The Korp Academy is a set of weekly online art workshops to help you learn how to draw. In the first 5 weeks we drew skulls, robots, dinosaurs, ice creams, mushrooms and gremlins all with a little twist. Take a look at the results and my personal story here.
Week 1 - SkullBot
In the previous week I'd cancelled all my offline workshops and set up a members area on my website and this was the very first session of my online workshops. With no idea what to expect I jumped in feet first and hoped for the best. I had 8 students join me for this workshop and I learnt a lot including two important parts of leading a Zoom workshop...how to spotlight a video and how to put everyone on mute :D
Week 2 -Shynosaur
At this stage I'm still broadcasting from my lounge but settling into a routine. Specifically that the first workshop would be learning to draw a new character, the second workshop would be around developing the character and the third being to produce a finished piece using Posca pens. 11 students joined on this workshop.
Week 3 -Lickety Split
Getting into more of a routine with off camera work as well now, colouring in sheets were being published regularly and I took my first steps into creating and editing videos thanks to attending a course on how to create content for YouTube by Adrian Salisbury.
Week 4 - The Zoom Shroom
Week 4 was a milestone, membership levels reached a sustainable amount that I could earn a living during lockdown. We drew the Zoom Shroom and I celebrated quietly that I wouldnt go under.
Week 5 - Stumpy the Gremlin
By week 5 things were really taking off with 22 students joining on 15 cameras. This was a great session and produced one of my favourite characters. At this stage I also started to find time to do my own work again and was being approached by other organisations like Youth Inspired and Graffwerk to run workshops and produce videos for them.
The first 5 weeks were a real adventure. From not knowing how I was going to survive during lockdown through to being an established online workshop leader and content creator. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me during this transition.
I'm now in week 10 and very much enjoying teaching people my simple ways of doodling!
There are 4 online workshops every week. To join in (or watch the replays) you need to subscribe to the Korp Academy at £20 per month. That works out at £1.25 per workshop but there are many other benefits, check them out here.