"Distance learning for a practical subject?
I didn't give a thought as to how distance learning would work for such a practical subject when I enrolled with ArtyBird. I must have just assumed it would - and it has! I've now completed the C&G Foundation course and am doing the Intermediate, and I am really enoying the experience.
The learning material and support provided is excellent - step-by-step instructions when tackling something for the first time and regular aide-memoire sheets when revisiting a technique. Kate's at the end of the phone too, and I've found it very useful to be able to talk to her about how things are going (particularly when I feel they're not going so well) and to benefit from her advice and many years of experience. I've found Kate's approach to be objective, constructive and motivating (and the latter to be particularly important when working alone).
Fitting in distance learning can be difficult and I've really appreciated that Artybird are understanding and have let me have the time to complete assignments. No rigid deadlines.
I've got to mention too that I've loved the exposure to things other than feltmaking - drawing, painting, collage, the work of great artists and sculptors. I've tackled things that I never thought I could tackle - the outcomes have been variable, but my knowledge has expanded and, as a result, my work continues to develop and I've grown as a feltmaker."
Paula, Jersey 2013