I truly believe that I am very fortunate to live in a time when we have so many opportunities available to us via our computers. Not only does it allow us exposure to parts of the world that we may never be able to see, but it also is a great resource for learning new skills in ways we never thought possible.
Last year, I was invited to teach a class in the program "Art Play Date 2015" which was organized by a wonderful teacher (and my friend) Kelly Hoernig. Kelly came up with this concept in 2014 and I really loved the idea. In a nutshell, the "Play Date" consisted of 24 artists/designers teaching 24 video lessons in 24 weeks via the online classroom that Kelly set up. The cost of the 'course' was nominal and it was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn with some of my favorite decorative painting teachers – some which I have been following for many years. What a great idea!
I jumped at the opportunity to do so, as even though I am always busy, I wanted to be able to watch and participate in learning from some of my favorites. Even if I didn't complete all the projects, it would still be a great opportunity to learn.
When Kelly asked me if I wanted to join the line up of teachers for 2015, I jumped at the chance. It was a great opportunity for me to reach 'new' students who may have never heard of me, but also learn myself. While I had created several short technique videos, (you can see them on my YouTube channel – (Sheila Landry on YouTube) I knew it would also be an opportunity for me to hone my teaching skills and learn something myself. I was not disappointed.
The project that I am teaching is a pair of decorated Victorian Ice Skates.
I thought it was a great chance to teach several easy, yet effective techniques that others can use and apply not only on this project, but many others.
Those of you who read often know that I love to experiment with different products and media that make creating fun and can be done by just about everyone. These cute skates require very little painting skill, yet they look pretty and detailed. I am thrilled for the opportunity to break down the process and show how EASY (Yes – easy!) it is to create something like this. I also included an 'antique' variation that can be acquired by adding just one or two more simple steps.
I am thrilled at how these came out as well, and I can't really decide which version I liked best.
The quick addition of fine crackle and a darker wash really made these skates look 'old':
The best part is that it is fast and fun to create something like this, and I can't wait until my class 'airs' (the beginning of October). I hope people really enjoy the project and get as excited about it as I am!
So I spent the weekend preparing the video(s) for my class. What I decided to do is break it down into several smaller videos. that way people who know how to do one step or another don't have to struggle through an entire long piece and they can jump in right when they need to see how something is done. I think it will make it even more fun and nicer for everyone.
The video lesson will be accompanie
d by a full pattern packet – which will include many color step-by-step photos. Since the project video is available until March of next year, I want those who may not have had time to do the class to have a paper lesson that is complete and everything is fully explained on paper, so they can look at it even years from now and be able to follow it. This isn't a requirement for the 'course' but it is just the way I am. My way of thinking is that if people pay for a lesson, I need to provide full instructions.
When I do videos, I often get nervous and feel uncomfortable – especially in the beginning. But I find that as soon as I begin showing how to do the project, I relax and do much better. As I look at all the segments of the video as I am editing, I am pretty happy with the outcome, and I want to do more in the future. I am warming up to this new (for me) way of teaching and I plan on offering more videos soon on my YouTube channel.
Today I will be doing the final editing and also writing out the pattern packet. That will probably take all day and much of tomorrow. But when I am done, I think that I will realize that this is a wonderful way to teach both painting and scroll sawing. I plan to do many more in the future.
The weekend went by quickly, as usual. Here we are on the last day of August already and getting to the end of summer. The mornings are cooler and it is a bit darker when I get up, but I don't mind that at all. My favorite time of year is approaching quickly and I hope to enjoy it to the fullest. With the blink of an eye it will have passed.
Happy Monday to you all. I wish you a wonderfully creative week ahead.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"