1. Was the class easy to navigate? Yes, for the most part. I gave feedback on the area that wasn’t as clear (the downloads), but I think with the change of verbiage, it won’t be an issue to know that it’s located in the Supplies & Download lesson page.
2. Were my Art Process instructions clear and easy to follow? Yes. I’m more new to art journaling, but not new to art, painting, exploring techniques, etc. So personally a lot of the technique stuff you talked about was easy for me to figure out how you got it to work or I understood the lingo. I’m not sure if EVERYONE is that way (and probably not). So maybe a future class would be Art Basics, a class you can explain in a little more detail about things like “Washes” or why you would use Gesso (though you did explain that)… I think you get my drift. Maybe do a Facebook post asking people what they don’t understand about “art” or painting or a technique they want to learn, and create a class based around your audiences needs and wants. 🙂 BUT for this class, it was super easy to follow along with what you were doing and to see the process and how you were coming up with your results.
3. How was the spiritual content handled? (For those who are not into it?) As I told you in an email, I have not picked up a Bible since High School. Doesn’t mean I don’t believe or am not spiritual. But I have found other ways to acknowledge and follow a journey. I don’t feel like you “preached” to people of how they should believe. You really just shared from your heart and what touched you. Even someone who is NOT religious would never find offense in anything you said or would feel turned off from this class (or you). I really think even in the devotional it wasn’t over the top. I appreciated the thoughts and scripture you chose. Like I said, you spoke from your heart and related the content to something personal.
4. If you were a beginner with Art Journaling or Art in general, would you say the class is beneficial or too difficult? From my personal perspective. I don’t find it to be difficult. But I’m also not afraid to try things or explore. You were encouraging and giving advice that maybe one wouldn’t hear or read from forums or classes (or school). Your encouragement throughout the videos gave perspective that it doesn’t have to be perfect, that people get stuck and to enjoy the process. To just try and work through it. As a beginner, I think those are encouraging words. I think some of the techniques may be difficult for some to understand, but I feel if they are taking your class, they will know techniques you were using because they have watched your videos before. You have a style and approach to your journals that your audience will understand. Sooooo… I say YES beneficial (everyone needs encouragement and inspiration), and NO not difficult. It’s about a personal journal, not about copying your work.
5. If you were an experienced Artist, would you benefit from the class? Yes. I think we all get in a rut sometimes. We look to other artists for inspiration. I think this class goes beyond just inspiration in the work itself, but getting us to think about our own journey through art and art journaling.
6. Do you think the class was worth the investment? Yes, I believe people will find value in this class. It is inspirational, there is not only great video content, but beautiful downloads.
7. What was your favorite thing about the class? My favorite part of the class is watching your process. I love seeing the different elements you use to layer together to create the “completed” (used lightly) outcome. I think we sometimes forget that it’s not just one layer, but also several layers of exploration (just like life).
8. What could I have done differently? Maybe not differently. But an idea to add (for future classes) would be an 8.5” x 11” PDF of the completed pages. I know they are below each video, but some people like to print it off to reference. Putting several pages 3-4 per page. (a note from Wilna: I took this advice to heart and created a Page Information PDF)
9. Other thoughts: Lovely class, Wilna. I think it is well put together and thoughtful (from the heart). I watched all the videos and really appreciate how you casually talk as if we were across the table working together on our art journals (hence why I almost “responded” in some of the things I said in my feedback and editing notes). Bravo! And BRAVO for getting the creating part done completed in two days. That is amazing!!
More about Lacey:
Lacey Gasper is a Graphic Designer who lives in Moorhead, MN (across the river from Fargo, ND) Designing has always been a passion for Lacey. Whether she was 5 years old and creating fashion pieces out of her mom’s scrap fabric, or when she was 8 years old designing stationary out of ink and rubber stamps, or when Lacey was 16 and designing title pages in her photo albums. Creating has always been a part of her life. Carrying on her love of crafting and scrapbooking, she works as a Graphic Designer with Clique Kits.
Lacey holds a BA in Theater and Apparel & Design from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). In 2016, she graduated with a BFA2 in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA) with an emphasis in Identity and Branding. Lacey currently works as the Director of Marketing and Assistant Studio Director of Gasper’s School of Dance (Fargo, ND), and the Creative Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet Company.