This is a personal opinion. I am sure that some people will be insulted by this, will object to this, and will send me negative comments. It's okay to tell me what you think. I will just reject your comment for the blog if it totally pisses me off. No one will see it but me. If it is not that bad, then I will approve the comment. You are just as entitled to your opinion as I am. Let me tell you though that I am not thinking of any ONE workshop. I am speaking in general. If you think that I am talking about you, then you might want to think about why you are thinking that.
Have you ever been to a workshop where you were given samples or were given small pieces of whatever material to just try out whatever the workshop was about? I am not talking about process classes where you turn out beautiful sheets of paper or beautifully dyed fabric. I am not talking about workshops where you turn out a finished product from the technique(s) the instructor does in that workshop. I am talking about someone giving you instructions and showing you the technique on a 2x3 piece of mat board or give you the 1x3 piece of card stock so you can try the technique or material yourself. How about being given 3x5 index cards?
How wildly unsatisfying is that? ! It might be different if I did the technique as a full sheet or tried it on something that I could finish at home and it could become part of an actual art piece. If someone is going to teach a process or technique class, then do something that will lead to a finished product. Don't show me a beautiful piece from that technique or process unless I am going to do something like it! Well, I have taken a few of those workshops and will try never to do so again. I don't feel like I have gotten my money's worth. I wonder why the instructor is not doing more. Is it cost? Do I just look like I wouldn't notice the difference? Don't give me a bunch of little samples to take home. I end up throwing them away because they are too small to really show me how the technique or process looks. I want to see it on a larger scale. I want to be able to do it myself so I can see what it can really do. That means bigger than an inchie or an index card.
That was what I was thinking about while I was getting samples ready for my workshop tomorrow night.