Not being a natural joiner-inner and being allergic to groups, I find the whole idea of workshops quite prostrating but Cas Holmes is not just a lovely person, but an excellent teacher - she is the right mix of kind, encouraging, generous and firm - there is a sharing of ideas and conversation but no slacking :) Unusually in my experience, Cas is always asking students what they think, why you might use one medium and not another, how particular colours make them feel. In her class you are always being asked to critically examine your practice, your motivations and your choices. She also encourages you to take time out if you need it, to step back and away before plunging in again.
As you can see from this photo Cas is typically warm and smiling - she really delights in her students' work and learning.
This is my first 'finished' sample piece from the class - there will be more tomorrow.