I took 8 (as is typical for me), I won't write much because it would take more time than I really have. Feel free to ask if you are interested in knowing more about a particular class and I'd be happy to expound on it.
Thursday Layering and Feathering - Markon: A back-to-basics class for me, Ian never disappoints. A good class for newer painters or those looking to refine their basics. Intro to sculpting - Mason: My first class with Tom, I was quite pleased to sculpt something that wasn't a complete disaster. I'm even planning to try my hand at a full figure soon. Recommend for those who have been dabbling in sculpting and need the next step. Painting the Horde - Van Patten [Night]: It was taught by both Christine and Kyle which gave a the class a multifaceted viewpoint. This class was like a beer flight for mini painting; We tried out painting with GW Contrast paints, Inks, miniwax 'dip' and oils. The class was rough around the edges, but understandably so. A good option to try out new products and see how they can help you get through that backlog of figs. Mini Photograpy - Sundseth [Night]: Doug is a font of photography knowledge and very willing to answer questions. The class was aimed at taking good 'product' photos of minis. I didn't feel the photography jargon to be too overwhelming, but I've dabbled in it in the past. know some basic camera settings and try your hand at taking photos of minis beforehand and you'll get a lot of questions answered. Handout provided.
Friday Painting Textures - Diamonstone: Another excellent teacher, David is good at balancing a hands on class with demos and practice time. His explanations are clear and relatively easy to follow. Textures is not considered a basics topic (but perhaps should be) but the newer painters in the class did not seem lost or frustrated. Focus was on denim and leather. You need a good brush! Display Details - Zuniga: This was another try out products type of class. Greg provided vellum, paper and brass etch to work with and based cemetery gate. I feel there could have been more to the class... but I'm not exactly sure what. Perhaps a bit more on when and where to use the embellishments in your work, although this was included.
Saturday Diorama Building - Ridolfi: Prepare to take notes! sooo much information. I agree that a handout would be good. I'm certain I missed stuff. This is a lecture, not demo or hands-on, but Bob gives each student a pack of stuff to play with. I'd recommend taking early in the con, finding time to do the "assignment" and then return to Bob with questions and for feedback. I intend to complete the assignment by ReaperCon 2020 and come armed with questions. Painting Freehand: Patterns and Symbols - Schubert: More basic than the other classes I've taken with Derek (which tend toward advanced subjects). Still, not a beginner class, perhaps high intermediate. Good balance between demo and practice time and clear explanations. We focused on selecting and breaking down a symbol and then painting it on a shield. Another hour would have benefited this class as I think there was not enough time to work on both symbols and patterns. Derek may also have tailored to the class interests, I believe I was the only one more interested in patterns. Handout provided. Need a good brush!