Aren't we all? Women, men, even kids these days seems to be always walking the tightrope between this and that, dreams and duties, have-tos and want-its, creating and consuming. The pressures are pretty much unprecedented. Even though my mother had a busy life, filled with multiple pushes and pulls, she didn't have quite the pressure of consumer goods, high tech, always on, ever-needy technology. But here we are!
I've been wrestling with an online course version of my iPad in person workshops. Issues arise: Which platform will serve me and those taking the course best? Should I just go with Facebook as many seem to be doing? But for an iPad workshop I need a sturdy way to capture what it is those apps do and don't do. So maybe something like Zoom (a teleconferencing site that will allow live and recorded iPad screen capture) or Ruzuku, a really user friendly, put-all-the-lessons-and-resources-on-one-page service that Jane LaFazio, that wonder woman of content delivery, uses for her online teaching. Or a combination of one or more (won't that be confusing1) The last time I taught online on my own site (I did a free beta version of a text on textiles workshop) it was just clunky and not very satisfactory, but I didn't use video then, or much process info -- It was mostly a static PDF with a possibility for participants to post their work and comment, and not many did! I could develop or hire someone to make me an online course Wordpress blog --that seems to be another popular option (I think that's what Jane Dunnewold is using for her online community, but she has Zenna!).
I'd love feedback, especially if you have taken art workshops online and have a strong opinion about what works and what doesn't. So leave comments, please! IF you do leave a comment (and sign up for my newsletter) I'll send you a link to download my "100 Ways to Make a Mark on Fabric," a short fun list that will inspire your next textile experiment!