I’m going to approach this one with my teacher cap on. A high school teacher can potentially have up to 32 kids in one classroom. In a 45 minute lesson (and let me tell you, you hardly ever get all 45 minutes to do what you want to do) not every student is going to receive the individual attention required for them to achieve. The system is flawed.
The reason I bring this up is because having Kylie come and talk me through the improvements and considerations for my designs, is not something that happens on the grand scale. Your classes are made up of the attention vampires, the helpless, the gifted and the ‘grey’ (they are there, but in the background just plodding along on their own). It’s not ideal, but having walked in a teachers shoes, the truth of the matter is you tend to focus on getting the GROUP through the material, sometimes at the expense of extending those who, with just a little one-on-one tutorage, can make leaps and bounds.
I guess the issue, for me, is made that little bit more of a big deal, given I studied design through correspondence. Yes, the choice to study online was mine and yes, it was through convenience, but the point I’m trying to make is that it is one thing to battle others for help (frantic hand-waving in class, not really a huge occurrence in my experience, teenagers would rather keep their head down and hover their pencils above the page than draw attention to the fact they are confused), but to only have a tutor reply between business hours, in between their own classes, can not really compare to a sit down, heart to heart and supportive conversation.
These changes I’m about to show you are the result of our design-pow-wow. I’m really happy with the changes and feel a lot more confident about them, I’ll put the HQ final edits on my portfolio when we’re done, but you can see they are much better thought out. Feel free to send your comments my way.
I guess what needs to be said, is that it is not the school from which you come, it is not the piece of paper you earn, but the hands-on experience, years of wisdom applied with consideration and respect for our mentors and colleagues, that make a quality craftsman. The classroom is not for everyone. Students sometimes don't hit their strides until after they've left and built up some life experiences. Don't let your environment limit you - there is no one-and-only way of doing things.