At my age I’m not setting any long-term career goals, but I do have some short-term objectives heading into 2013.
These objectives began as seeds who knows when, and it looks like now is the time they will have grown enough to be realized. The ideas were in my mind; I just needed a little nudge from outside myself to give me enough confidence to go ahead. Or perhaps it was just a matter of timing.
I lump these objectives into one category—teaching! Art, music, and healing. And I like it.
Last year I taught my first class in Painting I and II, and I co-taught my first class in Reiki. It is a pleasure for me to share what I know how to do with students who are eager to learn. In turn, I learn from them.
This coming year my first students will continue with Landscape Painting, I hope, and then they will join me in Tuscany, Italy, near Florence, in the fall to learn from an award-winning Italian artist I met on my November 2012 trip there. Imagine that!
Others have inquired about art and painting lessons, so I’ve decided to offer another round, starting with Painting I again for adults and adding a course for children in the neighborhood. I’m told that art is no longer offered in the public schools.
New and exciting is the go-ahead from the co-directors of my high school alumni glee club for me to come to rehearsals a half hour early to show singers, who want to learn, how to sight read music. I’m looking forward to that and the “Aha!”s I know I’ll see.
What were those seeds?
Most were questions posed by others, questions that I pondered before realizing, “I can help you with that!”
Rita, a sister Pen Woman, encouraged me to teach art to children, saying there is a great need. I thought about it and put the possibility on hold.
Then my glee club sister Linda said she was experimenting with pastels, but thought first she needed to learn some basics. So I put together a Wednesday class for adults, and she recruited two more friends.
When Rae, one of my pupils, heard that part of our family now lived in Italy, she said “Let’s all go. We can rent a villa and paint!” So when I found out the owner of the villa Ari rented in Tuscany was an award-winning painter whose work I liked, I asked if we could return so we could learn from him. He was delighted, and now I find myself coordinating the trip.
A children’s librarian who found my blog inquired about painting lessons on Saturdays because she worked during the week, hence the new Saturday class. As long as I’m doing all this, and as some parents have asked, I thought, why not start teaching the children too?
As for the music: At choir rehearsal, some of the altos sit near me to hear the note to sing. At best that means a delay in our attack. Many learn their part by listening to the piano and repeating. One time Carol asked what the rest signs and other symbols on the staff were. She was thankful for the explanation, and I could tell it was a revelation to her. So I boldly proposed to give a sight reading workshop “for those who have no clue or who once learned but forgot”— so people could learn the music faster, find accomplishment in knowing how to read music, and benefit the group.
And finally, to become certified as a Reiki Master Teacher, I need a few more hours of co-teaching with my teacher. I know she is looking to put those classes on her calendar, now that she will no longer be involved with her family’s restaurant business that is closing after many years. So I’m happy to announce plans for another round of Reiki certification classes coming soon as well, for we all need healing every day.
Copyright 2012 Rebekah Luke
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