Guest blogger: Janice Tanton
1. DO Give as much as yourself as humanly possible to your students.
2. DO Encourage skill-building in every form.
3. DO Share all the secrets that you have.
4. DO Notice what your students notice and ask for feedback constantly on your teaching methods and techniques. You will learn.
5. DO Be confident in your voice as an instructor and guide your students to find their own voice.
6. DO Assume positive intent.
7. DON’T Consider teaching related to your marketing your works. (They are completely separate, and you owe it to the profession of “artist” to pass along what you know to those who do not. We are all the better for it.)
8. DON’T Ever propose just “one” way of doing things to your students. Be open to all the possibilities.
9. DON’T EVER knock another artist or teacher. Guide gently.
10. DO remember that in the past, ateliers were the method by which we learned our craft, passing it down from artist to artist in an apprenticeship form. Instill this in others.
I would never have learned what I have if it were not for the generosity of artists that took me under their wings and into their studios, taught me their techniques, concept, insight and ultimately how to find my own voice.
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