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Passing on Knowledge.

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So sorry for the lack of posting and rambling here. I figured that today would be a good day to start posting again as tomorrow is also…my birthday! You know “a fresh start” and all that jazz. But! It is also because I really have things to ramble about again. The time around my last post, my thoughts were too bundled up to make sense and I couldn’t write a proper post to save my life (slight exaggeration here). My column is like a little diary where I share what I encounter on my creative journey in a more serious way and I felt like I was constantly repeating myself with my thoughts and the things I wanted to share. So my focus has been more on creating art and finishing projects. With every birthday, I’m also reminded about the day I strolled to the Chamber of Commerce to get myself registered as an “one-lady business”. So a bit of reflection is often involved to see what I would do differently in the upcoming year. And you know what? I totally forgot that I was pondering if I should do a few workshops in a youth center near my home.

Obviously, I didn’t, because I would blog about it if I did. The reason why I didn’t go through with it, was that I had to figure out tax stuff and then I got a few large commissions. I had to prioritize my schedule again and decided to place the workshops back on the shelf for now. There is this odd rule that I can’t claim business costs back if I teach to kids under eighteen years old.  At least, this is what my tax adviser mentioned when she asked me if I was planning to give workshops anytime soon. Besides this, I also had to think of a plan; because what exactly was I going to teach? I’m not someone who just gives a workshop for the sake of saying “Oh you know, I gave a few workshops about drawing as well”.

I will be honest here and tell you that, I was wondering if I’m “ready” to teach others how to draw. I’m still wondering and I honestly don’t know if I am. I probably won’t know until I actually do it. I do know that in the few occasions that I was “teaching” others something about drawing, it was fun and people actually listened. Also, when I created the cupcake tutorial last year, the positive feedback I got was huge and it is my best viewed post since. So that should say something, I think?

Either way, I do know that I’m not that confident in all my skills yet to give workshops. Maybe if I place the focus only on how to draw cupcakes and cute things first, I know could do that. If I want to give workshops more frequently on various subjects, I need to gain more confidence in my own skills. But yeah, I’d love to teach others how they could draw in their own TJ-way and it would definitely be a fun addition to what I do. At least I think it would be fun. I never thought that I would be even thinking about teaching; giving presentations was annoying enough when I was younger. I don’t like to be in the center of attention all the time and with teaching well, you kind of are. Still, I am curious about this and I know that I will give a workshop or two in the near future. When I do, I’ll make sure I’ll let you all know!

Want to read more rambles from TJ? Please visit her blog A Look in a Creative Mind.

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • Yay for the return!! 🙂 So happy to see your beautiful work on here again and to read your words. And that picture is so lovely!
    Happy Birthday, TJ! Have an absolutely magic day filled with cupcakes, glitter and smiles!

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    • Hahah yaaay! I’m very happy to be back, well and also happy to have my thoughts sort off back together 🙂 I really love this drawing in the sketch form. I will check how it looks painting sooner or later, but not sure if I can capture that flowiness again.

      I had a wonderful day!! Thanks so much for your lovely birthday wish!

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  • Love this post TJ. I am sure you will know when the time is right, and I know you will find it rewarding when you see the spark in a students eyes. You are awesome and you should now doubt it. 🙂

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    • So happy you like reading this Dani! I’m with you on knowing when the time is right 🙂 I absolutely loved seeing the faces of kids when they could draw the cupcakes, they kept drawing it and I was like “Oh em gee, I thought them something!” haha.

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  • I think starting out slow is a great idea — not just in the number of concepts you teach, but the number of students. That way you can see what works and what doesn’t. I think you’d make a great teacher. You’re talented, fun, and play well with others. 🙂 When the time is right, you’ll know!

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    • Yeah, definitely starting out slow for me. My perfectionism would get in the way if I start big with no real certainty of what I’m doing or if I like it. That way I’m not soooo disappointed when it doesn’t go too well. Eeeeek can you imagine me as a teacher!!? It’s such a funny thought haha. 🙂

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  • TJ you are an amazing artist and i’m sure you would make a great teacher and it would probably be a really fulfilling and worthwhile thing to do. You should go for it when you are ready for sure. The kids would learn a lot and have a lot of fun with your take on the world 🙂

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    • Garry Brows! Thank you so much 🙂 I hope it’s going to be fun when I decide to go for it. I do know that I will give it my own spin, I don’t like to be too standard with giving workshops you know. It has to be magically creative 🙂

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  • I think you would make a most excellent teacher! One of the things I’ve done in my job is train people, and I never feel like I’m doing the best job I could. Then I find out that I was really helpful, and the other person learned something. I think we all have a tendency to doubt ourselves!

    Can’t wait until you embark upon tutorial videos. I see them being a hit.

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    • Hi Jen!! Ahh thank you for your faith in me 🙂 Ohh you had to train people? How cool! Could you decide for yourself in what way you would train people? A company I worked for had a fixed routine of things people had to learn.

      I’d definitely feel like I didn’t do the best job. I usually have that moment when it’s all over and I go like “OH! I should have said that too!” haha. Fingers crossed that tutorial videos will go over well. So far I only have a cupcake one in mind.

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  • Hmmm…interesting idea about the things that come along when you are given the capacity to pass on knowledge 😀 I think not really jumping full force can be a good thing because it makes you aware of the pros and cons that you get when you handle people. Sometimes doing things for yourself is fun than doing things for others 😉

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    • Haha. You’re right when you say “Sometimes doing things for yourself is fun than doing things for others” -- it’s one of the reasons why I switched careers 🙂 I also agree on keeping the pros and cons in mind. I can’t be a rambling lady in front of a class with little kids, they’d probably ramble along and before I know it, we’re doing something completely different. I definitely see giving a workshop or two in my future, but for now, I just keep on creating!

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