Are you someone who makes New Year’s resolutions? I love the chance to think through what worked for me in a year, and what aspects of my life I’d like to adjust. It seems like each year, without fail, I promise myself more time for creativity.
For me, being able to sit down with a paintbrush, or with the goal of creative writing, or a list of new ingredients I’ve never tried makes me feel whole.
Creativity = self-care
To that end, I bought myself a year-long membership to Skillshare in January 2016. If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, here’s how the community describes itself:
Skillshare is a learning community for creators and makers. Anyone can join Skillshare to enroll in online classes, watch video lessons, create projects, and even become a teacher.
Our mission at Skillshare is to unlock the world’s creativity. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better. We’re dismantling the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to.
At first, I wasn’t sure a membership would be worth it for me. But last year, I completed dozens of classes in everything from writing to logo design to watercolor painting to marketing. Skillshare has over 13,000 student-reviewed classes in…
Being able to enroll in a class that sounded interesting and had thousands of positive reviews with the click of a button, and having the ability to watch a video lesson while I folded a load of laundry or brushed my teeth produced a such spark of creativity for me last year!
Want to see some of what I created?
How to Make French Macarons
With Marie Asselin’s incredibly detailed instructions, I was able to master French macarons on the first try. Seriously!
Hand Lettering for Chalk Murals
Okay, so I don’t have a huge chalkboard wall in my house, but I do have a real penchant for birthday chalkboards. Loved Lauren Hom’s technique!
Here’s my project for the class:
Getting Your Podcast Off the Ground
Did you know that before there was an Evie+Sarah podcast, there was a Skillshare project? Yup, it was Neil Patel’s class that got us from conception to reality.
Expressive Little Faces: Proportions, Painting, Personality
How cute are these portraits?? This is a class that I’m still working on. Amarilys Henderson makes it look so easy to paint these little faces with awesome examples and explanations.
Here’s a practice page of mine from Instagram:
And there were tons more classes and projects I completed in 2016. My latest fascination: Modern Watercolor Techniques.
Curious, aren’t you??
If you’ve ever thought you could use more creativity in your life, you’ve got to give Skillshare a try! Right now, you can get a 3-month membership for only $0.99.
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