In my quest for a new direction in my life I have enrolled in quite a few on-line classes over the past year or so. I have gotten so much out of all of them, each of them giving me exactly what I needed at that time in my life!
Aren't we lucky to live in an age when we can sit in front of our computer and learn from someone who lives halfway around the world from us! One of the many things that I love about on-line classes is that once they have started I can access the lessons at any time and I can progress at my own speed. If something important comes up in my life I can put the class on hold until I am able to come back and give it the attention that it deserves.
I also love that I can connect with other students who are from all over the world! Maybe some day I can actually meet a few of them! Wouldn't that be fun!
Actually, when I sat down and added up all of the classes that I have taken along with the ones that I am currently taking it does add up to more that I thought! 9+! But as I said I have gotten so much out of all of them!
I do recommend any and all of them and plan to give a little overview of each of them in my next few posts!
Currently I am taking Life Book 2014 with Tamera Laporte. She lives in the UK and has the most wonderful accent! I could listen to her for hours!! The course has 52 weeks of lessons, all for a reasonable price of about $109, depending on the exchange rate. Yes, that is a one time fee for a year long course! It is truly a bargain!
Tam herself does at least 1 major lesson per month and then she has guest teachers who fill in the rest of the weeks! Holy cow... this year she has Flora Bowley as a guest teacher in May and then again in September! Claudine Hellmuth is also doing an artist interview in February.
Her classes are presented as videos with supporting PDFs available! Oh and I forgot to mention...she encourages us to download each of the lessons so we can refer to them foreeeevvver!! Lots of classes don't even allow that, much less encourage it!! That is how sweet, wonderful and generous Tam is!!
Tam is a mixed media artist and her artwork is just beautiful. It is playful and whimsical and fun!
In her videos she shares artistic techniques and she also tries to lead us into some self exploration and expression. If you are not comfortable with that part of the lesson as she says many times over in each presentation, "you don't have do anything you don't want to do. It is perfectly fine to just do the art."
Tam has also created a lively forum for her students (1600+ and counting) to be able to get to know one another and to post their work and progress should they chose to. It is so cool to see women from all over the world and to be able to connect with them in a safe and fun environment!
Tam also has other online classes available at her website Willowing Arts. I have signed up for 2 other shorter ones and simply have not had the time to get started with them. Her shorter classes have lifetime availability which is a very nice plus!
I plan on posting my projects from our weekly lessons as I complete them, that is if they come out looking somewhat like what I had envisioned!
We shall see!
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