Courses

hi everyone! after teaching several courses online and offering them on a couple of different platforms, i often get asked for my opinion on which one someone should take. to help simplify the courses and give everyone a clear understanding of what each of them are, i'm sharing a guide to them here with you!

a quick note on both platforms offered:

creativelive:

are you familiar with creativelive? every single day, they broadcast the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have anytime on demand access, you can purchase the course you're interested in.

skillshare:

skillshare believes in learning by doing and is specifically designed for creators and makers. anyone can join skillshare to enroll in online classes, watch video lessons, create projects, and even become a teacher. skillshare's mission is to unlock the world’s creativity. they believe in giving people tools to harness their creative power as they dismantle the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to. as a skillshare member, you’ll have access to thousands of online classes that you can watch on your own time, taught by creators from around the world. each class has short lessons and a hands-on project for you to work on. share your project in the class to get feedback and collaborate with our vibrant community.

 

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course: surface pattern designs from scratch
platform: creativelive (see reviews here)
cost: $99
duration: 3 days ~ 16 hours (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

if you’ve ever dreamed of being a surface pattern designer, this course is for you! over the course of three days, i teach you the ins and outs of adobe illustrator and take you from concept to sketch to finished designs and repeating patterns. by the end of the course, you’ll have a mini collection of patterns to hit the ground running with.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

– adobe illustrator for surface pattern design
– how to make a repeating pattern
– how to develop a concept, sketch and illustrate your ideas
– how to develop and work with a color palette
– how to work from sketches and photographs
– how to gather inspiration and stay creatively motivated
– the business of surface pattern design
– all about licensing and copyrights
– how to develop a portfolio and get noticed
– how to create printables, desktop backgrounds, gift tags, recipes and blog posts
– how to apply your patterns to fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and more!

this course is definitely for the person who wants to take surface pattern design seriously and potentially pursue a career in it. we also welcome guest speakers who cover the business and legal side of surface pattern design and printing options for your patterns!

why someone would choose this course: you want to pursue a career in surface pattern design, learn adobe illustrator and find out more about the ins and outs of design. challenges and community interaction are not important to you. you enjoy watching live streaming videos of a person 'face to face'.

online courses by bonnie christine
course: intro to surface pattern design
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 3h 43m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course is designed for the person who dreams of creating their own repeating patterns. after spending years learning how to become a surface pattern designer on my own, i'm sharing all the knowledge i've gained over the years with you here! it will definitely give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing patterns, plus it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!

whether you're a seasoned pro at Illustrator or you've never opened the program, you'll feel comfortable in this course. we start with the basics and advance to the most technical knowledge you'll need to begin making beautiful artwork.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

this course walks you through step by step to creating a repeating pattern. we learn what surface pattern design is and why it may be a good career option for you. i'll share with you my own creative story and give you lots of insider secrets along the way!

  • learn Illustrator - from setting up a custom workspace to how to use the most technical tools of the trade.
  • gather and create your own inspiration, and learn how to put together a moodboard.
  • learn best practices for sketching and scanning.
  • learn how to make artwork from your sketches, your photographs and from directly within Adobe Illustrator.
  • create custom color palettes.
  • design a repeating pattern!

this course (coupled with the 2.0 course below) covers nearly everything that my first course on creativelive does, minus the guest speakers. it's presented in a much more condensed format, but i feel live gives a better/more in depth view of my actual workflow as a designer. people who have taken both hear much of the same information twice, but learn it better since it's presented in a slightly different way.

why someone would choose this course: you're interested in learning adobe illustrator, how to create patterns and potentially pursue a career in surface pattern design. you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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course: surface pattern design 2.0
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 1hr 37m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course is designed for the person who dreams of becoming a professional surface pattern designer. during class, i walk you step by step through the process of creating a pattern collection that is unique and engaging, and i share all of my industry secrets with you along the way! we discuss what to include in your portfolio and how to begin contacting companies to start your career. it will give you all the industry information and creative skills you need to start start your career as a surface pattern designer, plus it will motivate and inspire you to follow your creative dream!

whether you're looking to become a professional surface pattern designer, or are just hoping to enhance your pattern building skills, this course is for you!

this course is the perfect follow up to the above course, intro to surface pattern design.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

i'll walk you through step by step to creating a unique and engaging pattern collection.

  • learn to create a repeat pattern.
  • design a collection that is engaging and thoughtful.
  • apply your patterns to products and mockups.
  • why it's important to craft the perfect portfolio.
  • how to get noticed in the industry and begin your career as a surface pattern designer!

this course (coupled with the intro course above) covers nearly everything that my first course on creativelive does, minus the guest speakers. it's presented in a much more condensed format, but i feel live gives a better/more in depth view of my actual workflow as a designer. people who have taken both hear much of the same information twice, but learn it better since it's presented in a slightly different way.

why someone would choose this course: you're interested in learning how to create patterns in sets of collections and pursue a career in surface pattern design. you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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course: design, print and bind your own portfolio
platform: creativelive (see reviews here)
cost: $49
duration: 1 day ~ 6 hours (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

this course has a little something for everyone in it. it’s also NOT just for surface pattern designers! photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work. you’ll leave the course feeling inspired, motivated and prepared to hit the ground running with your beautiful portfolio.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
  • what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
  • how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in adobe illustrator
  • how to build your very own handmade portfolio
  • tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

this course is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to show their work with the world. during class you'll pick up illustrator tips and learn how to actually build and bind your very own portfolio.

why someone would choose this course: you're ready to show your work with the world! challenges and community interaction are not important to you. you enjoy watching live streaming videos of a person 'face to face'.

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course: design & bind your creative portfolio
platform: skillshare (see reviews here)
cost: sign up for an annual plan for $8/month (billed annually at $96) or pay as you go for $10/month!
duration: 1hr 40m (videos available for anytime on demand access)

OVERVIEW:

again, this course has a little something for everyone in it. it's NOT just for surface pattern designers, but photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work!

note: this course is the perfect follow up to intro to surface pattern design & surface pattern design 2.0. please begin with these courses for detailed training on adobe illustrator, color palettes, sketching, motif design and repeat pattern design!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
  • what to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
  • how to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in Adobe Illustrator
  • how to actually build and bind your very own handmade portfolio
  • tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

this course is very similiar to the above creativelive course, simply offered on a different platform  (skillshare). it's presented in a precise, easy to follow format that allows you to easily navigate between sections and topics.

why someone would choose this course: you're ready to show your work to the world! you enjoy community involvement, giving and receiving feedback and taking part in course challenges and events.

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that's all for now, folks! let me know if you have any additional questions. i can't wait to see you in class! xo, bonnie