What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for more than twenty years. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Thoughts on Teaching

My November samples are on their way to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. Hopefully Debbie will have them by Friday or Saturday.

I'm VERY excited about these new classes (heck, you guys already know how much I love to teach!)

You can find out more information on my upcoming workshops here:


I'm often asked how I decide what I want to teach. First off, I only pick classes that I am most passionate about teaching and that interest me.

I learned a long time ago that in order for me to be a passionate teacher, I had to stick with subjects that push and interest me. I have to teach what I know and LOVE. There's a ton of source material when it comes to art journaling. There's always a new way of looking and experimenting with ideas and approaches. Opening an art journal is like giving someone permission to say, "It's okay. You can do it. You don't know what happens until you do it. It's okay to make mistakes and experiment. That's what a journal is for." (How come Yoda's voice is going through my head: "Do or do not. There is no try." See? Even Yoda wants you to go for it in your journal. Yeah, it's well known that I am a geek.)

My other big thing when it comes to teaching is making damn sure I know what I'm doing. I want to be able to answer a student's question or offer them a different approach to solving a problem. I want to share with them the many ways of looking at a blank page. I want to show them that it's all about exploring opportunity and your choice (no matter what it is) is always a good one. To journal means to be an explorer of new ideas, new directions and new possibilities.

I also really want to make sure that I know my materials inside and out. Anytime you are teaching something (be it art to cooking to computers and beyond), you should respect your students by making sure that you know as much as possible about the materials used and the subject matter. It's something that should be expected.

I also like to make sure that in my classes students get as much information as possible. I don't want to overload them but I do want to make them aware of the many possibilities. When I teach how to make and fill an art journal, I want the students to realize that they can take that material and apply it to other areas of art. It's not only making a book and working in it but it's a way of opening one's eyes to composition, design, color and other visual delights that can be applied to ANY art form. It's also an exploration of the self. We are cartographers of our own lives upon the pages of our books.

Finally, my main reason for teaching is to expand and encourage the minds and creative hearts of my students. I really want them to learn how to open their eyes and to see that inspiration really is everywhere. You just have to learn to see, be willing to make mistakes and just go for it.


Jean said...

I love this post, Kelly. Someday, I hope to have an opportunity to take a class with you in person. I love your passion and your willingness to share your perspective, your art and your knowledge. Thank you! I'm inspired.

Raine said...

My all time FAVORITE Star Wars quote!!! I take pride in my geekness. ;-)
You are a wonderful teacher, Miss Kelly. Why else would I keep showing up at all of your classes?

MarleneMAZ said...

Love the new books!! just got to call Debbie and get enrolled :)

Kelly Kilmer said...

Thanks for stopping by!!! I always appreciate comments.

Jean, I hope to meet you in a class one day! I also have online classes as well. :)

Raine and Marlene, I emailed you both privately.

Best and thanks again!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Great post, Kelly! See you in November!

Artzy Diva said...

Yoda is the bomb! And that is my all time fave Star Wars quote! Hmmm wonder if I should use my frequent flier miles to join you in Arizona since I missed you in Mass this year. Now that would be a wicked pissa time!!! LOVE your thoughts on teaching.I totally agree.

Jean said...

Kelly - Just thought I would come back and identify myself - I use my blog name WildRumpusing in my online classes - I think I have taken 3-4 of your courses online - LOVE THEM!!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Kristin, You are too funny to trek from MA to AZ! I understand the need to get away! :)

Jean!!! Thanks for the kind words, WildRumpusing!!!