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Can you commit to ‘The 5-Hour Rule’ to guide your lifelong learning?

Commit to 5 hours a week

Dedicating five hours a week to learning creates space for innovation

What is the secret to success used by successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Oprah Winfrey? It’s a system of constant learning called the ‘5-Hour Rule’. Its proponents commit to five hours per week to learning new things. The reason? Lifelong learning boosts creativity and prevents status quo thinking from becoming a routine that stifles innovation and enjoyment.

Benjamin Franklin is said to have followed a similar pattern – he woke up early to read and write, set personal growth goals and tracked the results, and also created a community of like-minded artisans and tradespeople who hoped to improve themselves while they also improved their communities.

Champion martial artist Josh Waitzkin also applies the 5-hour rule to his practice. He says ‘”I have built a life around having empty space for the development of my ideas for the creative process. And for the cultivation of a physiological state which is receptive enough to tune in very, very deeply to people I work with … In the creative process, it’s so easy to drive for efficiency and take for granted the really subtle internal work that it takes to play on that razor’s edge.”

CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has said that lifelong learning is something that defines him as a leader. “I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things.”

How can you benefit from making the same commitment to lifelong learning? Connect2Classes makes it easy with an extensive catalog of learning experiences and life skills training that can benefit your life including cooking and baking, DIY and home improvement, visual and performing arts, and more.

 

Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a course that gives students proven techniques, exercises, and tips that help kids become more responsible while the whole family has more fun.

Starting a New Business will help jump-start any new business.Generate cash faster and avoid common pitfalls. Start with the right legal, insurance, and accounting knowledge. Learn how to finance your product or service, identify key customers and develop a strong marketing platform.

If you are serious about pursuing an education in wine, Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting is the most important wine class you can take. It is a thorough grounding in the skills necessary to taste wines like a professional.

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Turns out Welding is a BLAST!

Welding Class

For me, getting to experience a class from my own course marketplace was a welcome change from the office, but selecting an intro to welding course at the HazardFactory was downright intimidating. I brought one of our team members, Michael Duarte-Pedrosa, with me to do some bonding while learning a completely new skill together.

Michael pointed out that we had clearly left the cubicle behind when we emerged from the car and were greeted by a landscape metal with instructor Mckenzie eager to begin sharing her wealth of knowledge. We jumped right in by donning safety gear and then a surprisingly entertaining discussion on welding, theory, safety, and equipment. As the welding mask slides over your head, you realize that this is really going to happen — you are going to melt some metal!

Our task for the night was assembling a three-part welded souvenir to develop different welding skills under the watchful eye of the HazardFactory’s expert instructors.

“The art of welding, for me, has always been a little mysterious and frankly, a little intimidating,” shared Michael. “The few hours we spent indulging in the trade at the HazardFactory was great team fun and demystified it for me. I now feel I have enough knowledge to do it again on my own, the welds may not be pretty yet, but I did it! I can’t wait to go back for more.”

The feeling of accomplishment, once a project is finished, is incredibly powerful. Having something that you physically created after just learning is very empowering and you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. Surprisingly, the welding workshops are suitable for adults and children; they recently hosted an 8-year-old birthday party that created a metal pterodactyl sculpture.

Quick intro to welding

If you are an organization looking for a team-building event, look no further, the HazardFactory delivers with a wide range of workshops suited to your needs. One of the workshops will have your team working together to design and weld a metal bridge that will undergo real-world structural integrity testing.

My favorite part of the night was when Rusty took my little welded triangle and hung it from a crane with 500 lbs. dangling from it, I was cringing as he hoisted it up and felt like superwoman when it held. I can really see how this kind of accomplishment is great for team building.

Unless your organization has some closet welders, this activity as a team event is an equalizer, allowing all players, men, and women, big and small, young and old to contribute and learn while working toward a common goal. Besides working together and developing your teamwork skills these events are absolutely loads of fun!

Whether you are interested in indulging a simple curiosity, learning a new skill for some home repairs, creating industrial metal art, a springboard to a new vocation, or interested in taking your team to the next level, molten metal at the HazardFactory is where it’s at!

Dallas Jasper

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Amp Up Your Group Grilling Game with Seattle’s BBQ and Grilling School

BBQ and Grilling Classes

Connect2Classes offers group BBQ classes for team and client appreciation events

Looking for a unique alternative to your usual work party barbeque? With Connect2Classes, you can set up a group BBQ class for your team to eat, bond, and learn some grilling skills. Seattle’s summertime experts are on hand to guide students from the basics to the master-level skills of BBQ and grilling.

Local grill master Stu McMullen, of Seattle’s BBQ and Grilling School, has travelled to BBQ and grilling contests across the country, in cities like St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. He’s also taken classes at the Western Culinary Institute and travelled widely in Asia. He currently works with local BBQ and grilling chefs, including Eric “the Sauce King” Viken, Tom “Make It Happen” Von Glahn and Ken “Barbecue Extraordinaire” Dahlstrom.

Stu’s skillset now covers the best practices of many classic BBQ and grilling traditions, and he’s sharing his knowledge with students through all kinds of events. These aren’t limited to team appreciation events, either. Sharon, a local real estate entrepreneur, commented on her recent experience designing a private event with the BBQ and Grilling School.

“It was four hours of fun followed by an hour of eating!” Sharon says. “I followed the lead of some of my friends and sponsored a cooking class for some of my real estate clients.”

Sharon’s event was a huge hit. “Not only did I generate some new leads for some real estate sales, but the group had a great time,” she says. “I plan to repeat this experience every 6 months with my new clients. Not only is it a great way to show my appreciation to my clients but it is a great way to generate new leads. I will recoup my costs many times over while having a great time learning new cooking skills.”

If you have an upcoming team event, need to plan a work party, or want to show your clients some appreciation, consider a cooking class with the Seattle BBQ and Grilling School or another local Cooking School. Connect2Classes can arrange an event for you, your colleagues, new leads, family or friends.

Visit Connect2Classes to view upcoming classes from the Seattle BBQ and Grilling School:

www.connect2classes.com/seattle/classes/cooking/4-hour-steak-class-for-2

Or request a private class: https://www.connect2classes.com/request-private-group-class/

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Design the Perfect Group Class for the Ultimate Bonding Experience

Private Class with moms and sons from The Bear Creek School

Connect2Classes creates custom experiences for shared learning

In our fast-paced world, we’re always looking for new ways to connect with loved ones. The key is finding activities that everyone can enjoy together.

At Connect2Classes, our focus is on both individual and group learning experiences. CEO Dallas Jasper says, “We love it when our students reach out to us for help envisioning the ultimate bonding experience! We get calls and emails from parents, co-workers, and groups of family and friends who want to do something unique and transformational together.”

With so many truly stellar teachers and master craftspeople operating in the Seattle area, there is an amazing pool of expertise to draw from. Cooking, arts, and technology classes are especially popular in group learning. Team building and morale events are attractive to local businesses and organizations.

“We are happy to work with any group to design a shared learning experience that caters to everyone’s interests and passions,” Dallas says.

Kristine Shields, a Grade 7 Parent Representative at The Bear Creek School, wanted to organize a unique event for moms and their pre-teen sons to come together and celebrate Mother’s Day.
“I wanted to try a group class for a special event and keep the cost reasonable,” Kristine says. “I had not seen on the list of classes one that fit. When I reached out to Connect2Classes, they had a wonderful suggestion and made the class logistics so easy.” The class was Moms and Sons Private Chocolate Cooking Class, a chocolate-making class followed by a picnic dinner for 18 mothers and sons at Dawn’s Candy & Cake in Lynnwood. “The young men had loads of fun and really engaged in the chocolate project,” Kristine states. “The moms had fun with each other and connecting with our boys. The location was so agreeable to me bringing a picnic dinner. Their flexibility and friendliness along with the skills they had to teach us made for a really fun night. ”The event proved to be very impressive for the other parents, including the school’s Early Middle School and Middle School Division Head Jenn McDonough, who is the parent of a seventh grade student herself. “All the parents sent thank you emails and said they would really want to do it again. I was a little nervous before the event, but I would totally do it again,” Kristine continues. “Everyone who signed up came and even my son said that it was more fun than he thought! Connecting with kids is deeper and so much more fun with a shared activity. It’s also great for community building within the school.”

Interested in designing your own perfect group class experience? Tell us who you want to bring together and we can help you create an event to remember.
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Learn the Art of Telling Tales from Hollywood Experts Right in Seattle

Learn the art of storytelling

TheFilmSchool enlists Pixar, Disney and more to teach storytelling.

From brand stories to short films to social media, storytelling is the foundation for developing the most compelling content. Stories connect creators to their audiences by creating emotional resonance – this means that the content leaves an indelible impression.

TheFilmSchool is a non-profit school rooted in progressive, professional storytelling through film, radio, television and cutting-edge new media. The school provides its students with the foundational education and expertise to work in creative environments within business and the arts.

But their mission goes well beyond simply offering training for would-be filmmakers or visual producers. As Executive Director Diana Dotter states, “We also educate government and business leaders that Seattle has a thriving creative economy and that we need to support that growth.”

TheFilmSchool incubates new talent with instruction through the process from concept to production and provides summer camps for teens in script writing and directing.

Their community outreach programs encourage participation from a wide range of storytelling voices, and they provide significant scholarship assistance to students in need. “We embrace diversity and are very inclusive. We need to hear from all voices and help people from all walks of life tell their stories in the most compelling way possible,” says Diana.

TheFilmSchool’s instructors are professionals with active careers in creative industries like actor and director, Tom Skerrit, Friends’ star Lisa Kudrow and Emily Zulauf, script supervisor for Pixar’s Inside Out. They help develop students’ skills and provide hands-on training that opens more opportunities to work in creative roles in both the arts and business.

Starting on July 16, 2017, TheFilmSchool is offering a three-week, immersive program that meets students where they are in their process and takes them to the next level. Story and script consultants from Disney and Pixar help students develop their narrative and scripts. They help students understand the perspective of development executives who might be greenlighting their work.

Tom Skerrit will lead the directing portion of the program which helps students take their story ideas from script to screen. Other elements of the program include character development, production, storyboarding, shot list composition, and production design.

Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker or a digital content producer, TheFilmSchool’s industry-level programs will prepare you with a deep knowledge of what drives creative efforts forward.

Click here to register for the summer screenwriting program.

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Fountain of youth? It lives within your community.

Fountain of Youth lives within your community

Edmonds Community College and Edmonds Arts Festival partnership creates opportunities for students

We’d like to feel younger, right? If you’ve been following the hot new Younger Next Year movement, you know that one of the six ways to stop much of the decay of aging is to get out into your community and join the activity. Studies have shown that people who are engaged in their communities live years (sometimes many years) longer than those who stay isolated at home.

As one Community Education program discovered, that principle is true at the institutional level as well. “We applied the Younger Next Year concept to our entire program,” says Marianne Legg, Program Coordinator for the Community Education classes at Edmonds Community College.

“We used to have our community education offices in the center of Edmonds and were a part of many community events. Eighteen months ago, our building was sold and we moved away from downtown. We felt so isolated,” states Marianne. “We began looking for ways to put the community back into our community education program.”

As the program discovered, seeking relationships in the community rejuvenated their class offerings and they were able to give their students some unique opportunities. And students, who might not have known about the school before, discovered it through a community partner.

As bonus, the community as a whole has benefited from partnerships with the school. Take this spring’s Creating Public Art class, for example, which partners the college’s community education program with the Edmonds Arts Festival to make 4-by-8-foot banners to hang at the festival this summer.

“We were blown away that the Edmonds Arts Festival wanted to work with us,” Marianne enthuses. Every June, this world-class Festival draws around 50,000 visitors to buy art and enjoy free entertainment and great food. “Hanging your banner at this festival is major exposure for anyone interested in a career in the visual arts,” she says.

Students will be able to create their own designs under the tutelage of a nationally-recognized illustrator. They’ll produce six banners which the festival can use for years to come; so, the Festival benefits as well.

“Yes, win-win-win is our goal with these partnerships,” Marianne says. “We feel everyone comes out ahead when we all work together on mutual goals. And our students get opportunities they wouldn’t have without taking advantage of the partnership.”

The Certificate in Event Planning is being offered in conjunction with the Edmonds Arts Festival which offers on-the-job training in organizing a major community event. “This is a fun way to learn the intricate details of community event planning from people with thousands of hours of events experience,” says Marianne.

The planning that goes into putting on an event like this festival includes marketing, artist booths, volunteer management, scheduling, fundraising, a juried art exhibit, a children’s art exhibit, entertainment, catering and more.

Certificate students will be able to pick their areas of interest and work with the directors of those departments. “Because our students are not just volunteering their time but are in an active learning relationship through us, they get an experience that no one else can,” Marianne says, adding, “This really is a great opportunity!”

Marianne notes that while community education “isn’t the literal fountain of youth, it can offer a sense of real community involvement that can help keep our students younger for years to come!”

Register for these classes and more at Connect2Classes.

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Creative kids are better prepared for career success

CreativeKids-Connect2Classes Camps

Preparing your kids for their future may seem daunting, but picking activities that nurture their creativity, imagination, and ingenuity can help set them on their career path.

Automation will replace more and more jobs in the coming years, but new jobs are being created that we couldn’t have imagined. In a rapidly changing marketplace, innovation will become even more critical to career success. According to an IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs, creativity was picked as the best asset for an organization’s success.

But, creativity, it turns out, is on the decline. A 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s found that creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Children are less innovative and imaginative, as well as being less able to articulate their ideas than in previous decades.

There is good news, thankfully. Creativity skills can be nurtured through hands-on, interactive processes. Creativity is often about resourcefulness and being able to work within constraints. Innovation comes from being able to evaluate available resources and combining them in novel ways.

Laura Vida of Seattle’s Frog Leg’s Academy believes the kitchen is the perfect environment for kids to get a taste for creativity. “Cooking is a great way to develop creativity because it can be so many things. I’m amazed at the endless amount of ideas and transformations that we can do with food,” says Laura.

Silvana Junge, owner of Silvana Desserts, agrees that cooking is a great way for kids to develop self-confidence through the combination of creative and technical skills needed to create in the kitchen. “My kitchen is a big lab where kids play with math, science, and chemistry,” says Silvana. “They mix and match flavors, color, and textures using their imagination, senses, and intuition to create something totally unique.”

Creativity skills learned in one area, say visual, culinary, or performance arts, can translate to other areas. Once a child, or adult, develops a creative habit, ingenuity becomes a regular source of motivation and inspiration for them.

Christi Cruz of Wedgwood Drama Studio says that “when young people are encouraged to take risks, try new things, and stretch their growing wings in a supportive environment, they gain experiences they can carry with them as they take their next leaps in life.”

Spring break learning experiences for kids and teens are an excellent way to encourage a deep dive into creativity and innovative thinking while maximizing fun. It might even spark a lifelong creative passion in them!

Find camps from cooking to baseball now at Connect2Classes.com and take advantage of our $10 spring break coupon.

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Revit Classes by Ideate Inc.

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Ideate delivers best-in-class training for new professionals in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries. Revit Fundamentals continues to be a highly requested class and Ideate offers a variety of different training options, including in-person and online, for those looking to enter the Building Information Modeling (BIM) world or upgrade their skills.

Revit Architecture works the way architects and designers think and work. Purpose-built for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, Revit Architecture helps you accurately capture your early design concepts and maintain and share your vision through design, documentation, revisions, and construction.

Architects and designers love the realistic experience they can provide for their clients using Revit’s rendering and 3D views capabilities. But Revit is more than that – it is a collaboration platform that allows architects and designers to seamlessly interact with clients and engineering and construction partners. Revit user Benjamin W. says, ‘Coming from AutoCAD, Revit makes projects a seamless transition from preliminary design options to complete construction documents and administration. The ability to draw in 3D allows for coordination between disciplines to occur much easier to overcome design problems while keeping the project moving forward’.

(Autodesk Revit 2017. Image: Autodesk)
(Autodesk Revit 2017. Image: Autodesk)

Featuring instructor-led classes in downtown Seattle as well as online, Ideate’s courses go beyond basic picks and clicks, offering interactive curriculum with a mix of lecture and hands-on exercises. Courses highlight sample architecture and design projects emphasizing real-world, practical applications. Learning Revit is not just about learning a piece of software, it is also about learning the business and collaboration processes that make BIM and Revit so successful. It increases design review and efficiency across an entire project, from concept to completion, and saves everyone involved time and money.

Sash Kazeminejad, a Senior Application Specialist with Ideate notes “When we teach, we make sure to always give you the theory or approach behind why you are pushing certain buttons, and that’s a benefit from the face time with your trainer. Once you have the theory, you’ll be better able to remember the process. Best of all, you can get all your questions and concerns right out on the table. Being able to relate to a live instructor is a big motivator to be a good student. Regardless of your skill set, you’ll always come away with something new.”

If you have the inclination to build great things, learning how to use Revit could be an excellent first step. Book early – these popular classes fill up fast!

Revit Architecture Fundamentals

Revit Architecture Fundamentals Online Class

 

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Creating protest art at the School of Visual Concepts

Protest Art

The Women’s March on Washington was organized in the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration. It grew into a global phenomenon with marches organized all over the U.S. and across the world with millions of people marching for women’s rights on the day following the inauguration on January 21, 2017.

But how do you prepare for the march of a lifetime? An excellent protest poster is one way to get your message across. The School of Visual Concepts (SVC) Co-Director, Larry Asher, says his colleagues, Fiona McGuigan, Erica Sklar, and Annabelle Larner realized there was a unique opportunity to help people prepare for the marches. Protest art has been the foundation of many social movements, so SVC opened their letterpress and printing studio to help protesters create their own poster works of art.

“We were all a bit shell-shocked after the election, and we wanted to take action. We realized that we had the people and resources to enable something positive and active,” explains Asher. “We wanted to do something to advance the causes of decency, truth, and human rights while exercising our creative talents.” On January 15, 2017, they held the Seattle Women’s March Poster Making event.

Asher says that they pulled the kid-friendly event together quickly and spread the word on social media. While they only expected 100 people, they hosted roughly 350 poster-makers on the day of the event and had to turn people away. The artists created more than 500 protest posters in total and carried them to the marches they attended. “It really lifted up people’s spirits and made us realize that none of us are alone. But we’re not the star of the show, the protest artists are,” stated Asher.

Don’t feel left out if you missed that event! There are numerous opportunities to collaborate with SVC in the coming weeks. One poster design course runs from May to June 2017 for advanced students with existing portfolios of work. It is called Protests, Posters, Printing & Persisting.

“This isn’t just a class. It’s a cause. This workshop is for designers with a conscience and a desire to improve their poster design abilities, while being mentored by master poster artists, Jeff Kleinsmith and Sasha Barr, over a five-week period,” explains Asher.

Jeff Kleinsmith has been Sub Pop Records’ art director for more than 20 years. He has designed hundreds of posters and album covers for bands you’ve definitely heard of, and ones you probably haven’t. His work has appeared in numerous design books, magazines, and gallery shows, and is also in the permanent collection at MoPOP and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sasha Barr has been an art director for Sub Pop Records since 2007. In addition to his work in the music industry, he also does design work for Amigos Skateboards and runs his own design company, The New Year. His clients of note include Vans, Converse, Giro, Northwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Washington Lottery.

Upcoming Classes at SVC

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More Creative and Design Classes From SVC

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Overcome your deepwater fears with confidence

Adult swim classes

It might be a surprising fact that two-thirds of U.S. adults are afraid of swimming in deep water like lakes and oceans, and almost half also fear deep water in swimming pools. Even those with some swimming skills, like being able to tread water or do the front crawl, still struggle with fears and phobias related to deep water. Many fear becoming overwhelmed in the water and being unable to stay afloat if their feet can’t touch bottom.

These fears can be overcome by developing comfort and control in the water. It is about learning confidence in the water, and being able to keep a calm head in situations when fear or panic might set in. It is important, in general, to be able to stay calm in crisis situations, but many people struggle to do so when automatic responses to stress and fear (like fight or flight) kick in.

Orca Swim School redefines swimming and water safety and the ways in which these skills are taught, especially to those with deep-seated fears that might have lasted a lifetime. Founded in 1999 by Cori and Bruce Myka, Orca Swim School specifically addresses fear in the water for adults and teens.

Founder Cori began teaching swimming at the age of 14 and uses the Miracle Swimming™ method. “We define swimming as being able to move in water from here to there with comfort and ease, getting air and rest when you want,” Cori explains.

Think of Orca Swim School’s classes as therapy for water phobias, as well as classes for developing a sense of comfort and safety in the water. Fear of water deters many people from enjoying their life to the fullest, even avoiding vacation spots that they might otherwise love to visit or skipping time at the pool with their kids.

One former student said, “Since our lessons, we have taken our kids to local pools and also to the pool while on vacation and each time, we had a total blast. We were able to play, go diving for things, play catch, do handstands, and just overall be relaxed and have fun. We just kept looking at each other and saying, ‘this is amazing’.”

Cori and her team address the root causes of swimming discomfort by engaging students in a process that goes beyond the basics of strokes and lap swimming. “Learning to swim needs to start with feeling and being safe, learning by curiosity, understanding how water works, and how your body and water work together,” says Cori.

With classes available in Seattle, Bothell and Bellevue, Orca Swim Schooloffers a new understanding of water safety and healing experiences for those with fears and phobias related to water.

There is a whole world of wonder and delight out there that can be enjoyed to its fullest by increasing your confidence in the water. So get your feet wet with Orca Swim School and you could be swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving by summer.

Orca Swim School Classes can be found on Connect2Classes.com.