When Joanne Sharpe and I filmed here at the Nest earlier this year, we KNEW what we were creating together was M.A.G.I.C. And I don’t mean as in we thought the art was awesome (although it totally was), but as in as teachers, we knew we were nailing it.
We did a tonne of filming together, and made lists of what we needed to go work on in our own time for the class.
I am going through Joanne’s Videos now of the exclusive Miss Quoted alphabet lesson she created for the workshop, and I am having an emotional reaction! I’m super excited to present the videos (heck! What Jo created for the alphabet is a mini-class all of it’s own!)
I’m proud of my friend’s teaching ability. It’s one thing to create beautiful work while others are watching and provide inspiration, but it’s a whole other skill to articulate the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ as you go.
Seeing Jo’s videos inspires me to make my lessons as juicy and interesting and informative as possible. These things are always on my agenda whenever I teach, but I love to receive an inspirational boost! And believe me I need it right now.
I am just back from my Escape Artist Retreats in Paris and London and my Body Clock has decided it is French.
I’m hoping it leaves the Eiffel tower and decides to join the rest of my body back home in Byron Bay soon because I need all my energy as I get ‘Miss Quoted’ ready to open this Thursday!
When I film a class I create the lessons the week before they go ‘Live’. This keeps me in-tune with the mood of the participants and the workshop. I always have a highly organised lesson plan, but I like to stay supple and react to what my students are finding most exciting and try to incorporate those things. This may terrify some, but I love working this way. But it takes ENERGY.
For instance, I posted this image on Instagram, and I think it gathered the most Hearts, Likes and comments I have ever had from a single image. And she is certainly part of the ‘Miss Quoted’ ethos, so I am adding her as a lesson.
In Miss Quoted, Jo and I combine the wonder of watercolour and ink to create loose and free artwork and artful lettering. My theory is that “all is forgiven in a sketch”. So by keeping artwork and lettering loose and expressive you stay away from your inner perfectionista.
The hanging lines and unfinished areas add energy and interest. I want my artwork to look as if it arrived effortlessly. Of course that’s not the case, it takes work, but in ‘Miss Quoted’ I teach you exactly how I achieve this! And then Jo Shows you the same principles for lettering.
This style of art is perfect for celebrating some of the most misquoted, controversial and exciting women of their time! So a fun part of the workshop is taking actual quotes from infamous and courageous women through history.
The wonderful part about a good collaboration is you have someone else to inspire you and boost your energy. I feel that’s what Jo and I have in ‘Miss Quoted’!
Will you be joining us? I hope so!
Here’s a few of mine:
“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”
“I think that little by little, I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
I can’t wait to use these quotes in some of the artwork and lessons I create for the class!
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