Here are some basic skills (and questions) to consider...
Now, What can I DO with these skills to make it my own?
I've created "The Creative Enamel Color Adventure" Course
How I teach
I was once where you may be now.
I had discovered enameling and was in love with the process and color. My techniques were improving. But I had hit a wall and becoming a collector of techniques, tools, and materials was not taking my enameling to another level. But I didn't know what to do.
Almost 35 yeas ago, I decided to make a change.
I stumbled through a process of teaching myself. After almost 20 years of watching enamel students struggle with the challenging combination of Technique and Art, I want to share with you what I have learned and how I learned it.
Why didn't I just create a class with lots of video tutorial lessons and a Facebook discussion group?
Most of us have recently become even more isolated than normal. I love being alone in my studio, absorbed in my many ideas, questions, and projects. I also crave (and miss) the connection that I feel in class when we are sharing our lives, our dreams, our challenges, and our passion.
I want to connect with my students.
Watching them step cautiously into their "discomfort zone" and emerge with an enamel that they never would have imagined designing or making causes me to do my "Happy Dance".
I designed this course to be an experience of "connection".
I am assuming that ...
- you want to explore an artistic side of yourself.
- you want more than the challenge of learning new techniques.
- you understand that this takes time & effort. There are no "art pills" that I can subscribe.
- you are unique and have experiences that are different from anyone else in the world.
- You don't need to be "good enough" to begin.
Muscle Memory, Learning, and Creativity
- Change the goal from searching for the "right answer" to discovering more & different questions.
- There is a difference between learning and performing. We need to learn before we can perform successfully.
- If I change my questions, I can discover the inspiration, motivations, and discipline.
- I can learn more by studying my own experience than by asking someone to tell me about their experience.
- Trusting and valuing my experience is necessary.
- I develop skills by taking "baby-steps", practicing the "baby-steps" to create a comfort zone.
- I improve by challenging my self to step slightly outside of my comfort zone.
- My goal is to develop muscle memory (re-wire my brain) for the many skills that I will use.
- When I am using muscle memory, I am able to shift my attention and become aware of something new or different.
- I can develop muscle memory in cognitive (thinking) skills as well as physical skills.
- Muscle memory is required for me to enter into a Creative Flow
Should I study with Ricky Frank?
Yes or No?