The mission of Skillshare has always been centered around providing universal access to learning. We have seen students from all over the world enroll in Skillshare classes, complete projects and even teach classes themselves. But, in order for us to provide great and varied content to students, it’s vital that we continue to support teachers as well.
As such, we are revising the classes available in Free Membership. Instead of one (1) hour per month in any class, free members will have full access to a select group of free classes. Students can now learn as much as they would like every month, and we’ll be listening to your feedback to improve the Free Membership.
To get unlimited access to the full catalog of Skillshare classes, you can upgrade to a Premium Membership which will also offer you offline viewing on iOS. A Premium Membership also supports both teachers and students:
Teachers: Your membership payments will continue to support the monthly royalties for our community of teachers.
Students: With our One for One model, when one (1) annual Premium Membership is purchased, one (1) student in need will receive a free year of Skillshare.
Here’s what to expect as of 12/18/14:
Anyone visiting Skillshare will be able to enjoy a 14-day Free Trial of Premium Membership. That’s 14 days to enjoy any Skillshare class for free.
Join esteemed art director and author Steven Heller as he shares how to communicate and “design” with language. “The Designer’s Guide to Writing and Research” is presented by Skillshare and AIGA, the professional association for design, bringing you the best from today’s top creatives.
Writing and research are not only necessary skills for the designer of today, but also more alike to the designer’s skillset than are commonly believed. Steven Heller has dedicated his career to illuminating the parallels between writing and design, both of which are inspiring and creative ways to communicate ideas and information.
Now, in a 30-minute class on Skillshare, he details his approach in the most practical and useful of ways. Walk through how you can develop these skills and bring them into your own work. Whether you’re a designer, illustrator, or already writing, this class gives you the framework to develop these skills and bring them into your own work. Enroll today for free!
The new app brings you a whole new way to learn with Skillshare, with complete access to all of our classes on the go. Now, you can watch lessons whenever it’s most convenient, from the train to the treadmill, and easily refer back to key points as you create your class projects.
We designed the app to be an intuitive extension of the Skillshare experience. Once you download it, you’ll be able to:
Browse classes across subject, popularity, or release date.
Easily find the classes you are enrolled in on the app’s personalized home page.
Watch any video lesson at home or on the go with an internet connection.
Bookmark classes for later in your personal class wish list.
Sync your learning progress across platforms.
Anyone can start learning through the app with a Free Membership to get one hour of video access per month. Free Members can upgrade to a Premium account for only $8/mo at any time to enjoy unlimited video access, no ads, and full screen viewing – all while supporting our teachers.
We hope that you’ll love your new on-the-go learning experience! If you have any feedback or questions as you start using the app, you can email email@example.com.
Upgrade to a year of premium Membership and enjoy unlimited video lessons, no ads, and full screen viewing. Use discount code BLACK14 at checkout to get 40% off the full price of $120 for your first year when you pay annually.
Promotion Details: Offer expires 11:59 PM EST Sunday, November 30, 2014.
Ever wondered what’s running through Pat LaFrieda’s brain when he eyes the perfect cut of meat? Or what inspires Paul Liebrandt’s striking use of color and texture in his dishes? Beginning today, we’re sharing what it means to think like a chef with our newest series of free culinary classes.
The series features: Pat LaFrieda, butcher and owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyor, Andy Ricker, chef and owner of Pok Pok, and Paul Liebrandt, chef and owner of The Elm, alongside Garrett Oliver, head brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, Daniel Holzman, co-founder and executive chef of The Meatball Shop and Travis Grillo, founder of Grillo’s Pickles. Together, they explore the intersection of cuisine and creativity. Each class includes a series of short lessons as well as a hands-on project to inspire some culinary creations of your own.
Learn the essential ingredients for creativity in the kitchen from the world’s top culinary leaders. Enroll for free at www.skillshare.com/culinary!
We’ve spent the past few months making it easier than ever to create a class. Now that anyone can teach in a few simple steps, we want to help you share your passions. We’ve seen your projects and portfolios, and we know you have the skills. What are you waiting for?
Launching today, we’re giving away an Ultimate Creator’s Pack ($2000 worth of prizes including a Cintiq tablet, GoPro camera, and more) to the most creative and engaging class published by December 10th. Plus, we’ll share your class in an email to the entire Skillshare community (that’s almost 1 million views!)
Plus, 10 second place runner-ups will get Blue Snowball Microphones, and everyone who submits a class that meets the guidelines will receive a free Annual Premium Membership.
To enter, publish a class by 11:59 PM EST December 10th, 2014. Don’t know what to teach? Our Community team is here to help you every step of the way. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our helpful teaching guide.
Today, we’re thrilled to bring you a new photography class in our School of Photography with National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale. Vitale’s work as an award winning photojournalist has taken her to more than 85 countries where she has experienced everything from civil unrest, poverty, and violence to surreal beauty and the power of the human spirit through her lens. Her distinctive photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Newsweek, Time, and Smithsonian.
In her online class, Documentary Photography: Capturing Places and People, the internationally known photographer takes you on an adventure as she explores connections between cultures and places and the human spirit through photography. Vitale shares her best practices of photojournalism and you’ll create your own hands-on project: finding the beauty in a person or an experience, and composing your image to tell a story.
Just in time for Halloween, designer and illustrator Stefan G. Bucher has released a brand-new Skillshare class, Drawing Daily Monsters: Finding Inspiration in a Drop of Ink. This 45-minute class goes behind-the-scenes at his Los Angeles studio to reveal how he transforms inkblots into quirky creatures—and then inspires students to make their own! The class is perfect for designers, illustrators, and everyone who loves to doodle. Check out Stefan’s thoughts on learning and inspiration below, then hop over to the class to create your own Daily Monster!
Skillshare: Where do you live and how does it affect your work? Stefan G. Bucher: I grew up in Germany and always felt out of place. And then I moved to LA, and everything made sense! The sunlight makes a big difference, and everyone in LA is here because they’ve chosen it. They’ve come to make something cool and wonderful happen. That’s the energy of the whole place, and it affects my work everyday, being among so many people that actively want to make things.
Why is lifelong learning important to you?
I have a very low threshold for boredom. I always walk my nose into things where it’s not supposed to be. And to me that’s learning. Find new things to do everyday, new ways of interacting with the world.
What are you passionately curious about?
Figuring out my own brain! I want to understand the things I do by reflex, and understand how to be more consciously aware of them, so that I can do the things I want to do. In everything I do, I’m curious about how to get beyond the “default settings.”
If you could take a class from anyone, who would it be?
In human history? Or alien history? (smiles suspiciously) But really, László Moholy-Nagy, one of the great illustrators and typographers, and somebody who pre-invented Photoshop by 50-60 years. Fascinating guy.
What’s the next skill that you want to learn?
3-D programs or Cinema 4D. I want to have access to makerbots, and I want to do cool, crazy, floating-glass laser typography for movies.
What keeps you motivated and inspired?
The need to get ideas out of my head and into the world. I never have the problem of not enough ideas. For me, it’s about getting better at translating those ideas well.
Is there a particular project you’ve worked on that’s your favorite?
Definitely the Monsters. The Saks Yeti, which brings together writing, illustration, typography. Movie titles because I love seeing them on the big screen. I have a hard time saying “oh this is my favorite.” I love doing everything, all the time.
Name one book you think everyone should read.
I’m just going to be nerdy: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think that book encompasses a lot about life and design and being different in the world.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t worry so much. But I don’t think that I would have taken that advice. I don’t think I’m taking that advice fully now! I expect for 70-year-old time-traveling me to come back here and say that, and I’ll say, that sounds great. Teach me how!
We’re excited to announce that we’re celebrating more than 500,000 class enrollments with $500,000 in Creativity Scholarships for students around the world. Eligible students will receive a year of Premium Membership to Skillshare.
If you’re a current student in financial need and eager to learn, go ahead and apply now.
The scholarships include unlimited access to hundreds of online, project-based classes in design, creativity, technology and more. With these scholarships, we hope to teach the next generation of creators the skills to to bring their creative ideas to life.
Hand-lettering by Skillshare teacher Mary Kate McDevitt.
We believe in the importance of creativity in design and want you to learn from some of the top designers and makers teaching their craft. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re unlocking 6 brand-new design classes: