It’s a brand-new year. Yeah, I know…it’s the 17th and you already know that. But what are you doing about it? I love January because it is a slower time of year for me (I don’t have to work as hard as I do in other seasons). This makes it the perfect month to catch up on neglected projects and to learn something new. It can be as simple as attending a one-day workshop on an interesting subject or as complex as taking a college course. I have done both in the past, but usually a short course at an art center fits my needs perfectly.
This month I am studying Social Media for Artists at Mansfield Art Center. Last evening was the first class and I could not be happier. We lucked out by having Violeta Chinni lead the class. She is a wonderful instructor who presents the topics in a relaxed, fun way. The class is a good mix of artistic personalities. Because the class is very small it is great for interaction, discussion, and feedback.
And, the subject matter is something that I need help with, making learning something new a double plus. I am looking forward to learning the ways that I can improve this blog as well as other venues of communicating with people who may be interested in what I do, and of meeting people online who may have products or services that I can use. This may seem as a counter point to the goal of this blog, which is to connect local people, but, let’s face it, we live in a global community. No one can make it in this world alone. My personal preference is: local first, Ohio made or grown second, American made or grown third, and finally enjoying what other people and other cultures have to contribute to my wellbeing.
On the local scene, our public libraries are offering all sorts of one day workshops and lectures. Rachel Mendell, editor of the Galion Inquirer, will be leading writing workshops at Galion Public Library. For fun, the library is also having a tea-tasting party. I encourage you to learn something new this month…maybe pick up the paint brush that is staring you in the face since you bought it at the art store or learn how to edit and print your photographs at home using free software from Google (Picasa, which I highly recommend).
One thing that I am positive about, learning something new helps chase away the winter doldrums! So, why not go out and reach for the moon or stars? You'll never know what new people you'll meet or the opportunities it will lead to unless you reach. :)
Marcheta *attending Brand- New U, are you?