ATC's Inspired by Prompt 6 in Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party class: Printables. These are for the element ATC swap and feature element 64 gadolinium, which is used in MRI's and the green phosphorous in color TV's.
I'm having such a hard time trying to review this class. On one hand, I really got a lot out of it (learning some new techniques and revisiting old ones to complete lots of pages), and I found it to be a good value for the money. On the other hand, I ended up vaguely dissatisfied at the end of it. Perhaps I would summarize my feelings this way - it was a great class until it wasn't anymore.
The class was scheduled to run from Oct. 17 until Nov. 25 - with 25 prompts plus some videos and other goodies - all for only $18 U.S. The problem is that somewhere along the line, the flow of the class fell apart. Near the end of the class, Shimelle hosted an online party which was open to the class participants, as well as other blog subscribers. The online party also had a strong Christmas focus as Shimelle was gearing up for her Journal Your Christmas class. For me, this led to a great deal of confusion about what to do and when the class was actually over. And then, Shimelle had a bit of a personal issue (finding herself having to move living quarters on short notice) and JYC started up. The upshot of all this was that class participants received the final class prompt yesterday (on Dec. 11). It contained a bonus pdf booklet of sketches and access to another class (both for free!). The whole experience ended up being very disjointed, in my opinion.
I loved the first 20 or so prompts. I found them inspirational and informational. And well worth the price of the class. If it had ended there, I would have given the class a solid A or A-. But, as a result of the confusion, I would give it a lower grade. The confusion frustrated me because I like organized, linear classes. I like to start a class, try hard to keep up and then finish it and call it done.
So, overall, I think I would give the class a B or B-. But I wonder if I'm being too harsh. I know a lot of you took the class, and I'm interested in what you think? Am I being too harsh? Did you experience it differently? And, for those of you who didn't take the class, I have a different question. When reviewing a class, how much weight should be given to the price of a class? Should a free or inexpensive class be judged differently than a more pricey class? I'd love to hear your thoughts.