Online classes suit the lifestyle of almost everyone same as online tutoring jobs. However, teaching a hands-on lesson in an environment where you can’t personally interact with your student is no walk in the park.
With that said, here are some tips for you to help you apply your art teaching philosophy while tutoring via online classes.
These tips will also suggest to you several ways on how to effectively utilize technology as you take the route of art tutoring via online classes.
Decide what you want to teach
Identify and start the easiest thing for you if you are into several art types, such as painting or modeling. Easy is relative. Anything you had been doing will be a great choice to teach.
Sculpting a simple pot;
Still life painting;
Drawing fundamentals (forms, shading, etc.);
Or painting the clouds.
Brainstorm every technique and break it down into the minutest steps possible.
Decide the Best Teaching Format
These are the formats used when teaching art online.
Teach live lessons to a specific group of students’ real-time;
Or pre-record a quick short lesson enclosing it with PDF’s and images.
Assuming that you are a novice art teacher, worry less about advanced or more complicated formats. Just choose what you feel most comfortable teaching and get into it.
Organize Your Equipment
Essentially, you don’t need much to be able to start the class. Below are the must-haves.
Two Main Recording Equipment Options:
Smart Phone with a Tripod
In need to use your smartphone for recording live streams? Use a tripod to keep the video or picture stable.
The newest iPad Pro or an iPhone 11 or 10 works best on recording videos due to their high-quality cameras compensated by good lighting.
Designed to produce the highest quality picture, even the cheapest one, compensated with good lighting, makes your video in quality. Keep your video from too many shadows in the area where you’ll be creating art as well.
You may also conduct live classes from your desktop or laptop and avoid video lags or have a smoother class experience by connecting it directly to the ethernet cable.
Live Chat Platforms
Here are some of the popular live chat platforms:
Learn to Sell Your Courses
Whether on your website or to online teaching platforms, you should learn to:
Record and upload your art teaching video to file-sharing platforms (Dropbox).
Send automated emails with the download link for the viewers to purchase your art course.
Receive payments throughout your website.
Integrate a Welcoming Video
This walks your students through your where-to-find details, what to do if they get stuck or get lost in password, things on your portal, etc.
Display your Personality
Share your humor and always write as if you talk if when creating your PDFs. If you are shooting a video, imagine talking with someone and sharing your knowledge of art freely.
Initiate a Survey as Your Course Finishes
Feedbacks help you animate your class and gives you a way of testimonials for your sales page.
Charge Well for Your Sessions
If your classes are on the pricier side, you can gain respect from your students as this can convey professionalism. You provide a quality and professional art tuition program and don’t undersell by going too cheap.
Art tutoring online is challenging for teachers and students alike. Expect your students to need your additional feedback and help with their artwork.
Either you create an additional video demonstration or add relevant links to YouTube videos. Similarly, you may take an art course to understand better what an online art class looks like and feels.
Your students deserve an art teacher who wants to share what he/she knows. Give time, maybe weekends, for your art too.