Years Teaching: 10
Years Teaching Clay: 10
Years Working w/Clay: 13
School or Studio: Spanish Village Art Center
Specialties: Teaching beginners, children and adults who are artistic but want to find a new and fun medium.
First Experience With Clay: I worked with homeless children and was looking for a project they could do and produce gifts for their families for Christmas.
Past Teaching Experiences: I ran a program in collaboration with the San Diego city schools where every 5th grader came to Spanish Village to do hands-on art. I run a children's summer art camp every year. I have done workshops for companies that are trying to do team building.
Publication Experience: I have had my work featured in one of Donna Kato's books, in Carol Blackburn's book and in syndee holt's book. I did a step-by-step for AMACO which is on their website.
Teaching Level: Professional
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: I'd go anywhere if you paid the travel expenses. Otherwise I mostly teach private lessons in my studio.
- Reimbursed Expenses: Travel and lodging and meals
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 10
- Maximum Number of Students: 15-20
- How Far Will Travel: Anywhere
- Reimbursed Expenses: Travel, lodging and meals
Class Prep Time: It depends on what the class is. For basic classes I don't need much time for preparation.
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 2-3 days
Class Listings & Descriptions:
Basic beginning polymer clay class: simple canes, how to condition clay, use equipment, etc.
Sculpting simple little animals and figurines.
Covering items with clay.
Making wall pieces.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"Observe what works when you take a class from a good polymer clay teacher. How can you do those things when you teach. I often imagine that all of my students are preschoolers and that I can't assume they know anything. It's not that I talk down to them, it's that I make NO assumptions about what they may or may not know. Repetition can be very helpful."
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