How to Teach an Art or Craft Class (July 9 and 16)
Two sessions, Part 1 and Part 2
Tuesdays, July 9 and 16, from 1030 am-1230 pm.
Southern Arizona Arts Guild (SAAG)
Gift Gallery at La Encantada Shopping Center
(You MUST pre-register to attend. No walk-ins or pay-at-the-door. Email Andrea if there is no registration link.)
Not all artists are good instructors! To be an effective art or craft instructor, you need to hone your adult education skills. In this class, you learn how to design skills-based classes using learning objectives. Based on those objectives, you will design activities - and sequence them - to ensure that students learn what you intended! 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 they didn't learn what they expected to learn, or the instructors were ill-prepared and could not manage different skill levels. If you want to teach, this is a great place to start. If you already teach, this class can help you make modifications or simply refresh your approach.
The class is two 2-hour sessions, plus homework and an optional post-class individual feedback.
Class is eligible for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) from the University of Arizona.
- What not to do as an art 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
- Sequencing and timing your activities
Homework: Create a 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.
Post-Class Feedback (Required to receive CEU)
- The instructor will provide feedback on your final lesson plan or observe you teaching class.
Minimum 2 participants. Limited to 6 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 and workshops. However, Andrea is also an artist that has endured many unproductive or poorly organized art 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.”
Class and workshop registration fees are non-refundable. Registration fee includes all materials.
REMEMBER: Registration is at SAAG Registration Calendar, NOT on this website.