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need your help – take a brief survey for me?

This lockdown/isolation/social distancing has me wavering between ok and just restless. It’s given me a lot of time to think about stuff…including my art business. It’s been on hold for a couple of years now and understandably so. And for a while I was considering dissolving it and just puttering around with art when I felt like it.

But I’ve come to realize that without it I’m….lost. Bored. Feel like something is missing. I’m exploring different ways to begin again and one thing I’m really looking at is online classes. I’ve had a lot of requests for it and there’s always been a reason that I’ve not seen it through to conclusion. One of the items is what I’m asking for your feedback on.

I’m leaning toward a fully written class. Sort of like a magazine article on steroids with detailed explanations and lost of photos. You’d be able to download it in one fell swoop and have it forever. It would also be hosted online somewhere (exactly where is still under review) so that there can be question asking and chatting amongst classmates. But I’d like to know what you think of that before I venture off into writing land.

Below is a simple three question survey. You can answer as many options as you like, just give them a click. Would you do that for me? You’ll help Art Brain settle on a choice so I can herd her toward getting the task done. Thank you! 🙂

 

*** IF YOU DON’T SEE THE SURVEY BELOW, HIT THE REFRESH BUTTON ON YOUR BROWER AND IT WILL SHOW UP. I don’t know why. It’s technology. It gets a pass for being weird. ***

And if it STILL won’t load (should be three questions), click this link to go to the survey.

 

19 Comments
  • Kat Campau
    Posted at 16:30h, 31 July Reply

    I’ve taken 5 classes online during the pandemic. This is a good way to keep engaged in your art.

  • Jan Canyon
    Posted at 17:02h, 31 July Reply

    I recently attended the Color Marketing Groups color forecasting for 2022 workshop on Zoom. Using Zoom was new for me and I was in a panic as the volume control and camera on !y computer were nonexistent! I used my Fire tablet which worked great! I could see and interact with my group members. Don’t know if it would work as an adjunct to classes, but maybe for a Q&A?

  • Joy Davis
    Posted at 19:28h, 31 July Reply

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with

  • sue
    Posted at 12:47h, 01 August Reply

    I still have your Print, Design, Compose, Quilting Arts Workshop! My daughter and I had fun with it.

  • Roberta Whitmore
    Posted at 13:00h, 01 August Reply

    I am currently taking a painting class on zoom and it seems to be working well.

  • Lisa Reber
    Posted at 13:08h, 01 August Reply

    Video is a big help. Otherwise, you’ve got a magazine or a book.
    Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan include DVDs with their books as a bonus.
    Smack that introvert silly and talk to just one person when it’s video time.

  • Patti Devine
    Posted at 13:19h, 01 August Reply

    I have taken several online classes during the pandemic and found them inspiring and just what I needed to keep the creative energy going. I look
    forward to seeing what you create online!

  • Judith Clarkr
    Posted at 13:26h, 01 August Reply

    I learn better when there is print involved. I do not retain much from videos with no captioning and a musical sound track. I have come to appreciate video that shows the magic at work – with written direction. I have always worked from both sides of my brain.

  • Sarah Ann Smith
    Posted at 13:33h, 01 August Reply

    No matter what I see one question with three answers…. hope that’s what I’m supposed to see. I really like written instructions with tons of photos, but text plus video is good. A hybrid of the two would also work… text with pictures to print, plus video selectively. Reduces the amount of video you need to do, but would really help kinetic learners. And for working with paint, I think nothing beats watching the process. I’m taking a knitting workshop online and I LOVE that I can slow down or speed up the video on it. If I’m looking for a particular spot, going double time (besides the laugh at the Alvin and the Chipmunks effect on the voices) is useful so you don’t miss the part you want to watch. For learning a new technique– for example, moving the yarn in Norwegian Knitting–you can SLOW it down to watch where and how the fingers move and attempt to copy. That would be a useful feature in whatever platform you choose. I’m starting online LIVE classes via Zoom (which of course require less up front prep but more time), and am considering one or two that would be on a platform with pictures, text and some video. Not all of my classes would translate well to On Demand classes like this, but some would. Since you have a day job, On Demand makes a LOT more sense for you. Then if you want during that week off in summer you could schedule ONE “Live” workshop and charge lots extra. Keep us posted!

  • Jolyn Barrow
    Posted at 14:26h, 01 August Reply

    Thank you Lynn for asking. If video is part of the result, do you feel comfortable using that medium?

    I would suggest lots of practice. One thing I have found extraordinarily disruptive to my learning experience with online classes live or recorded is having to listen to people who have a lot of vocalized pauses. I recently heard an art teacher give her 20 minute instructions on whatever the topic and I had to stop listening because every other word was Ummmm. One thing that has always stuck with me from my required Communication classes is how to speak publicly without the vocalized pauses. Not having heard you speak before, maybe this isn’t an issue. Good luck with whatever decision you choose. We’re here for you.

  • NM Creatrix
    Posted at 16:23h, 01 August Reply

    I have attended LOTS of zoom classes and other more traditionaly offered classes. I am a visual learner, so the video is important to me, especailly if there is a download option (not many teachers offer that so keep that in mind). Lifetime access to the class is also nice, as my schedule varies… I suppose a photo and written instruction class would work, but is not my favored method of learning. Just my 2 cents worth. However you schedule it, I am sure it will be delicious. Looking forward to it.

  • Mary Jo Kaszubinski
    Posted at 16:40h, 01 August Reply

    I only had 1 question to answer but did it! I love the way Susie Monday does her online classes using ruzuku.com. It gives you the ability to work on your own and/or work and interact with the group. And the best is you keep the class forever to revisit or review ideas.

  • Deborah Harowitz
    Posted at 17:30h, 01 August Reply

    Marvelous! I’m so glad you are coming back to what you do so well. As someone who lives in the boondoggles with limited internet access (we have an obscenely small data cap) I prefer written classes with lots of photos and/or short video demos in a zip file. Once I get it on my computer I don’t have to worry about how much internet I’m sucking up 🤨
    But, I’m probably a small percentage of your students. Someday I’ll live somewhere with real internet access. 🤩

  • Judith Clarke
    Posted at 05:22h, 02 August Reply

    I posted a comment that I thought was on point about the questionnaire at about 1:15pm on 1 Aug 2020. I got the message that my comment was to be moderated. It then disappeared. What are the criteria for posting comments? Did my vote count? I had the percentages display. I am disappointed because I thought I was making a comment that might be of value to Lynn. (I have no website.)

    • Lynn Krawczyk
      Posted at 16:47h, 02 August Reply

      Hi Judith!

      I apologize, the comment moderation is a wordpress security thing. Once a user has commented three times and been approved three times then it doesn’t moderate them anymore. I’ve asked my website server if that can’t be turned off and she said no.

      Thank you SO much for taking the time to respond, I really appreciate your input!

      • Judith Clarke
        Posted at 14:50h, 03 August Reply

        Thanks for letting my know the ropes. I understand the reason for them now.. I appreciate your questions about how I learn. I have somehow operated using both halves of my brain for most of my life and find that video with detailed text is optimal for me to really grasp new ideas. I look forward to whatever you do. Thanks again.

  • Mary Jo Stipe
    Posted at 13:41h, 02 August Reply

    I’ve taken several classes online. I’m currently taking a class with Susie Monday on Ruzuku. I’ve also done three classes with Jane LaFazio and a couple with Linda Germain. I’ve also done several with Craftsy (now Bluprint). I haven’t yet done a class via Zoom, although our local quilt guild is doing a workshop in September that uses that platform. I find videos helpful as they usually clearly demonstrate a particular technique or process. Also like to have downloads of the class material that I can have on my computer to refer to whenever I like. In my mind, a class that is text plus lots of photos would fall into the category of an eBook and I’ve also purchased several of those. I don’t like a class where I lose the content in six months.

  • Amanda J Whitsel
    Posted at 19:41h, 19 August Reply

    I have a question about producing classes on zoom, If you know of a group who is talking about this could you point me in that direction. I am working on a UTube how to make a bag and am taking the advice I see here and doing it with written and video. Lynne, I love your work and am glad your heart is telling you to keep at it!

    • Lynn Krawczyk
      Posted at 19:51h, 19 August Reply

      Hi Amanda!

      Unfortunately I don’t know anyone personally that is using zoom to teach classes. There is a website set up with a directory of teachers in our art field. I’ll leave the link at the end of this comment. I would try contacting the site and ask if they know any zoom resources. I’ve run a couple of SAQA regional meetings but outside of that, I’m not very versed in it!

      http://www.globalquiltconnection.com/

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