This is probably a good thing. I missed some orientation for this quarter(powerpoint presentation) the same one I completed last quarter in October, but for some reason that didn’t count and I needed to repeat it. For that reason, I was removed from my class and it’s being given to someone else(or cancelled) I don’t know.
I admit, that I am a little annoyed. I liked teaching. I should have been more on the ball about making sure my school email was working, but since the class login worked fine, it didn’t seem like a priority. Especially since calls to tech support resulted in a dead end(Your account has been blocked.) I felt like a hot potato being passed around between HR people and Tech support. HR always emailed me that I needed to meet some rush deadline which I met for paperwork and drug testing(the same paperwork from the previous quarter but now required me to change my hire date).
But since this has happened, I think I need to simply move forward with my own work. I feel bad for the students. It shouldn’t be that hard to teach, especially if you have prior classroom experience and professional experience.
I must say though, knowing what I know now, there are so many cheaper alternatives to getting an art education. I’ve seen some really good people become good on their own. You can recognize weakness in their work in the areas that they would have missed because they didn’t attend college, but only other professionals would notice that. If you become really good at your niche, then it’s okay if you’re just average in other areas. Not every needs to be a swiss army knife of skills.
I’m debating taking some classes for myself. I would like to have some stronger 3D software skills, but not be a full on vertex manipulator. I just need to know enough to get by and create shortcuts for my own work. I’m talking about creating repeating elements for environments like table and chairs. I’d like to be able to ‘sketch’ in 3d like I would in real life. I want to use software that I don’t have to think too deeply about. For that reason, I’m thinking of taking a couple classes at Learned Squared. There’s a few classes that I think could speed up my work flow. And since it’s not all that expensive, I think I’d get more bang for the buck than beginner students. I’ll just see how it goes.
I think Alison is relieved. She’s endured years of me complaining about substandard students. But I am feeling more positive than annoyed. Maybe I’ll teach again someday, but not right now.