The Working Visually foundation e-course (WVFC) is for everyone who has ever wanted to work more visually, present more creatively or tap into the benefits of working differently in their day to day life. I'm really excited to have you on board and to share my knowledge and experience with you.
Led by me, Cara Holland, you are about to begin 2 weeks of guided learning which will teach you all of the methods, tips and tricks you need to get started as a visual thinker and communicator. Access to your own online classroom will give you plenty of opportunity to share your work with me and get support and feedback.
The basics - timings
The course takes place over 2 weeks with new lessons posted on weekdays. There will be lessons each day Monday - Friday. Creative exercises, real life examples and insider knowledge will inspire you to uncap your marker pens and get creating. I will guide you through the sessions, sharing my knowledge and experience along the way.
The course will run from Monday May 9th - Friday May 20th.
This is an online course. Lessons are posted in the online 'classroom' and you can access the lessons at any time after they are posted. I will send you a password for the 'classroom' so you don't have to be on-line at a set time of day. You can access the content 24hrs a day, on your computer, tablet or smart phone, so it should fit into the busiest of schedules.
If life does get in the way and you feel that you are falling behind, don't panic. There will be two additional 'catch up' weeks at the end of the course where you will be able to access the 'classroom' and catch up on (or practise) any of the content you want. The 'classroom' will stay open for you until Friday 3rd June.
The course is not formally assessed or accredited. This means you can learn and develop your skills at a pace that suits you, putting as much time and energy into the lessons as you choose. Some people will choose to dedicate time each day, and some people will set aside a larger chunk of time once a week. The choice is yours.
I say in the course information that the individual lessons are approximately 1/2 hour each, and that each week's content = about 5 hours of learning. Now I must point out that these are approximations. Some lessons are more intense than others, some contain more content than others, and some require extra thinking time. For some lessons you might choose to go and spend some extra time practising, for others you might feel like you 'got it' straight away and feel ready to move on really quickly. You will learn at a different pace to the next person, whether you are faster or slower, that's okay. Take the timings as a suggestion, but don't be surprised if you find yourself spending longer on some lessons and less time on others depending on you as an individual learner.
At the end of the course you will be able to get a certificate of completion if you have shared evidence of your work from at least 14 of the lessons.
The basics - equipment
You will need access to a computer, tablet or phone with internet access to be able to view the lessons. The sessions though can be completed with pen and paper.
Alternatively you could work on loose pages and keep them together in a folder. If you take the loose leaf approach I would recommend you put the week number and the session number on the sheet so that you can refer back easily later on.
You will also need a small notebook that can become your own visual dictionary. A5 is a good size as it will fit in your pocket or bag easily. As you complete exercises and create images that you are happy with, add them to your visual dictionary to use as a valuable resource once the course is over.
During the course I will mainly be using a Black Pilot Fineliner pen. Don't worry if you don't have one, almost any firm felt-tip or pen will do. I would recommend though that you use BLACK or another dark colour as it shows up clearer than a pencil or some of the bright or pastel colour pens available.
Although it's not compulsory, you will get the most out of the course if you take the opportunity to share your work in our private WVFC community group. The group is a private space only for people in your class. It is somewhere to receive support and constructive feedback on your work. I'll be regularly popping in to see your progress, and to give you individual feedback.
Our WVFC community is accessed via facebook. If you're not on facebook you can find it here at facebook.com, it's easy to join and use, but might take a bit of getting used to, so do join up now to give yourself time to familiarise yourself.
Before the course starts I will send you the details of our private class group page and you will be able to join us there.
During the course you can then easily use your smart phone to snap the work in your sketchpad and share it via the Facebook app, Posting your image with a comment. If you don't have a smart phone you can use a camera and upload your photos onto your computer and share with the group that way.
After the course you successfully complete the course you will get invited to join our new graduate community page.
The basics - course content
Each week we will have a series of practical hands on lessons for you to follow.
The course is structured as follows:
Week one - Basic skills
Why be a visual communicator, getting started building your visual dictionary, drawing lots of useful icons including environments, objects and people.
Week two - In the workplace
Visual agendas, brilliant flip charts, graphic recording and much more about when and how you can practically incorporate working visually into your workplace.
The basics - anything else!
Meanwhile if you're on twitter you can find me @graphicchange where I share examples of my work and other things that inspire me.
You can also follow me on Pinterest @graphicchange.
If you have some questions that haven't been covered here, then you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do email me please put WVFC + your FULL NAME, in the subject line.
See you in class soon!