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:
Freelance illustrator and designer, Lydia Nichols, teaches The Best of Both Worlds: Leveraging Photoshop and Illustrator In Your Work, a Skillshare class on exploring ways to use Illustrator and Photoshop in tandem to uncover new possibilities with your work. Through her project assignment, she tasks her students with illustrating their favorite city. Lydia launched her class in February and has enrolled nearly 2,000 students since. To help you get started on your own class, we asked Lydia to share some insights from her experience with teaching on Skillshare.
Lydia: Skillshare reached out to me about teaching and the more I looked into it, the more I realized how valuable a tool Skillshare can be. I love to teach (and to learn) and it’s been a thrill to teach in the classroom at school’s like MICA and Moore, but I know that the classroom setting isn’t for everyone. Sometimes you need to supplement what you’re learning, you’re in a job that requires new skills or you just want to learn something for your own sake. The accessibility and pacing of Skillshare make it a great choice for any of these scenarios and also allows teachers to share very specific skills instead of just broad, cursory overviews.
How did you decide what you would teach?
Lydia: Skillshare had some suggestions and we both agreed that an interesting route to take would be one that combines two programs—Illustrator and Photoshop. Since I use this approach pretty regularly in my own work, I felt super comfortable and excited with the idea.
How did you choose a class project for your students?
Lydia: People identify with and take pride in their favorite places and things so it seemed like a no-brainer to focus on a city. It allowed students to either hone in on one city attribute or explore a whole slew of their favorite things.
How long did it take you to create your class?
Lydia: It was floating around in my brain for a little bit, but probably took a solid weekend to put together. Again, since I’m so familiar with the subject matter, that was the easy part. The hard part was articulating that information clearly and concisely in a way that students of varying skill levels could all identify with.
How did you initially market your class?
Lydia: The usual social media suspects: Twitter, Instagram, Dribbble, Tumblr. I’m not on Facebook, so that potentially left a hole in outreach, but I think word got around just the same.
How did you engage with your students? What kind of things have you done to interact with them?
Lydia: Just being on Skillshare to check out posted projects and to answer or mediate any questions goes a long way. This isn’t your ordinary classroom situation, so people aren’t expecting constant one-on-one attention. However, it’s still important to be engaged and to offer feedback especially when someone explicitly asks for it.
What’s your favorite part of the teaching on Skillshare experience?
Lydia: It’s really neat to see how people use the information I’ve shared. All I’ve done is introduce students to tools and processes, but how they adopt those tools is totally up to them! Despite the fact that most contemporary illustrators and designers are all using the same tools (Photoshop, Illustrator) you can get some pretty wildly different results! It all depends on the user, which makes it such a fun and exciting field!
Feeling inspired? Get started teaching your own class here: www.skillshare.com/teach
Today, the leadership expert shares his secrets for giving a presentation that will have people on the edge of their seats in How to Present: Share Ideas that Inspire Action. In just 30 minutes, students will learn how to present ideas with passion, conviction, clarity and energy. During the class shoot at Skillshare headquarters, Sinek shared his thoughts about living in NYC, the next skills he wants like to learn, and the one Skillshare class he can’t wait to take.
How does living in New York affect your work? Simon: New York is the only city I’ve found so far that goes faster than me, so I find that very relaxing, believe it or not. You have no choice but to take a deep breath. And for someone like me with a curious mind and shiny objects syndrome, there’s a lot to keep my mind occupied. There are lots of things to do and lots of fascinating people. It’s not a one industry kind of town, so I love that. I find it to be a quite a bubbly place. I know an economist who refers it to as “yogurtville” because it’s full of live culture.
What skill do you want to learn next? Simon: There are personal skills I would like to improve upon. There’s one skill that I’m actively engaged in learning right now which is learning to be a better communicator with my friends. I’m pretty good with strangers and I’m learning to be better with the people that I keep close to me. There’s a lot of room for improvement and I’m working on it.
The other thing I’d like to be better at is something that you may think I should be good at by now, which is understanding the structure and function of numbers inside organizations. I’m fascinated by it and its implications to the human environments. There’s a lot of learning for me to do there.
If you could take a Skillshare class from anyone living or deceased who would it be? Simon: I think I would like to take a class on oratory and rhetoric by Winston Churchill. He’s an unlikely character to lead during the times he did, but he had a remarkable ability to rally a nation to go through struggle and sacrifice in a matter where I think a few leaders today have the capacity to do.
We’re thrilled to announce two huge leaps to a more accessible and open version of Skillshare: the launch of Free Memberships and the opportunity for anyone to teach on Skillshare (along with a brand-new classroom design)!
Free Memberships allow anyone to watch video lessons for one hour per month, every month. As a Free Member, you’ll have full access to all classes, including all community features (including discussions and projects), forever. If you choose, you can upgrade anytime to a Premium Membership, which includes unlimited access, and much more.
We believe that everyone has something to teach. Starting today, we’re removing all approval processes, allowing anyone to teach anything. Any topic, any class length, across any skill level. We’ve also overhauled the class creation process, removing half of the fields, simplifying class tags, and allowing project guides to take any form teachers choose. For the first time, creating a class is easier and faster.
At the same time, we’ve built community-driven curation tools to ensure the highest-quality classes continue to rise to the top. With a simplified algorithm, our community of students will drive how the best classes are discovered, shared, and made a success.
This transformation has been years in the making, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring Skillshare to even more people around the world!
Last week, we hosted a series of InstaWalks – inspiring photography adventures in some of our favorite cities around the world! Skillsharers had a blast connecting with other photographers to exchange photography tips all while capturing their city’s unique vibe.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the #SkillshareInstaWalk.
One randomly selected winner will receive a brand new iPhone 6+, everything to make your phone the perfect camera from Photojojo, and a lifetime Skillshare membership to grow their photography skill set.
The 10 participants with the most contest shares will each receive a Skillshare annual membership.
Enter for a chance to win today. Share with friends and get an extra entry for each one who enters!