As some of you may know, I just started making some online workshop videos. Above is a video explaining a little about my videos and my plan for more. I just downloaded my third video on my website. More about that tomorrow.
A little background here. About three years ago I made some ustream videos. I enjoyed the process and thought it was a great venue, but I found the time constraints of a regular weekly time slot too difficult for me to keep up. After that, I then started some online workshops about two years ago. I enjoy the teaching process, but again, it was a time issue for me. I was gone here and there or had deadlines, etc. I found that a weekly workshop lasting a total of four weeks was difficult for me again.
Always in the back of my mind I thought I still want to do this, but how can I structure it. About a year ago I started jotting down ideas and formats. I now have complete lesson plans for many videos. I wanted lessons to be like being in a live classroom with interaction. I think we all learn from each other and that is still my goal. I have been working on my website and have someone else also doing some work on it. I will be having some kind of forum for students and myself to interact with each other.
Although these videos that I am making with a demo impart a lot of information, they aren’t the only answer. I still feel it is important to have a solid education in the foundations of painting or making any art. I have been slowly recording some videos that I will eventually be putting together in different packages to learn foundational concepts. (My book also grew out of this and another will eventually evolve from this process.)
It may be my own journey that has made this important to me. I was, what I would have considered a few years ago “self-taught”. But then, you know from my last blog post what I think of that. Anyway, I did realize in the last 8 years or so that there were definitely some holes in my education. I felt that I needed to bring up all my skill levels more equally to progress as an artist. I wish that I had had a more solid education when I was younger. It would have made the journey much easier and faster.
But then, it might have just been different. I also need to remind myself that I am where I am right now because of all my past, good and bad. And, where I am now is a good place in life. But…still……
Talk to you all tomorrow and check out the videos. http://beckyjoy.com/online-videos