Online workshops

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are the online workshops 'live'?


No, these workshops are pre-recorded. This means you can access the workshop content any time you like, in your own time zone (wherever you are in the world), at a time most convenient to you!

As feltmaking is such a labour intensive process, live sessions would by necessity have to be spread over many days, especially for larger projects and complex topics, so pre-recording the workshops also helps to keep the workshop registration fees down.




How does it work?


When you register for a workshop, you will receive email confirmation with a link to the 24/7 virtual course classroom (please make sure you use a valid email address and/or check for any typos before you submit, otherwise you may not receive any of the course communications!)

The course classroom is where you will find a detailed course orientation, as well as the full (illustrated) materials list, and the workshop contents. These consist of pre-recorded video demonstrations, colour photos and step-by-step printable handouts. The course classroom is also a place where you can connect with your fellow students if you wish, post photos of your work and ask questions.

I highly recommend you allow as much time as possible to orient yourself around the classroom, and that you gather all the materials well ahead of the workshop!

​Each workshop differs in length (indicated in days), with new materials made available each week. Each day is split into manageable chunks, or units. Most, though not all, units have video demonstrations. The units contain clear descriptions and colour photos to illustrate each step of the process.

​The best way to approach the work is by reading the Unit Outline first, then watch the Video Tutorial in the unit, before following the Step-by-Step Instructions. You can of course also play the video alongside your own working process. You can pause or replay a video at any time.

Each time you complete an activity, you mark it as 'completed'.

UNIT OUTLINE Unit outlines give a brief overview of what will be covered in the unit. VIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS Video demonstrations vary in length, depending on the topic, and can range from five minutes to half an hour or more. Care is taken to include as much relevant information as possible, and to demonstrate the techniques and stages clearly. Typically, videos are quite detailed and include tips and insights that are not included in the step-by-step instructions, so you'll benefit most from a workshop by not skipping them. STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS The step-by-step instructions are available in each unit (illustrated with colour photos), and as text-only PDFs so they can be downloaded or printed for your own personal use during and after the workshop. I do ask you respect that teaching is my livelihood, and that you do not share these resources with others who have not paid for this workshop. These step-by-step instruction sheets are intended to be used as a bullet point summary and reminder of what has been demonstrated in the accompanying video. Whilst it should be possible to follow the instructions as a stand alone activity, you will get a lot more out of it if you watch the accompanying video(s) first.

TUTOR FEEDBACK

​I will visit the virtual classroom at scheduled times, to give constructive feedback on your work and progress, and to answer any questions you may have. This schedule is announced in the welcome letter you will receive on booking. Q&A's will be visible to all the students in the workshop, so everybody else can benefit from them too.




Can I access the workshop contents on a mobile device?


Yes, all the contents are fully accessible on a mobile device.

However, you may find that your phone screen is too small for the video demonstrations and photo illustrations, so where possible a bigger screen is recommended.

You'll need a good internet connection to stream the video demonstrations.




How long are the workshops?


This will vary from workshop to workshop, depending on the topic.

The description of each workshop will contain information on the number of days of work involved. If the description says 'this is a 3-day workshop', this means it is estimated that the contents of the workshops will take on average 3 days to complete. Of course, everyone works at a different pace, so you may find you work faster or take little longer, and that is absolutely fine.

Each day's workshop content will be released in stages, over a number of weeks. For example, the contents of a 3 day workshop may be released gradually, over a period of 3 weeks. This gives you the freedom to choose which day(s) you want to work that week, and for how long, and at what pace. In longer workshops, there may be longer periods in between content release, to allow for breaks or periods of consolidation.

Unlike workshops that are taught in person, there is very little time pressure!




What if I miss a week, can I still access the workshop content?


In general, it is recommended that you follow the weekly format where possible, in order to engage more deeply with the process and benefit from the presence of your peer group.

But the beauty and benefit of online learning is in its flexible nature! So if you're away or life gets unexpectedly busy (as it invariably does), rest assured that the workshop content will remain available to you indefinitely after the workshop has ended. This way, you can work around your personal needs by spreading the content of the units over a longer period of time, or by simply taking a break and picking up the work at a later date.

It also means that, if you're really keen, you could work through the contents multiple times!

You can log in to the virtual classroom at any time during and after the workshop, so you can go over any conversations that you have missed, review comments, or access videos and/or PDFs. You are also welcome to print PDFs for personal use after the workshop, but I ask that you respect that this these workshops represent many hours of work and are my livelihood,and you do not share any of the course resources with others.




Are materials included in the workshop fee?


No, materials are not included in the workshop fee, but the materials list for each workshop is kept as low cost as possible. You may find you already have many of the items on the list in your home or studio! Care has been taken to provide detailed descriptions where necessary, in anticipation of any questions you may have.

Felt making is a relatively low tech art, which requires minimal tools and equipment. Though fancy water sprinklers, felting tools and rolling mats may have their benefits and may be tempting, at the end of the day, your hands are incredible tools and they are totally free.

The main financial investment in felt making is the wool, which should be of good quality and from a reputable source. The remainder of items can often be sourced cheaply and/or second hand.

A materials list for each workshop can be downloaded from the detailed course description on this website before registration, and from the virtual classroom after registration.




Is there a limit on student numbers in each workshop?


Yes, though this number will vary from workshop to workshop and is significantly bigger than an in-person workshop.

The registration opening date for each workshop will be announced on this website, so keep an eye on the relevant page or sign up to my newsletter. You will not be able to register once a workshop is full.

In the virtual classroom, I give constructive feedback on the work you produce, and reply to your comments and questions. I aim to give fair and equal attention to all students. By keeping student numbers limited, I can do so without spreading myself too thin.




I missed out on registering, will I be able to join another time?


Most workshops will run multiple times a year, but as the range of my online workshop offering expands, this may change. When a workshop is full, but there is high demand for it, I may be able to run additional repeats, depending on the rest of my work schedule. The best way to stay up to date on the latest workshop offerings and when registration opens, is to sign up to my newsletter.




I cannot find the topic I am looking for, will you be offering any other online workshop topics?


I know many of you are interested in online mask making workshops...

At this point I do not yet know if this is something I will be able to offer. I have plenty of ideas for topics and techniques that I am excited to share with you, but I will start my offering small.

Teaching online is a very different experience to teaching in person, and I want to make sure that I get the format right so that you, the student, can get the most from learning in this way. By starting small, I can gather your feedback, fine tune, and incorporate your suggestions into future workshops.

​If you are really keen on a particular topic, you are welcome to make suggestions via the contact form. Whilst I can't make any promises, I am happy to take your suggestions into consideration!




I prefer learning in a physical classroom, will you continue to teach in person?


Yes!

​Part of the joy of teaching for me is in meeting and getting to know people, the energy generated by being in a studio and going through the creative journey together, and being able to touch and handle your work with my own hands... This is not something I plan to give up entirely.

I aim to achieve a balance between teaching online and in person, so that those of you who prefer to learn in a physical environment can still do so, while broadening my availability to those of you who are unable to afford/take time off/travel to a physical learning environment.




How much does it cost?


Registration fees vary from workshop to workshop, depending on the length and topic. Materials are not included in the registration fees. The cost of each workshop is clearly listed in its description.




Is it possible to ask questions if I don't understand something?


Yes! You can post questions, comments and photos of your work in progress in the virtual classroom at any time (24/7). I visit the classroom on set day(s)/time(s) each week to answer your questions and to give constructive feedback. This way, everyone should have the chance to ask a question and receive an answer on the week’s workshop content, before the following week’s content is released. If you feel completely 'stuck', please wait for me to respond to your question and help you to find a solution, before proceeding to the next unit(s) of work. Questions and answers are visible to your fellow students in your workshop too, and remain posted in the classroom. Before posting your question, it may be worth going over previously asked questions, as you may find your answer already waiting for you there! I aim to respond to questions individually, but on occassion, if questions are repeated or themes start to emerge, I may refer you to an answer I have already given previousy, or provide general guidance on the theme that is emerging.




What language do you teach in?


All the video demonstatrations and step-by-step instructions are in English. A reasonable command of English is required to get the most out of the workshops, you are the best judge of this. At present none of the on-line workshops are available in another language, though I may consider doing so in future. If English is not your first language, I recommend you watch the instructional video demonstrations as many times as you need to before you start work, and to work alongside me on the videos (you can pause videos any time). Visual clues often readily fill in the gaps of understanding in a way that words often cannot! I am fluent in English and Dutch, and have a reasonable command of French and German. As many of my international students will know, I'm happy to listen to your questions in any of those languages, and to try and reply in them too. Together we will figure it out!




Can I download the videos?


No, you cannot the download the videos, but you do have lifetime* access to them! *Lifetime means as long as I am able to communicate, or as long as the platform is in existence. If, for some reason I have to close the clasroom permanently, you will be notified in advance by email.




Am I allowed to share my log in and password with friends?


No. While I understand the inclination to want to do so, I ask that you respect my livelihood. I aim to prise my workshops very reasonably and I have worked very hard to give you a beautiful and inspiring course full of content. I would love to have your friends join us the proper way by registering.




Do I need to create a special account to sign up to a workshop?


The course platform that I am using is Ruzuku. They take care of all the technical stuff and make sure things run smoothly. Once you have signed up and paid for a workshop, you will be asked to create a Ruzuku account with a password. Note that this will only happen the first time you purchase a course on this platform. You do not have to create a new account for each course, they will all be gathered under your personal profile: When you log in to the site, you will see My Learning Library at the top of the page. If you click on that you will get a list of all the courses you have signed up for (either with me, or another tutor). Click on the course name to enter that course and access the materials. If you have any technical problems click on the SUPPORT link for Ruzuku support help-desk.




I live outside of the UK, can I still join a course?


YES! Of course! I would love to have you. Online classrooms are truly international in make up, it is one of the pleasures of offering workshops in this way. During the registration process, the course fee (in British Pound Stirling) will be converted to your currency automatically.




Can I share images and techniques from your workshops and courses?


You are more than welcome to share images of your FINISHED work on social media but please do not: - Share, copy or distribute any of the course content produced by me - Share detailed explanations/photographs of how you have produced the pieces in my workshops, on social media or online - Use any of my course content for your own teaching By registering on to any of my courses, you agree to this policy. I have the same policy for all my in-person workshops.




Help! I have registered for your workshop, but I have not received any communications from you yet... Why is this?


Registration usually opens some weeks before the start of the course. When you register and pay for a workshop, you will be asked to open a (free) account with Ruzuku, the course platform provider, as part of the registration process. For this you will need a valid email address and a password. Note that all course communications and digests will be sent to this email address, so please make sure this email address is active and check carefully for typos before submitting. Once registration is complete, you will receive an instant email containing a link to the classroom for your workshop (length of time may vary, depending on your email provider). If you haven't received this email after a couple of hours, please check your spam/junk folder. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE START OF THE COURSE TO DO SO, AS YOU MAY MISS OUT ON CRUCIAL COMMUNICATIONS. If you cannot find the email in your spam folder, then it may be that you entered a typo when opening your Ruzuku account. If you think that is the case, please contact me at gladys@gladyspaulus.com so I can cross check the details you have provided, and advice on how to move forward.




How are these workshops different from other online tutorials?


Lots of online tutorials consist solely of pre-recorded video material. The idea is that you watch the video(s) and do the work, in your own time, by yourself. Think of it as a type of self study, but without any feedback or support mechanisms. Though this is a valuable learning method in its own right, in my workshops, you get this, PLUS step-by-step illustrated instructions, and access to me: In the 24/7 course classroom you can upload questions, comments and photos of your work in progress. I will visit the classroom at scheduled times during the workshop duration, to give constructive feedback on your work in progress, and answer any questions you may have. The learning cycle aims to mimic as closely as possible an in-person workshop experience, and looks something like this: You receive your lessons at regular intervals -- you apply your learning by following the detailed instructions -- you share your progress and ask questions if you have any -- you receive support/coaching when you need it -- you make any necessary adjustments/corrections to your work -- you progress to the next lesson when it is released. The other benefit is that running a scheduled course like this, with set 'start' and 'end' dates and contents released at regular intervals, means that you and your fellow students can move through this course as a group. This means that when I visit the classroom to answer questions, everyone in the group will be more or less at similar stages of work. Of course, you are under absolutely no obligation to engage with me (or your fellow students) in this way. If you prefer, you can just watch the videos and do the work by yourself, in you own time. In any case, the Q&A's will be visible to all the students in the workshop at all times, so everybody else can learn from them too (just as would happen in a physical learning environment). But if you want to get the maximum benefit out of the workshop, consider engaging fully in the learning cycle by putting in the work, checking in with your cohort, and reaching out to me for support when you need me, so I can help you along the way.