I thought you might like to know that two of my online classes are open for registration right now.
The first is Rubber Stamping: Back to Basics and this really is a great foundation course for those of you who really want to get to grips with stamping and inkpads. I wrote a bit about it when it ran last December, but I’m going to repeat it here for the benefit of anyone who is new to me or my teaching.
Rubber Stamping: Back to Basics
5 WEEK COURSE STARTS JUNE 28TH 2011
In this workshop we will be covering all the basic steps needed to get you started with stamping. Ideal for complete beginners and those wanting a refresher, I will take you through the basics and show you some great cards along the way to practice your new found skills.
As this class is designed for complete beginners, the supply list may seem huge and even overwhelming at first, so it is something we will be covering in the very first lesson. It is easy to rush out and impulse buy a whole lot of stamping stash, but if nothing else, I hope this class gives you a better insight into what type of stamper you are and helps you decide what product is a good investment for you.
I had lots of people ask how it works last time, so let me explain.
Once you have set yourself up with a username and password on their site, you can enrol on any of their courses, including my Back to Basics one. Each course you enrol on has it’s own web page on the site which is known as a virtual classroom. There’s a news forum on there (think of it as the teacher’s blackboard), a general chat forum where you can get to know other students (the cafeteria) and each week there is a specific forum for that lesson where you can ask me any questions about the techniques or materials covered. By using this kind of structure, whenever anyone asks a question, all students benefit from the answer.
Each week a new lesson appears in the classroom. The first week of this class is an online presentation, but the other weeks all have videos in them. Week one is all about inkpads and many of the students from the first session tell me how this has been the most useful of all the lessons because they finally understand why they were getting poor results with their stamping.
Each week I suggest activities, but I must stress that homework is not compulsory and if you don’t have time to do it, that’s fine. You’ll probably get more out of the course if you can make the time to try out the activities, but my classes are a laid back guilt free zone, so it’s up to you.
There is a gallery where you can upload photos of your work and if you want constructive feedback, you can ask for it. I have to say, I’ve been so impressed at the work of my students – many of them have really embraced the course and jumped in with both feet. One of my first students is a lady called Paula and she has blogged a lot of her assignments for the course – click here to see her Back to Basics work on her blog.
I have had some really lovely comments about the course and I hope they don’t mind me repeating those comments here, but it will hopefully encourage others to have a go. The course is only $30 (around £20) which I think is actually a bargain for what you are getting. If you’ve missed watching my tutorials on TV, this is the next best thing!
Some comments from former students:
I’ve really enjoyed this course too. It’s filled in lots of areas I was unsure of and given me the confidence to try things. Glenda I think you’ve done a great job teaching us, thank you so much. I do hope there will be lots more on line classes to come as I think this is a great way forward especially for people who can’t get out and about easily.
Thanks Glenda – it’s been great fun. I think the videos have been extremely helpful – it’s nice to actually see something demonstrated (and be able to play it back again, and again).
I’ve also enjoyed the exercises – particularly making the swatches – and they are proving to be very useful. I love seeing everyone’s work – lots of ideas and inspiration.
The printed pdf files are so good for reference – and to see where I should be!
Can’t wait to get started on the next one.
I do hope you are able to do more courses in the future. Well worth the time and effort – thanks again for all your hard work.
Thanks from me also Glenda This has been an invaluable course. Its so important to know the basics and although life has got in the way of me doing so many of the exercises I have learnt a great deal from watching your videos and reading about others experiments with ink.
I have another class starting in July – Colouring 101, but I shall be back to tell you about that one in more detail soon.
PS – the card I used in the video in the last post is thick white and starlight white, both of which are in the Essential Card Pack that we sell on the website. We actually have some reduced packs for sale at the moment – our supplier miscounted the quantites, so we’ve reduced the price accordingly.