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So Reapercon 2019 was great as far as my classes went.  I taught 6 courses, all were sold out, most were 2 people beyond capacity (which was fine because I was ready for that possibility)  But I feel like 6 was just 1 too many to organize, prep, practice and deliver.  All of my classes seemed to be very much enjoyed by those who attended and I got some awesome feedback from some folks.

 

so..  which one to not do...  that's a hard question as I enjoyed all of them.

 

first, the must keeps. 

Water Effects.  that class probably could have sold out 2 or 3 times.  so many want to take that so its in.

Realistic Gore.  Overwhelming high praise from a lot of folks, so thats in.  plus its it's ridiculously fun for me.

Weathering and aging.  This is an easy one for me to teach, always sells out and gets great reviews.  Kind of have to keep due to demand.

 

Up for debate.

Dragons.  I have taught multiple variants of this class.  Its not bad, and folks seem to like it but Im not sure if the demand is still high.

Tabletop painting.  Sells out but slowly.  Its one of my strengths though.  fast painting at a high tabletop level.  

Kids classes.  I do these mainly to ensure that the kids programming continues to grow.  The little artists amaze me every time.  Its a lot of fun and full of surprises by talented young artists.  may need to keep on principle.

 

other subjects I have taught but not sure if folks still would be interested.  

woodland bases, lava bases, ice and snow bases.

batch painting.

Blending toolbox.  (kind of a whole host of various techniques to blend)

 

obviously, Reaper would need to approve any of these, just thinking ahead so that my submission requests will be ready when its time.  

 

Id love your thoughts

 

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10 minutes ago, LordDave said:

Up for debate.

Dragons.  I have taught multiple variants of this class.  Its not bad, and folks seem to like it but Im not sure if the demand is still high.

Tabletop painting.  Sales out but slowly.  Its one of my strengths though.  fast painting at a high tabletop level.  

Kids classes.  I do these mainly to ensure that the kids programming continues to grow.  The little artists amaze me every time.  Its a lot of fun and full of surprises by talented young artists.  may need to keep on principle.

I've only been to two ReaperCons, and never taken one of your classes, so take this as you will.

Of these three, Dragons looks the "weakest". 

IMO, at least one Tabletop Painting and one Kids class is a must have within the ReaperCon class schedule if ReaperCon and the hobby are going to continue to grow.

Dragons is appealing, but there are also several other instructors who often offer up a Dragon class as well. 

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1 minute ago, kristof65 said:

I've only been to two ReaperCons, and never taken one of your classes, so take this as you will.

Of these three, Dragons looks the "weakest". 

IMO, at least one Tabletop Painting and one Kids class is a must have within the ReaperCon class schedule if ReaperCon and the hobby are going to continue to grow.

Dragons is appealing, but there are also several other instructors who often offer up a Dragon class as well. 

I appreciate the comments.  Thank you for taking time to provide that.  thats basically where I was leaning in my opinion but we will see where the forumites trend towards.

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7 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

I've only been to two ReaperCons, and never taken one of your classes, so take this as you will.

Of these three, Dragons looks the "weakest". 

IMO, at least one Tabletop Painting and one Kids class is a must have within the ReaperCon class schedule if ReaperCon and the hobby are going to continue to grow.

Dragons is appealing, but there are also several other instructors who often offer up a Dragon class as well. 

I have to agree with this one.

 

Dragons is more of a theme than a specific new skill one can learn. Where as Tabletop and Kids Classes are very good starter classes for anyone getting into the hobby.

 

P.S. Is is too early to sign up for Water Effects? Sure I don't know yet if I'll actually be at RCon 2020 or not. But why take the chance?

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1 minute ago, Cranky Dog said:

I have to agree with this one.

 

Dragons is more of a theme than a specific new skill one can learn. Where as Tabletop and Kids Classes are very good starter classes for anyone getting into the hobby.

 

P.S. Is is too early to sign up for Water Effects? Sure I don't know yet if I'll actually be at RCon 2020 or not. But why take the chance?

haha.

yes it is too early to sign up.  Yes, the Dragons class seems general, but only in how I described here, 2019 it was more focused on details, eyes, teeth, horns, scales.  2018 I focused more on rethinking how to paint dragons.  it was more to build a story in the paint scheme.  like why use certain colors or designs.  2017 it was more tailored towards wings and getting a translucent look to the membranes.  so in truth, my "dragons" class is never really general.  Guess maybe I should have specified that better.  all 3 years it did sell out. 

 

but  after all that, I agree so far with these comments, its most likely the one to be axed.  lol

10 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

 

P.S. Is is too early to sign up for Water Effects? Sure I don't know yet if I'll actually be at RCon 2020 or not. But why take the chance?

 

sidenote: I had at least 30 people tell me they wanted in that class last year.  It sold out in less than 15 minutes!  and the 16 that took it all really loved it.  I may discuss offering this class 2 times in 2020.   Idk yet, but its been discussed.

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48 minutes ago, LordDave said:

Blending toolbox.  (kind of a whole host of various techniques to blend)

 

I really like that in concept. A few years ago, I took four different blending classes to get more tools and found that very useful.

 

Could you do more than an overview in 1:45, though?

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16 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

I really like that in concept. A few years ago, I took four different blending classes to get more tools and found that very useful.

 

Could you do more than an overview in 1:45, though?

I have taught this at a few other conventions and it really depends on the class.  Thats kind of why I haven't ever attempted it at Reapercon.  I like to show as many different approaches as possible, but its easy to go down the rabbit hole on one and leave someone feeling like we covered the things they already knew and didnt get to the techniques they were looking for.  That said.  Im good at time management and keeping folks on task.  This one would take a lot of prep work for Reapercon.  Handouts would be key.  Probably wont attempt it there. ever.  just gauging interest here.

 

The biggest challenge at Reapercon is the wide range of talent level among attendees of any given class.  It ranges from "Ive never painted a mini ever" to "hey look at my last 3 gold sophie trophies"  whereas at my local con the classes are generally intermediate level painters

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I've taught as few as 4 and as many as 6 in a given reapercon, and I will admit, this past year doing 4 was nice.  I didn't feel as rushed. I felt like I had time at my station to help folks one on one.  I got to eat! So, don't feel like you have to overburden yourself with stress or responsibility. It's ok to do less, and give it your all.  If you're exhausted, you won't be at your best. Also, your health is important. Think about all you put in to the classes, including the prep time.  You gotta live, too!

 

For those that don't know, we as instructors plan our classes on our own, do any prepwork on the minis and create our handouts.  For some of my classes, there's a lot of background work and planning that goes in to them. My color theory class has a 70+ slide powerpoint that I add to every year when I learn new things. Rhonda has insanely detailed handouts. Poor Dave did an amazing amount of prep on his bases for the water effects class. Like, crazy amazing work.

 

There's always another year.  I rotate some of my classes and teach them every few years. Dave, pick the ones you most want to teach. Pick the ones that make you the most excited and enthusiastic. Do those.  Save the others for another year when you're feeling more into them or feel like you've learned something new you want to share. Also, you can certainly teach two of the same class.  Teach two of the water class and hold off on one of the others instead. I know it's hard when there are so many cool things to show folks. Your classes will be loved, no matter which ones you pick.  But you don't have to teach them all.  I applaud in every way your good spirit and generosity.  You are an awesome person and should know you have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

 

But it's ok to limit the ones you teach. If you can't pick, roll dice and let them pick. ::D: Also- remember Tish will pretty much always teach a kids class.

 

 

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2 water effect classes sound like a good idea - 

I have tried it myself and liked the pictures I saw from you class this year. 

- if not ill try and get it in the first 15 min next year.

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1 hour ago, Corporea said:

But it's ok to limit the ones you teach. If you can't pick, roll dice and let them pick.

 

Dice can be a great way to find out what you actually want if you pay attention to your reactions.

 

Roll the dice, then when you look at them, think about whether you're happy with the result or would rather have gotten a different number. If it's the latter, pick that number instead.

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2 hours ago, Corporea said:

I've taught as few as 4 and as many as 6 in a given reapercon, and I will admit, this past year doing 4 was nice.  I didn't feel as rushed. I felt like I had time at my station to help folks one on one.  I got to eat! So, don't feel like you have to overburden yourself with stress or responsibility. It's ok to do less, and give it your all.  If you're exhausted, you won't be at your best. Also, your health is important. Think about all you put in to the classes, including the prep time.  You gotta live, too!

 

For those that don't know, we as instructors plan our classes on our own, do any prepwork on the minis and create our handouts.  For some of my classes, there's a lot of background work and planning that goes in to them. My color theory class has a 70+ slide powerpoint that I add to every year when I learn new things. Rhonda has insanely detailed handouts. Poor Dave did an amazing amount of prep on his bases for the water effects class. Like, crazy amazing work.

 

There's always another year.  I rotate some of my classes and teach them every few years. Dave, pick the ones you most want to teach. Pick the ones that make you the most excited and enthusiastic. Do those.  Save the others for another year when you're feeling more into them or feel like you've learned something new you want to share. Also, you can certainly teach two of the same class.  Teach two of the water class and hold off on one of the others instead. I know it's hard when there are so many cool things to show folks. Your classes will be loved, no matter which ones you pick.  But you don't have to teach them all.  I applaud in every way your good spirit and generosity.  You are an awesome person and should know you have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

 

But it's ok to limit the ones you teach. If you can't pick, roll dice and let them pick. ::D: Also- remember Tish will pretty much always teach a kids class.

 

 

Thank you so much for your kind words.  Its really nice to hear.  

I do love to teach all of these, so my intention is to see what classes people would be like..  Nooooo  dont cut that one!.  

 

But yes, 6 is kind of demanding, while I feel 5 would be nice.  

 

Also thank you for taking the time for such a detailed response

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You are entitled to enjoy the con as well! Run 4-5 classes that you enjoyed running and then play games, visit, etc.

PS I hope to see your tabletop class listed!

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3 hours ago, Corsair said:

You are entitled to enjoy the con as well! Run 4-5 classes that you enjoyed running and then play games, visit, etc.

PS I hope to see your tabletop class listed!

Oh I always enjoy the Con!  

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