M E Fuller

Week 11. Online Learning.

Happy to see you back this week!

I hope you have your support group in place, because now we’re going to take a look at online learning, which can overwhelm the inspired student. You’ll need somebody in your life to encourage you to take a break!

Review.

Last week we claimed our support group.  Did you find a local artist/writer group to join? Did you explore author or artist blogs? Do you have a favorite or two? Have you researched workshops in your budget and locale? Did you join our Greyhairs Rising Facebook group? Keeping your support group alive and growing is critical to your success. We all need feedback and we need encouragement.

Online learning. So many options. Not enough time.

If you’re anything like me, once you start online research, you become overwhelmed with all the information and you can easily lose track of what’s important to your current work or level.

How can you decide what to keep for now and save for later?

  1. Focus – what is the focus of your current work? What do you hope to accomplish? What’s your goal?
  2. Theme – what is the theme of your current work?
  3. Struggle – what are you struggling with in your current work? Stick to topics that can help you find your way through to success.
  4. Time – limit the amount of time you will spend on the research each day. Make sure you allow for creative time and exercise.
  5. Bookmark – keep a log of sites you want to revisit or save for later. You can use a notebook, Word document or spreadsheet for this.

Online resources for you to explore.

Writers

  1. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters
  2. https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/
  3. https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-most-helpful-websites-for-writers-in-2016/
  4. http://www.writersdigest.com/writersresources
  5. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/7-great-online-research-resources-for-writers/

Artists

  1. http://www.art.net/links/artref/resources.html
  2. http://thevirtualinstructor.com/blog/8-painting-websites-and-resources
  3. http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/07/20/fine-arts-programs-slowly-move-online
  4. http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos
  5. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/free

And thousands more. Explore. Bookmark. Use.

Spend the week searching through these resources and see where they lead.

Prompt: Produce one piece from each resource and share your work with us.

Next week’s topic: Grants.   

See you back here next Sunday night!

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