When you get to your workshop try to find out where in the room your tutor will be working and try to get a location as close to him as possible. At one workshop I spent so much time chatting with old friends that by the time I set up my gear I ended up at the very end of quite a long room â€“ needless to say at the opposite end to where the tutor was working.Â I had to keep walking backwards and forwards if I had a query about a section of his painting.Â Not a useful handicap when painting with watercolors!
Throughout the course keep in mind why youâ€™re doing it.Â I have found that spending a few minutes each night writing down what I learnt from the day really gave me a sense of progress and this may be of use to you as well.
Donâ€™t be scared to ask questions.Â I canâ€™t recall having a tutor that wasnâ€™t willing to answer questions, and even though they must exist, you would have found this out in your preliminary research.Â It would not hurt for you to prepare a list of questions youâ€™ve had on your mind before starting the workshop and then you can get these answered.Â You donâ€™t want to be on your way home when you realize there was a question you had forgotten to ask your tutor.Â I suggest you donâ€™t hit your tutor immediately with a string of these listed questions but instead ask them one or two at a time as you work through the week. Itâ€™s quite likely that a number will be answered anyway through the course of the class.
Donâ€™t ever hesitate to ask a question because you think everyone will wonder if you are just too inexperienced, or some other self depreciatory thought. Â Just go ahead and ask your question. That is why youâ€™re there and why you paid your money.Â The tutors expect it – unless you are a rank beginner but still went ahead and booked into a workshop for advanced students, itâ€™s not a good idea to do this by the way!
Quite often when you ask one of your â€œsillyâ€ questions someone else will come up to you later and say: â€œGee Iâ€™m glad you asked that question, I was wondering the same thing myself!â€
Keep your mind on learning.Â If you produce some good paintings along the way then that is a bonus. Itâ€™s the extra knowledge that you want to take away with you, that is important first and for most.
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