Why I teach
Teaching is for me about sharing my extensive knowledge in many creative techniques and with a varied array of materials – giving what I have learned so that others can create.
I believe that we are all able to create, we are creators.
My workshops focus on teaching you techniques that you will be able to transfer to your own art practice if you are an artist, or if you are a passionate creator, you will finish a product that you will be able to take home and regard with pride. I also hope to instill a passion in you that will drive you to explore more on your own – one workshop will not make you a master, but it can open your eyes to potential and also give you answers about yourself. By trying out different things, you will find your own voice.
“True art is in the doing” – Jean Renoir
It is also about planning in detail the time that you spend with me at a workshop. Before I offer a workshop, I plan the time I wish to spend teaching it in detail. Each workshop includes time periods where I do demonstrations, hands-on explorations where you are asked to do specific things and an open work time (depending on the length of the workshop). Some smaller half-day workshops are strictly product oriented, in that you will learn how to make a specific item/object.
Workshops are taught at my professional art studio in Downtown Toronto. (Please note that the studio is on the 3rd floor and there is no elevator.) It is possible that during 2018 the studio will move to an as of yet unknown location within the GTA.
All the workshops are structured so that they can also come to you. If you think you might like to get a group of like-minded friends together, send me an e-mail and I will contact you with details in making it happen.
Full payment of the workshop is necessary to secure your spot. If you wish to pay by cheque, call or e-mail us to secure a spot, then mail the cheque to:
The Olive Sparrow
109 Niagara Street, Box 46
Toronto, Ontario M4J 3T1