I am very lucky to know a lot of very creative friends. People who are avid printmakers, artists and crafters from all sorts of backgrounds – some professional artists, but also some that just love making things and spend all of their spare time and money on it. I even meet up with a group of friends once a month for a sewing bee where we all just make something and have a good old gossip!
Many of these people I know produce amazing pieces of work and simply love the process of creating new ideas in their chosen medium. These friends (and myself included) often get asked – “how do you make that?” or “do you have a pattern for that?” or “can you teach me….”
When asked these questions the standard response is often to lend a pattern or quickly show someone how to tackle a new creative skill, pass them a book or magazine that might help or point them to a teacher they know already teaches. All great solutions but are we missing a trick here?
Could you be teaching your craft and making a little money out of it along the way… More money = more materials as far as I am concerned!!
Where It All Started
Back in 2005, I made a decision to start teaching workshops in printmaking and share my skills with others. This was for several reasons, including that I needed to buy materials and I just needed to earn some money. At the time I was in my early 20s, very shy, just out of university and the thought of standing up in front of a group of people to teach what I knew, frankly terrified me. 10 years later I look back fondly on those first courses I taught (there was a glass of wine involved somewhere) and am grateful for being encouraged to create my first art course and start my business Magenta Sky.
Firstly, I have introduced hundreds of people to printmaking over the years – people who may have done nothing creative since they were at school. Secondly, I have met some amazing creative people who have lots of knowledge about stuff I don’t, and I get to chat to them. Thirdly, I have turned my knowledge into a profitable business and had a lot of fun along the way!
So Why Would You Teach?
Well, if like me, you need money to buy materials and supplies, teaching your creative skills can be a handy and fun way to do this. You also may already work part-time as an artist or sell your work at craft fairs and just need to supplement your income slightly? Perhaps you just keep getting asked that question “can you teach me….”?
Essentially, there are all sorts of reasons for why someone creative would share their skills and knowledge in face-to-face workshops and courses but the one thing I do know is that it is a very rewarding experience. There is nothing better than seeing someone discover their creativity or make something they never though they could!
Want to Know How?
Well, with all this in mind and after 10 years of teaching in venues across the UK, I have decided to help those who are keen to teach art or craft courses/workshops but aren’t sure where to start.
Our **NEW** online course is designed specifically for those people that have a practical or creative skill that would like to learn to teach it. We take you from the first stages of choosing a topic all the way through to marketing and tips on teaching with handy templates and checklists along the way.
If you would like to read more about this course please click here!