On Sunday we hosted an enthusiastic group of people at ArtsCape, eager to learn all about the fancy-pants buttons on their fancy-pants DSLRs. We chatted over tea, coffee, lunch and cake, talking about the basics of composition, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Our intention was to take some of the mystery out of using Manual mode on your camera and basically to have a play around with the settings it has in a fun and relaxed environment. The workshop is open to all levels of abilities and your DSLR doesn't really have to be terribly fancy!
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along on the day and to those who expressed interest in the workshop itself but weren't able to make it along this time. We have had so much interest that we'll definitely be running another one later this year. If your community/group would like us to bring the workshop to where ever you are, let us know - we're keen if you are!
Michelle and Naomi
Can you feel it? Spring has sprung and we definitely can! With the beginning of daylight savings and a bit more sunshine around the place, it's hard not to. There are lots of bits and pieces on the boil for Seedsmiths, so here's a Spring update for you ...
WHAT WE'VE BOTH BEEN UP TO
Michelle has been teaching full-time during Term 3 and Term 4 at Hellyer College and I've continued part-time at Marist. At the same time, we've both been tinkering away our various side-projects. Michelle has spent some time working with BigHart teaching iPhoneography to young people and I've been doing wedding, family and social media photography for Look See. You can see a little bit of what our planning meetings look like in some of the photos above (there must be coffee and there must be food, cake is sometimes nice too!)
We began hosting regular week-day Crafternoons in the winter months, and we're pleased to say there has now been enough interest to offer weekend sessions. Our first weekend Crafternoon will be held at Harvest and Cater, Boat Harbour on the 16th of October, starting at 2pm. You can register your interest in attending on our event page. It's most likely that we will continue weekend sessions at this stage, rather than the week-day sessions. Thanks to those who have attended already - we hope to see you at a future weekend crafternoon! Huge thanks to Jo & Co Cafe, Penguin and Secret Buddha Cafe, Burnie for hosting our previous sessions. If you're a cafe owner/manager and are interested in hosting us for an upcoming crafternoon, please get in touch, we'd like to be able to visit a variety of cafes along the coast to keep it interesting!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, COURSES, EVENTS
Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming workshops (if you haven't 'Liked' us on Facebook yet, or followed us on Instagram or Twitter, these are great ways to find out what's happening with us.) We are hoping to run two iPhoneography workshops in the not-too-distant future. One with hints, tips and tricks for personal iPhoneography for grown-up-type-people (we ran a very successful youth-based workshop for Youth Week last year) and one specifically for small business, with a focus on creating high-quality images with your iPhone for use on social media; touching on social media etiquette as well as using it as a means to create close links to your community. As part of these iPhoneography workshops, we're hoping to host another Instameet, we held one as part of our launch last year and it was a great (if foggy) afternoon out at Table Cape Lighthouse. If you have suggestions for a specific location, or if you're a local business and would like to host us for an Instameet (talk about a great way of utilising free publicity, think of all those hashtags!) again, get in touch!
We have some other very exciting bits & pieces that are still in planning stages at the moment - we're really looking forward to sharing those with you as soon as we're able to! Yes, that sounds very secret-squirrel-ish but it will have to be that way for a smidgen longer! As always, keep in touch with us on social media for regular updates and news.
CAN YOU TEACH SOMETHING WITH US?
We've had lots of people tell us they're keen to run a workshop or course through us - we'd love you to get on board! Head to our teacher information page and read about the process. From there you can download our application form. We'll check it out, make any suggestions that might help and begin promoting your workshop/course, organise a venue and manage bookings. Once we have the required numbers, it's all systems go. We take care of all the organisation behind the scenes for you, so all you need to do (once you've completed the initial paperwork) is turn up and teach.
If you're keen to do this but are a bit worried about the actual teaching part - please don't be! As qualified teachers (and creatives ourselves), both Michelle and I there to support you, generally one (or sometimes both) of us will be there on the day to assist. Think of it more as a group of (perhaps new, perhaps old) friends gathering together to learn and create. We're happy to meet up with you over a cuppa (cake, anyone?) and answer any questions you might have; get in touch (I know, I know, I keep saying that!) and we'll arrange a suitable time.
And if you took the time read through all of that, phew and thank you! We hope that the new season is putting a spring in your step like it is ours!
Naomi and Michelle
WE WANT YOU!
Over the past few weeks, we've had inquiries about a number of skills/crafts that people on the NW coast are keen to learn (keep those ideas coming in, btw!)
Are you able to teach any of the following:
Flower crown making
Simple sewing projects
If so, head on over here, download our teacher application form, fill it in then email to email@example.com and let us take care of the rest! We'll do the behind-the-scenes organising of promotion and admin, leaving you to concentrate on your course content. We can support you as needed through the teaching part, too - so if you've never taught before don't feel intimidated. Think of it as a casual get-together with new friends who you can give some hints to about your skill/craft/talent!
People out there are definitely interested and keen to learn - can you help them do that?
Michelle and Naomi
Yesterday the lovely people at Jo & Co Cafe hosted us for the very first Seedsmiths Crafternoon. A huge thank you to them for making us feel so welcome and a huge thank you to the people who came along with their portable crafty or arty project! It was great to meet new people and catch up with old friends as well!
We have plans for another Crafternoon next month - keep yourself in the loop by coming back here, or checking out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details.
Crafternoons are open to anyone who is able to come along on the day - it doesn't matter your age or gender (although children need to be accompanied by an adult!) If you can't make it to a weekday Crafternoon, please let us know. If there is enough interest we may be able to organise a weekend time. Get in touch here: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here, or on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! (Links above.)
Michelle and Naomi
Here at Seedsmiths, we don't think you necessarily need formal qualifications to teach someone a skill. You need to have direct knowledge of that skill and you need to be reliable. You don't even have to be an extrovert! The most important thing is being where you'll say you'll be, doing what you'll say you'll do and communicating whatever your skill is to others who are interested in learning it.
If you're keen to teach something (and it can be absolutely anything - gardening, cooking, preserving, baking, building, painting, drawing, pottery, knitting, crochet, macrame, wood and metalworking, etc, etc.) but are a little nervous about the idea of getting in front of others to do so, please don't be! Michelle and I are able to provide extra assistance with that - we're both qualified and experienced secondary school teachers (and you don't get a much tougher crowd than high school kids!) so we have lots of advice and tips we can share to get you through that aspect of running a course, as well as the usual admin and promotion that comes along with being a Seedsmiths teacher.
To start off, think about a simple but specific skill, it may be casting on/off in knitting, it might be making a small batch of jam, or how to build a simple wooden frame or box. Start small and begin brainstorming how you would go about teaching that skill or item. Jot down a step-by-step instruction list. Then head over here, download and fill in our application form as best you can. Email it to us: email@example.com and we can get the ball rolling.
At the moment we're doing a call-out to discover exactly what kinds of things people are interested in learning. We'll be putting together a list and posting it here on our blog and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep checking back regularly - if what you can teach doesn't appear on the list, don't let that stop you! Get in touch with us, we can put out feelers and see if there's enough interest to run your course, you never know until you try and you lose nothing by giving it a shot!
Have you got questions? Can you put us in touch with someone who you think might like to teach a course through us? Email us (address above), click on the 'Contact Seedsmiths' link below, or comment on this blog post.
Michelle and Naomi
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