Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fun Times and Progress

Everything seems to be moving on so quickly here at Squirrel HQ, I have barely caught my breath. Yesterday, I was teaching again and had a lovely day with a group of really enthusiastic students. The Dahlia study was a bit of a challenge for them, and for some it was their first ever time with watercolour. What brave souls you are, but I know you enjoyed yourselves, and kept me busy.

It would also seem that I have been somewhat 'promoted' to a really nice room too. The last one was a little challenging with the light, and felt a little cramp with twelve students and me. This time, I was escorted upstairs, and oh boy was I impressed. Light and airy and space to die for. The fire escape door was flung open and one whole wall was full of windows. Perfect. So a great big thank you to The Spring for being so lovely by letting me have this wonderful space to teach in. 

After demonstrating lots of tips, tricks and techniques,
I didn't get a chance to work on this one much more.

Still, it's all about sharing knowledge.
And these days are the best

The feedback is always so inspiring for me, and I love reading the comments that are left for me at the end of the day. So far so good, I haven't had a bad one yet. Feedback is also valuable to find out what you are doing right as a tutor, but more importantly, what you can improve. After all, it's the students day, and I want them to get the absolute best out of their time with me, so I read every one and use their comments to reflect. Again, this has been mostly positive, with bookings already filling up for my next ones. So I am a happy bunny.

Some very happy customers

Oh and a few more.
You lovely lot

Elsewhere, the Studio Days are now up and running for the Autumn, with groups of up to four students being able to come to Squirrel HQ for a fun day of painting. Dates are already being booked up for October, with lots of lovely themes and ideas to get the most out of the day. The studio still has a little fine tuning here and there, but I am sure it won't be a building site on the day. For available dates and booking, follow this link to the website or see below.

Here's the flyer I hand out
Just to give you an idea

Also, you may have noticed the little addition in the right hand margin on the blog. Yes, it's a Newsletter subscription form. The new Squirrel Newsletter, or Squirrel Archives (I'm undecided) is my newest addition, and although I am excited to be able to share exclusive snippets and sneaky peaks, I won't bombard you with naff, This will be a seasonal publication, with info on workshops, exhibitions and all the latest from Squirrel HQ, including a few little surprises and exclusive offers for subscribers.   

As you can tell, the clematis is my favourite just now, and I am using it everywhere.    



Claire said...

Oh Jarnie, your studio looks amazing,its going to be a great place to have workshops.
I have my first workshop on Friday and am getting a bit nervous! :/

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Thanks Claire. You'll be fantastic, they're going to love you. Just be yourself and go for it. :) xx Good luck