(I just thought I would throw in this picture of my son a few years ago after he got into the art supplies. Doesn't every parent have pictures like this? Good times.)
I just have to take a minute to say that I am thrilled with the response I have been getting from my blog. As you probably know my spring class is my first online art class. I originally thought I would just be sharing these art ideas with my friends and I never would have guessed that so many other people would become interested in following along. I have received emails from people in New Zealand, and Switzerland and Canada and all over the country that are looking forward to following along with me and my son in less than 3 weeks. Many people are organizing groups to follow along and throwing an art exhibition night together. When I think about all this is just makes my eyes water because I believe so strongly in the importance of art for children. I am just thrilled to know that there are so many wonderful parents out there that desire for their children to have great opportunities for learning and growth. I am grateful to see that the world is full of parents that are willing to drop what they are doing and spend one-on-one time teaching their children even if it means making a big mess with art products. Thank you to everyone that has emailed me and has encouraged me in my efforts, it has meant a lot to me. In the next couple days I will be posting more info about the class including a basic outline and more about what I am trying to teach. The class is an ART class where elements and fundamentals and materials will be introduced in a simple and fun ways for the age group I am focusing on...... I will explain more about what that means in the next few days. If this is your first time on my blog I hope you will read more here and follow along with us starting on March 14th!
One thing that I wanted to mention briefly as well is that I have had many people request that I document the class in a pdf format that parents can print. That is not something I would have thought of, however I love that idea. I am excited to say that I am beginning to work on the pdf and I am hoping to have as much of it done as possible by the first class. Because of the amount of time that it takes to put that together I am going to be selling the pdf to those that are interested. The online class is still completely free, but for those that want a hard copy of the class there will be the option of paying for the pdf. I will also be throwing in some extra projects that I love but I just could not fit into the class. I have far too many project ideas for this class and my friends keep reminding me that I need to focus on my favorites and keep it simple as to not overwhelm the parents or the kids. So I thought I could throw in a few of those ideas on the pdf that I would just love to share. I am excited about the possibility of making a little profit from my efforts - however I do not want anyone to feel obligated to buy the pdf. It is just an option that I am providing in response to the request. I am excited about it.