I've taught my first jewellery workshop. Phew! And Yay! "Pierced and Soldered Ring Bands" was hosted by Peyton Barrett and her family at their studios in Sandy Point. What a beautiful setup they have there. Bright and spacious, with different workrooms for different tasks, as well as a little retail shop. We were made to feel most welcome there, and she cooked for us too! Divine!
In terms of the workshop, I do believe it was a successful experience for everyone. This was my first experience teaching adults, and I found it far less stressful than teaching kids. I've only done that in a very limited capacity, but remember feeling utterly drained during and afterwards! Adults are much better at intuitive self-directed learning. I think I managed to help everyone in some way, even those who were somewhat familiar with the techniques I was showing them. So that was rewarding. You can see the fruits of our labours in the photo at the top. I will make a few adjustments to my lesson plan if I teach it again, but the aspect I was most concerned about: the pacing, was pretty close to accurate for the time we had allotted for the workshop. I think the time and planning I put into this first lesson plan were well worth it.
A huge thank-you to my "guinea pig" class, you were most agreeable and hard-working! And of course to Pete for getting the ball rolling in so many ways.
Now I must more thoroughly tackle the lesson plan for my next workshop at the Anna Templeton Centre, "Piercing and Riveting"...