What do you need?
Wow, are these some crazy times, huh? I don't even know what to say, because I can barely reconcile my own thoughts and feelings before something changes. Just starting to adapt to the thought of social distancing? How about an earthquake? Ready for snow? One thing I do know is that it is just as important to take care of your mental and emotional health as it is to take care of your physical health. What that means exactly is different for everyone!
For me, it means finding creative ways to be safe, while still maintaining connections with people (I am only now realizing how important this is to me). I am an extrovert! I understand more how my introverted husband feels when I drag him from one busy event to another on the weekends. The thought about now seeing people, in person, is very difficult for me to accept or even comprehend. I do what I do because I like gathering with people. I like chatting with them, approaching my students one by one to give them extra help, I love giving larger groups of people a safe place to gather with their friends to try something new and express their creativity. I love seeing their smiles and hearing them laugh. Otherwise I would teach online courses and make instructional videos.
Over the next several weeks, I will be trying to find ways to maintain communication and connection to my students, my fiends, and other members of my community. When I start to get anxious or down, the most comforting thought I try to remember is "you don't have to know all the answers. You just have to be kind." My goal is to be flexible, creative, and understanding. Canceled classes will be refunded. I will do my best to find new avenues for sharing art activities, paint-along videos, virtual classes, free downloadables, and the like.
I will make an attempt to offer online/live stream classes, but that's unfamiliar territory for me so it may take some time to figure it out. I am also considering selling supplies to individuals who would rather pick up art supplies from my doorstep than run into a store. I would sell them for the same price as I purchased them for, and perhaps put items together in a kit for a whole lesson or course. I hope that I can provide things that are useful to parents! If you have a specific request or idea, I'd love to hear it.
Be safe, be creative, and be kind.