Enjoying a cake, tart and coffee after my class!
I am taking about 23 second year Bachelor of Design NABA students through a workshop until the end of the month. I was thrilled when some of them recognized me and told me they know my work from my Youtube videos! Some didn't, and thought I was a student. Both Domus and NABA are leading Italian design institutions (check Wiki) with about 1,500 students. Two weeks before the start of the new semester, NABA conducts workshops for their students and there are tutors like me from other parts of the world, to give students an international perspective. I think workshops before the new semesters are great ideas - they warm up the students, get their creative juices flowing, and prepare them for the year ! For Domus, I will give a presentation next week to masters degree students. Nervous, just a little, but also looking forward to sharing my lecture, 'Urban Experiences: Macro, Micro and the Digital'.
Playing a game before the start of the workshop, to break the ice and warm them up!
Brainstorming through ideas in class - love how my class is so international, there are students from Norway, Mexico, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Turkey...
The presentation to the panel shall be next Tuesday and the students are stressing out already...this brings back dark memories of uni that resulted in big, red, angry pimples, sigh. I will be one of the panelists and it's great to be on the giving end, the giving of assignments and torture that is. It's only been two days but I've discovered that I love teaching; it's such a rewarding feeling being able to share my knowledge and experiences. I love learning, exploring and experimenting new ideas with my students...I'm excited for them, for their future - I'm excited to see how they'll each have a unique part to play in this world as designers.
One of the groups started experimenting on campus! They gave out free coffee and cookies, and in exchange, the person taking the coffee would have to write a wish on the cups. These students would then use these cups for an installation...what a fun idea!
Mum's wish: To come back to Italy again! My wish? A secret..hah.
Mum started the ball rolling and a crowd grew around her immediately!
My teaching hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The institutes have provided a service apartment only 10 minutes' walk away, with restaurants, delis, grocers and supermarkets nearby. The apartment is great but unfortunately there's no wifi, which is especially hard for my mum. Since the shops close late, about 9 pm (yes!), mum and I window shop after class, eat dinner and walk around until bedtime which is early, about 11 pm since there's no internet. I think sleeping early has greatly improved my skin!
The weather is just perfect, in the low 20s. Mum hates the cold so she's very happy to be here this time of the year. She said she's living her dream. I offered to pay for this entire trip; about time I start pampering her after all these years of mothering me, haha