Don't buy the course BEFORE reading this!!!
90% of Students Don't Finish
First of all, 90% of the people who enroll in online courses don't finish the course. Second of all, learning name painting is a LOT harder than it looks. That being said, my goal in creating this online course is to make the lessons fun, easy, and engaging so that you watch all the videos and complete all the homework. Not every person is artistically talented and will become a professional name painter. But if you are able to GET THROUGH h all the lessons and complete the course, I will have been a successful teacher - and you a successful student.
The Difficulties of Online Learning
Making an online course is tough. The videos can't be TOO ENTERTAINING, otherwise the students will just sit back and watch the videos without doing any of the homework. The lessons must have very clear and actionable assignments for the students. The lessons can't be TOO DIFFICULT, otherwise the students will be disheartened and not finish the course. The lessons can't be TOO EASY, or the students will feel unmotivated and impatient. I've done a lot of research and investigation in what makes an online course successful, I hope I have combined the just the right ratio of entertainment and education for this online platform that motivates you to learn and paint!
Our Game Plan
Step 1) Gather Materials
So the first step is to gather your materials, and craft your tools. This may take you up to 2 weeks. The time spent I spent in creating the videos for the material and tool prep is almost as much as the time spent in creating the lessons - it's very valuable stuff - so please excuse me if that information isn't free.
Step 2) Jump in and Paint!
After you gather all your materials, I want you to print out the worksheets, and do Lessons 1-4 all in the ONE SITTING (we will save Lesson 5 for later). I want you to just POWER THROUGH. It should take less than 1 hour to finish all 4 lessons. The goal will be to just be to make bad paintings and just understand how difficult this is. You will have time to master your skill later.
If you have gotten through Step 2 - congratulations! You have technically completed 90% of the course. As long as you have fun and have had a good time, I'm happy for you.
But realistically, it probably was difficult and frustrating. Do you remember in the Karate Kid movies, there is always a scene where the protagonist was beat up by bullies? If Step 2 felt like that, Step 3 is going to be "wax-on, wax-off." Time to train.
Step 3) Time to Train
I want you to do schedule out the next 10 weeks doing the 5 lessons. You may not understand what you are doing, but trust me. It will work. Our goal will be to build muscle memory.
Weeks 1 - 2: Lesson 1: Strokes
- Practice each stroke 50x. The repetitive motion will engrain the movement into your muscle memory. By the time you are done, you won't even need to think about it. It will be a reflex.
Weeks 3 - 4: Lesson 2: Objects
- Practice each object 25x. Our goal isn't to make the objects perfect - that will come with time. Many students get weighed down by wanting to make the objects perfect. Don't fall into that trap. See the bigger picture. Our goal is to train muscle memory. By the time you are done, you won't even need to think about it. It will be a reflex.
Weeks 5 - 6: Lesson 3: Characters
- Practice EACH character 12x. (4x on worksheet/ 4x on blank paper with guidelines/ 4x on blank paper without guidelines) A lot of students have fun with this section because this is finally where we start painting people.
Weeks 7 - 8: Lesson 4: Letters
- Practice EACH letter 9x. (3x on worksheet/ 3x on blank paper with guidelines/ 3x on blank paper without guidelines). As the assignments get more advanced, we are simultaneously DECREASING the amount of homework. The principle of increased intensity/ decreased load is something that is common is weight lifting and gymnastics. This method of training provides surprisingly amazing results with only moderate effort. Art is no exception to this rule.
Weeks 9 - 10: Lesson 5: Full Name
- Practice the name 6x. (2x on worksheet/ 2x on blank paper with guidelines/ 2x on blank paper without guidelines) Make sure to finish strong! Give yourself a pat on the back for completing your training.
Hopefully now you will get a sense of my teaching style and what I expect from my students. Watching the videos won't make you good, PRACTICING is where the learning really happens. Some parts of training will be boring and tedious - but you need to learn to enjoy the process. Stick with training and be patient.