World of Work Week

In the interest of providing some diversity for the World of Work Week at my kids' school (and because they pleaded me to do it), yesterday I spent the morning giving talks to all the classes, from nursery up to P7, about what it's like to make a living from art.  I was expecting to find it difficult or uncomfortable as I don't like public speaking, but I actually really enjoyed it, and my overall impression was that the children were really hungry for more creative activities - they are lucky if they get an art lesson once - ONCE - a fortnight.  When I was in primary school, we did art every day.  This saddens me... I've always been reluctant to do workshops because I find I am too pressed for time to get my own work completed satisfactorily, but I am now starting to feel that, in the same way as I felt a sort of 'duty' to represent the alternative career by talking about my work at the school, I have a sort of duty to give these kids a few more opportunities to chuck paint about and enjoy themselves getting messy (though one boy expressed horror at the prospect of getting messy, pretty much all the other kids thought the idea of splashing paint about and getting messy was a brilliant proposition!)....

Soooo, I am thinking of doing workshops....