I recently taught a jewelry and metalsmithing class for homeschooled
kids ages 7 and up. They had to have one parent take the class with
them, and there was a 2 siblings/adult limit. The advantage I had was
knowing what to expect from 3 of the kids, my son and 2 of his
friends. They had been my guinea pigs for setting up the class. I
planned the first 2 projects and had some idea for the others, but I
waited to structure the whole thing until I saw how things went and
how much help the parents could give.
I was blown away by what kids so young could accomplish. We did
scrollwork pendants, sterling granulation, torch fired enamels on
copper, loop in loop chains, roller printed tube beads, and forged
rings in the shape of coiled snakes (saved having to be exact sizes).
The parents didn’t all get as up to speed as adult beginners usually
do so I ended up wishing I could clone myself. It definitely took
tons of energy (I could be found staring at a wall for about an hour
afterwards!), but the kids all seemed to have a very positive
experience, which, of course, was the goal.
Unlike adults, young kids don’t know this stuff is hard so they
don’t come in with the baggage I saw so often when I taught adult
beginners. They are also happier with any results at all rather than
expecting everything to be perfect. I will add here that working with
homeschooled kids can be very different (and I don’t mean to imply
better or start any off topic arguments here!). They are not
necessarily more skilled than their schooled counterparts, but they
tend to approach new things with a seriousness that is a bit adult-
like, which can be helpful and really funny to watch.
Best of luck with the class,