RKelly wrote:I thought the event was great. Much more comfy than being in a curling club. The tables were really nice and there was even something for my grandson to do while he waited for me. I'll be back.
KangTheCallipygian wrote:I had a great time on Sunday with everything I did... except the painting classes. Those were good too, but the ones I took had almost nothing to do with the advertised subject matter and were demos when tutorials were advertised.
- the highlighting/shading tutorial got combined with the sculpting demo and (here's the part that wasn't mentioned when I paid my tokens) the highlighting/shading portion was downgraded from a tutorial to a demo. The sculpting stuff also ate up most of the time that had been slated for highlighting/shading too.
- the 40-minute metallics and nonmetallic metals (NMM) tutorial I signed up for turned out to be 35 minutes of painting purple pants (which would have been great in the highlighting/shading tutorial; it was actually very informative about that topic) and a 5-minute demo (not tutorial) of metallics that was more basic than any online tutorial I have ever read. No NMM at all, if I hadn't made one of the instructors show up to the speed painting event late so he could say at least something to me about NMM. That got me another two-minute demo. Yippee.
I did learn a few things that were really cool and might slightly improve my painting; it just never had anything to do with the class I signed up for, and for the few scant moments each class was actually on-topic, it was a demo when a tut was advertised, every time.
So that was a bit sadly mismanaged (I don't think the teachers were to blame; they seemed to really know their stuff and as I said, I did learn a few things), but aside from that I had a blast with the board games and the garage sale, etc. If I hadn't arrived more eager to attend the painting tutorials than any of the other stuff there, it would have been a resounding success in my mind. Heck, I still would have gone to the advanced painting class that afternoon if I didn't have a sick wife at home waiting for me to show up and relieve her from the pummeling our 2 young kids had been giving her all day...
As it stands, well, it was still better than staying home with said sick wife and watching the shows that she likes on TV. I'd do it again for sure. I hope the painting workshops are better organized next time around, 'cause I will be back. All in all, a positive experience; apologies if I've made it sound otherwise - just didn't go into as much detail about the good parts, is all.
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Coyotebd wrote:While I am happy we were able to offer more classes than last year it is undeniable that there wasn't a lot of things that could have been done smoother, better, more timely or just differently.
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