[Edit: the lessons have begun! You can find lesson #1, How to Make a Paper Mache Cat, here.]
I’m not procrastinating, honest. I really did start my figure sculpture. In fact, I’m now on the third one, because there’ s a bit of a learning curve going on. In fact, right now my latest attempt is sitting in front of the fan, drying. Which brings me to the reason for this post:
I need a fun and engaging project that wouldn’t take a great deal of time, to give me something constructive to do while my paper mache is drying. Then maybe I wouldn’t find myself wasting so much time watching uninspiring Netflix movies…
So, I’m thinking, maybe we could have a “class,” right here on this blog.
Here’s what made me start thinking about having a “class,” of sorts. A few weeks ago I was approached by a start-up company that’s putting together an online art school. They wanted to know if I’d like to be one of their teachers. It sounded like a lot of fun, but there was a downside. Only 20 people could take the class at any one time, and the students would have to pay for the lessons. As you probably guessed, most of my video tutorials are also low-key home-made commercials for my books, (see how I casually slipped that in?) so limiting the viewers to only 20 would be kind of self-defeating.
Still, a class would be fun, especially if there was a lot of feedback from readers. I’d know ahead of time that people were interested, instead of me just coming up with an idea for a tutorial all by myself. So here’s what I thought we might do:
If anyone is at all interested, we could start a list of things that people would like to make with paper mache. I’m hoping these would be things that I might actually be able to create some lessons for. Obviously, if it’s animal-oriented, that would help. (I don’t make paper mache bowls, so that wouldn’t be a good lesson choice until we could find someone else willing to give lessons in bowls. And I’m not so good with balloons. I gladly admit to my limitations.)
Then we could do the lessons much like the Pantalone Mask videos, with the steps broken down into fairly small peices so those of us with time constraints could follow along. Your part, if you chose to join in, would be to follow the steps, upload images of your work if possible, and then we all get to comment, suggest, and enjoy each other’s efforts. Then I put up another post for the next step until the whole thing’s done. Many people would find the posts on the blog next year, of course, but they could still get the full benefit of the lessons.
It doesn’t sound much different from my usual tutorial posts, except that I’m hoping it would be much more interactive. If anyone had problems with a particular step and found a better way to do it, we could all learn from that. And I’d get to actually see if my instructions “work” (I know you’re all too polite to mention it when I say things that don’t really make any sense…)
Does this sound like fun? If you were to “sign up” for a free online in-depth paper mache sculpture course, what specific thing would you want to make? Do you think there could be one particular sculpture that enough people would want to do? (I have received a lot of requests for cats, and there aren’t any cat tutorials on this site yet. Anyone interested in cats?)