interesting to teach two classes because I realized how many different ways there are to say the same thing. I taught the same patterns to each group but used different examples from my own life and art to answer questions or to share insights with the new tanglers. Each class or tangling session is a new opportunity to see things in a new way.
I've had people take my beginner Zentangle® class at least six times. Before you think that sounds boring, I assure you it isn't. I try to mix up the content if I know someone is joining me for a repeat visit, but even if I taught the same exact patterns, there is always something new to learn. Each class brings a new energy, different experiences, vibrant questions, and its own excitement. My lesson is enhanced by what I feel from the audience. This must be a bit like what rock stars feel on stage! A tangler who is in a repeat class benefits from an entirely unique situation each and every time.
Teaching two classes immediately in a row with the same content showed just how different each class can be. Both were wonderful, and it was great fun to see how each veered in different ways as topics came up or as questions were raised.
Hmm, maybe this idea isn't true just for classes. I will have to try to think about how I felt in these classes the next time I feel like I'm in some sort of a rut--with my art, my diet, or just the regularity of life. If I try to find newness in the day or the task, maybe it won't seem dull or trite. If I look at everything as a new opportunity, won't I more likely face it in a better mindset?
I'm always looking for ways to incorporate my Zentangle® philosophy into my life, and I'm constantly amazed by how easy it is to transfer my artistic experience into the rest of my days. What a joy it is to have my life influence my art and to have my art influence my life.
Thank you to my students for giving me this great gift of flexibility, variety, and new points of view. In exchange, I vow to keep offering fun, relaxing, and creative classes for you! I think this is going to be a beautiful relationship.