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Why do we take classes?
April 17, 2014
Why do we take classes?
As part of the human species, we seem to have a need to learn. We want to know how to do something. We want to know how something works. We want to know why this or that happens. We want to do it ourselves! Taking classes is part of the process.
Yes, I know you are smart enough to figure it out on your own. I know you can read a book and learn that way. I know you can visit art galleries and study what others have done. I know you can watch 100's of you-tube videos and become an expert. I know you are able to experiment and find out what you need to know all on your own.
But taking a class in person, with a live teacher, and other students, is so much better. You learn better in a shared environment with others, and you have a lot more fun! This is what one student had to say after a recent class.
I recently took a class that taught me how to make my own gelli plate and use it to color fabric. It was a whole new experience for me! I have never used a homemade gelli plate or printed on fabric. It's positively addictive. The teacher was so inspirational and amazingly well-stocked with every texture and fun tool under the sun. My favorite part of the class was learning how to layer over and over until I got something so beautiful I was stunned by it. It took my work to a whole new level! I know we can all find this stuff on You Tube, but seriously, there is nothing like taking a live class where questions can be clarified and tons of tips shared. Not to mention the added inspiration of being with other people and seeing what they are doing and the energy in the room. YouTube MOVE OVER! You have your place, but you will NEVER replace a real class in a local art store! ~Susan H.
So, what does make a live class better?
- You don't have to guess about things - the instructor is there and has already learned the answers to your questions. Teachers do tons of research to prepare for the class. You just have to ask your questions.
- Many instructors (and other students) are happy to share their products so you can try things out before you buy.
- Shared laughter and new friendships.
- The instructor often has kits prepared for you to use, which makes it easy to get started.
- Short-cuts and helpful hints to make the work easier and more productive.
- Ooohs and aaahs from your fellow students.
- Being able to see what other students are doing with the same instructions and supplies. This is by far my favorite part of a class. You can learn a lot from fellow students.
- Having the mess be somewhere other than your house.
- Being around people who 'get' you.
- Receiving validation of your artwork.
- Being able to support your local small business owner/instructors by taking classes that they offer and purchasing supplies from them.
I understand that everyone doesn't have the ability to take a live class, and for you I am grateful that there are other options. However, if you can, and if classes are available where you are, or if you can travel to a class, I highly recommend it.
As a small business owner that offers in-store classes, I am always trying to find the right instructors and the right classroom topics that will interest my customers. I offer a variety of classes because I know that not everyone will like the same things. I know that everyone has different skill sets, different goals, different needs, and I hope that I can provide you with what you are looking for.
If you are local, I'd love to see you take some of our classes here at Blue Twig Studio. If you are not local, then I encourage you to explore the classes that might be available where you live. Of course, you can always travel and visit beautiful Colorado and take a class while you are here. We love having visitors from other places.
UPCOMING CLASSES AT BLUE TWIG STUDIO THAT YOU WILL ENJOY (just click the link)
Needle Case Class with Ruth Chandler - April 22nd
Arty Party with Deb Prewitt - April 23rd
Play Lab with Liz Kettle - April 26th
Stitch Journeys with Liz kettle - April 29th, April 30th, May 1st
Home Reliquary with Deedee Hampton - May 3rd
House of Gratitude Journal with Deedee Hampton - May 4th
Intro to Zentangle® Basics with Deb Prewitt, czt - May 10th
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