This brand-new workshop follows closely on the heels of The Wanderers, one of my most popular workshops ever.
One of the reasons I like small-scale workshops like Secrets of the Spirit Box is that both experienced artists and beginners can use them as little “meditations” when there is a bit of time and space in the studio between big projects. These assemblages provide a stress-free exercise in design and decision-making using materials that we usually have on hand.
I’m really excited about the Secrets of the Spirit Box. With three hours of videos, this engaging class shows you how to transform simple materials into a magic box assemblage with lots of places to hide secrets. Like The Wanderers, you can customize and adapt the ideas endlessly.
Also like The Wanderers, the workshop tuition is just $39 and the videos are downloadable and available forever – at least as long as I am around! You can go to the class link and view the Introduction for free.
The Secrets of the Spirit Box
Here are some more photos that I took while I was working on this project.
There are several parts to making a workshop like this in case you are ever interested in doing your own.
First, of course, comes the idea. I like to think of things that are almost fail-proof and always educational and enjoyable. Then you need to make some prototypes or samples to make sure your ideas are realistic and match your original concept in clarity and simplicity of process.
Next come the filming – break it down into manageable segments. I did one segment in this new workshop in which I made a Spirit Box from start to finish in one hour, no breaks. That was hard because I kept seeing new possibilities as I worked, but stuck to the plan anyway! (Some workshop designers film with their iPhone, but I use a Sony video camera on a boom stand.)
Then comes the editing. I use three different kinds of software depending on the project: Adobe Premiere Elements, Windows Movie Maker, and Vimeo Create. You can get a free 30-day trial of Adobe Premiere Elements to see if you like it. And, yep, you gotta just sit there and learn it. But learning is good.
And finally, you share your workshop online. I like Teachable a lot. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good option for me right now. If you want to do a practice workshop, try uploading your video to YouTube and see what response you get. It’s an interesting entry sharing platform.
Sharing what you know with other creative people is important and keeps you connected to the community of makers and artists.
So here’s MY latest share:
Secrets of the Spirit Box
I”d love to have you join me! Thanks for reading!
Such a helpful workshop, clear and concise but with a twist of humor. Thanks for all the extra tips!! And yes learning is good!!
Thanks, Marian – you have the soul of a spirit woman!!
Takes one to know one!!
You are amazing!! Not only do you offer fabulous workshops at an affordable price,and are generous with your material,but you also give tips and ideas on creating one’s own workshop!
Gotta say,I have a girl crush on you! lol
Thank you! xx