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Teacher Tips: Create Compelling Visuals for Your Skillshare Class

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Top Teacher Ira Marcks shares tips and best practices for incorporating visuals into your Skillshare class. In this Teacher Tips video you will learn how to use images to engage your students and effectively convey information. 

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1. Create Compelling Visuals for Your Skillshare Class: If you want to be a successful teacher on skill share, you're gonna need good visuals, imagery and text that connects with your students, keeps them engaged watching and, most importantly, learning something new. My name's I remarks. I'm a cartoonist and illustrator with a love for storytelling. My classes help students draw better, make smarter choices through lessons on composition, world building, character design and the hardest part of being an artist developing a creative process that brings all these things together. As a teacher, you need to view your visuals not as a chore or an obligation, but another form of creative expression and student engagement. Good visuals make a positive learning experience. First student and making the right choices are what keep students coming back to your classes again and again. And this little crash course I'm gonna help you answer. Three crucial questions about making good visuals. One. What kind of visuals helps students to? How do teachers use visuals effectively? Three. What visuals are best for your class? Okay, first question. What kind of visuals Help students Visuals work best when they're functioning in support of your voice over. And there's four basic kinds. Teachers use reference support, which is relevant reference images That function is creative inspiration or they clarify contextualized. A bit of information reference support includes images of your own finished work, your creative process and images from third party artists, designers, photographers that you've gathered together and hopefully cited. Graphic support is another type professional and cohesive graphics help a student feel engaged in a lesson. This includes selecting fonts, color palettes and other visual elements of design and then using them to make your classic cohesive and enjoyable experience. Tech support is a type of visual. Ah, few key points on the bottom of your screen can go a long way to connecting with your students. Remember, a slide doesn't need toe occupy the whole screen. That said, slide support is a big visual category. We've all sat through bad slide presentations. Don't be the teacher with the bad slides. Slides may cover the whole screen, but they don't need to crowd it. Keep your slide simple and keep your screen spacious. Giant blocks of texts are not visual aids, but short and concise statements can be all right. Big question number two. How do skill share teachers use visuals effectively. Of course, not all of us air fully functioning production studios A lot of us air working from home with limited resource is so I keep my class examples here simple and totally achievable with the tools you've probably already got on hand. I've dug up some good examples from each of the four skill share categories. Creative business, technology and lifestyle. Let's start with creative. Let's take a look at the way illustrator and designer Mel Armstrong uses visuals. Here we are on our channel page. Right off the bat, we can see a cohesive visual style in her cover graphics. You can tell right away that Mel teaches a clean, friendly and nature themes style of surface pattern design. Using popular software like Adobe Illustrator and Procreate, a creative art class like Mels really utilizes graphic visuals. You can see she spent a lot of time and effort framing her classes around consistent and quality class project visuals. As a teacher of creative arts, you can get a lot of mileage out of good class project visuals. A creative class shares the story of a creative process. These visuals show the main beats of mouse process and Then when we goto watch your class, she leads us through each of these beats with a time lapse screen recording of her process . Keep in mind you don't need to record your narration while you're working. You can always do that in a later stage of editing. If you're interested in screen recording, check out some programs like screen flow. That's the one I use. And even quick time, which might come with your computer, is capable of screen recording. Let's look at another example of good visuals from the business category. The founders of Traveling Design Studio Kid like David and Linda made a really cool class about utilizing Instagram to document a creative journey. Their class is full of awesome tips on how to use Instagram effectively, and they balance that with visual insight into their creative work and their creative lifestyle. They understand that we can all get stressed out by social media, and they've really made the time to give their visuals a human touch. The footage they use has a easy, breezy, hip feel, and it helps make their content mawr digestible. You can see there chapter slides have a cool esthetic that complements the footage that they've shot. Instead of using full screen slides, they have a more creative approach toe conveying text, which is by taking footage and laying the text over top of it. So there's constant movement through a scene. If you want to edit footage in over latex in your classes, you probably want to try a program like Blender or Light Works or I movie. Or, if you're real fancy, you could get Adobe Premiere or Final Cut. Let's look at the next category of skill share classes technology in Rich Armstrong's Web Design Basics class. He covers a lot of technical information that is crucial for the student to understand. But he does it in a really fun and simple way and goes that extra step of bringing his personality into the mix. His technical class has a creative vibe and uses cute characters and story to help students build their skills. This is a really good choice because notices classes over three hours long, so if you think you're going to keep someone's attention for that long, you better bring the charm. His slides air smart, clear, right and concise, and every once in a while, he even Sprinkles in a little hand drawn element just so they feel more personable. If you want to make cool slides of your own, you can kind of achieve that with free programs like Google Slides. But I really recommend learning some basics of graphic software. You can start with something like procreate and that advance into things like Illustrator or Photoshopped. Here in the lifestyle category, I found a class by food. Bloggers carry Marsh and Laura Co. They're gonna help you prepare some meals that are gonna change your day, and they've got a pretty simple, straightforward approach to visuals. They keep their slides restricted to just recipes that pop up on the screen, and throughout their narration, they emphasize the unique and important aspects of their recipes with tech support. Carrie and Laura know how food shows work. You need good, appealing footage of what you're cooking, so they've really staged their space in an appropriate way, and they've considered the lighting and even got their hands on a decent camera. There's some great skill share classes out there that will help you step up your photography if you have to use a lot of footage in your visual support. Now let's answer the big question. What visuals are best for your class? So when I'm preparing a class, I bounced through three big important stages of my process preparation, design and delivery. Let me show you what I mean by each of those terms and give you a little behind the scenes of my class workflow. Preparation is about reviewing your class outline and identifying opportunities for visual support organized in a class can get overwhelming, so you really need to start by breaking a town. I go chapter by chapter, reviewing my script and notes, looking for opportunities for visual aids in my class on narrative art. I talk a lot about other artists work, so I knew right off the bat it be a class super heavy on reference images. I've got a Google doc here that corresponds with the folder of images, photos and footage that could potentially support my script notes. When it comes to gathering visual content, it does not hurt to over prepare. In fact, I find my creative process is way more fulfilling when I get to make choices in a later stage of production. If you're making a class on a creative process. Now is a good time to start asking yourself, How will you convey your creative experience to a student? I want my students to feel like they're right there with me. So I spend a good amount of time preparing screen recordings of me working to show under my voice over. Once you've prepared your script and gathered a bunch of visuals, you can move on to design. Design is when you decide the best way to present your information and refine the experience of your class. In my narrative art class, I wanted my students to feel like they were looking up close at the drawings and sketches I'm referencing. So I make sure I had high rez versions of all the images I was working with so I can zoom and pan across them throughout the lecture chapters of my class. It's a real simple editing technique, and for me, I really prefer this approach than having a static image just hang on the screen. When I'm trying to make a point in my voice over, I use screen recording of hand drawn notes. This gives me an excuse to integrate my art into what would otherwise be a very talky class chapter. And honestly, I just enjoy making screen recordings of my drawings and customizing them. Teach class topic. If you're not having fun design in your class visuals, odds are a student isn't going to have fun looking at them. So the design approach is going to be unique for each class. But always keep in mind, design is about keeping content in information clear and simple to understand, as well as unified across the whole project. Once you've done your prep and design, you move on to delivery. This stage is all about the order and timing of your visuals. I like to think of a class is a story I'm sharing with someone. If you don't spend time preparing your delivery, you're gonna be boring or even worse. You're gonna be confusing to the students as I record my class voiceovers. I'm always browsing my visuals, making notes about what could pop up on the screen to keep the momentum of the class going , knowing that I'm gonna have awesome visuals toe back up, my voice over really helps me be confident in what I'm talking about. Preparation design and delivery are the three stages I bounced between when I'm creating a class, and I'm always looking for the right balance of informative and fun. It's important to vary your visuals between impactful reference images, clear text, tasteful slides and quality footage. If you want to keep students engaged with your material and remember, you're not alone out there. If you want to share some work, upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo and share it as a class project or link it in the discussion board, the Skill Share Support Team and other community members like me already and willing to give you feedback and help you make the best class possible, Good luck.