I've been taking some amazing online art classes this year and I've got to tell you about one of them!
Are you taking any classes that you absolutely love? Here's 3 reasons why you should:
- It's so much fun!!!
Sometimes I get so busy and I don't stop and smell the roses and enjoy the joy of creating art. I'm really working on that this year. I forgot how fun it is to be a student and just get lost in creating art.
- Expand your skills
- Move out of a rut.
If you're feeling a bit "blah" in your creativity,
How do I evaluate a course?
Did the course make good on its promise?
In this case, YES! My drawing of feet (and legs) has been blah at best and oh-my-word-awful at worst. I'm not thrilled with my feet and legs but I can see the growth and change.
Christy not only shows us how to draw feet and boots, but also....
- faces- how to draw things on a small scale
- fashion - she goes through several different outfits and we get to practice drawing and painting plaid, jeans, leggings, cowgirl boots, scarves,
- Hair! Different styles and colors
- Backgrounds and basic shadowing so our girls don't look like they are floating!
Did I want to go through to the end?
I've taken classes that I haven't finished. Either I didn't keep up or I just lost momentum. The way Christy progresses through class, I wanted to keep going.
For example- in Week 1 we practice sketching.
In week 2- we go through painting.
In week 3, we revisit the watercolors and add in pen and ink to add depth and dimension. I wanted to get to week 3 to see my watercolors "pop."
Did I have fun AND Grow?
Sometimes in courses I get better but it's not so much fun.
Other times the course- for a variety of reasons- isn't very fun (in my opinion).
This was my first course with Christy Tomlinson and I did have fun and I did grow. I really enjoy the blend of videos and written tutorials. I'm giving it an "A."
I would sketch and paint along with her, pausing as I needed to catch up. It made me feel as if I was "in class."
The course is spread over 3 weeks but you have access to the material for a year. I finished it in about 4 weeks, working on it about 4 nights a week for 30-60 minutes a night.
If you are interested in it, here is the link to the Boot Girls course. I don't know Christy and I don't get a commission- I just love the course and recommend it, especially if you want a little boost in drawing people and painting them with watercolors.
How about you? What classes have you taken in 2014?