Learning from Students

Post date: Feb 13, 2012 2:32:55 PM

I recently wrapped up a class on landscape felting. Typical to my personality, I made a fairly straightforward picture of some woods and a stonewall: "A New England Wood."

And while I like concrete pictures, I did have a student who was a bit nervous about her ability as a craftsman. I pointed out to her that she didn't have to copy my style, but that she could bring something else for inspiration. She brought a book of Monet's work. Now, typically, I don't gravitate toward impressionistic work, but her piece came out famously! It suddenly occurred to me that I might actually like some impressionist work. While I don't like it all, I did manage to find some that I like when I actually sat down to look at it. I realized that color has a lot to do with whether I like the work or not. Here are some that I like:



This one just seems so bright and cheerful!

Michele Ratel


And I love the space and distance this one evokes.



Monet's lilyponds seem so quiet.

And when I looked back at my own landscapes in felt with a critical eye, it seemed clear to me that they are not as "clean lined" as I originally thought. My world suddenly became a little larger. I now realize that I sometimes learn as much from my classes as my students do!