Years Teaching: 10
Years Teaching Clay: 6mo
Years Working w/Clay: 3
School or Studio: Craft Stores
Specialties: Canes, covered personal and home decor items, beads.
First Experience With Clay: Through exploration of the myriad of different types of art media, including collage and rubber stamp art, I decided to try some Polymer Clay to create embellishments. I fell in love with it in one short weekend, discovered how many different ways you could use it, artistically, and from that point dedicated myself to learning as many different techniques as possible.
Past Teaching Experiences: I have taught many things, from gardening to computers, to a wide age range. From high school through my 20's, I did oil painting and sold a few pieces. During the 90's, my creative artistic flow concentrated on computerized graphic arts, from sign- making to designing menus and business cards, to newsletter layouts. For over 20 years, my canvas was my garden, learning to design with color, texture, and space-use in mind.
Teaching Level: Semi-Pro
- Private Lessons: Yes
- How Far Will Travel: 40 miles
- Reimbursed Expenses: None - built into instruction fee.
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 2
- Maximum Number of Students: 8
- How Far Will Travel: 100 miles
- Reimbursed Expenses: Mileage allowance and lodging
Class Prep Time: 2 days
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 3
Class Listings & Descriptions:
Polymer Clay 101 - Beginners Level
A thorough overview of the clay, the tools and materials used, how to handle and fire. Practice using basic tools, making simple canes and reducing them. How to slice and apply.
Polymer Clay-Intermediate Techniques
Playing with different ways to give Polymer Clay project pizzaz, from using different outside materials, to texturizing, to making color blends, to exploring faux techniques.
Polymer Clay Caning
Going beyond a simple canes. Looking at geometric shape choices, how to get depth and detail, learning how to figure out how to translate a picture/concept of your own into a cane.
Polymer Clay Cover Objects
Learning different types of materials that can be covered and how to deal with them. This class delves a into design, form and color in relation to the use of the item and desired "feel" of the decorated piece.
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"If you like what you are creating, and other people do as well, plus you feel comfortable at the level of expertise you are at, don't shy away from it. Everybody needs to begin somewhere, even if it's taking baby steps. If you find yourself giving others beginner's advice, then you might be ready. If you are able to answer their questions and share what you have learned, and thus get them started on the road, then you are probably ready. Practice with friends who will give you honest feedback. The experts that are teaching usually teach the more advanced techniques, which not everybody aspires to learn. There are many people who just want to "try it out" first at the beginner's level and they need teachers."
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