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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 idea boundaries, and leaving that 'preciousness' that some students have behind. And as said above being open to failure, as 'failure' can open whole new ideas and possibilities. 3. Ask students to bring in a curiosity/picture/vessel that could provide inspiration for the class. 4. Once a term ask all students to bring in an image, colour or sketch to create a 'mood board' which the class could draw inspiration from. A lot of students are a little adverse to sketchbooks/notebooks. So I hope this will make them see the benefit of collating ideas. That's as far as I have got, but would appreciate your thoughts on that as a raw basis for a term's work. Again many thanks
  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, and every 2/3 weeks introduce a new technique (so far - resist work, working with coloured slips, sgraffito, sprigging, use of oxides, underglazes, head and shoulders, female form, textures...). My feeling is I can't force the students to do something they don't want to do, as they pay for their classes. Does anyone have any advice on this situation or styles of teaching that would engage them more. I love teaching, but feel that I am at odds with what the school wants and what the students want. Can I do more? Many thanks
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