How to Teach an Art or Crafts Class (May 7 and 14)
Two sessions, Part 1 and Part 2
Tuesdays, May 7 and 14, from 1030 am-1230 pm.
LOCATION: S. AZ Arts Guild Gift Gallery at La Encantada Shopping Center
PRE Registration required here: SAAG Registration Calendar
You MUST pre-register; no walk-ins, no pay at the door.
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 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 they didn't learn what they expected to learn, the instructors were ill-prepared, or instructors were not prepared for 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 post-class individual feedback:
- 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
- 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 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.