Monday, January 24, 2011
My Soldering Class Review
Okay.......so how do I put this........
Honestly, I'm kind of disappointed. If I was to give this class a grade it would be a C-.
Sure, there were some good things. The space was amazing and the table set up was lovely. The other students were very friendly and helpful.
And now for the bad.
First of all, I have taken A LOT of classes, taught many classes of my own over the years and the one thing that I've come to realize is that just because someone does something well, doesn't mean they can teach. Our instructor just sort of floated around the room. She was very quiet and seemed a little bored. My friend and I were left to just fend for ourselves, relying on our neighbors with experience to give us pointers. (oh yeah, people flew in from all over the country to take this class. Like craft cult groupies!)
No demonstration or troubleshooting tips on how to use and care for our soldering tool. ( which by the way is super easy to damage)
Trust me when I say I'm not one that needs a lot of hand holding and can pick things up pretty quickly, but I would like to know at least the names of the things I'm using.
The class was supposed to be from 9am to 5pm with a delicious lunch included. Cost for the class- $150.
My friend and I arrived right on time and proceeded to wait another hour while everyone mingled and ate danishes. I think I would have rather had that extra hour of sleep.
For lunch, they ordered pizza which I kid you not...it had 3 inches of cheese on top.
I learned more from the five minute U-tube video I watched the day before. I'm also glad I brought some of my own stones to solder into necklace pendants.
We were all supposed to make crowns which is fine but I'm not really into the whole tiara glitter thing. I wanted to make something I would use so I made a votive holder. It came out okay. The pendants turned out much nicer and I can't wait to do some more.
So there you have it. Now I know what people mean when they say they are self taught artists. They must have taken this class. I think they should have charged $45 and I'd bring my own lunch.
My venting is over and now I can move on to more uplifting topics.