Taking Advice and Mentors

A year and a half ago I took a workshop with Philippe Faraut, which is a sculptor I have admired for YEARS.  I was terrified to take his class because I thought I wasn’t good enough.  Well, one particularly frustrating day in the studio, I signed up for his class.  And guess what?!? It was completely and totally amazing and eye-opening.  I had never sculpted from a model, and that’s what we did! Here’s a pic from that class:

Sculpting from a model

Sculpting from a model

So anyway, I had a talk with Philippe.  He approached me one day in class.  He suggested I start teaching.  Me? Really? Am I good enough?!? You know what his response was? He said, “You’re good now. But you’ll be better if you teach!” And I’ve been thinking about that. A lot.  And guess what- he was right.  after teaching my class at The Bascom, my students requested a self-portrait class.  I said SURE! And then I realized that I have never done an actual self-portrait.  I came home and practiced and practiced some more,  and suddenly I realized that I was getter better, just by teaching.  Just like Philippe said.  He may not know it, but I consider him to be a mentor.  He made this biggest difference in my sculpting and my perspective on many things art-related.  I sent him an email last year to say Thank You.  Perhaps it is time to do so again.

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    October 21, 2014

    Great post Kelly! Isn’t it funny what we learn from those we look up to? I bet you’re an amazing teacher! So when do we get to see your self portrait? =)

    • kellythielstudio
      October 22, 2014

      Stephanie! Yes, that man made a HUGE difference in my life, even though it was only like a 2 minute conversation we shared. And my self-portrait? I chucked it! I cut it up into pieces and recycled her into another sculpture just yesterday. She was only practice anyway. There will likely be other practice pieces that follow in her footsteps 🙂
      Hope you are busy creating and enjoying your autumn! Xoxo