This week, after having my course outlines prepared for ages, i've finally taken the plunge, chosen a host, and put the first class outline, online. Wait! That doesn't mean it's live, just that we're much nearer to live than we were last week. There's still a bit of work to do, but it shouldn't take too long.
Many people know that I stopped teaching large corsetry classes during the summer of 2018, preferring to focus on individual students who were at a more advanced level. These were and are my own past students, professional designers, and contour/fashion/costume students who already understand the rudimentries of corsetry. I gave up my dedicated teaching space and have been doing private lessons in my own atelier ever since.
The reasons for deciding to stop teaching corsetry classes in person were many and varied, however at the end of the day, the one big reason which surpassed all others, was weekends. After nearly 8 years of teaching two full weekends a month and not being able to take time off in leui, I became burned out, and decided that a new direction would be more fulfilling for me and my students!
As my 'thing' is really teaching, and I do love teaching the art of corsetry, I needed to find a more sustainable, less exhausting way to do it, and ofcourse, technology came to the rescue!
At the latter end of last year, I enrolled in an unrelated to corsetry, online course - about Instagram actually if you must know - but one of the reasons I did the course, was not so much to find out about Instagram (frankly the money wasn't worth it and my 'growth' has been stagnant ever since*), but to find out how it was presented. I learned a lot at least from that side and as a result, have signed up to the same platform, Teachable.
My new online Beginners Corsetry course will have 7 modules, plus a Facebook support group and a bonus section of information including sources of inspiration, tips and tricks, a glossary and a bibliography of other online resources both free and paid for.
As I intend to take a very hands on role in mentoring each corsetry course, the online course will not be 'open all hours'. I will teach several courses a year and there will be a maxiumum number of students per intake. Each student will be invited to join a special Facebook group where we can share progress, information, tricks/tips and there will be a 'Live' with me every week during the course, where students can ask questions about the module they are on. Access to the course and the group will be for life, so the learning opportunities will be infinate to those signed up.
Cost is yet to be worked out. The format is based on my in person beginners corsetry course but the information load will be much much higher than in person classes. This is because, working at a more relaxed pace, each student will be able to absorb much more information per week, than was ever possible over an intense three day corset making course in the English countryside.
I have alot of work to do still - all the writing is more or less done. Now I have to brave the video part! I don't really like being on camera, but mostly it is my hands that will be doing the talking.
If you'd like to sign up for progress reports and to be first in line to join up, then head over to my School of Corsetry website, and sign up to the mailing list HERE.
If you're not sure what to expect, take a look at the testemonials page HERE.