We are a friendly supportive group of Parchment craft enthusiasts, from all over the world, who wish to help others learn this facinating and absorbing craft.
The Academy does not set out to train candidates to teach in a formal classroom context.
For that we would need to go to college and complete a formal course.
Rather it sets out to prepare candidates to share skills in parchment craft, leading by example so in preparation candidates need to demonstrate their expertise in a range of techniques used in the craft.
Assessment and feedback are crucial for helping people learn.
Progress through the Academy levels should be considered as more like completing a course rather than a series of exams.
In order to share parchment craft skills a tutor needs to be familiar with the principal techniques. Basic parchment skills are covered, but the requirements for completing each design are accompanied by detailed instructions which, as well as giving candidates direction, are also a resource on how to do each technique.
The result builds into a portfolio of skills and techniques used in parchment craft which, together with a range of handouts, will form a basis for developing lesson plans, the candidate’s completed work completing each design.
Tutors will also develop their own approach which is based on their previous experience and ongoing learning through the Academy update sessions.
Like any area of expertise things change overtime with the development of new tools, new trends and fashion so it is anticipated that the Academy will also change and develop over time with extension courses for each level.
Individuals tend to have a preference for the best way to learn new skills.
We all use a combination of styles but we may favour one approach more than others:
1. By seeing –watching a demonstration
2. By listening – having verbal instruction
3. Written instruction - having written instructions
4. By doing – practising under supervision
Ideally a mix is the best way to offer a class instruction but being aware that different students need different support which suits their learning style.
The Academy has set out a three-tier exam system to enable candidates to develop, qualify and teach.
First at a basic level, then progressing at the candidates’ own pace to more advanced skills.
Starting on to the Level 1 Assessment, patterns and instructions are provided and help is available at all stages, where needed. These include tracing, embossing, perforating and colouring. No painting.
Successful candidates will receive a certificate, an Academy badge and a lanyard with the name printed on it. They will also receive, by email, sheets with teaching plans plus teaching support and six lesson plan designs to get started.
Levels 2 and 3 are optional but take candidates through more in-depth and advanced techniques, including simple painting at Level 2 and more advanced painting for Level 3.
Successful candidates are known as Academy Tutors and will automatically be invited to join the teacher network.
They will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, as an Academy Tutor, at any exhibition Pat organizes.
The Academy also has its own face book page for Tutors where extra information from other tutors will share information, workshops, web page clips on techniques so much more.