"Take an art class? How intimidating! I can barely draw, but I have always wanted too." said Sue.
Sue used to watch her mother paint on the veranda and wonder how she was able to draw gorgeous swirling flowers with just a flick of her brush. It was like magic to 9 year old Sue. How does she do it? She wondered.
In high school Sue always wanted to take art classes but she never thought she could tackle the assignments. After all, her doodles and sketches in her book were just drawings she did after school in her spare time when no one was looking. No one really knew in her family that she wanted to learn how to draw or paint really, cause she never asked,.
One day Sue was walking by her local art supply store in town, and saw a sign that read "art classes for beginners" she thought wow! Here is my chance! So she hesitantly walked in, and signed up for the class, and a week later on tuesday she showed up for her first lesson. she sat patiently and eagerly, shy of course, but ready to learn. The Instructor began to paint and with quite the artistic vocabularey she explained the techniques, and somehow sue got lost. Sue thought to herself: " I thought this was gonna be fun." At the end of the class, allthough a little disapointed, she saw on the register a sign up sheet for another teachers course. This sign up sheet was on bright pink paper, and when she looked at the instructors bio and picture she didn't look so intimidating as the other instructor, so she signed up for her course.
Two weeks later she arrived at the new teachers course, and this time, she wasent shy to put her hand up for instruction. Sue was blown away byt the teachers chipper personality, and excitement to instruct her,. There was so much passion in her eyes and voice when she explained the steps. Sue could finally understand them. At the end of the class she had a finished piece, and a new found confidence in her artistic ability.
Sue wasent sure where her new hobbie would take her, but she really felt like she was learning something great, and making new friends at the same time. Plus, it felt kind of cool to decorate her home with works of her own. Sue found that with the right teacher, and a willingness to try something new, learning to paint wasen;t so scary after all.
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.