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We have a large and very varied group doing the Foundations course so it is important that we create a supportive environment over the next 3 months, one that will help us learn in a fun way.

So here is my mini lecture to you!

A few of my teaching mantras

We share but not compare
I can’t stress enough the importance of this attitude, especially for beginners. Don’t compare yourself with people who have been working at their craft for years. We’ve all been beginners, we’ve had many failures and struggles and continue to do so! We all still have so much to learn and re-learn. Be Inspired, not overwhelmed, by the work of others!

We have confidence in being ourselves
I’ll be sharing a lot of my work but I don’t want anyone to try to sketch ‘like Liz’. Be yourself! I’ll show my approaches in the hope that you’ll find things to personalise and incorporate in your own work. Trust your own responses and preferences!

We commit to “doing the hard yards”
We are all on a journey and there are no shortcuts.. There will be ‘stumbles’ along the way so the more you enjoy the process of learning, the better.

We accept it is only a sketch
I do believe we should be careful that every mark is deliberate, not a careless scribble, but in the end it’s only a mark on a page. What’s the big deal?

We love our mistakes
Mistakes are good and are the most effective way to learn and progress. Accept them and learn to love them because they’re yours and no one else’s (a loose quote from Picasso!)

We make friends with our Inner Critic
Every time we put pen to paper we do battle with our Inner Critic (IC). I don’t think it ever goes away! The more I sketch, the higher my expectations are, so I still often fall short. However, I prefer to think of it as BANTER rather than battle. I don’t ever want to silence or strangle my inner critic. My IC tells me a lot of truths I need to hear (eg. “You’re rushing and need to slow down”) but I don’t take it seriously when it accuses me irrationally. Ask your IC why it expects instant perfection and see what it says! I don’t ever want my IC to go away because I love the banter and I love asking it why. You might be surprised how helpful your IC can become after it is trained. A few more thoughts about this on my blog here and here.

and finally…

We have FUN!!!!

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