GRADUATING FROM OXFORD part 2
The Oxford Teacher Certification Workshop lasted seven days this month, and was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
It was also one of the most challenging things I've ever done.
For the first three days I wasn't sure I would survive it.
We tucked 60 hours of learning into 6.5 days, working from 9 in the morning until 9 at night, and often later.
When I hit the bed after class ended each day, I would try to read, but was soon fast asleep. It wasn't until Wednesday that I knew I could actually keep up the pace. (And in fact, it was easier after Wednesday. I got used to it.)
Am I making it sound bad? Far from it! It was rigorous--even tough--but it was superbly presented--I and my fellow 6 students were having the time of our lives and learning so much.
Amy Oxford is one of the kindest, most generous, smart, and funny teachers I've ever been fortunate to have. You cannot imagine a more gracious and supportive person. At the same time, she knows exactly how to get the job done and how to keep students motivated and working hard. But somehow, the way she does it, you never feel driven. You just want to produce.
It's a form of magic, I swear.
Here are additional photos from the week--enjoy! There will be more.
(Click on photos to biggify and to see captions)
I will stop here for the day. But consider: this was only the show-and-tell. Much more show-and-tell and much more of the workshop to come.
6/29/2016 04:37:06 pm
I'm so glad you captured those photos of some of the works by our classmates. Great photographs overall.
6/30/2016 07:09:03 am
More to come, K! Stay tuned.
6/29/2016 10:40:10 pm
This post got me all teary eyed and emotional again. You expressed EXACTLY the feeling of our class. I have been cra-a-a-by and out of sorts since I have been home. I think it's because no one understands the journey we took with Amy and each other and I'm not sure I want them to or not.
6/30/2016 07:11:17 am
You aren't kidding--it was quite the journey, huh? And to think that there is more to come as we all work on our individual designs. I can't wait to see what we each do. Thanks for the permission to use your gorgeous photos--I'll be giving you full credit. xo
6/30/2016 08:27:40 am
Thanks, Devin. Great photos! And a neat blog.
6/30/2016 10:12:49 am
You're welcome--and thanks for clearing up the mystery of who did those two pieces. I've changed the captions to attribute them to you. I forgot to mention the fabric strips and will go back and change that one now!
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society