Please familiarise yourself with the following classroom rules, there to facilitate learning and provide a positive and safe environment for all
Arrive to class on-time. This is especially important as tutorials happen at the beginning of class. If you know you will be late, please let the staff or tutor know ahead of time exactly how late you will be. Attendees arriving 15 minutes or more after the start of class will not be allowed to attend for the day if tutor was not previously notified.
Treat others as you would want to be treated. Show respect to your classmates, your instructor and yourself.
Be kind to others. If you don’t have anything nice to say about others and their work, don’t say anything at all. That applies to self directed talk.
Give everyone a chance to speak. Monitor your own contributions and if you find yourself domineering the classroom, allow others the chance to speak up.
No talking when the tutor is talking. Allow the tutor to finish a demonstration before posing questions. You may find that your question is answered in the meantime.
Materials provided are shared. Ask politely to use materials from other students.
The classroom isn’t the place to have debates on politics, religion or any other sensitive topics.
Racially demeaning, sexist or otherwise discriminatory comments of any kind will not be tolerated.
Only “dumb” questions are allowed. You never know when the person beside you has the same question.
Follow clean up instructions given during class; wash brushes, palettes, rinse water containers etc. used during the session before you leave for the day.
We are all guests in the room: leave it clean to be courteous of others who use this room after you.
You drop it, you pick it up. You spill it, you clean it up.
Mobile phone use: Silence phones before the start of class. Texting and phone calls must be made outside the classroom.
Be positive! Negativity is a downer!
We are all prone to making mistakes—so when they occur, the best we can do is learn from them.
Progress takes time, be realistic about expectations of what you’ll produce and most importantly be kind to yourself. Have fun!
Some of the materials provided are basic and may not always meet your standards. We recommend that if you’re unsure that you bring in your own on the day.
Your tutor or staff will let you know when the classroom is ready for you to go in. Please wait patiently outside while your classroom is being set up.
Your tutor is here to teach you techniques and gently guide you along as much as she can: she is not responsible for the outcome of the work you produce.
Critiques of student work will be given at the tutors discretion.
My teaching style:
I teach techniques and theories, give demonstrations and instructions in the beginning of class followed by guidance at intervals throughout the session. My role is in educating and supporting participants but I do not take a paint-by-numbers approach which means the creative side of things (the art part) is your creation. I cannot and will not tell you what to do for every brush stroke: this just isn’t possible in a class setting. Private tuition is available for those that would like their work more formally critiqued or desire more guidance than provided in larger class setting.
You are not to speak to the model while they are working. If you would like the model to take a different pose, let the tutor know.
Be respectful of the model and do not make judgements or comments on their looks or anything personal about them. Even when you are speaking in terms of your drawing be mindful that this can be interpreted personally.
Students are to take responsibility for being able to see model adequately. If you can’t see the model, move. If you need another participant to move to be able to see the model, ask the other participant if they are able to move. Work together with your classmates to find a solution.