Thanks for your response. At this time I can't put my student on an obligation list if they don't pay their lab fee so I offer the lab fee more as a service and a way to fund my program. If they choice not to pay their lab fee or can't they use the reclaim and I always have plenty of that. But I am getting less and less as the years go by. I usually receive $400 dollars to spend on all my classes, three art 1's, three ceramic classes, and now an AP 3-D Design class, and this year I am told I won't get that.
How do you mix your clay from dry? I did it in collage with a pug mill but have no experience with mixing it my hand and the health issues are a big concern. How much does it cost you to mix a batch and how much do you mix a year?
Sorry more questions?
----- Original Message -----
From: Maggie White
Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2002 3:06 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Ceramic Lab Fee Question
> I have two Ceramic I class and one Ceramic II class and in the past I charge a lab fee
> of $35 to the students. <snip> This year I want to put
> more responsibility on the student by giving them each a 25 lbs. bag of clay each quarter, when they pay their
> lab fee, and having them take responsibility for their own clay. I am also thinking of letting them just buy a bag of
> clay for $10 a bag if the $35 lab fee is to hard to manage. I feel that this is a lot more true to life and will teach
> them how to care for and be responsible for their own material.
> What is your opinion? How do other
> people do their lab fees and in ceramic and other lab classes?
I'll assume that even though a third of your students don't (or can't?)
pay the lab fee, you are still allowed to charge it; if a certain
percentage of your students is eligible for free/reduced lunch, you
would not be legally allowed to charge them a fee. This is what
happened to me a number of years ago after inheriting a situation
similar to yours.
I think you're on the right track as far as putting more responsibility
on the students. My students use nothing BUT reclaimed clay or clay
that I've mixed from dry; they are still responsible for wedging it to
the proper consistency. After all that work wedging their clay, you can
bet they're going to take care of it! I'm very fortunate to have small
lockers in my room so they can safely store their supplies. Of course,
there are always students who will throw leather-hard or dried clay in
the soft-clay bucket, so I still have to monitor the buckets. But
generally they can help themselves. Tools are in a bucket for the
taking, though I do keep the needle tools and sharp trim knives in my
apron pocket, and all tools must be accounted for before the class is