Last year, I emailed FullyBooked to ask if I can conduct a workshop at their store and what are their terms and conditions. Cez of FullyBooked replied to me in such speed that I panicked when she wanted to schedule me right then and there for a Saturday slot.
That time, it was a long shot for me to do a workshop, much less there in Fullybooked! There were many things I had to consider – my skills in painting AND teaching, my confidence and anxiety, my time, and my target audience – before I can rollout a workshop. It became like a goal for me to have my workshop at Fullybooked. I’ve often passed by that place, even if it’s just to browse through the racks of art materials and checking out all the materials laid out on the tables. I love the sense of being surrounded by everything artsy and I know it was the perfect place to hold my dream workshop.
This year I started a couple of workshops in cafes, each time learning more about teaching, organizing and budgeting. Thankfully my day job gives me a lot of experience on the latter two. With each workshop, my confidence grew and I realize that I was also learning together with my students. I’m self-taught so everything started out as an experiment. In order to conduct a successful workshop, I took the time to breakdown my technique or whatever it was I was doing to get my work to look the way I want to. It was a very introspective process and there were a lot of realization along the way. I believe my students will benefit from this experience, as well as my practical views in sustaining this as a hobby.
This was my last workshop for the year and I’m super happy about the turn out of all my workshops that I thought of documenting it here in the blog. I couldn’t have done this without a lot of support and help and prayers. I’m looking forward to next year and all the opportunities to come. Always remember, “Great things never come from comfort zones.”
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