Wow! I am just over joyed at the amount of great input I have gotten from everyone. I personally would love to see a panel discussion or even a whole section devoted to teaching art classes at next years conference. Such things as where to teach, how much to charge, how to create a following of students, writing a class description, putting together a syllabus could be included.
As to responses. I have done a lot of what was suggested. I think my problem is that I may be going too quick ( I only have a total of 7.5 hours to teach everything. I need to keep it simple ( a problem I have been battling with since I began teaching art )and fun. I also need to work on my class descriptions so that my student's expectations won't be so high.
My class description is below. What do you think about it? Remember this program is for adults, mostly retirees.
DRAWN TO NATURE: Learning How to Draw What You See
The art of drawing is a skill that needs to be practiced over and over. A large component of practice is training your eyes, brain, and muscles to accurately depict what you see. Through lectures, demos, practice, guided critiques, and assignments, students will learn how to render accurate black and white drawings of natural objects. This course is for anyone who wants to polish their drawing and visual skills, as well as learn a bit about the natural world. In this course we will start with graphite pencils and progress to using pen and ink. Bring an assortment of drawing pencils, a pad of good quality drawing paper, erasers, and a small table lamp to the first class.
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