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Project Description

All Skillshare classes must have a project component. An accessible, relatively quick project can motivate students to practice new skills and share their work. More student projects in your class lead to more engaged students, and a more vibrant class community. And if you position your project prominently (maybe use your own version for your cover image?) it can help attract students to your class in the first place (“I get to make that? Sign me up!”)

Here are some Skillshare project description best practices: 

  • Summarize the project in your first sentence
    The first sentence of the project description is always visible below the class description, but students must click “Read More” to see the rest. Your first sentence should be informative enough to clearly explain the project and pique interest.

  • Offer guidance and resources
    Lay out the steps students will take to complete the project (step by step, if that’s needed). And make sure students understand what you’re asking them to share in the Project Gallery. If possible, add a template, worksheet, or additional supplementary material to make it as easy as possible for students to get started. Feel free to suggest outside resources for further learning.

  • Maximize readability
    A wall of text can be intimidating. Short paragraphs, bulleted/numbered lists, and bold/italicized text (where appropriate) can organize information in a digestible way. You can also insert relevant images.

  • Be concise
    Depending on the complexity of your project, your description may be anywhere from one to several paragraphs. If your project description is getting long, restate the information in a shorter way, and consider putting any suggested resources in an attached Word doc or PDF (rather than in the body of the description itself).

  • Make yourself available
    Connect with your students by offering to leave feedback on their projects, or by sharing your contact info or social media links.

  • Support sharing
    Encourage students to upload their projects and works-in-progress, and to interact with other students.

Example:

Cartooning: Drawing Faces and Expressions

Project Description

Assignment:

Your class project is to draw an expressive cartoon face! This can be a character that develops as you make your sketch, or perhaps one of your favorite characters drawn in your style!

Materials:

Use whatever pencils, paper, and markers you have available. I recommend:

  • Prismacolor Premier Non-Photo Blue Pencils
  • Strathmore Sketch Pad
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Ohuhu Dual Tip Markers

Getting Started:

Review 'Lesson 9: Expressions' and choose an expression to use in your drawing. Below are the twelve expressions I review in class. You can also download the reference sheet to print out.

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Stuck for character details? Research popular cartoon characters or actors that come to mind when you think of this expression and take inspiration from them! 

Sharing Your Work:

Share your final illustration and progress shots with the class by uploading to the "Your Project" section. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know! I'm happy to help! Here's an example of a cartoon face from my class!

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