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Australian Ceramics Online Masterclasses Series 3

Australian Ceramics Online Masterclasses Series 3


Australian Ceramics Online Masterclasses Series 3 is being released on 16 March 2022 with a live Zoom component in each of the artist's studios to be held towards the end of May 2022.
Series 1 & 2 of Australian Ceramics Online Masterclasses remain available as OPEN ACCESS (no live component).

1. Will I be able to learn this new technique online if I only have basic experience?
Each class will guide you step-by-step on each technique in a very accessible fashion. It is recommended that you have some experience in working with clay, including a basic understanding of fundamental techniques.

2. How is each masterclass structured?
Each masterclass (online course) consists of three lessons. Each lesson is around 30 minutes of instructive video, with a project that covers the techniques involved. Along with the lesson videos, students can download PDF sheets – Materials Lists, Project Sheets and sometimes other information such as glaze recipes.
If you take part in a SERIES 3 Masterclass that includes a live Zoom component, you can also receive valuable feedback from your masterclass instructor and interact with other participants.
SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS: there is no live Zoom component included in an Open Access Masterclass.

3. Can I watch the lessons according to my own schedule?
Once a masterclass goes live you can access each lesson, whenever you like, as often as you like. The live component is a scheduled 60-minute session (on Zoom). Look for the date of this live session when you enrol (SERIES  3 MASTERCLASSES ONLY).

4. What can I expect to get from this masterclass?
Each masterclass includes three projects designed to develop the techniques outlined in the masterclass, development of your skill base, videos of the artists in their own studios sharing their techniques and tips, and more!

5. Will I be able to be contact my other virtual classmates?
The masterclasses are conducted using an online platform called Ruzuku. As a student you can establish a profile when you register. You will then be able to see and contact others who have registered for your masterclass. This is most effective in the initial weeks after the release of the masterclass (in this case: SERIES 3).
SERIES 1 & 2 Open Access masterclasses have no student/tutor interaction.

6. What happens if I don't get the opportunity to ask a question or if I think of a question after the live Zoom session?
We encourage individuals enrolled in the masterclass to write down any questions as you go so that you are prepared for the live Zoom session. The instructors are only strictly in attendance for the 60-minute Zoom. Outside of the live Zoom session, you can ask questions of your fellow students within the Ruzuku platform. All discussion threads, including pictures posted and responses, are viewable by any student and your tutor. Your tutor may also read and contribute to these discussion threads if your course is on its initial release.
In SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS masterclasses, the tutor is no longer watching the discussion threads.

7. Will I get direct feedback if I am experiencing difficulty with one of my projects?
Students can ask questions during the live session and instructors will review these questions. You can also ask questions at any time of your tutor and/or your fellow students during an initial release in the discussion threads.
SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS: there is no live Zoom component or tutor feedback included in an Open Access Masterclass.

8. How long will I get to complete a project?
Series 3 is being released on 16 March 2022 and the live Zoom session will run towards the end of May 2022. You will still have access to the lessons after this date to enable you to complete the projects at your own pace.
SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS: there is no time limit to complete a project, so you can work entirely at your own pace.

9. Do you offer refunds?
There are no refunds once you sign up.

10. If I get sick and am unable to continue with the classes, can I get a refund?
Exceptional circumstances can be submitted to The Australian Ceramics Association for review on an individual basis.

11. Can I download the videos?
No, the videos are not downloadable. However you will have online access to the course, videos and a recording of the live Zoom session for as long as you like.

12. How long does the masterclass stay open?
Once you are enrolled, you will have access to the videos online for as long as you like.

13. Do I need to have access to a fully equipped ceramic studio to take this class?
It is recommended that you have access to a basic studio to work in while learning in order to get the most out of the masterclass. A simple home set up may be adequate depending on the masterclass, or you may be able to work from a local community studio. If you are unsure of the facilities available in your area, join the Australian Ceramics Forum on Facebook, it is a good resource with individuals located nationwide.

14. What happens if I do not wish to ask a question in a group situation?
You can choose not to participate in the live Zoom session. You also have the option to create an anonymous profile in the Ruzuku platform where the masterclass is conducted. We encourage everyone in the initial release of the masterclass to actively participate, as group feedback is a great way to learn and often someone will be experiencing similar difficulties. The live Zoom session will be moderated by a TACA staff member.
SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS: there is no live Zoom component or tutor feedback included in an Open Access Masterclass.

15. I have some questions about the course, who can I contact?
If you are enrolled in a course and need help navigating Ruzuku, or using its features, just click the Support link at the top of the Ruzuku page and browse through the categories and articles. If you can't find the answer there, email Ruzuku Support directly at [email protected]. If you cannot find the answer to your question in Ruzuku, please contact The Australian Ceramics Association via email, [email protected]; SUBJECT: I have a RUZUKU question.

16. How long are the video lessons?
Each masterclass is comprised of three lessons that run for around 30 minutes and each lesson offers a project designed to develop skills on the techniques covered in that lesson.

17. Can I give a masterclass as a gift?
Yes. Contact the TACA office for more details [email protected]; SUBJECT: Id like to give a masterclass as a gift.

18. Do I need to live in Australia to enrol in your masterclass?
No, anyone can take the class.

19. If I cannot be available for the live Zoom component, can I watch it later?
Yes, a recording of the Zoom will be available to view after the event. This is not available in the SERIES 1 & 2 OPEN ACCESS release.


The Australian Ceramics Association
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PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 1435
T: +61 (0)2 9698 0230 (outside Australia)
Contact 1300 720 124
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