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To teach or not to teach?

Since I was in my early 20s I've considered teaching. I even began training to be a secondary school art teacher - I loved the theory side but was terrified when it came to the practical. I lasted half a term!

Recently, I've been asked a few times 'would you teach my son or daughter?' and only a couple of weeks ago 'would you do a workshop for some students?' The truth is I still don't know if I could. I am more confident now. I have children of my own. I've been working in education since 2015 and am far less intimidated by young people 🤣. . .

I think deep down I wonder 'am I qualified', 'who am I to tell people how to draw or paint?' Would I be able to explain things (putting things into words isn't always my strong point). Most importantly - would I be any good?

The argument FOR is that I feel like I've learned so much over the years it seems a shame not to share my knowledge. I would definitely like to inspire people - I think art should be accessible and that everyone should feel empowered to be more creative.

It's interesting how people's perceptions of me are so different from what I think they are. People have told me they think I'd be a 'great teacher'. I believe they're being genuine (and not just flattering) but I don't know what makes them think that. Maybe it's because I can paint? But that doesn't mean I can teach others.

I don't regret not going down the teaching route all those years ago. I wasn't ready then, but perhaps I am now? The best kind of teaching is the demonstration kind right? I'm ok with that!


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