Teaching and Workshop Issues:
This is a summary of a consensus following a discussion about teaching
fees, venues and contracts at this year’s teachers’ gathering on Whidbey Island. For the past decade, most teachers have taught and most guilds
have hosted workshops without the benefit of a formalized agreement. In
many instances this has led to misunderstandings and bad feelings on both
For the Hosting Guild - Kim Korringa
Points in favor of having visiting teachers present a contract:
How to get the most from your workshop experience
and win the hearts of your teacher and fellow students:
- students will be assured that the maximum # of students will not change
on the day of the class
- adequate warning (2 weeks) to students if a class is a no-go
- clear guidelines about ability level for class being taught so time isn’t wasted on bringing beginners up to level of class
- supplies list realistically lists what actually will be needed and used in the class
- additional materials fees will be clearly stated at the time of sign-up, and will realistically reflect the actual cost of the materials,
or else be called a “tool rental” fee, or “wear and tear” fee.
- students will be assured that there will be adequate work space.
- students can be assured that there will be an adequate amount of special tools and equipment to minimize waiting--e.g. ovens, buffing
wheels, wire working, tools, extension cords, etc.
- Most Of All - no resentments resulting from misunderstandings between teacher and guilds and vise-versa.
Standard and Guidelines for Teachers and Students:
This is an open request to all teachers and students of polymer clay.
After several years of workshops, retreats, and conferences in various
settings and circumstances, the time has come to define standards and
guidelines for teaching. Whether you’ve taught one workshop or one
hundred, whether you’re a Fimo freshman or polymer Phd, we would like to
hear from you!
- Arrive on time
- Bring your clay pre-conditioned, when requested
- Bring the type/brand of clay requested on material list
- Be sure your skills match the level of class
- Bring a handle for your pasta machine
- Ask teacher and group before using a motor
Below is a drafted boiler plate letter of agreement to define standards
and provide guidelines for all professional teachers and host guilds. We
would like your thoughts, comments, so that we may refine, distribute and
implement these standards and guidelines for everyone to use. Whether
you are a teacher proposing your latest class or a guild rep booking an
instructor on behalf of your member students, we strongly believe these
standards and guidelines will help all of us effectively communicate our
needs and expectations for any teaching situation. As teachers, we are
always learning and as students we often have much to share. Your
opinions and contributions are vital to us.
Please take a moment to evaluate what we have learned about teaching so
far, so that we may all “graduate” to the next level and provide the very
best educational opportunities for everyone.
Please note: This agreement is intended for use by any group or institution wishing to initiate or facilitate a workshop with a teacher.
“Guild” may refer to any guild, club, society, school, college, arts
center, community center etc. It is strongly recommended that one
individual act as the contact liaison on behalf of the group or
institution for all correspondence with the teacher, before, during and
after the workshop, and is referred to in this model agreement as the “guild
THE BOTTOM LINE (Teacher’s Fee)
$50 per student per day (full day),
$30 per student per 1/2 day
workshop date(s), teacher arrival and departure dates
IT’S A DATE! (Critical Path)
Registration deadline - exclusivity date
Payment due date
Workshop announcement date
TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES (Travel)
Who makes the arrangements?
Directions to workshops, directions to
Who pays for the travel - teacher, guild, combo
Before and after travel
Getting around (Local travel)
Travel between where the teacher is staying and where the teacher is
HOME AWAY FROM HOME (accommodations)
Who makes the arrangements
Who pays for/provides accommodations, teacher, hotel/home stay, guild -
ROLL CALL - (Class size)
Minimum students - by teacher, facility and equipment
What, if any, are the prerequisites
SCHOOL SUPPLIES ( Equipment and materials)
What does the guild need to provide for the group
What does each student need to bring for themselves
What will the teacher provide for the group - fee?
What will the teacher provide for each student? - fee?
THE MEDIA AND THE MESSAGE (promotion)
The class will be promoted by:
The guild, The teacher, Both, guild newsletter, local
paper/radiate, internet guild meeting polyinformer, national
Guild will provide teacher with: archival copies of all promo materials
Teacher will provide guild with slides, biography, artist’s
statement, (general) to promote the event, slides, curriculum
materials (specific) to promote the class
WORKSHOP VS. DEMO VS. WORKSHOP
PRE & POST Workshop
When is the room available for set-up, how long is the room available
after the workshop, who is responsible for clean-up
Is it possible, to where
Name, address, phone, fax, e-mail of
b) Guild rep
c) Homestay, host/hotel
d) Workshop venue
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