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65. New in July: Zoom Special: Botanical Watercolor Troubleshooting

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Painting is a meditative activity to me. I immerse myself into the whole painting process and become one with my tools. Since I teach, however, I force myself to be awaken to sort out which parts need to be noticed to point out to my students in the class. That has lead me to have a list of certain painting techniques that are commonly troublesome to my students.

With the current pandemic situation, all my local classes are converted to online instruction and we feel grateful to continue our weekly botanical art classes without interruption. I even start the class 20 minutes earlier to have some fun chat time to secure full 'art time'. We miss the in-person classes, of course, but the virtual connection with our painting buddies has been blessing amid the isolation time. On top of that, thanks goodness, my students find the instructions presented on their personal computer screens are clear, and much more effective than they expected. Now, they are asking to continue the Zo…

64. Going Online: My Classes via Zoom Meeting During COVID-19 Pandemic

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When we meet sudden obstacles, we find a way to resolve them. My classes were always face-to-face lessons with lots of demonstrations, and I thought online lessons would be less effective. Due to the total lock down of all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, I decided to direct my classes to online platform from April. For three weeks, I have added/changed/evaluated the class contents in order to make them more effective in the new platform. The result? Surprisingly satisfactory!
The best part of my Zoom class is the clarity and verstility of the presentations/slides. I used to use a projector on big sceen or plasma TV screen which are still not very sharp in comparison to computer monitors. Now, directly on each participant's computer screen, they can see all images upclose in details along with my explanations, zoomed in and out. It is fantastic and my students love it! 
Now, there is one less nicer side: students miss my demonstrations. To make up this very impo…