First Ever ZOOM Class Report

First Ever ZOOM Class Report

Have you ever done something that you were glad you did, but were equally glad it was behind you? I did something like that this past weekend with my first ever ZOOM class.

First Ever ZOOM Class

How and Why it Happened

Late this summer, I received an email from Ann Kullberg asking if I would consider doing a class. She was looking specifically for a class on landscapes and had seen enough of my landscape work to ask me.

I’ll be honest. I don’t consider myself video material. That’s why I’ve never produced videos on my own. So although I was honored and humbled by the inquiry, my first reaction was to decline.

But what if it was a door opened specifically for me at this specific time? How could I decline?

So I said “yes” and the table was set for my first ever ZOOM class.

About the Class

Landscape drawing was the chosen topic because Ann told me that her readers were hungry for landscapes. I wasn’t so sure until I remembered my own searches for help doing landscapes. It seemed in those early days that no one was doing landscapes.

My experiences with this class confirm Ann’s comments. Artists and students really do seem to be looking for instruction in drawing better landscapes.

This wasn’t the typical step-by-step tutorial class.

Instead, I used one of my drawings, Spring Storm shown below, and showed how I develop a landscape drawing through the initial sketch to the finishing touches. I did do a little bit of drawing at each phase (sketch, base layers, modeling, and detailing), but the focus was providing basic principles to use for any type of drawing.

First Ever ZOOM Class artwork
Spring Storm, the artwork on which the class was based.
How it Went

The class started out bumpy because of technical issues with one of my cameras. The camera worked at home, but I couldn’t get the application to work after setting up for the class. The camera worked fine and I was able to use it without the app, but I couldn’t zoom or adjust the focus.

I still don’t know what the problem is, but I can say in hindsight that it was a good thing. It gave me something to think about other than the class itself! Once I discovered I could still use the camera, it was as if the hard part was over.

The class itself went well despite a few miscues on my part. I totally missed some of the things I’d rehearsed, but also offered other information as it came to mind. The students were happy, and I even received thank-you emails from a couple of them, hoping I would consider doing another class.

The most interesting thing to me was learning what preparations were helpful and what preparations were not.

Will I do another class?

A second class is already scheduled for January 27, 2024. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that it’s already full. However, there is a waiting list. You can read all about it here and add your name to the waiting list if you wish.

And, yes, I am thinking about additional classes. I now know what to expect, what to do differently and what not to do at all, so the prospects look a bit brighter.

The Bottom Line

My deepest thanks to Ann Kullberg and her team, especially Priscilla Summers. I would not have thought of doing something like this on my own. I’ve never thought I would do well with video teaching. Writing has always been my strong point. But when doors open like this, I understand that I need to walk through them.

I also want to heartily thank all of those who took a chance on a first time video class teacher. It wouldn’t have worked without all of you, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Who knows where all this will lead. I sure don’t.

But it has given me food for thought.

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  1. Congratulations on your class, Carrie. I am feeling more comfortable doing landscapes (backgrounds for my animal portraits) and I think I have learned a lot from seeing how your beautiful landscapes are created. We artists can always learn from other artists and continue to grow.

    1. Peggy,

      Thank you for your very kind words and congratulations.

      I’m glad you’re feeling more comfortable including landscapes in your pet portraits. You know, that’s how I got started doing landscapes!

      And yes, there are so many things we can help each with when it comes to learning new skills and techniques.

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