Oh... excuse me! I was just catching up on some lifedrawing. Dont mind me. Anyhow, the bittersweet time has come to call an end to the first class of environmentoring 07/08.
Its been a real learning curve for me and I want to thank every one of you who stuck it out to the end through the mixups and delays. The perseverance of some of the people in the class is a real inspiration to me and I owe you my personal thanks for reinvigorating my interest in many of these topics.
But the point of THIS thread is to look to the future. I am determined to find a more effective means of 'teaching' the second intake. As I am only a young artist, I am still doing a *lot* of learning myself, and sometimes it feels very innapropriate to place myself in a teacher's role. However, I wouldn't consider abandoning it because it is part of my personal decision to try to help out whoever I can, wherever I can. I know that I have forged a good connection with many of you through chat outside of the class and I want to always remain awake to opportunities to be of assistance in any way.
I have a couple of ideas for the second 'semester'. There will be a new intake and I encourage the current students to re-apply. The amount of people I end up taking on will depend on the format of the class.
I have a few ideas of how it could run but i would like you (current students or otherwise) to help formulate the best methodology for everyone. So far I have taught the way I was taught myself, by mentors here on CA much like this class in a way. But I'm sure it can be done in a much more direct and personal way. So, some options:
1. Continue with the 'class' structure. Ie, there is a topic, I prepare a 'lecture' on it, and then there is a 'workshop' or homework component that seeks for you to exercise the knowledge offered that week.
2. Another idea was to start a mock studio environment. Each member would begin by defining specific goals for where they would like to work (in real life) and then I would structure tasks for them to strengthen their portfolio for that goal. For instance, if you wanted to be an environment concept artist for blizzard, I would create a role for you in the mock project involving a certain type of activity that suits what blizzard are looking for. This format would be heavily based around building your working skills, about improving productivity, working in a team, and building your portfolio. Learning would occur more through 1:1 critique and tuition than as a 'lecture'.
3. We could do a lecture-by-request where you guys could request a lecture on a topic that is giving you trouble. This would mean that you had more freedom in what you wanted to learn, but there would be less of a 1:1 nature to it. I would accept more people in and it would be less personal... but it would mean that if you had a specific hurdle you were trying to get over, you could get help for exactly what you wanted. Not sure about this one, lets see what you guys think.
4. Pure 1:1 - i could just take on 5 mentees and communicate via email as needed and work just with your goals and getting you to a place you want to be at. Could work, but i think the 'team' environment can be very helpful with motivation and keeping you on track.
At the moment, im liking #2... but id like to hear what you guys think. Either way, there will be one last week for the current class to polish off their pieces and wrap it all up, and then another few weeks for me to catch up on work, prepare the new class, and then we can launch back into it.
Most of all, I want this to help YOU guys, so please tell me WHAT you want to learn, and how best you think you could learn it. What can I give you?