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I teach adults, including senior citizens!
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I'm about to start teaching beginning colored pencil at two community art centers in Oregon. I've also taught workshops to adults extensively in a completely different field (indexing), and that knowledge is coming in handy. But except for a one-day workshop called A Taste of Colored Pencil (which was a hit!), I haven't taught art before. So this is a timely thread! I

The class will be eight weeks of two hours in the evening. 'm likely to have different ability levels and am planning to run it workshop-style, with presentations and exercises on the basics and people working at their own levels. Looking forward to hearing other people's ideas!

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Old 11-11-2005, 08:36 PM
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Hello Viven,
Taught adults and children at the local college and skill center for several years. Also taught at a school setting and a kids summer camp.
One of the most interesting art teaching jobs was at a monastery. They were very attentive as you would expect.
Just retired from the government as an artist for the past 37 years and am currently teaching chronically ill people in a local hospital. We work with any medium that has no toxicity or that creates a dust or vapor. Going into my second year doing this and it's very rewarding.
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Re: how many people teach adults?

Hi all and thanks for the help offer.

Artest I would imagine if could be a little upsetting at times when people are very ill but very rewarding.

DStaub Coloured pencils is one of the few media that I've used very little - I use them in mixed media pieces but like working faster than most CP users, who do some beautiful but slow growing work, so don't know how I'd get on with them. I'd be interested in how you go about teaching their use.
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I'm glad I found this thread. A friend of mine has asked if I would consider teaching a "Begining Plein Aire" class through the local votec. I've been thinking about it. I have taught in the past, but that was airplane mechanics, not art. I've only been painting for four years, but I've read a lot and made my own pochade box. I also make my own panels to paint on, which are both things she wants to learn. I've written up a outline of things I would like to teach but I'm clueless about how many days, and hours per day, or how much to charge. If any of you have any suggestions on fees, and total number of hours for an adult class, I would be grateful.

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PS: Wanda and Helen, I live in rural Missouri too, about 30 miles from Kirksville. I've been trying to get a Plein Aire of Missouri group going, I've got about 5 or 6 members, but no activity.
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Re: how many people teach adults?

Can anyone tell me how they structured their art classes. Did any of you need to draw up a proposal for any of this
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Re: how many people teach adults?

Becky,

I've signed up with the local community adult education center that lets people teach their hobbies to people who want to learn. I had to fill out an application, send them a resume', and an outline of what I wanted to teach, along with 3 references from present and former employers, or friends. My plan is to find out a little about each students experience, and what they have the most troubles with, then try to focus on that, then we will be painting for 2 hours, then a wrap up session where we will discuss the paintings that each student made. What they did right, what they could fix a little. Each session will be 4 hours long.

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Becky,
Started teaching art at an Adult Community Education site after walking in the office with a six week lesson plan and a portfolio. enjoyable. Was there for five years and enjoyed it alot.
Went on to teach at a local Community College after auditing a class. Went to the college office with the lesson plan and portfolio and offered to take over the class since the teacher was more interested in taking a break than teaching. Teacher would say "We're going to draw hands today." Then he'd go on break for 45 minutes while we drew hands. No guidance or help so I offered to help him while he was busy on break and he agreed. Turned the class into a two hour, six week course and taught there for five years as well. Also very enjoyable.
Both teaching sites were flexible on their teaching rates and only held class if there were seven students or more. I only allowed a maximum of ten to be able to help each student.
Always gave individual help according to what was wanted. Also each class was a multimedia experience with radio, videos and guest artists aiding in the class.
Currently teaching as an Art Therapist at a regional hospital and it's been the best experience yet.
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Thanks Arte, this helps a lot. I have been wanting to teach a class for the Judaic Studies Department social science department at my local University. I have been putting things together for this and their is the perfect number of students to do this about 80 or so. I have heard from the students that they are board with how some professors are teaching and they like me very much. There is definately a need for a breath of fresh air in this department and some professors left because theyu\ were tired. I am trying to fill in the gaps for the department as they are much needed and I feel that they are steering away from their ultimate goal and I have so much to offer them and this will be a good start to lauch future employment elsewhere
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I hope to go into hospitals later
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I believe you can get training as an art therapist?
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Artest summed up my experience with community college teaching very nicely. I was asked for a sample of my art work, and a syllabus for each class. I teach colored pencil techniques which includes the basics of drawing i.e. perspective, shading etc. I also teach intermediate watercolor with a smattering of the basics of drawing because this level student almost always know how to draw (however don't be surprised if adult students do not know good perspective even the basic one-point/two point let alone aerial, etc.) We are offering a drawing class this year, but it is very difficult to get adult to admit even to themselves that they may not know how to draw so we promote the idea of "honing" their skills, refreshing their "eye", etc. giving them the impression that we think they know how to draw just may be a bit rusty!!! I have found with my "end-of-semester" evaluations the students do on me - you cannot please all of the people all of the time. No matter how you structure a lesson plan someone is not pleased. If they do not complain to my department head during the semester, I really (nor does the department head) don't worry about their comments but we do give each consideration and when appropriate will give personal attention to it. We all want people to enjoy what we do and "get" something out of the classes of course. Believe me, I am not complaining in anyway, I love to teach and so enjoy when the students "get" what I am presenting and even more when they take what I have shown them and go that extra mile with it and produce some REALLY beautiful work and BOY!!!! do I ever learn a lot from my students ALL THE TIME!!!! Happy New Year to all Helen
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Re: how many people teach adults?

Hi

I teach adults watercolour and thoroughly enjoy it. I take six week courses running from beginners to advanced.I cover a wide range of subjects and techniques and luckily have waiting lists for my classes.

As much as I adore teaching I try to juggle my time between classes and my own painting time keeping a balance of quality time for both.

I find my teaching tends to improve my own work and motivate me also.

48 hour days would help a lot too!
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Hello from Australia!

I have been teaching art for the last few years and my approach is one of teaching 'confidence'. Since my definition of art is a form of communication I try to teach my students not to get too hung up on right/wrong ways of doing things... I try to give them the confidence to develop their own style of communicating what they have to say.

The groups I teach range from primary school students (5 - 12) where I teach drawing skills, teens (12 - 18) where I have a theme each term of 10 weeks - this term will be colour theory, and an adult group that follows the same format as the teen group.

My main focus is drawing, ie tonal work, perspective, etc. But I do have enough information to share to get beginners going in any medium. If they want to specialise in a medium there are other classes that I can direct them to.

I find that through teaching art I actually get a lot out bringing people out of their shell and developing their own style of work. I also learn as much as I teach!
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Yes I have been teaching at a community center since 1987 and have loved every minute of it. Yes their drawing abilities are lacking and I use a pattern in a structural class but also have a class that they pick the subject matter and I only help them with composition, color, blending and shading,high lighting. Last class had 16 students with 16 different projects. Classes have been up in number and down. With the high cost of gas and class cost and Art supplies has been something. Art will never die it only goes to the grave with you.
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