Classes are the life blood of the school. Creativity is always paramount, but some technical prowess helps. The philosophy of the school is that art cannot be taught but be discovered by the individual artist. It is my job as teacher to create an atmosphere conducive to creative discovery. The students must feel comfortable in the studio environment so they will be ready to experiment and explore their artistic vision. There is little difference in the way we "teach" children, youth or adults. The children need more hands-on attention and playfulness. The youth need more encouragement, individual attention, and emphasis on techniques. Adults need room to evolve, criticism from teacher and fellow students, and emphasis on problem solving. No teacher demonstrations are ever allowed, because the students will inevitably imitate. With the primary goal of authenticity, innovation and originality, the teacher must find a balance between offering technical instruction and encouraging individual expression.