I was booked to teach at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators retreat a whole year ago, when I could not have known how tricky it would be to take 4 days out of the studio at this particular time. In actual fact though, the weekend was exactly what I needed: a rest from organising my exhibition and a chance to escape my computer for a while.
I started with a demonstration using the various art materials in my kit bag, especially looking at how to use watercolours in a non-timid fashion.
Then I asked people to let their creativity rip and they took me at my word. People spread out around the room and in the garden. Even some authors gave it a go and said they had great fun.
It was my big workshop session next morning too. At least, being Sunday, I didn't have to start until 9.30. Like David, I used a technique to get people to come up with a series of ideas for stories. My approach focused on the story's lead character and on some task which they really ought not to be doing. I got people to work in pairs, because I find ideas progress much more quickly when you bounce them back and forth.
I had intended it to be just an ideas session, creating starting points to play with, but people got so carried away that, by the coffee-and-cake break, over half the group had developed complete stories, with good endings too. I was chuffed to bits that there was so much fun and laughter when people shared their ideas with the group: