I’ve been dreaming about teaching online for awhile now. It’s been a long time in coming because there are so many steps involved! But I’m finally up and live over at Skillshare. This is the first of hopefully many classes I’m going to teach over there (my goal is at least one new class per month–maybe more).
I’m excited to share this first one with you!!
And since I’m announcing the class to you, I thought I’d also take you behind the scenes for a look at where (and how) the magic happened. It took some creative problem solving to set up my class to film. I wanted to be able to do the whole thing solo so I wouldn’t have to rely on friends to help me every time I wanted to film a class. I ended up moving from the studio to my taller kitchen island so I could stand to paint, talk and film. From there, it was a matter of trial and error to get lighting to work (I pulled in lamps from the living room and taped down a string of holiday lights), to figure out the camera angle, to figure out what fit in the camera view, etc.
Here’s what it looked like (the little white clip thing is where I positioned my iPhone to film…but I had to put it on top of a box of supplies and anchor it down with bungie ties to keep it steady).
Here’s a view from the camera angle above (a still shot from the filming).
And almost like WA-LAAAA (with a fair dose of time, effort and creative balancing), I was ready to roll.
And as a way to introduce you to both Skillshare, where I’m teaching, and my first online class, I have a link to an awesome deal just for you. Instead of paying the regular $9.95/mo for a subscription to Skillshare, you can join for three months for only .99 cents. (That’s about one penny per day!)
And while you’re over at Skillshare, you can take as many classes as you want for that buck investment (there are over 10,000 classes to choose from–everything from watercolor and other art classes to business, cooking, writing, photography, technology, fashion and more). I’ve been hanging out over there for about a year taking classes and I LOVE it.
Besides taking a bajillion classes for almost nothing, the online format allows you to learn on your own time, in your own space, as fast or slow as you’d like, investing as much time as you’d like.There’s also classroom space for you to interact with others that have taken the class, talk with the teacher, and upload your class projects. It’s all pretty sweet.
Come on over to Skillshare now and try it out for less than a buck. Take as many classes as you can stuff into those 90 days for just over a penny a day! And please, while you’re at it, sign up for my watercolor snowman class as well….and stay tuned because this is just the beginning of a whole new thing for me (and hopefully us).