I love taking classes. It really gets my creative juices flowing and I get tons of ideas. I have had great teachers for 95% of the time but the first glass bead making class I did was awful.
The teacher was not prepared, did not know his subject matter, and the safety was poorly lacking.
So what makes a good class and a good teacher?
There are so many venues to take classes now. Bead and Button and Bead Fest are the big ones, but many times their are local classes near by that are full of information and lots of ideas.
As a teacher myself I like it when the instructor gives me a list of project or steps that we will be covering in class. It kind of gives me a mental check list. I also take notes and that project list gives me mental reminders of what we covered in class.
Organize, organize and also organize. I don't like to enter into a messy space. It jumbles my head. If I see the tools for the projects laid out along with the supplies I am a happy camper. It can get messy later (and with me as a student it will!) just start me out with a clean slate.
Also I like to know if my teacher has a lot of experience and knowledge with the medium we are working with. Remember how I talked about my first bead class? The students ended up reading out of a book to find out how to do things because the teacher didn't know how. Not cool. Make sure before you take a class to read the teachers bio.
If you didn't enjoy your experience you should let the organizers, or teacher know. Handing out a class evaluation helps to let them know how you feel without having to hurt the teachers feelings.
As a teacher I love constructive advice. It only helps me as a teacher to grow and learn.
What are some of the things you look for in a class? Do you know of other venues that have great classes you want to tell us about?
Next week I will be leaving for the annual International Society of Glass Beadmakers convention in Bellevue WA, so I will be posting about my experience with lots of pictures. Stay tuned!