As it was last year, I am leading a two-day workshop this month for the Arts Center of Yates County. This year’s edition is going to be held at their Sunny Point facility (shown above) on the shores of beautiful Keuka Lake on Thursday and Friday, September 22-23. I plan on having the attendees experimenting in my reductive technique as well as composing their work in different shapes and sizes than they might otherwise be accustomed.
One of the purposes of this workshop is to see their materials in a different light and to knock down the limitations and rules that we often set on ourselves. Basically, the idea is to get them realize that there are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself.
Last year was my first attempt at teaching and if you were reading here at that time you may recall that I had a lot of anxiety and reservations about the whole thing. But I found it to be a very fulfilling experience and the feedback from the attendees was strong enough to convince me that there was indeed something of value here, that I was getting across something of use to these folks.
Plus, it was just fun spending some time with some really nice people. We had a lot of laughs, told some stories, learned some new things and made some really interesting work in those two days. If you recall, I was blown away at how quickly that group absorbed the lessons. At the end of the workshop they were working at a point that took me a year or more to reach on my own.
I was informed yesterday that there was still one and possibly two spots available for this workshop. So, if you are interested in attending, you can get more info and register by clicking here or phone the Arts Center of Yates County at 315-536-8226.
Keuka Lake in the fall is always beautiful and I know we’ll have a pretty good time along with a few pleasant surprises. Hope you can make it!