Yesterday I got the chance to go to a local college to teach a number of art and design students crafting techniques and tell them a bit about me, who I am, how I started Crafter's Companion and so forth. They were such a canny bunch and I felt almost down with the kids when they chose to stay after their class had finished to carry on with their creations! Check me, teaching art students arty things and them wanting to stay and learn more from me! It made my day that did!
Star Radio's breakfast show presenter Tim Lichfield joined me and even had a go at crafting himself... and I have to say, he did a tremendous job! It was all filmed too, check out the video below to see what we got up to!
There were a few reasons why we went along. Firstly Darlington College are really keen to get local businesses in to talk to the students about employability and opportunities available to them once they leave education, so this is why I gave a talk first. I really feel strongly about this sort of thing as it's so important to encourage this age group to go out there and grab life by the horns once they leave school/college, so I leaped at the chance to be able to do this. But then, me being me, I'll take any opportunity to spread the crafting love, so we had a session where I taught them a few techniques - rubber-stamping, heat-embossing, masking with drawing gum, and playing with Aqua Markers. We then finished by announcing a competition that we're doing in conjunction with Star Radio where we're going to be getting our local community designing. Whether you're so young that you've just learnt to use a pen or love spending your retirement time drawing you'll be able to enter our competition, as we're splitting it into lots of different ages categories. We're going to be announcing the competition at the beginning of May, so again... watch this space for more details!
Once I'd given my talk and, hopefully, proved to them that they can make a successful career out of their creative abilities, we got on to the messy playing. First of all I showed them how to use the various products and then they were let loose! It was so nice to be able to go around and spend time with them all, giving them hints and tips and seeing how, given the same materials, so many different results can be achieved. They all, including Tim (who I think was loving it a lot more than he was trying to let on!), seemed to really enjoy it and it was lovely seeing them all get so engrossed in their work.
To help them on their crafty journey we put together a goody bag for them to take away of some of the products they were using, along with a Spectrum Aqua CD, so they can learn more techniques, so hopefully I've managed to convince some more to come into our (not so) little world of craft! I think I may have even converted Tim as well... look how proud he seems about his creation!