Creativity rules the world and it’s getting more important every day. Think about it: almost everything you do on a given day is infused with creativity: advertising on billboards on the subway or the side of the road on your commute, the music you listen to, the smartphone you might be reading this on. If these things weren’t creative, you simply wouldn’t pay attention. Companies compete for your time and/or money, but you’re not stupid. You take some convincing. Anyone with a message to spread must tell a compelling story. It could be through photography or film or through a poster or ad. Behind those stories lie creative people striving to impact the world in a meaningful way. If you’re a creative type yourself and want to add a few new skills to your repertoire, I’ve got something exciting to tell you about.
Awhile back I rounded up 100 Tech Tools for Teachers and Students and on that list I included an awesome company called Skillshare. Skillshare describes itself as a global community where you can learn real-world skills from incredible teachers. It’s awesome because you can literally learn anything from anyone anywhere. There’s nothing better than learning new things. Seriously. I love doing it (as long as it’s something I’m interested in). If it’s online–all the better. On Skillshare a person can learn anything from the ins-and-outs of advertising or business to design, fashion, film, music and even technology.
I’ve recently become reacquainted with Skillshare because I caught wind of a new initiative they have launched called The School of Make Our Mark. In partnership with Levi, Skillshare is offering 6 new classes from visionary artists like Cubby Graham, David Carson, Bang Bang, Benjamin Samuel and more. Each class is based on themes that drive individual creativity: Origins, Passions, Methods, Goals. Subjects will range from stop motion videos to urban photography to to vintage illustration. Each class will cost $10 (yep, very affordable). The best part? 100% of the proceeds will be going to fund art and music education for kids (via 826 National). Register here.
Being a designer by trade, I find all of these creative outlets interesting. If I had to pick three of these classes I’d be most interested in taking, I’d have to say:
- Urban Explorer Photography: Shooting the Forgotten + The Familiar
- Vintage Illustration: Back to the Future
- Stop Motion Videos: Create + Animate
Even if you’re not in a creative job per se, taking a creative class like this (in the privacy of your own home and working at your own pace) can really help you expand your horizons.
Either way I’d encourage you to take a look because we need more creativity in the world and, of course, it’s all for a great cause! Check out the official video below to see what I’m talking about: