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Pat Sernyk

Pat Sernyk
Winnipeg, MB R2G 3M6

Background Information

Years Teaching: 25+
Years Teaching Clay:  9
Years Working w/Clay:  19
School or Studio:  N/A
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Handmade books in polymer clay
First Experience With Clay:  I saw a project and thought...I could do that. So I purchased the clay and made several similar articles and then started making my own figures. A few years later I began researching online, and became affiliated with several polymer groups. Then I began writing articles and designing my own teaching projects.
Past Teaching Experiences:  Sharing polymer clay expertise with the AZPCGuild, writing for Polymer Cafe Magazine and writing projects for several years ago.
Publication Experience:  I have submitted projects to Polymer Cafe and have been published several times, including the very first issue that was produced by Joan and Michael Clipp.
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  2500 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expenses (air or vehicle), lodging, per person fees
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  6
Maximum Number of Students:  18
How Far Will Travel:  3000 miles
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expenses (air or vehicle), lodging, per person fees

Class Prep Time:  3 weeks notice preferred, but can do some "off the cuff" classes
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  3
Class Listings & Descriptions:  Polymer clay basics, button making, book making (including coptic binding) faux techniques.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Know your material thoroughly inside and out. Be prepared to offer alternative solutions to problems, and have printed information to support your techniques. If you want to be acknowledged as a good teacher, it is imperative that you can teach the technique in your sleep (so to speak). Leave no stone unturned and do not teach things that you do not "own". It is better to teach something you have developed than to try and 'borrow' another's technique and pass it off as your own."

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