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Lighthouses and Nat'l
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Judy Grochowski
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 17:18:06 -0600
I'm gonna toss in some more thoughts on 2 of the 4 Nat'l workshops
for which I paid extra.
Colorizing Black and White Photography as the workshop I most looked forward
to-having taken on teaching photography this year. I was pleased with it;
the presenter frustrated some of the participants, due in part, I think to
her wanting people to get hands on and work thru the processes. She would
start to say something and get sidetracked-heck, there were several of us
there-and I'm not sure she'd ever worked with a group that large before-but
who among us hasn't gotten distracted when talking to a large class of
students clamoring to interrupt in their own enthusiasm to get started? If
you had a question, one-on-one with her, she was great and she had prepared
little packets of materials for us to use and I didn't want to leave! I came
out of there totally excited about this new learning and carried it back to
my classes-that's what it's supposed to be about, right? at least in part?
The other, which I really looked forward to, was the glass bead
making. And now I know how a glass bead is made. The 2 presenters walked
everyone thru the process-well, not everyone-if one was intimidated by the
flame, etc, they could pass, and actually, they ran out of time, so the main
presenter promised to have 4 people who couldn't get to it that night come
by the vendor booth the next day for a lesson (was anyone else freaked about
about the torch in that crowded hall?). What bothered me, was that we were
told the beads had to cool, and we could stop by the booth to pick ours up
the next day. When I told him I wouldn't be there the next day but could
stop the following day, I detected a 'tude' in his voice as he informed me,
"well, we're not gonna keep track of these...." and indeed, when I did stop
at the booth 2 days later, my bead was gone. I got another bead....but he
pretty much blew me off when I stopped at the booth, because he was real
busy trying to demo making a bead and having someone else sit down to try
their hand at it. It was only when I asked his assistant, that I even got
the other bead. No, I'm not this anal over getting a bead, exactly; it's
just that I did pay extra to be in a workshop, and true, I did learn some
techniques, and walked out with a booklet on the processes, I just didn't
feel like this was worth my time, and couldn't rec. for anyone else.
In the photo workshop, the presenter had people come in and try to
pay, but as she had packets made up, she stuck to the original registration.
I wouldn't have any problem with folks who missed registering in time
sitting in, if there's room, to observe; I think those who registered should
be the only participants.
I also want to add my thanks to the Getty for they support thru this
listserv and the nice reception!
And thanks everyone for the lighthouse suggestions! I'll let youknow
how it works out!