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  1. Wow, thanks so much for all of your input. I have been thinking and reading the above to try and create a formula that will engage and encourage. It goes a little like this: 1. I have put a questionnaire together, with a section of skills/techniques they would like to learn/expand on. I will take these suggestions and make a program for each term, which is tapping into new skills (2 techniques per term). 2. One class of every term (10 week classes), I will set a ceramic lesson, that I would like everyone to participate in. It's emphasis on stretching the clay's possibilities and pushing i
  2. Thanks all, you seem to echo my thoughts on the subject. I enjoy giving demonstrations, but a very small percentage use these in their work. Maybe it's a trickle effect, and their time will come. I think I will put together a questionnaire for the students and try and identify who wants to be 'progressive' and who are happy using the studio as a platform for their own work. That way I can plan accordingly to my audience. Thanks again for your comments.
  3. Hello all My first post here and wondered if anyone has any advice. I began teaching ceramics at a local community art school class 6 months ago. 95% of my students have been coming for 7 plus years. During the last 6 months I have taught them many techniques, but uptake on these techniques ranges from 5 to 50%. The educational trust would like us to challenge the class more and turn it into a more progressive class, rather than club. I am quite new to teaching and wondered if anyone has any ideas on how to shake the classes up? They all work on their own projects and I circulate the class
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