How to Teach an Art or Crafts Class (Nov 3 and 10) REGISTRATION CLOSED
NEXT SESSION: Saturday Nov 3 and Nov 10 (part 1 and part 2), 930 am-noon
Are you an artist or crafts person that wants to teach other adults? To be an effective arts or crafts instructor, you need to hone your teaching skills. In this class, you will learn how to design your classes so that students will rave about them – because they learned a lot and because you were organized. Foremost, you will design and sequence activities that ensure that students learn what you want them to learn! In addition, you will write a clear class description, create a syllabus or realistic agenda, and generate handouts. Too many students do not return to classes because instructors are ill-prepared, lose direction, or have not accounted for the students’ different skill levels. If you want to teach, this is a great place to start. If you already teach, this class formalizes some concepts for you.
The class is comprised of two 2-hour sessions, plus individual feedback:
- What not to do as an arts or crafts instructor
- Create a course goal and learning objectives for a specific audience (age, experience level, etc.)
- Design learning activities that help students achieve learning objectives while having fun
- Timing your activities
Create draft lesson plan for review and revision in Session 2
- Review and revise draft lesson plans
- Write a course description, syllabus/agenda, and plan handouts
- Next steps – practicing and making adjustments as needed (timing, activities, etc.)
- Self-help strategies – checklists, prep, slow/fast learners, memory tricks, etc.
Limited to 4 participants
Andrea Edmundson, former co-owner of Upcycle Tucson, has been an educator and corporate trainer for more than 25 years. She specializes in creating courses that focus on skill development. Most recently, she worked for the State Department. She has a PhD in education, but she learned most of her skills in the hands-on development and implementation of classes. However, Andrea is also an artist that has endured many unproductive or poorly organized arts and crafts classes. She understands what students need to be motivated and how they prefer to develop their artistic skills. “Being an effective instructor doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice artistic inspiration; it just means you need to know how to reach your adult learners.”