Let’s Kill Time Together.

So I don’t know about you, but I’m about a week into social isolating, and it feels like I’m slowly going insane. Usually, my weeks are quite busy, filled with 10-hour workdays, night classes, my art practice, plus trying to spend time friends and family.


Now, I just sit in my apartment, watching documentaries and making art. Don’t get me wrong; having time to work on my practice is an upside to this crazy situation; however, I do have to give my hands a break at some point.


So those breaks have to lead to short walks through High Park, cleaning my apartment or playing the new Animal Crossing. And if you couldn’t tell already, this is a massive change for me. It has been such a big switch from running around like crazy to staring at a wall for hours on end, and I know I’m not alone in this.


So if you are also having a hard time staying at home, and you have cleaned that cutlery drawer twice already, then I think it’s time I share something new with you.


(Also, side note this is no way sponsored - I just started using their service this week and think everyone, especially right now, could benefit from it. Okay, so back to the blog!)


Skillshare.


Skillshare is an online learning platform that empowers teachers and creatives by giving them a space to share their skills. The best part is that you get to watch these videos and learn from the comfort of your own home. 


They cover mostly creative skills: photography, animation, creative writing, etc. But if that is not your thing, they also have some lifestyle videos and marketing tools as well. 


When you first go to the SkillShare website, after you sign up, it can be quite daunting. There are a lot of lists, headings, and what seems like hundreds of videos. The videos or lessons can be anywhere from 16 minutes to 2 hours in length, and they also offer workshop series which can be longer as well. 


Currently, I’m jumping in and out of different topics. So I thought I would share with you the list of videos that I’m going through right now. 


So under marketing, I’m watching:

Insta Creative: Documenting Your Creative Journey on Instagram by Linda & David

Personal Branding: Crafting Your Social Media Presence by Kate Arends

How to Discover Profitable Design Trends Before Anyone Else – and Create Artwork with Mass Appeal by Cat Coquillette


Business analytics: 

Fundamentals of Google Analytics by Jeff Sauer

Pricing Your Work and Negotiating with Clients by Jesse LeDoux


Craft:

Painting with Thread: Modern Embroidery for Beginners by Danielle Clough


And lastly photography:

Art Photography: How to Photograph Your Art for Social Media by Sean Dalton

DIY Concrete-Look Backdrops for Product Photography by Tabitha Park


I’m currently diving into several of these videos at the same time since I can’t seem to focus right now - but I am really enjoying the service so far, it is a nice change from watching Netflix on the couch - it feels a little more productive. 


Skillshare is a paid service, $20.00 a month - which I think is pretty fair for the amount of product you are getting. However, you can get the first two months for free right now! This method is what I am currently doing - so I will give you an update if I end up buying the service, but for right now, I love it.


Here is my link to join SkillShare, since I had a hard time finding the two months free promo for myself. So why not share! Let me know if you try it out, and what classes you watch! 


- Sarah Zanchetta












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