Help me start teaching art to adults.
November 9, 2009 4:31 PM Subscribe
I need some advice on teaching art skills to adults.
posted by alight to Education (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
How do I not suck at this?
I’m going to start teaching some drawing and painting classes to adults in the evenings. I’m in my 20’s, and while I’ve done a bit of teaching in the past, (short free workshops and demos for students) I’ve got no experience dealing with a group of adults who have paid good money to listen to me for several weeks.
I think I’ve got a decent handle on curriculum stuff- in each class we’ll be covering a new skill per week, building on the previous week’s techniques. I know what I need to talk about, just not how to talk about it. The skills I’ll be teaching are things I’ve done for years, and I worry that my hands know what to do, but my brain and words will forget how to explain it to a novice.
To boost my confidence a bit, I could use some answers to questions like these:
Does anyone have some reading resources on teaching to adults- especially those related to art or manual skills? Is there some golden ratio of explaining, demonstrations, and practice that I can use as a rule of thumb? In what ways have some of your teachers failed at teaching a new skill, and how can I avoid making those mistakes? Any awesome class or teacher anecdotes? Is a feedback survey a good idea (at the end of the class, or midway through)?
Any other general tips?
Thanks in advance.