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Ellie Hitchcock

Ellie Hitchcock
San Diego, CA 92101

Background Information

Years Teaching:  10
Years Teaching Clay:  10
Years Working w/Clay:  13
School or Studio:  Spanish Village Art Center
Freelance:  Yes
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

Lesson Information

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 jewelry.
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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