Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Teaching Classes!

by Barbara Bechtel

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to teach my largest polymer clay pendant class yet! The class was held at a small boutique in Charlotte, NC where I've been selling my jewelry for several years. I was so excited to have 6 wonderful ladies sign up to take the 3 hour class.

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In class, students learn the basics of polymer clay, but the approach is very hands on. The students get right to work pressing out their shapes and stamping images and words.

Getting dirty sanding and painting our pendants!

I'm always delighted when I have students who are more adventurous and break outside the box and go beyond what the basic instructions are. This lets me know that they are absorbing the techniques and materials and the creative gears in their brain are turning!

This student started mixing her clay together and was much more adventurous in her painting techniques.

some of the finished pieces from class.

Do you enjoy taking or teaching classes! What are your favorite things to learn or teach? I'd love to hear in the comments.


stacilouise said...

I LOve teaching, though I have yet to really break into it. Your class looks GREAT! Its awesome when students really get it and run with it.

Artisan Beads Plus said...

Well.... as a resource teacher in a middle school, I would have to say when I have had the opportunity to teach a class to adults, I have loved it! I have only taught a jewelry class once and it was to teens. That was fun. The other classes I've taught are on domestic violence. I love doing that~ It is really rewarding. As for you class, the pendants are fabulous! It looks like you had a great time. I would love to do something like that one day :o)

Kathy Lindemer said...

I taught students from elementary to college over the course of 35 years. I loved it.

Your class must have been great. You got wonderful results.

Patti Van said...

Your students did a fabulous job! I enjoy taking classes where I learn a technique that can be expanded on using my own creativity.

Anonymous said...

Your students did a great job!
I used to teach classes to kids at the Riverbend Art Center and Dayton Art Institute. Kids are a whole different breed of student. It was so gratifying to pass along things that I knew and to see their pride in their projects. I know you enjoyed this!

Micheladas said...

Well I am in no way able to teach anyone as I am still learning and have alot more to learn.. lol But right now I want to learn metal work.. I love all types of metal.. Just not many places to go here in fresno.. :(

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