The National Council for Apprenticeship in Art and Craft held a two-day "Pilot Apprenticeship Workshop" in New Haven, Connecticut last January, sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Excerpts from the summary report of that workshop were printed in the August issue of this Newsletter. An excerpt on "finding," one of the four major aspects of the apprenticeship problem, follows below. Future issues will cover other aspects (keeping, nurturing, releasing) and the three types of apprenticeship in crafts today.
Workshop participants divided into four groups:
Finding, Keeping, Nurturing, Releasing. Each group concentrated on in-depth discussion within the assigned category, dealing with both problems and solutions. Group memory technique was used.
1. Locating am apprentice or master:
2. Am apprentice in the studio:
3. A master (mentor) in the studio: Who is he/she?
Soul searching self-evaluation is preliminary to being a master.
There is much discomfort with the word "master."
Being a master or mentor is a self designation.
4. Apprenticeship in academics:
There are differences in the academic and studio apprenticeship situations, both in finding and development, that need recognition.
5. Other areas to consider:
Anticipate problems and deal with them honestly and directly.
There is a preference for the word "agreement" rather than "contract ."
There is a need for information and flexibility.
Recognize that problems will cone up, i.e.,
There is a need for guidelines for matching master and apprentice, both technically and in personality.
Recognize that problems will come up, i.e. cloning--the apprentice copies the master's work
Timestamp: Sunday, 03-Mar-2013 21:33:34 PST
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