In her "Minding Your Business" column in the August/September 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Jane Davila shares ideas about starting a small art group. Here is a summary of tips from Jane...thanks Jane!
Tips for a successful art group - from Jane Davila
Helen GregoryEditorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, & Sewing Group
I just started an art group this spring and found your article very timely and helpful. My hope was to keep it unstructured, but I've found that order is getting more difficult to maintain. Everyone is just so excited and inspired but what they see that they all talk at once! The second biggest challenge is coming up with monthly programs that interest the majority since we have members from various textile disciplines. Currently, everyone is in the process of making a nametag featuring their particular discipline.
We seem to be adapting as the group grows. As an example, when we began, our Show and Tell portion was a great way to get to know each other. However, it became the bulk of the meeting with each passing month, so now members put their Show and Tell items on a designated table when they come in and that is the last thing on the agenda.
As moderator, I make sure to address issues as soon as possible when members contact me "behind the scenes" and I am hopeful that I will not have to resort to a timer!
Thanks again for your tips.
“Clear communication is key” It is absolutely true because clear communication because clearly discussion makes people feel happy, content and at ease. It also avoid misunderstanding and it supports trust. In general the words of Jane Davila is helpful in an art group.
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