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Don’t forget that Creative Strength Training by the fabulous Jane Dunnewold is kicking off on March 1. Don’t let this class pass you by, it’s the opportunity to nurture yourself and your Art Brain. Use coupon code CSTGROUP to save $20 off the class fee.

I want to be very very very very very clear. I am not bashing attending classes in person. I have great respect for teaching in person. I do it when I’m able but in reality, it’s not all that often. Life is full (wonderful, but FULL) and it leaves me with a gap. My schedule and family obligations keep me from going everywhere I want to be. Not to mention that my immune system is still healing so the size of crowds at retreats are pretty much out of the question for at least until 2020.

I will continue to take classes in person and to teach classes in person (booked at a couple locations for next year already – woot!) but it’s not enough. It’s just not enough. I want more.

So what does that leave me with? When I get that itch to learn new things and connect with other artists, the easiest way for me to do that is online. Both as a teacher (coming soon) and a student. Here are five reasons why I love online classes:

#1 – DAY AND NIGHT.  Online classes are there all the time. All.The.Time. I can attend on my lunch break at work or while waiting for appointments or in the evening when I’m unwinding from work. (Attending in your penguin pajama pants is pretty nifty too.)

#2 – VALUE. There are no travel costs (transportation, food, shipping supplies). Which means I pay for the class and get busy getting busy.

#3 – COMMUNITY. In one of the online classes I recently took, there were several international students taking it as well. I love connecting with people from all over the world. The WORLD. It’s so exciting to make art with so many different perspectives.

#4 – MORE CLASSES. I like to learn. Lots. And this way I can make my own roster on any topic I’m hankering to find out more about.

#5 – LOOP MODE. I can rewind and back up and re-read and re-visit any part of the class I want to. I like that I don’t have to pressure myself into trying to take perfect notes or remember everything because let’s face it, that ain’t gonna happen. Having all aspects of the class available for long periods of time is comforting.

Why am I writing about this? Well. Partly because I’m taking a drawing class from Susan Shie right now and I’m starting Creative Strength Training with Jane Dunnewold in a couple days and I’m also taking some business classes online. And I love it all. I love that nothing is off limits and I hear so many people hesitating to take the leap into learning online. 

Maybe give it a shot. It’s not scary and you’ll get to meet a lot of wonderful people. And get to make things and learn new skills and it’s just one big bucket of happy. 🙂