I would love, love, love to get your feedback. I'm considering offering more classes in 2014 and I'd love to get your thoughts on what topics or projects you'd like to learn. This does not mean that you have to take the class or commit to the class in any way, shape, or form. Not at all!
It's just an opportunity for me to better understand your creative interests as I'm thinking about new class offerings. (And to sample some folks about their creative interests, at large.) I'd love to know more about what you want to learn, study, or create and see how I might offer creative guidance through an online or in-person class.
My art and craft work focuses primarily in paper, textiles, and/ or creative writing. I like to work with natural, up-cycled, or sustainable materials and often use found materials in my work too. And I'd be happy to teach courses or projects in any of these areas or even some combination thereof.
I've noticed that most current art and craft courses for adults seem to focus on projects but I'd be happy to cover projects or techniques. Or both. Some of you also remember my former life as a nonprofit arts administrator-- for 12 years I worked in fundraising, special events, and programming for various nonprofit galleries and theaters.
Last year, I offered several workshops in the Bay Area focused on fundraising for artists--writing grants, creating individual appeal letters, and launching online fundraising campaigns like Kickstarter to support art projects. I also offered the online course, INTERWOVEN and am thrilled to offer this class again March- May 2014. INTERWOVEN focuses on four different projects and offers a wide array of information surrounding those topics--crochet, soft sculpture, embroidery, and quilting.
But I'm thinking about offering other workshops in 2014 and I'd love your input. So if you would be willing to answer just three questions in a comment then I will select one person at random and send you a Made by Katrina art care package. Oh gosh, I'm excited just imagining what I'll include in this package! It will be a sampling of work I offer through my Etsy shop, materials I use in my studio, and at least one other original creation. It's an art care package from me to you--to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Okay, just answer these three questions in the comment section below by next Monday, Jan 20 at midnight. And if you're too shy or busy to leave a comment (nudge, nudge shy and busy folks among you) then I'm also going to create an anonymous survey on the sidebar with a briefer version. But I'd really love to know your thoughts. Did I say that yet? Okay, the three questions:
- Location: Would you prefer the class be offered online, in the Bay Area, or as part of a bigger arts offering like an art camp for adults where you take other creative classes while you visit?
- Subject: Textiles (sewing, dyeing, hand-stitching, embroidery, quilting, soft sculpture, etc), paper and/or printmaking (book arts, bookbinding, paper sculptures, linoleum block prints, banners, garlands, etc), creative writing (poetry, nonfiction, blogging, etc), or professional arts practices (fundraising, grant writing, appeal letters, artist statements, artist resumes, etc)?
- Details: Anything else you want to add! If you're thinking, "Oh, I'd really like to make a dress" then I'd love to know these details. Or if you've been looking for a class in a specific art/ craft subject area I'd love to know about it. Or if you took an awesome art class and want to go deeper--tell me about that too. Or if you've never taken a craft-focused class in your life then where would you want to start?
Thank you times 100. No, thank you times 100,000! I'd love to get your input whether you've been reading this blog for 6 years or 6 months or just about the last 6 minutes. Regardless, I'd love to know your thoughts and your own creative interests as I pursue opportunities to expand my teaching in 2014. Thank you much.