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Our school's high school principal asked me how many students I could take in ceramics class at a time. Right now there are 15 showing interest for the fall, which is great, I am thrilled that interest in the ceramics class is growing. However, the size of my room will limit the class size, and how many students I can instruct at one time will also limit the number. I am going to rack my brain trying to figure out a more efficient use of the space so I can take as many students as possible, but as far as how many students in one class, what is the most that all you who have taught high school beginner ceramics feel is manageable for a high school Ceramics I class? I want to be able to keep up with the individual instruction that the students will need. I do currently have eight 4th & 5th graders in an after school clay club and I've done clay projects with full classes in K-8. It seems like those might be different than a high school ceramics class, though, where they're learning and refining different skills. Anyway, what your thoughts on max numbers for a Ceramics 1 class? Thanks. Bob
So, I am standing in the middle of my studio in the middle of our big Mother's Day open artists studio walk. There are 9 professional artists, and we open up our studios to people who walk the neighbourhood, looking at art. It is a two day sale, and happens again in November. The great thing is that I don't have to move my work, and people can see an artist in his/her natural environment. Anyway, these two guys are standing there looking at me. They are about 26. Tall, thin, good looking. Both wearing woolen hats which we call touques in Canada. They looked strangely familiar. Luckily, they introduced themselves by name. I knew them right away. I had taught both of them art over 8 years ago. G. was now an architecture student. I remember him being an amazing drawer. He was the student council president and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I gave him a reference. We laughed at that. The other young man was sporting a full beard. I couldn't grow a beard like that until I was in my 40's. I remembered luckily, that the second student, had a father who died while he was still in high school. He works as a pressman, or a printer. Both had traveled, looked at art, had fun before settling down. They had heard about the sale and wanted to see me. Apparently I was their favourite teacher in high school. Even though they weren't the most serious students, they turned out great. They congratulated me on winning the Canadian high school art teacher of the year award in 2012.They said that it was a long time coming. I said that I hadn't done much lately and we all laughed. It was a great time. Have you influenced anyone, or changed a young person's life, for the good? Let's hear about it. TJR.
If there are any students out there going to NCECA that want to win some cash we are having a throwing contest in the Skutt Booth. Every participant will get a shirt or a hat but the winners get cold, hard, cash on the spot. If you have any students who may want to compete they can sign up here http://skutt.com/nceca-contest/.