I am looking for advice and opinions about teaching small workshops.
I need to make some extra money as I am paying off debt I accrued
from building my new studio. I was considering developing a few small
workshops that could be taught at a local art facility. I have not
taught anything formally. I have only taught some family and friends
fabrication basics, cutting, sawing, sanding, drilling, basic
soldering, and chainmaking. By teaching I hope that I could also
spread more word of mouth about my jewelry as well.
My first idea for a workshop would be as simple as possible. Cold
working techniques. And I know the project or projects should be
quick enough that the students would have something to take home with
them. If something like that went well, I thought maybe later I could
have a workshop that involved some basic soldering or maybe a PMC
class (which I would need to expand my knowledge in first). Both of
those ideas would likely require more financial investment (a PMC
kiln) and safety liability (having students working with a torch). So
a simple workshop with cold techniques seems the best place to start
and could be a lot of fun.
What all do I need to consider to get started?
-the materials for the projects and cost of materials
-the tools students would need and cost of these tools
-is the art facility I am considering an appropriate space for this
(not quite as critical with cold techniques. Hammering noise might be
the biggest consideration)
-planning some simple projects step by step
-any basic metalworking I might feel the students would
benefit knowing given out in photocopied handouts
-What would be the workshop cost, materials fee and how much would
the hosting facility get?
-safety, safety, safety
I appreciate any thoughts you all can share on this and your personal
experiences having taught workshops. I really love metalworking and I
enjoy seeing others get excited about the medium. I hope that by
trying this that it could be a really good experience for me.