Looking back over older threads, there were several comments on beginner classes, good & bad.
Some of my thoughts on points to consider for a brand new student:
- Try to find a class where you can use the teacher's tools for the classes instead of having to buy them before taking the course. If after taking the course you decide it is not a craft you wish to continue with you will not have $150 - 200 of tools you will no longer need.
- A handout listing & describing the minimum tools & consumable supplies needed for working with stained/art glass should be provided. A list of safety considerations would be appropriate.
- Teacher will normally have 1-4 simple pattern options of 6 - 12 pieces. This is no reflection on your ability they just want you to be able successfully go through all the steps needed to complete a stained glass project during the scheduled lessons.
- You will asked to sign a liability waiver. Glass cuts do happen.
- Need to wear clothing which covers most of your skin. No shorts or open toed shoes.
Please voice your opinions. My opinions are in ()
A - Maximum size of class:
1 - # of students per instructor/assistant? (12, 6 - 8 is preferred)
2 - # of students per grinder? (3)
B - Type of class:
1 - A shorter "Taste of Working With Glass" class where students are able to complete a basic project in a 4 hour block.
2 - A series of lessons spanning several weeks.
3 - Combination of a "taste" class will allow one to decide if they really would like to pursue working with stained glass followed by a series of classes which goes further in depth with each step. (Option #3) There is so much to share in beginner classes it is easy to overwhelm the students. This is why I like to start with a "Taste of Working With Glass" seminar & then follow up with an expanded series of lessons.
C - Maximum # of pieces for first project. (6-8) If using combined option, max # of pieces for second project. (8-16)
D - Minimum age of student. (Depends on maturity level & if parent(s) are participating. Our children started at 10 & 12 years. I know of others who are in their 20's who would have needed closer supervision)
Thanks for your feed back.