Like I mentioned in my Olive Delights this week, I am just a stand-in art teacher this year. The current art teacher is taking a sabbatical year, so I was offered the position. I am really enjoying my time. The students are great and I have a lot of freedom as to what I can teach. I didn't realize how much I have really missed teaching art. I have scooted right back into the role and am really loving it. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students learn new things, have aha moments, and have fun with materials. Since the day I took the job as art teacher, last spring, I have had less desire and heart for my vintage shop. I have quite a high work ethic, so when I learned I would be taking over the art position I began to prepare mentally right away. Being an art teacher requires much more heart and creativity than being an assistant teacher (which I had been doing the past two years).
It was a mystery where my desire and creativity for my blog and shop have gone the past 6 months. I am realizing that it was my acceptance of the art position that has diminished my drive for my business. I don't think this is a bad thing. I am spending a lot more time and energy in my art teaching and that is where it should be. But I do miss working for myself part-time and having great desire to be creative on my own.
I most likely will not be able to stay on as an art teacher next year. At least not at the school I am currently working. Which is a bummer, but that means I am open to new things and opportunities. I have a lot of dreams and ideas bobbling around in my head.
One thing I have been thinking about doing, even this year, is teaching art online. Maybe writing a short online course...
Would you rather take a short online drawing, photography, or printmaking course?