I so nearly didn't sign up because it was called "Make Art That Sells". And I already make art that sells.
I thought it might just be for beginners.
How wrong could I be?!!! There were some absolutely fantastic people doing it.
The quality of artwork posted on flickr was beyond brilliant!
Part A runs again in October. A few people have emailed me to see if they should do it. If you're thinking about it JUST DO IT! Stick it on your credit card like I did! It is soooo much more than just making art that sells. Lilla Rogers is now my official hero. She is a total inspiration. If I was an agent I would be one like Lilla. She is genuinely passionate about what she does and went above and beyond what she had to do for the course. She was always joining in with chats on facebook and was really interested in what people were doing.
I have done things in the last 5 weeks that I'd forgotten I could do. I have painted with real paints using a real paintbrush! And used art supplies that I forgot I owned. I've used photoshop again for the first time in years. I even had to buy a new scanner cos the one I had didn't work with my Mac (which I've had for 3 years!) And I had never even heard of Mod Podge before but managed to use a whole tub!!
I wasn't planning on taking part B. It's got a week on childrenswear and kids decor. I thought there wasn't much point learning about that...I could run my own flipping course on it! But for me MATS hasn't really been about making art that sells...it's been about making art that I enjoy making. It's all about the joy folks! So you know what? I think I'm gonna stick part B on my credit card too! Anyone care to join me?