Digital Content Creation [Online]
5 May 2021 - 26 May 2021
Creating digital content to help share your story and sell your products is an important component of life as an artist and maker today.
In this practical online workshop you will focus on how to make the most of your mobile device, the resources you have readily available and how to produce quality content without a big time commitment or digital media experience.
This course is delivered by R&A Collaborations who love craft of all shapes and forms, but what really makes them tick is meeting the creators behind the work and getting an insight into all that’s required to make the work that they do.
This has been the basis for their series of Craft Films, which have helped makers and designers explain the process behind the work and help to tell their story.
Using free mobile apps for video editing will learn how to create social media content that’s good for your purpose, without being too big a drain on your resources.
This will not be a workshop about professional equipment, buying new gadgets or becoming the Steven Spielberg of making films. It will be a series of best practice nudges, platform appropriate plans and practical tasks that can be repeated, refined and expanded upon once your technical confidence has grown.
Over these four online workshops you will:
- Learn about the free video editing apps available and develop the skills needed to master it and make your own videos
- Discover how to use photographs for making video content and how to play to the strengths already have
- Understand how to find your voice and build confidence when talking to camera
- Develop your editing skills and take the leap by putting something out there in the world on social media!
- Gain access to Discord – an online resource channel to help you through the course and its content with 1:1 technical support when you need it.
You will also get to learn what Richard and Arron do as R&A Collaborations and how this relationship can help foster new and exciting opportunities with you and your network.
We look forward to helping you expand your content horizons and putting a smile on your followers faces by letting them into the story behind your work
– Richard and Arron
Wanting to make our courses as accessible as possible, we have set up a payment plan via partial.ly allowing you to spread the cost of the course over the next 3 months.
You’ll have the option to do this as you head to the checkout page on our website.
What previous participants have said about this course
This course was highly enjoyable and a wonderful way to develop my creative practice . . . Warm, friendly, kind and fun, R&A Collaborations made the daunting task of videoing oneself do-able. The Discord group was a helpful and supportive addition which kept the connection and inspiration going between sessions. I have gained a new way to explore and express what I do and I hope to continue to develop this ‘voice’.
I highly recommend this course. It has made making short films seem very manageable and fun. I have definitely benefited from it and am much more confident in both making and sharing films about my practice as a result. The structure of 1 hour of input followed by a working break where you have a go at what you just learned and share your video with a supportive group of peers, followed by another hours consolidation of the learning works really well.
The course was really good. I had a lot of fun discovering how to make the best use of Quik and the pressure of having to create work during the break and post it before part 2 each time was extremely good at raising my feeling that I could make good use of the App.
The course has helped me feel a lot more confident about making short films of my work for social media. The advice and technical help given was fantastic with emphasis on creating content that doesn’t take too long to achieve. I enjoyed the format of the break task and the sharing area on Discord which helped the group work through problems together and support one another. The sessions were fun and I looked forward to each one. This course exceeded my expectations.
R&A Collaborations is the combined talents of photographer Richard Foot and digital media artist Arron Fowler. The collaboration was born out of an open submission for the Craft Council UK's 'Power of Making' Exhibition and with their new found love, they soon realised that there were some fascinating stories to tell from makers about what drives them to do what they do.
Having had two films selected to be shown at the 'Power of Making' exhibition at the V&A Museum in London they embarked in a project 5 x 5 / 7 in which they made 5 films of 5 people in 7 days. It was used as a proof of concept of their capabilities and process.
Their ethos is to promote makers by engaging public interest in the person behind the products. The films aim to capture the subjects personality and get across the reasons why they do what they do. R&A have realised that makers products really do speak for themselves, but they only say so much. By revealing the person behind the product a customer can get a deeper insight into the journey of their new object of desire.
During the 2020 pandemic, R&A began hosting weekly Craft Coffee Mornings. These were a re-ignition of their Craft Dinners and proved a vital space of connection during the isolating times of the pandemic.
Clayhill Arts have been working with R&A on a variety of projects and training resources to help develop digital skills for craft and creative communities.
10am - 1pm In this first workshop you will meet R&A Collaborations and the rest of the participants as well as be introduced to the free video editing apps available. R&A will make sure everyone has everything installed OK and introduce you to Discord to discover how this works and what to expect from this channel throughout the course and beyond. You will also explore using photographs and playing to your strengths in this first session.
10am - 1pm In this second workshop you will be introduced to video and extending your skills in the free video editing apps available. You will be encouraged to make some short pieces of film during the break and when we come back together again you will be sharing what you have made so that we can discuss the process together as a group and uncover any technical difficulties.
10am - 1pm In this third session we will be looking at how to find your voice, whilst building your confidence talking to camera and controlling sound. All of the detail you need to take into account when putting a film piece togther.
10am - 1pm In this final session you will be exploring the next steps with editing, whilst being encouraged to put something out there in the world on social media during the break! R&A will be on hand to help with any requests, and look at hacks giving you the final push to take it forward on your own.
Makers, Artists and Designers - in fact anyone with a creative product or artwork to sell. If you are looking for ways to develop the conversation that you have with your audience then this practical workshop will help give you the skills you need to develop engaging online content that you can share with your followers. You will learn how to tell your story about the making and creative parts of your practice, whilst building your confidence in how to articulate your work.
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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.
The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.
As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics. It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.
As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met.
We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.
Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.
Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring