At the organization where I teach, most of our courses are 8-weeks long and meet once a week for 2.5 hours. So you can imagine how quickly the time flies. I am lucky enough to be the program manager and a teaching artist for one of our most accelerated programs that lasts roughly the length of the school year (mid-September to late May). We still have breaks between our existing terms but we stay in touch with our students and have plenty of open studio time for them to work on their projects outside of class. Even with all that extra time, the year still feels like it flies by and is over in the blink of an eye and then it's time for me to start planning the next year's program.
This year was a little different in that we built in time to reflect and celebrate our students' work instead of rushing to finish everything during the last class. All of their work was already installed so we had a few different critiques and then some time for the students to reflect on the year. It was so gratifying to hear them talk about their experience in their own words! We took some video throughout the evening, check it out: