I know I know. I've been threatening to do this forever! And honestly, judging from the way things go around here by the time I finish getting it filmed and edited there will be a vaccine against the pandemic and the world will return to normal, resulting in less need for said online course. Alas.
I sometimes question the need for me to create an online course. There are so many great art courses available and I've struggled trying to figure out where I fit in. What do I bring that you aren't getting elsewhere. I really had to dig deep to figure out what it is that I bring to my in person workshops that you don't get elsewhere. And I'm looking for input.
During my months of self reflection this Spring, I kept coming back to the same thing over and over: how much I enjoy coaching others to become a more authentic version of their creative self. How many of you have a stack of paintings that look like the person whose workshop you took? All of those paintings demonstrate your innate talent but what do you do with it without looking like the instructor or everyone else out there who took the same workshops that you took? Your inner artist is screaming "Let me out!" but you aren't sure who "me" really is.
And I get it. I've been right where you are. I literally wrote in my sketchbook several years ago "make art with personal meaning" because I thought my work was looking too much like instructors under whom I studied. Heck, even as recently as a few years ago I was looking for inspiration and inadvertently my work started resembling someone else. It's hard to keep authentic. It's what inspired my book "Acrylic Expressions." The idea of the book was to give you some techniques that allow a painting to evolve on it's own and suggestions of how you could respond. But it was still too specific and garnered far too many copies of the paintings in the book. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a necessary step in the artistic process but how do you then make the leap from specific instructions on how to do something to jumping off of that artistic cliff to complete self expression?
And this is what I decided would define my online course.
I want to help you find your own voice and learn how to scream with it. So far I've laid out 24 lessons and exercises, grouped into 6 individual months centered around figuring out what it is you know, what you are doing well, where you want to go, and how to get there. The lessons are scaffolded so that one month builds upon the previous. I'm still working on it and I don't think it will be ready to roll out for a few months yet. Maybe in the Fall.
I'm planning three tiers of membership that offer additional benefits accordingly. There will be group interaction as well as interaction with me, one on one via video chat. I believe that the interaction will be key. Rather than having you download the lessons and work them on your own, (still a possibility if you prefer), I am offering a group experience and personalized instruction should you need it.
So what do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback. What do you want and need from an online workshop? What works for you and what doesn't?
I look forward to reading your comments below.