I offer all perspective students one free consultation, which usually last one hour. I ask students to bring examples of their artwork to show me while they review my portfolio of drawings and paintings. This process gives students an opportunity to meet me, ask questions and see the place they will be working, before their first day. I ask students what their expectations are for their art lessons. I want to hear what they want to learn and the skills they want to improve. I will evaluate the student's current skill level from their sample artwork and give suggestions as to where they should start and what their next step should be. Students can change mediums, styles and programs as the need arises. This process allows the student to be in charge and keeps them happy and motivated.