Five Qualities of a Gifted Artisan Teacher

Nov 21, 2016

Dave Mangino Leather Work

When learning something new, you need people who will involve themselves with you in the process.

Benjamin Franklin once said this

Tell me and I forget,
teach me and I may remember,
involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

Who was your favourite teacher at school?

It was most likely someone who came alongside you.

They had a manner of involving you in the learning process. Inviting you to explore and have an adventure in learning.

Never putting you down, but more so exciting you with possibilities.

James and Maureen have spent a lot of time researching potential artisans for their workshops.

Travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand, and into Australia, they have sort out the very best artisans.

Five qualities of a gifted artisan teacher

  1. Established in their field of excellence.
    They have been crafting for some time. Through the daily struggle and strain of working with their material of choice, whether it be wood, steel or wool, there is a desire to improve and learn.
  2. Produce quality products.
    You can always tell a quality product. It catches your eye. You just have to feel, admire, and enjoy the craftsmanship poured into it.
    Our artisans produce such quality products.
  3. Teaching ability.
    Our artisans desire to pass on their craft and have a natural teaching style that you invites you to learn. They involve themselves with you wherever you are at in the learning process.
  4. Friendly Personality.
    A friendly atmosphere helps us to learn. This is why we keep our classes small, and we have tutors who are friendly. We know you will make mistakes along the craft learning continuum, but to have a friend alongside makes all the difference.
  5. Open to sharing craft secrets.
    In every craft, there are little tricks of the trade. Shortcuts and skills that make the process simpler or may just add that ‘wow’ factor. Our artisans have an open book to their craft.
    They want to pass on their love for their art and all it entails.

If you want to grow in a skill, you need to have those alongside you that have been there, done that, got the calloused hands.

Come and meet some of our artisans

Do you know of a potential artisan that we could invite to come? Please contact us.

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Located on a lush 40-acre lifestyle property in Clevedon, a 40-minute drive southeast of Auckland’s CBD, Forgotten Arts is for individuals, adult couples, girls weekend out events, hobby clubs, or organisations seeking a unique learning and destination experience.

Our hands-on workshops, taught by New Zealand artisans known for the originality and beauty of their work, will transport you to another time and place . . . to a world where nature and work move at their own pace.

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