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.