When I started teaching art to small groups, it was around my kitchen table in a converted barn in Swaffham Prior, at the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens. I didn't have a website, and I didn't have email because hardly anyone did then. I could only use a computer at all after we got a turquoise iMac, because I turned out to be Mac-brained rather than PC-brained.
And having started by handling bookings individually, I somehow continued that way for longer than was sensible. I liked the personal touch, but I'm finally embracing online bookings. I've been drowning in admin. Not waving. Drowning. Not enough time for my own work.
It'll be simpler and easier for me as well as you as we change to online bookings for all new workshop programmes from now on. The events page will disappear - it's been especially confusing for the sets of three workshops booked in the winter months' Observation to Abstraction series.
Instead of emailing me to check availability, you can just add to cart. Assuming places haven't sold out. Or buy now. And checkout. My brilliant website template provider, Squarespace, doesn't offer optional non-American shopping terms. But they do allow the UK as the default country for address fields, so you won't have to scroll to the bottom of a very long alphabetical list.
Instead of having to fill in a separate booking form and email or post it back, you'll fill in details during checkout. And some details can even wait until your balance payment when you'll be directed to a link on the website to pay that too.
And instead of posting cheques or making an online bank payments, you'll be able to pay by credit card in one seamless process. Squarespace enables Stripe credit card payments which are industry-standard secure, so you can pay online with confidence.
First out of the blocks, then, and just in time for Christmas, are individual tutorials in the studio, available for one hour, ninety minutes or two hours. You can buy them online here > and contact me afterwards to arrange when. Surely an ideal gift for the artist in your life. Or for you? Drop a hint, maybe?
And in the new year, you'll be able to book online for all new workshops and courses, as they're announced. I'm really enjoying adjusting the variables in the booking system now. I feel I don't know what took me so long. But let me know if you find a glitch.
Not a natural techie, and lacking an IT department of my own, my big thanks go to Miko Coffey, an independent website consultant, for help finding my way around Squarespace online orders. Squaresapce 24/7 help is great, and their support staff thank me for reaching out, but sometimes you need to see an actual human being.