As I mentioned before, I'm teaching a summer session class - Jewelry for Non-Art Majors. I've never taught a summer class or a non-majors class before, so I really had no idea what to expect.
Well, I'm happy to say I'm loving it. I'm the only faculty member teaching in our studio, so I have the place to myself. My students are fantastic - fun and curious and so excited about everything they're learning. Their first project was a cuff bracelet, and I'm very happy with the results. (And I love this picture, its like I've got a whole class of Wonder Woman or She-Ra Princess of Power.)
In fact, I actually have time to make the projects along with them! Its great because I get to work on something for fun, and its really helping me evaluate what does and doesn't work in each project.
Plus, I've been treating the days I teach as my own mini summer art camp. Most afternoons after my students leave, I've been staying to work in the studio (which I have all to myself). Its so fun to work on things I can't do in my own studio because I don't have those tools - I've even been doing some raising! (If you went to school with me at all, you'll understand how crazy that last statement is.) And I'm letting myself work with no finished product or goal in mind - just experimentation and some good old fashioned metalsmithing.
I promise to share pics of what I'm working on soon. I'm so excited to see where all this creative freedom is going to take me!