Every month we run a Teach Challenge to help new teachers publish their very first Skillshare class. Through the Teach Challenge, new teachers create projects where they share their progress as they work towards publishing their first class in 30 days.
You wouldn’t give a gift unwrapped, would you? It’s no different when you publish your class on Skillshare! Don’t forget to wrap up your class with some eye-catching class merchandising to get it noticed. Small details like your cover image, class title, and class description can go a long way when potential students are browsing classes on Skillshare.
While living in London and working as a web designer, Hayden Aube was mostly thinking about one thing –– how to work on Illustration full-time. “The whole time I was working as a web designer, in the back of my head I knew it wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to get back to illustration and back to drawing. That’s why I got into design in the first place.”
When you get that email from us congratulating you on your first 25 students, we know you start to do the happy dance. Not only does this mean that you’re now in the Partner Program (if it’s your first class) but it also means that your class can be found on the trending page! It is absolutely a worthy celebration, but you may be left wondering, “well, now what?”
“I’ve been making art my whole life,” artist and teacher Ria Sharon recalls, “but after college, I didn’t realize all the options that were available to me as an artist. When I took my first job at an ad agency, that really set the course of my career. “ As a full-time content strategist and a single mother of two, it was easy for Ria to push her first passion aside.
As a teacher, your class project is an opportunity to identify the most fun and creative way for students to express their learning of the skill you’ve taught them. In fact, thinking about the project you want students to create can be a great starting point as you design your class. So where to begin when crafting your class project? We’re going to walk you through the process in true Skillshare fashion--with a real-life example.
Each month, Skillshare launches a thirty-day Teach Challenge that guides new teachers, like you, through the full process of creating their first class. With milestones, prizes, and tons of support along the way, the Teach Challenge is a perfect opportunity to collaborate with other new teachers and one of the best ways to start teaching on Skillshare.
Part of the beauty of teaching on Skillshare is that you’re truly empowered to teach any topic or skill about which you’re passionate. With over a million creative students on the platform eager to learn every day, the possibilities of what you can teach are limitless. With 2016 ahead of us, we thought it would be fun to take some time to brainstorm some of the class topics we’d love to see taught this year. Check them out, and remember: anyone can teach on Skillshare, and that includes you!