Canadamom, I'm sorry you were disappointed in your experience. I understand your wanting more coloring time...that's common, although hopefully you had time to practice your blending techniques and get individual feedback from the instructor. The standard class really was geared in the beginning to teach store owners about Copic products and to help teachers and designers learn the basics of the product and how to successfully use it. Those things are definitely covered in the standard class still... even though we do have non-store owners attending every once-in-a-while.
The standard class is the foundation... I like to say that to build strong skills, you need to have a strong base...and that's what the standard class is. There is so much info out there about Copics and how to use them... and unfortunately it's not all good or correct. In the standard class we go back to basics and cover the product (again, geared towards store owners and designers and instructors who need this knowledge) and the basics of blending. You also should touch on how the markers react on a variety of surfaces and using the airbrush.
The reason we ask you to show your work to get into the intermediate class is so that we know you are ready to attend. NOT that you have perfected those skills...but that you understand the different blending techniques and understand picking good blending groups. The reason we ask that is because we spend ZERO time in the intermediate teaching that... and it can be very frustrating (for everyone involved) if a student comes into the intermediate class not having the basic knowledge. So yes... we do ask that you submit samples of blending... and answer some basic questions... not because we want to see perfect work, but we want to see that you understand what we are talking about and asking about the product.
Does that make sense? Definitely don't feel like you have to be perfect to apply for the intermediate... just make sure you practice the basics and feel comfortable with them so that you can get everything possible out of the intermediate class experience.
Whatever you decide to do... just keep playing with those Copics and enjoying your time coloring!