DWYL WEBucation e-courses, with Instructor Rebecca E. Parsons, are conducted in a supportive, nurturing environment within a password-protected website. The website is easy to navigate to make your classroom experience enjoyable and conducive to learning. The study at your convenience concept allows you to work at your own pace, in your time frame and in your fuzzy bunny slippers…if you so desire. At 2 AM or 2 PM, the DWYL student can choose to work whenever they like during the quarter.
PhotoShop Designer Series – Mixed-Media Explorations
If you have ever wanted to do something special with your photos and artwork, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is the place to begin. This series will take you into the magical world of digital painting…If you are not currently using the computer as an art tool, you are missing out on a world of creativity! Take advantage of today’s technologies to add a new dimension to your artwork. These classes will catapult your digital paintings to a new level of sophistication. Great for quilters, fine artists, mixed media artists, altered artists, muralists, book artists, fabric artists…almost any artform will benefit by adding these tools to your skill set. You will graduate with a portfolio of new artwork.
Explorers grab your passport and visa as we head off on a grand adventure. We will use your artwork, your photos, clip art, custom brushes, text and more to find new ways to add interest and excitement as we create new works of art. The possibilities are endless as we explore blending modes, layers, levels, opacity and brushes. We will also learn how to create and add a copyright mark to protect your images. You will be given the techniques, resources and inspiration for a lifetime of creative play. You will graduate energized, motivated and confident to create your own digital artwork. Get you feet wet price…$108. You will not believe what you get in this loaded beginner class. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
The journey into PhotoShop digital painting continues in this project-based course. We will use your artwork, your photos, clip art, custom brushes, text and more to to find more ways to add interest and depth as we create new works of art. We will explore PhotoShop Elements’ Artistic Filters in depth in two of the modules. The third module will be about selections (cutting something out precisely to use in collage, another photo, etc.) There will be up to 3 different artwork projects per module. You may purchase the whole package (your best price) or by the module alone. The choice is yours. $128. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
You asked for it…so here it is…a class that teaches you how to create your own fascinating textures and alluring backgrounds and brushes from scratch within the PhotoShop (Elements and CS) software. Plus we will create one-of-a-kind textures using your own photos and artwork and imagination. Each lesson will explore a unique process from abstract patterns to crystal textures, from loops and grunge to gold and rust…swirls, marbles, leaves and grass…you name it…we create it in this intriguing class. A good beginner class to get your feet wet in PhotoShop…learn while you create…IT’s FUN!!! $128. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
Bring your imagination to this class! In this class we put away the technical “how to” stuff and focus on playful creativity using the full range of Photoshop’s power. Explore, experiment and learn what is possible. In this spellbinding intermediate class students will create captivating dreamy, fantasy and ghostly digital paintings in PhotoShop. We will explore depth and dimension with special effects. We will discover imaginative, creative techniques using your own images and artwork to make new, unique and treasured works of art. $128. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
There will be two more classes in this series introduced in early to mid 2011. Get on the notify list for the next session!
Addicted on Pixels & Hooked on Pixels (PhotoShop for Mixed-Media Artists)
These quick project-based classes are Learn While You Create. No Tech Speak Allowed. I take you deep into the magical world of digital painting…but be warned, it can be habit forming!!! Take advantage of today’s technologies to add a new dimension to your artwork a surprise yourself. Get on the notify list for the next session!
Digital Scrapbooking Designer Classes
Brand spanking new classes! Have you ever wanted to design patterned papers, textures, brushes, alphabets and other elements used in digital scrapbooking…but you don’t know how? Do you have tons of ideas, but every time you open PhotoShop you end up frustrated and settle just to buy them from others? All you need is the desire…I will show you the rest in the series of quickie classes that will have you creating items you can use in the first 10 minutes! Rebecca is an award-winning scrapbooker and graphic designer who will share her vast knowledge of PhotoShop and design principles.
Digi Designer 1 – Patterns and Paper
Learn to create beautiful patterned papers for your layouts. We create 8 pages in this beginner-level class. Get on the notify list for the next session! Get on the notify list for the next session!
Digi Designer 2 – Textures
Learn to create textures to enhance those papers. We create 8 textures in this beginner-level class. Get on the notify list for the next session! Get on the notify list for the next session!
Digi Designer 3 – Brushes
Learn to create your own brushes to enhance your papers further. We create 8 brushes in this intermediate-level class. Get on the notify list for the next session! Get on the notify list for the next session!
There will be more classes in this series introduced in mid- late 2011. Get on the notify list for the next session!
What are you waiting for?
It is so easy to get on the web today!
A blog is fast, easy to learn and affordable…sometimes even FREE!
We can walk you through the process of starting a blog, creating a look and feel and teach you how to make the images of your artwork so irresistible that people will beg to own a piece!
Blogging is the single best way of reaching your audience and creating a following of fans and collectors. Every artist needs a blog today! Trust me, Leonardo DaVinci would have a blog today! $28. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
3-75 minute telephone calls (click on class name for full details & registration)
If you long to leave your full-time job, this class is for you. If you need to earn some money with your art, this class is for you. If you want to open an online shop, this class is for you. Explore what is involved in starting an art business and what it takes to make it successful in this 3-part teleseries. Two calls will focus on the business of BEing an artist. The third call is a Q & A session where you can ask anything you want. $38. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
Zen Doodling – My take on Zentangles
My take on the wonderful art of zen drawing for relaxation, creativity and imagination. You will be introduced to the artform with a killer video that will have you dreaming of patterns and doodles. Then twice a week for 6 weeks, you will receive a zen doodle prompt with a pattern to jump start your doodles. $28. Register OR Grab it as a Gift!
The Art of Doodle Portraits – $58 4 classes + Q&A session
If you ever wanted to incorporate faces into your artwork, this fun and easy to master workshop is for you. My method will have you drawing faces within the first half hour of class. Then we will explore the different features in depth…mouth, nose, eyes and hair. In this combo video instruction, written instruction and Q&A session, you will learn to love drawing faces as much as I do.
Classes are conducted by video, audio and detailed written notes in PDF format. Each week a new technique is introduced that will build on the previous week’s skills. You can spend the time between sessions playing with these skills and building confidence. There will be ample time for individual help within the forum. Your designs will become even more adventurous and you will most probably be inspired to learn more graphic and computer skills.
Traditional artists, scrappers, mixed media, collage, book artists and craftspeople of all types will learn a variety of stand alone, transfer and embellishment techniques to create exciting PROFESSIONAL projects. All skill levels are welcome. Beginners should have a basic understanding of the tools and functions of PhotoShop Elements and/or Photoshop/CS.
Materials: A complete materials list will be sent upon registration. You will need :
- A copy of either Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop CS installed on your computer. A free 30-day trial of the latest Photoshop Elements is available at www.adobe.com. I strongly recommend Photoshop Elements version 7.0 or 8.0.
- High-Speed Internet connection to ensure that you can open and view the video tutorials.
- A basic knowledge of the tools and functions of Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS.
Workshops can be accessed online anytime 24/7 for the length of the quarter.
A work at YOUR own pace classroom…on YOUR schedule.
Participation in the forum is optional, but encouraged. You are welcome to share your experiences and musings and your art at any time. Participation brings connection, not judgement. We are here to support each other’s dreams.
I am available to answer your questions here: Contact Rebecca
Launched in 1995, Rebecca E. Parsons’ Do What You Love Workshops have trained thousands of artisans and indie creative entrepreneurs in the traditional classroom setting. Now Rebecca brings the same highly-acclaimed workshops to the Internet… a complete Webucation of the artisan forging a life and a business with the work of their hands.
“I consider myself a Webucator who provides a supportive and encouraging environment in which to learn and grow your art making skills. What makes DWYL so unique is that also empowers the creative entrepreneur with the necessary skills to sustain an independent arts practice in today’s world.” explaines Rebecca.
“All courses are developed within my mentoring approach to teaching,” Rebecca says. Some classes include individual instruction as well as group instruction. Coaching and mentoring will be a part of it. What’s different about DWYL Workshops is that many of the classes will include personal contact with Rebecca and some one-on-one time.
I don’t believe that Webucation will take the place of in-person classes. However, it is an additional way to get education. It definitely makes sense. These online courses are a low-cost alternative to classroom training and are a perfect solution for individuals or small companies who do not have the budget or time for an onsite class. You may have the time, but not that extra cash to travel, so you can go to the computer. Whenever you want, the technology is there.
Art & Creativity Courses
Beginners and more advanced artists will find something to grow their skills and enhance their talents. My passion is Mixed Media, surface design and drawing…
The Art of Creative Doodling
Layerd Painted Backgrounds (exploring the mediums)
FreeForm Epressive Lettering (create your own alphabet)
Fabric Collage Techniques
Stencil, Stamp, Embellish
Design Functional Custom Accessories
Sketching the Face of an Angel
Come Down from the Ladder We’re Making Art Down Here
a program for individuals transitioning from decorative painting into fine arts
Cre8Tive Entrepreneur University Courses
Longtime painting industry instructor Rebecca E. Parsons has rebranded her workshops and mentoring programs under the comprehensive Creative Entrepreneur University (CEU). The courses empower the creative entrepreneur with the necessary skills to sustain an independent arts practice in today’s world.
Creative Entrepreneur University operates like a traditional university with seven integrated schools: Art, Business and e-Commerce, Communications, Design, Life, Marketing and Social Media. That is where tradition ends as CEU takes full advantage of online components such as video, teleconferencing, screencasting, webcasting and e-books to deliver its curriculum.
Finding Your Own Visual Voice
Here Today-Blog Tomorrow where you will build your own blog
e-Commerce for Artists and Craftsmen
Social Media Deconstructed
“There is no reason for an artist not to have a visual presence on the Internet today,” says the self-named Boomer Geek Girl. “It is so easy to build a blog and the technology is free. If you are afraid of your computer, or the Internet, or FaceBook and Twitter, I can help you get over that in less that two days.”
Creative Entrepreneur University will feature a wide range of classes with Parsons and other world-class instructors. “The most unique offerings will be in the School of Life, where we will discover your core values, strengths and weaknesses and forge a business model based on your uniqueness,” Parsons stated. The range of pricing is from free to thousands and there will be some package pricing options available.
Why Take A Class With Rebecca?
Rebecca is a talented artist and a highly-respected and motivational teacher. She encourages you to go beyond your preconceived limits and soar. She is also a master of all things PhotoShop and digital design related with over 20 years experience with the software. My other passion is graphic design where I have earned me the nickname of Boomer Geek Girl. I have been on a computer since 1983. My first mac had a screen the size of your iPhone. I use PhotoShop to enhance, embellish and amplify my artwork…and I can teach you how to do it too!
I have very little computer experience?
If you can right click and save a file to your desktop, you have all the experience you need to take the courses. My PDFs are compressed and all you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. You can download that here. If you have any problems viewing the videos in the classroom, a free player for you to download that will enable you to watch the videos perfectly. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
I Can’t Make Every Class?
Like traditional schools Do What You Love Workshops follow the quarter schedule. There are four quarters each year:
January – March
October – December
The course you buy is open to you throughout the entire semester. If you start mid semester, you have the remaining weeks for access to the course materials. Classes vary in length from a 2-day weekend intensive to 6 weeks….so there is ample time for learning even in the last month of a semester. There is also plenty of built-in time for my one-to-one help within the forum and on the course teleconference(s). You are guaranteed personal help and guidance from Rebecca.
How do I sign up for a course?
To participate in a workshop, you must pay your class fees before you are allowed access to the class. Once paid, you can expect two e-mails within 24 hours. One contains your receipt, general school policies and information. The second contains access information to your classroom and forum. No one can become a student without first paying for a class. Sometimes invitations get sent to your spam folder so check there before e-mailing me. If you do not receive your e-mails, contact me at:Contact Rebecca and include your pay pal invoice information and I will send your information again.