I'm attending a six month art quilting class with Carolyn Sullivan at the NSW Embroiderers Guild, we have one lesson a month, then make a sample quilt piece based on that lesson.
Our first class was based on architectural shapes, we cut shapes from coloured paper before making our fabric piece.
I think I took the exercise too literally, I understood that we would follow through from the paper cutouts but some of the others said 'oh, that's not how I work so I did.....this".
Their work was great and it would have been easy to for me to say the same and go off on my own tangent, and eventually that is the aim of the class - to help us develop our own style, but I felt during the class I should be sticking to the plan and producing something that relates to the particular technique taught in the lesson.
Does anyone else feel like that when they attend a class?
I know a few people who go classes and finish up doing their own completely different thing, I don't break out til I'm home from the class, I think if someone is teaching a method then that method is what I'm there to learn.
Do teachers find it frustrating when students break away from the course outline or are they happy to have inspired them?
...and it was hard to just make one exercise piece so I finished up with four of them...