Sparrow Tutorial in progress
I read an interesting piece tonight about an artist, perhaps intermediate level, who was wondering if she should give lessons in oil painting to people who asked. Her dilemma wasn't whether she was experienced enough in technique and teaching to do, but that if she taught people, they would become her competition.
To me, that thought defeats the teaching rationale. As a teacher, I want my students to excel and to be better than me. I know they are not my competition, as I have my own style and so will they. I know there will be wide eyed individuals who think that art teachers have secrets they will pass on that make instant artists, instead of old fashioned hard work. Yes, there may be more artists in the same market if a teacher gives them direction, but there are many elements in place to ensure success in the market, not from just one artist, but from many.
Part of teaching and or learning is the ability to give away part of yourself to others. It can be in words or more tangible objects, but in the giving, you enable others to move forward and you enable yourself to pay back to those who have helped you along the way, even if they may never see you again and know what you do now.
This little sparrow is one of the things that I'm giving or will when its complete. Its another tutorial that I've worked on when I've had the chance. I have several tutorials available and some are for sale on my blog, some I provide just to see others learn and grow. Why? I can't teach art and I can't live life unless I can share it with others. That doesn't always come with a price tag, but brings wealth in its own form.
Keep an eye out for the tutorial, it should be available in the next couple of weeks. And yes, it will be free!