Phyllis Rowley by email for information on upcoming workshops
My Teaching Philosophy
My goal as an art teacher is to encourage and support each artist in
their own direction. It is my belief that only the artist or artist to be
can be the final judge of what goes into his or her art. Your art work is
an expression of who you are as a unique being and how you feel about the
image you're creating.
In my years of teaching, I have
met many people whose early artistic attempts were misdirected or
discouraged by the thoughtless corrections of others. It can be beneficial
to listen to the opinions of others but please remember- if an opinion feels
right try it - if not forget it. There is no absolutely right or wrong way to do art.
You need to be allowed to make your own" mistakes" and grow with them- not
be corrected into someone else's version of what "true" art is.
Most importantly, I guide my students to work from subject matter they
care deeply about and encourage them to enjoy the process of creating.
Julia Cameron has written many great books for artists and I highly
recommend reading them.