How Art Classes Can Be Successfully Taught OnlineApril 27th, 2020 by Sarah Adams
WITH NEARLY 30,000 CONFIRMED CASES in the UK in total, the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly unfolding across the country. As a result, schools are closing and the majority of classes are now being taught online. While this may be a relatively smooth transition for certain subjects, you may be wondering how art tutors can teach such a practical and hands-on subject online. It's important art tutors take the correct steps to HELP THEIR STUDENTS THRIVE, even from afar.
Becoming an online art tutor
THERE'S A MULTITUDE OF WAYS TO TEACH art online depending on your goals and areas of expertise. For example, tutors may work privately and advertise their services with a private tutoring service or work with a charter school, college, or university offering online or virtual learning courses. Some art tutors may not need additional credentials, nor even a teaching certification. For example, TATTOO ARTISTS DON'T NEED ANY SPECIFIC CREDENTIALS but may have education in fine arts. Ultimately, it's important tutors can prove they have a solid background and a good understanding of technology for the sake of their students.
It's important art tutors switch up their approach in order to effectively teach their students online. When a student requires additional help or feedback, tutors will need to communicate via live video call with tools like Zoom, Crowdcast, or Google Hangouts. Video communication allows tutors to perform extra in depth demonstrations if required. Art tutors may also need to record screencasts with tools like QuickTime player or VidGrid, which allows them to show the student's artwork on screen, highlight areas needing improvement, and offer accurate feedback. Links to relevant useful YouTube video tutorials can also be shared.
ONLINE TUTORING CAN FEEL ISOLATING for students who are used to the chatter and warmth of a full classroom — especially during this uncertain time. Tutors should therefore work to build and maintain personal connections with their students whether it's by facilitating informal communication or by sharing age- and classroom-appropriate videos and memes. Occasional video hangouts with smaller groups of students can boost morale and allow them to chat informally and receive help and support.
The switch to online tutoring during the coronavirus pandemic is a big learning curve for both students and teachers alike. Fortunately, there are a number of steps art tutors can take to set their students up for success.