Posted on September 29, 2020
As of the middle of 2020 Phil has completed 950 cartoon workshops.
All of these have been an average of an hour and a half and with a number between 30 to 50 attendees in each workshop.
This accumulates to 1000’s of people he has taught, and over 1000 hours of teaching time. Phil has taught many different ages from 5-year old’s to teenagers to adults ranging up to 80 years of age.
He has taught in a variety of settings including schools, libraries, TAFE Colleges, Art Galleries, State Museums, OSCH Centres, welfare groups, professional groups, conferences, charity camps (such as Camp Quality), corporate settings, the National Cartoon Gallery (Coffs Harbour), the Australian Army (training Graphic Design Artists cartooning basics for use in overseas settings) and unusual events like the Woodford family event ‘Bushfire’.
This has also led to a busy timetable of online one on one lessons with private and corporate students.
Phil has also done several online sessions live on Zoom to big groups around Australia. These have mainly been to libraries and the National Cartoon Art Gallery based in Coffs Harbour.
Phil was never trained as a teacher, but with advice from those around him who were trained to teach and his own experience communicating the health field as a nurse, he was able to build clear techniques of communicating and information and inspiring creative thinking.
As a result, he designed a range of successful workshops (up to 20 different topics) that consistently produced great drawing results from those attending and thoroughly capturing the audience’s attention.
Through doing so many workshops Phil has also learnt how to problem solve on the job by having to work through many obstacles, and challenging circumstances, common to running live events.
As a consequence he has developed methods to deliver good quality teaching no matter what the environment brings with it.
He has developed a natural instinct for thinking on his feet in the moment and how to engage a wide ranging audience and get them thinking creatively.
He has been able to successfully not only engage individuals, but also get groups working together at the same time, to brainstorm and develop ideas and learning concepts.