For some reason I said "The only thing we should be serious about is having fun" on the first day of a five day encaustic painting workshop at Peter's Valley, NJ. It became our mantra. Someone wrote it down and we stuck it on the dart board. It was a good one considering we were working in 90 degree weather, in an open air studio with heat guns and 200 degree palettes.
I have found that my favorite time in the teaching process is at the end of the class or workshop when the work goes up for " Show and Tell". (In these settings I don't call it a critique.) I am always amazed, whether it is a one day, five day or eight week class, how each student's work develops.