I agree with Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
So I teach a class for Adults Who Want Their Crayons Back and it’s always both fun and exhausting.
I started out teaching basics: form, perspective, color theory and all that-figured we’d work our way up, but finally said, “To heck with that, best way to learn a thing is jump in and do it.” With guidance, of course. So we pick a subject, I do a prototype and then we do the project together. This has never failed! And the students get a frame-able piece of art to take home-win-win.
I don’t teach so much as dash around like a jackrabbit.
“I put a juju on my painting!”
“What do you mean?”
“I said I didn’t like the subject and now look! It’s smeary and everybody else’s is OK.”
“Hmm…we’ll fix it. I don’t believe in cursed paintings.”
“Wait…what do you mean by ‘hard edges?'”
There’s a big puddle of water on my painting!” “I’ll get some toilet paper.” Toilet paper?” “Sure, artists use everything. I’ll grab the hair dryer while I’m in there.”
Thus it goes for two hours and at the end: voila!