Kids are creative, which is why so many artists enjoy teaching them. Even if you don't have a degree, you can create an extra-curricular art class in your community. With the shrinking art budget in so many state schools today, your class can give kids an opportunity to explore art that they would not otherwise experience.
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Consider the age and skill level of your students. A class on perspective or still-life drawing might be appropriate for older students, but it will be too difficult for elementary school students. Similarly, middle school students might not like a class on something as rudimentary as making bead bracelets or paper instruments. If you are unsure about what level is appropriate for which students, talk to an art teacher to get ideas.
Create an overriding theme for your class, such as fantasy art or architecture. For younger students, you could do a reading class that combines listening to stories and drawing pictures from the books. Older students might like a nature drawing class in which they can sketch flowers, trees and animals.
Use materials that are readily available and don't require special equipment. You can use traditional artistic materials such as pens, paints and air-dry clay, or use recycled material such as magazines and old containers. Keep in mind that the cost of materials is going to come out of the tuition that students pay.
Decide on the length of your class. If you've never taught an art class before, start with a weekend workshop with two or three hours of class each day.
Community centres and churches are often willing to rent rooms for youth classes. You might even be able to hold your class through the youth centre, taking advantage of its advertising resources.
Put ads in the local paper and flyers up on notice boards. Use word-of-mouth advertising as much as you can. Many parents will be hesitant to take their kids to your class unless they know you or know of you.
Set a reasonable price and a limit on the size of the class. Look at other student art classes and see what they charge. For your first children's art class, your goal should be to break even and iron out any kinks in your program.
Tips and warnings
- If you have children of your own or have friends with children, try your art ideas out on them before your class starts.