New Classes

I’ve been teaching on Outschool for the past month and am enjoying the freedom immensely. I get a weekly list of requested classes that I can build curriculum around. Personally, I’d be interested in taking most of them myself. ha

I’ve launched new workshops on Outschool this week, as well as new sections for the ones I’ve already been teaching. I am building several others and, moving forward, will be offering one-time, one-hour classes with multiple downloads and additional video tutorials.

Doing classes with one set meeting time allows me to schedule more one-on-one time tutoring if it’s needed. The initial worksheets go into the majority of the details and, being that most are drawing classes, I’m able to get right into the actual drawing having basic knowledge on technique out of the way. It puts less stress on the student by giving them a basic overview of practical skills they can start with.

My newest class is one that I’m really excited about…

Class: Illustrating Your Own Map for Writers & Gamers

This analog drawing class will take you through the steps of designing your own map for use in creating your own world or in running games.

Having taught Procreate for a month now in three separate sessions, I’ve streamlined the class going forward. Animation was my biggest request, but the focus of the class are the core gestures used to create within the app, so I’ve made the animation section longer by making it a bonus video tutorial…

Class: Procreate on the iPad Pro for Beginners

You can create just about anything in Procreate on the iPad Pro, it is a really powerful tool, and I’ll go over the basics on how to use it properly and build useful skills while having fun.

Surface Pattern Design is where my heart is, so this one I’m especially passionate about teaching…

Class: Pen & Paper Surface Pattern Design

Learn how to find inspiration from everything around you and create a decorative surface pattern that you can design anywhere with just a pen, paper, scissors, and tape.

If you have a K-12 student who is eager to learn, loves playing with and exploring new skills, join me on Outschool! If you are an adult who is interested in taking courses with me, I’m going to start offering them online for adults as well. Announcements coming in February!

And don’t forget, if you’d like monthly downloads and weekly interactions with me, come join me over on Patreon. As always, thank you for being here! xo

In My Element

Water came up this morning as Temperance. Being able to channel water is to adapt and move with the terrain while carving your own path through it slowly. Water means my teaching style today is about listening, taking things slowly to uncover the student’s personality so that I can best reach them. It’s about gentleness, not necessarily plowing through with my normal level of weird.

My online class starts today and I’ll pull three cards, one for each class. Just things to think about, as I don’t use the cards for divination but as prompts.

My second class, the Hermit appears. This, again, guides me to be myself and to listen for cues from my student. Being in familiar territory, my footing on the path is easy if I stick to my course outline and focus on my goals for the class.

The last class of the day, my third class, is lively and concerned with intellectual pursuits. I’ll have two classes under my belt for the day, so this will help me “stand my ground” and maintain the illusion of control. ha Water still the underlying theme, it’s ok for me to let a little of my “muchness” show and step up my game.

Using another deck, I’ll pull one final card for myself.

My Wolf totem knew I needed her. Pack Alpha.

My intent to pull one card for the day, became my favorite deck’s action to show me two. My totems don’t generally play around.

Starting this morning in meditation was a good move on my part. The unstruck sound of the Golden Egg. “No rushing, pushing, or grasping.” I know this speaks to my anxieties about my third class, which is double the size of my other two. It also reminds me that time can be adapted if I need to tutor outside of class, that I’m in “control”, and to be open to responses.

My Alpha needs to be gentle today, but firm.

Wolf has stood by my side all my life. She is inked on my back and lives across my heart. She reminds me with a gentle fanged mouth over my hand that I have a good support group, and to follow and stay strong in my natural, intuitive flow. “Embrace all, exclude none.” Tolerance will burn off my nervous energy and control is fluid.

Mouse poked her head in to remind me to stay organized, that this was a meaningful project, and that the nervous is ok.

Overall, listening to my intuition and my students, being true to myself and my curriculum, and remembering that I’m in control and can adapt as I need to are my lessons for today. Fear of the unknown, as it’s the first time teaching on this platform, is normal. I’m excited for the possibilities and I’m looking forward to meeting my students. We will have four classes together over this week and next.

Deep breath. Coffee. Move forward.