There was a job posting for an art teacher..
We were in the "down time" in Bar Harbor. Restaurants closed. Everyone trapped inside. Snow days, Netflix...
"I'm an artist," I thought. "I like kids" I thought.
And I have even taught art before! I've worked with kids many times over the years. I led workshops in Brooklyn..
And I was bored. So I applied for the job assuming it was a long shot.
I got it. I became the art teacher at Summer Festival of the Arts vacation camp in Bar Harbor for a week.
Here's what I learned:
I LOVE TEACHING ART TO CHILDREN.
Children make art on their own with whatever is available, without instruction.
The things that kids create when given just a little guidance are AMAZING and funny and awesome.
Kids are obsessed (and will make really cool stuff) with: cardboard boxes, glue guns and balloons...
In the end, what I realized is that watching kids create from their magical imaginations is rewarding and inspiring to no end.
So, not only am I teaching another art class with this program, I decided to start my own at The Shop! So excited!!!!! Even more in the works... Like adult art classes (did someone say "with wine"???) and craft workshops galore!