Category Archives: keeping people informed

Taking on new challenges- teaching arts and crafts

Taking on new challenges . I know that it can be scary but its always worth doing .
A while ago I was asked to run several 6 week courses for a local art center, this would involved lots pf paperwork , student assessing etc. not really my way of working as I like to adapt as I go along but I decided that it was worth the challenge to see if i could work this way, after all I did get the teaching adult certificates a few years ago so I might as well have a go.

Anyway the first week or two definitely challenged me , the classes were aimed at beginners so I had planned accordingly, where as the reality was that several of the students were quite experienced but didnt know how to read patterns and wanted to check that what they were doing was the right way.
I also discovered that I was dyslexic an odd thing to discover and strange that It hasnt been identified before now, but anyway it made sense of why so many things were tricky for me and why I approach things in unconventional all be it creative ways

Remembering names has always been a tricky one and the need to write up detailed notes straight after the session just wasnt going to work for me. Its very odd how you find so many of the things that you take for granted because there normal to you but are deemed as being different rather than just an alternative approach.

Anyway after some more thoughts and more adapting ive now just completed including finding different ways to help me to deal with the course paperwork Ive now just completed the fourth week.
I can happily say that everyone has achieved what they set out to do, and have gained lots of new skills and confidence , two more weeks to go now.
I am going to miss the class , mind you Im already planning for the next 6 week crafts course starting at the beginning of November , another new challenge.

The joys and tribulations of providing workshops in new areas .

I am often contacted by people interested in attending one of my workshops ….. one of the problems is that trying to find a venue that is both affordable and flexible ….especially when you are trying to get something going ……. In an area where there is a good history of providing activities this is much easier as potential attendees are often checking out local publicity for new activities to join…

The next difficulty is as with anything  location and just as importantly marketing. we all have so many different ways of finding out about things, the top one being venue newsletters and word of mouth followed by web searches and local posters. …. its amazing any people still look out for venues in local shops however that is becoming more of a problem now as many shops who are part of a chain will not promote activities and there are more and more areas where very few independent shops exist…. making it much more difficult on the whole to promote new activities. So with this in mind I have decided to start up  a mailing list of people interested in specific activities. So if you have any requests and ideas please do get in touch and ill let you know when there is enough interest to get something going.

New crochet classes for beginers for the spring term

I have just booked the Eastleigh Library for a new series of crochet workshops, starting with two beginners classes, it will be interesting to see if there is enough interest to introduce some more advanced classes.  If you are interested in finding out more please visit my current workshops page or alternatively if you have any ideas / preferences for future activities.

Eastleigh the four seasons mural project December 12

We have now completed the Eastleigh Mural project just in time for Christmas.


The  four panel design is now up and I am ready to take a well earned rest just in time for Christmas , it has been so lovely to receive  positive comments  from local residents they have been a great talking point for families living nearby who have loved the color and different things to look at  a great talking point for families with young children in particular, as with all projects that involve the community you are never quite sure what reception you might receive.

Preparing ahead for new workshops in the summer term

It is always interesting planning workshops ahead of time. When working with art centers and the like I always have to be mindful of their need to produce a program well ahead of the time it is needed.

With this in mind  my summer term craft workshops organized for the Winchester Area are now in place and range from making easy party bunting, beginners crochet classes, through to making craft stamps and wire jewellery pendants.

If you want to find out more details of my workshops from May onwards are listed in my Diary page

Spring workshops

I have been busy over the last week letting people know about this springs workshops that are available directly to the public. This spring I have decided to concentrate on providing workshops in two areas  Fridays a.m at Winchester at Winchester Discovery Centre and on Saturdays at Itchen Valley Country Park on the border of Southampton and Eastleigh.

I have decided to provide a mixture of the most popular printing workshops and do something a little different and have  combined this with a few new to you but old to me activities which include willow sculpture, paper making, stenciling textiles and crotchet flower jewellery.

If your are interested in finding out more details please view my current activities page and feel free to ask if you want to know more.

Changes a foot ,relating to my website and the start of something new

Just to let you know that I am  finally going to get around to updating my JaxsArts website as  its quite a bit out of date now as so much of the information  relates to my community and family focused activities and only briefly touches on the classes etc  that I offer to adults,  so I am planning  to carry out  a total redesign using  WordPress..
…..In addition to this I keep on meaning to produce a website showing my own work rather than hiding it away on this blog …. mind you at the moment the fact that most of my loft contents are in my studio whilst we are waiting for the roof to dry out  means that it might be a little longer before I can have my space back which is incredibly frustrating as well as inconvenient.

Setting up a news mailing list

As many of my workshops are booked by groups, clubs, schools, museums , councils and  festivals. It has often means that they have also made the arrangements regarding who the participants will be..

 Participants have often asked me if  I provide workshops that they could book onto and so as response to their enquiries I decided to start putiing on public workshops myself that they could book onto as individuals.
One of the difficulties I have found is the question of how to let people know what classes are being offered in their area. 
So beyond the obvious promotion methods I have now decided to offer  a email mailing list to people who want me to keep them informed about the activities that are available.
If you live in Hampshire, England. (or nearby)
and would like to find out about any my future classes or would like to suggest some activities that you might like me to put on in your area please let me know.

For some examples about some of the activities that I have offered for private engagements please visit my website.

Revised website now up

Hi to all just wanted to let you know that I have revised my
website and have included a how to page. I am planning to film some tutorials to go up on u tube aimed with lots of different activities aimed at different ages. The first topic will be how to make simple fairy wings. Any ideas or requests for future tips please let me know