What do creative
superstars Tracey Clark, Cathy Zielske, Ali Edwards, and Amy Powers
all have in common? They're our 4Experts for 2013!
Each of these
amazing teachers will have 12 weeks to educate and inspire you from
within a unique, custom-designed, online classroom that provides
the best of what Big Picture Classes has to offer. When you take
a 4Experts class, you not only get the chance to dive deep into
a topic that matters (with an industry expert as your guide), you
also become part of an active and exciting community of friends
from across the country and the globe.
with Tracey, Cathy, Ali, and Amy below and gear up to join one or
all of our 4Experts in 2013!
Registration for each individual 4Expert workshop begins approximately
eight weeks before the first day of class. If you're not yet a BPC
member, click here to register so you
can receive email notification when registration opens.
Art of Composition
January to March 2013
Tracey Clark |
author, photographer and blogger
coveted class, The Art of Composition with photographer
Tracey Clark is finally back again! With two unique ways to
enroll and enjoy the class this time around, Tracey yet again
tackles this sometimes-elusive subject with a fresh and fun
approach, covering all the ins and outs of visually compelling
you choose to take the original, extensive version of the
class (full of creative coaching and "in real time"
input from Tracey within the classroom) or the new, modified
version (where you get all the awesome content and community
experience, less Tracey's participation) her unique take on
this topic will change how you look at the world around you
while you learn how to compose the kinds of images you've
always wanted to create!
photographer, writer, mother and founder of Shutter
Sisters, an online community for women who love photography,
Tracey loves collaboration, community, shooting and sharing.
She is the author of Waiting
for Baby, Baby
of Mine, Expressive
Photography: A Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting From the
Heart and Elevate
the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood
and teacher of a slew of photo-centric classes here at Big
Picture. Discover more about Tracey at www.traceyclark.com.
& Simple: The Workshop
April to June 2013
Cathy Zielske |
author, blogger and former art director of Simple Scrapbooks
& Simple. It's a basic scrapbooking philosophy revolving
around three things: photos, stories and great design. And
now, it's a 12-week workshop at Big Picture Classes. At its
core, this class is about working with photos and words in
a hybrid/digital format to tell your stories with simplicity,
meaning and great design. It's about stripping away the pretense
and trends and zeroing in on stories you love, preserved in
a clean, timeless way. We'll have 12 assignments, each one
reinforcing the principles of great design and providing a
showcase for your words and images. You'll build your design
confidence, plus I'll share tips and tricks that help me create
my signature style pages. Clean & Simple has been
my guiding scrapbooking philosophy for over 10 years and I
can't wait to share my ideas with you in this 4Experts workshop.
Zielske is a graphic designer, author, blogger and scrapbooker.
She is the former art director for Simple Scrapbooks magazine
and the author of the best-selling books, Clean&Simple
Scrapbooking, and Clean&Simple
Scrapbooking: The Sequel. Both books inspire women to
take a fun, well-designed and guilt-free approach to telling
their stories through scrapbooking. Cathy also has a line
scrapbooking products available exclusively through Designer
Digitals. Get to know Cathy better at her popular blog.
July to September 2013
Ali Edwards |
author and blogger
part of memory keeping is the way in which we choose to tell
our stories. Over the course of 12 weeks, Hello Story
will investigate 12 different journaling techniques that will
build your storytelling toolbox. My
hope is that these techniques will become second nature, encouraging
you to write more in your memory keeping journey.
will not be about the importance of getting stories toldyou
already know that. This class will give you specific assignments
and strategies to get more words onto your projectsto
make them as much a part of the experience as playing with
paint and paper and taking photos. Join me!
Edwards is a blogger, scrapbooker, photographer and instructor
who blogs at aliedwards.com.
A graphic designer by trade, Ali brings a clean aesthetic
and a story-centric approach to her scrapbook pages. She's
the author of four books about memory keeping, A
Designer's Eye for Scrapbooking, A
Designer's Eye 2 -Patterned Paper, Life
Artist, and Sharing
Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Albums.
Ali's work has been featured extensively in Creating Keepsakes
magazine, and she has also been published in Real.Simple.
October to December 2013
Amy Powers |
author and blogger
when you were little and you'd run over to a friend's house,
knock on the door, and ask her mom "Can Amy come out
and play?" And then you and your friend would conquer
the world, dress up baby kittens, make up grand plots and
then act them out. Well, guess what? The Celebrate Every
Day workshop is just like you coming over to my house
and saying "Can you come out and play?" And the
answer is always "YES!" It will be as if you lived
right next door! (And wouldn't that be fun if you did? Instead
of borrowing a cup of sugar, you could come over and borrow
a cup of glitter!) We'll have a blast right here in my studio,
making stuff, all sorts of fun things. I'll show you some
new tricks and reinvent some old ones. I'll even show you
how to make your very own stop motion greeting to send to
friends and family. It's going to be so much fun...I can't
wait to have fun Celebrating Every Day with you!
most middle children, Amy Powers learned early how to entertain
herself marvelously. An active imagination decorated her world
and occupied her mind. She grew up making art, writing stories,
and telling the most extravagant lies you've ever heard. She
still remembers precisely what it was like to be that little
girl. A few decades later, Amy's still making stuff and writing
about it. And although she might still stretch the truth once
or twice, for the sake of a good story, you can count on her
to be honest. Amy lives in the Washington, DC suburbs with
her husband Rich and their adorable son Alfredo. She's always
making something and you can follow along on her blog, Inspire
Co. She's currently producing an online crafting magazine,
Ideas, which is full of, well, inspired ideas.