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Monday, 6 November 2017

Time for Personal Projects

Only two months left in Maribor. If on one hand, eleven month in a small town can seem quite long when you come from a bigger one, but on the other hand times flies, especially now that days are becoming shorter and shorter. Since September, it was time for me to start my personals projects. I focused on my passions: music and art, and tried to create some events from it. That’s how the Alternative Drawing Class was born, and it has been running since more than one month. The concept is simple: with or without graphical skills, the participants will go somewhere (nature, cafe, city…) and discover a new drawing practice. Painting by the emptiness, by the shadows, with opposite colours… If some attendants are willing to learn the basics (perspective, volume…), some are already very experienced and then my mission is mostly to open their mind, show them that there is not only one “good way of drawing”.  I invite them to challenge themselves, make some mistakes, and of course have fun with drawing ! It is always a pleasure for me to have this class, I learn improvisation in teaching, adaptation to the level (and the weather !), and it feels great when at the end of a session, the participants actually prefer the last “alternative” drawing rather than the one they naturally drew !

I wasn’t expecting that facilitating would fulfill me that much. I also started some French classes few weeks ago, and even if it doesn’t look so professional because of my lacking of knowledges grammatically talking, I really enjoy preparing the lessons and having them! A new path to explore for the future?

Another Project getting bigger and bigger is the Open Stage / Jam Session that I’ve been organizing for the third time : every two weeks, musicians, singer and audience can share a unique experience of improvised music. Depending of the combination of instruments, the style and the tempo decided, everything can change, but the vibes are always nice! It is great to see some old guys that were part of bands in their young age, so happy of playing with others! And it makes me happy as well : I was really missing playing with others, so this occasion is perfect. If it is not so easy to connect with Slovene people, music gives me this opportunity, through a more creative way!


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