What’s a student to do?
This time, I didn’t overspend on a creative idea that I just had to see through.(Referring to: My $1500 Supplement Sorter ). This time, I was just taken for a ride. Metaphorically.
As a recent downshifter (someone who is gearing down from full-time work towards retirement), I have my lists of things I’d like to explore that I didn’t have time for when I worked the corporate life. An art class of some kind is on my list. I reviewed my city’s class opportunities and chose Groutless Mosaics. Sounds great — learn to do something new and creative, with less of my mind involved and more of my hands and heart, I hoped. And not too messy, without the grout.
Five other women and I arrived on time and sat at the big art table. On it were trays filled with baubles, beads, cut glass and other trinkets. To the right were the available objects upon which we would be affixing those shiny objects.
The instructor told us which glue was her favorite, and why, and set us free. She did warn us that one particular set of shiny objects was heavier than the others and would easily slide down the side due to gravity. We had to think about how we could glue it on flat and not move the base object until the glue had settled a bit.
We spent the rest of the 3 ½ hour session talking. And it might surprise you what we talked about. Mostly, we talked about the cannabis shops in a nearby city, and who among this unsuspecting group of middle-aged women had or still does smoke pot.
We each paid $68 for the instructor’s expertise, and a $20 material fee. $88 to glue some beads and bits onto a candy dish that I know I could have bought at the dollar store for, well…a dollar.
I was happy with the piece I made in terms of its aesthetic appeal, though now it was too expensive to be the white elephant gift at my family Christmas Eve party with its up-to-$30 rule. I think I just heard a cheer from my family.
Groutless Mosaics: brilliant marketing. I mean, who would have signed up for Glued-on Glass Bits?