Create! August blog - Finding your inspiration
It seems crazy to be thinking about Christmas when we’ve just had so much beautiful hot weather, but that’s what I’ve been doing this week.
With back-to-school time approaching rapidly it’s time to start thinking about what’s going to be happening over the next four months. For me it’s a big time to be planning what’s going on in my classes. I’ve got that whole back-to-school feeling. I’ve got to be ready, got to be organised, got to get my new pencil case sorted… (some things never change!).
I’ve been thinking really hard about what to do this term as I like to keep things fresh, for me as much as everyone else, because I have to deliver the same classes several times a week. I like to be enthusiastic about what I do, not simply churning out the same old stuff.
I take this time to get busy looking at different sources of inspiration. I go to lots of art galleries, look at different content online and watch lots of things on TV about artists - there’s an amazing programme on BBC Four at the moment about the Bauhaus with Vic Reeves. I also talk to my arty friends and spend a lot of time looking at Pinterest too. It’s really great for inspiration and new ideas. If you’re not on there already I’d highly recommend taking a look.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with my daughter this summer, who’s very artistic, but she also has a terrible habit of saying “I’m bored”, which really frustrates me. I just think there is so much inspiration out there if you look around that there’s never any need to be bored. There’s a phrase which sums it up for me - “only boring people say they’re bored’. Obviously, I haven’t said that to my daughter but I just feel like there’s so much out there, so many things to try, so many places to go. If you look around there’s inspiration everywhere.
Hopefully we will be able to inspire you here at Create! over the coming months too. We’ve got some really fab stuff coming up. Lots of classes, painting and drawing as normal, but our after-school classes start next week too (w/c 2 September) which I absolutely love. It’s great to see all the kids doing their arty stuff.
We’ve also got some great workshops coming up, the first of which is Stone Stories for children. It’s a spooky one this term, based around Halloween, so stories like Funny Bones and Room on the Broom may make an appearance. It’s actually on Halloween itself and is going to be lots of fun. More details here. I’m also doing a couple of making workshops for children around Halloween too.
After that it’s on to thinking about that C-word I mentioned right at the start of this blog - yes, Christmas - already! I hate to mention it, but we’ve had to start planning. I’ll be running wreath-making workshops again with my sister Sophie from Sanctuary Garden Design and I’m afraid we’ve already started booking these! If you’re interested in booking either a private class or a place on one of the public sessions you will need to do this soon as places tend to disappear very quickly.
We’re really excited about seeing everybody as the new term gets underway and we’d love to see your or your children at one of our sessions soon. If you have any questions please get in touch.
In the meantime, keep being inspired!