Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our new blog page, CraftEdu.com


Welcome to our new blog page! I tried Wordpress - it was a total mystery to me. I couldn't figure out how to do anything - Blogspot is so much easier to use. So, while I did manage to get the blog up, we'll have to present interesting things for you to see and read.

The first blog is about a new venture that we've been working on for about 2 years now. How and why there is a CraftEdu. It began after one of those horrendous travel days. Delays, delays. Missing a flight and then having to beg husband Vernon to drive to Denver (2 hours each way) to get me (or spend the night in the Denver airport). I love to teach, it's just what it took to get to my students and home again that was really getting my goat.

So, I whined (yes, I whined) "Vernon, pullease help me. Can you figure out a way I can teach from home? Pleeeease?"

Now, I'm married to a man who has the gift of making things happen. I may have some great ideas, but he's the one who knows how to turn an idea into something concrete, something real. So, he began working.

Initially, our project would be all video. I'd done a lot of video work. Thanks to Carol Duvall, I could handle myself reasonably well in front of the camera and I instinctively understood how to step out and design a project presentation. We bought three cameras. We bought a mini job. We bought lots of lights, monitors and mics. We turned our garage into a shooting studio and it looked really good.

We shot about 10 projects, then turned them over to our editor. He edited 3 and the remaining footage is still on his hard drive. What we did discover is that video production, well done, is extremely costly and not always the best way to present in depth information. It not only depends on the presenter, it depends on the skill of the crew. It is a time consuming, expensive, difficult way to teach. We still could have done it, but things didn't go that way. So, we turned our attention to other ways of teaching online. Initially, we were going to go the downloadable pdf route. It seemed very doable.

By a stroke of luck, we found a company who had designed and spent about 2.6 million dollars on a teaching platform. This platform made it possible to include self generated video, text, still images, narration and even annotation onto the images (this is the John Madden football thing, red lines, arrows).

If I were an athlete, I'd play football or basketball, not singles tennis or golf. By nature, I like being part of a team. I like to surround myself with great, talented people. So, I then sought to put together a creative team - a Pro Bowl of artists! Artist/teachers like myself, who travel and teach (and might wish to spend a little more time at home).

Happily, there are many innovative, wonderful, artist/instructors who like to play football, too. Together, we are a team, a powerhouse of creativity. We bring hundreds of years of perfecting our media. We will bring what we know and what we do, to our students. This is CraftEdu. The place where possibility becomes reality. The place where the journey is the goal.

I hope you join us on our journey.

Donna


23 comments:

  1. Good luck on your new venture and congrats on your new blog!

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  2. Can't wait to hear more. Good luck and congratulations on your new venture. Hugs and smiles

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  3. Welcome to Blogspot, my friend. I use it for my blog and find it easy, stable and secure. I am looking forward to more of your posts!

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  4. Thanks folks! Hey Kenny, tell Con how to post! Cheers, D

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  5. Can't wait to hear more, Donna! Congrats on taking this big step that will help so many crafters!!!

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  6. Yes, Donna is right...so easy! Thanks Donna!!!

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  7. congratulations.......can't wait to hear more about this venture. I like online classes since i live in Canada and it's easier for me to teach from the comfort of my home! It gets costly travelling to the States. So i totally understand you wanting to teach from home. I think it's the wave of the future. Have you considered using Skype?

    Love, Violette

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  8. Violette!

    I just learned how to Skype! You know, it may one day be possible to Skype classes. Getting this blog set up tested my very limited computer abilities. I get down on my knees and thank heaven for Blogspot!

    yva, did you put up a blog on Blogspot? I could not believe how intuitive it is and how "help" really did help me!

    Grand Duchess - you know, this is the way all of us can reach students we could otherwise not see. Classes can be really intensive, comprehensive and cover a lot of information - and will be as like having us with you as we can make them. We'll be able to present the content that we teach over a weekend workshop into a class - not just the simple stuff! And, students will have ample time to learn and do what we teach. I'm really excited!

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  9. I'm Looking forwards to this teaching academy... and be a faithful reader of this blog.

    Vernon and you: what a team!!!

    LOL (Lots of Love) from a snowy Paris
    Marylo, la rêveuse
    http://reveusedebijoux.canablog.com

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  10. Donna, i am sure you will be a computer expert in no time ;) it's really not that difficult, just find the easy tools and you are half way there!

    Take care!
    Iris.

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  11. Dona,
    i wish you a lot of luck and i know that it going to be.
    love,
    Eti Raz.

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  12. Everything is easy and simple with blogspot!
    Personally I am a real fan of you! Only book I own about polymer clay is your The Art of Polymer Clay, Creative Surface Effect. I've learned a lot from the book. Everytime I open the book I discover something new to learn. Thank you and welcome to Blogspot.com!

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  13. This sounds very exciting - I cannot wait to find out more. Good Luck and congratulations on your new venture.

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  14. Join you on your journey?

    I would love to!
    Congratulations - consider yourself bookmarked!

    Kylee

    PS - I'm sure it will be more successful than shipping parcels of wine from France to your home!

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  15. CONGRATULATION AND HAVE LOTS OF LUCK WITH YOUR NEW VENTURE EVEN THAT WE PREFER TO SEE YOU IN LIVE BUT ABSOLUTLY ITS GOING TO A GREAT PROFIT TO ALL YOUR STUDENT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
    HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON IN SYNERGY
    MUCH LOVE
    PINKI

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  16. Congratulations Donna.

    Just wait til you start trying out all the blogspot widgets! You'll have a blast!

    :)

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  17. As a wheelchair user, attending conferences is a daunting endeavor, thank you so much for exploring this idea !

    peace,
    River

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  18. I have always loved watching you on Carol Duvall, and I finally got to meet you and see you in person at CHA in Anaheim, so now this new adveture is going to mean even more fun! Thanks, and can't wait to see what you come up with!Cheryl

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  19. Donna... what an exciting new venture... can't wait to to see how it all plays out. Best of Luck and Congratulations!

    Smiles,
    Jana

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  20. Congratulations !!
    I'm looking forward to your posts in this new blog! I'm sure it's going to be a great success!!!

    Best regardes
    Efrat

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  21. Congrats! Looking forward to seeing how your adventure unfolds!

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  22. Donna, congrats, this looks to be exciting.

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  23. I have just read and watched most of the blog. I should have been in my studio but I became entranced. How do you do all that you do, and so well? Thank you, this is wonderful.
    ann

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