Some of you may not know this about me, but every year I teach painting on a cruise ship. It's a great way to see the world and have fun teaching at the same time. I love it!
This spring, I will be teaching on a Celebrity Cruise line. The trip goes through the Panama Canal. We start off in San Diego, go to two places in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama , Columbia, and end up in Ft. Lauderdale.
I am required to teach an hour each day that we are at sea, but I'm free when we are in port. It takes a lot of preparation because I have to plan out each lesson. I like to do an example of what everyone will be painting. I also write up the directions in case they forget after I demonstrate how to paint the different parts of the painting. It takes hours of preparation so that once we are on the ship, things go smoothly.
|Cabo San Lucas, Mexico|
Most of the people who take the class on the ship have never painted before. So I have to teach very basic things. Also, only having an hour a day, it's hard to finish a painting with so little time. I actually wish they would let me teach for 2 hours. It would be less stressful.
But the people seem to love it and they come back each day and bring a friend. By the end of the week, the class is packed!
Here are two examples of what I will be teaching. I always try to pick out a scene from where we are going so that they have a souvenir of their trip.
I also can't wait to experience some hot weather. I have almost forgotten what that feels like.