Sunday, January 27, 2013

First Introduction Lesson with Clients

When I meet a client for the first time I always have an introduction lesson. I get a good idea about what interests the client has in art and helps with planning future lessons. I like to see what he or she can do, assess the skill level and find out what my client wants from my art lessons. I also lay out the Art Class Rules by handing out a printout. This makes it clear right from the start what I expect from my clients and I also give them a chance to voice what they expect from me.

I discuss the materials that the student will need. For the first lesson we need: pencils, erasers, ruler, glue, paper, watercolor paints and anything else they have. I talk about sketchbooks, inspiration files and the artist toolbox.

We then set up the table area with newspapers and get down to some art. Just as each person is different and an individual, so are each of my lessons. What works for one client might not work for another. Depending on how the lesson is going I might look at the art the client has done previously at school or for fun. I might give him or her a drawing exercise from the book Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes.

This session is yours and the client's first impression of each other. I always get a little nervous when meeting a new client, but then I remember that this is going to be fun for both of us. So take a few deep breaths and enjoy your First Introduction Lesson! ♥ Quaymberley