WHY the new program?
ConceptArt.Org is growing. We are building a comprehensive education plan, a HOST of new tech for the community including tools and new features, and working to make this the very best place to learn art, anywhere online. We have some new instructors coming aboard to make this happen. We are raising money for the community and major industry pros are going to be helping us do that. The new streaming tech will allow us to directly interact with students in a way not done before. There are a number of great programs planned.
Below is my comment from the other thread. It is useful to understand what we are up to:
"If I am taking the time to do this to support the community. Aside from teaching the Color Theory course based on my primary core studies in art over the past thirteen years, and sharing that knowledge with everyone, there is a goal I have for you all. The reason I am doing this right now is that we are still thousands of dollars short of completing the new blog/profile/main page/and social networking features, including a better jobs site. If I want to see that done for all of you, I have to raise the cash to make it happen. This is being done to support the growth of CA. The new main page is going to be killer. The amount of content for the new page that is stored up is really deep and it will be the primary news source for art online when we are done. Thanks to some talented folks, we have an excellent example and layout in which to work with. Gotta get going though as we are ready to build and install. CA needs the funds to do it so here I am.
What we have done so far (pertaining to the site upgrades):
Final skins are in progress. Example/Prototype is done.
Loads of podcasts are in progress and done.
Main page admins are found and ready to rock (Dwight and Swain from SideBar Nation are helping the community)
Tech firm is found and ready to go as soon as budget is in. Bid is complete.
Forums and systems are all updated and bug tested. Ready to add the new tech.
Latest forums features are in place. Ready to now add the new tech.
The online school site is in early development. This budget is also having to be raised. Thanks to our featured artist Sammy, we have another instructor to help me get this going after this course is done.
The blog system is designed, as is the auto-updater. "
This site is very expensive to keep free and open. We want to see continued growth in ways that will help artists promote themselves, find jobs, find independence through study and honing skills, and really open up opportunity for creative folks who want nothing more than to have success. The pros here believe in the cause. Your support is hugely appreciated too. Considering these courses are more in depth than those you take in college, in many cases (I know for a fact that the color theory course is taught no where else, as it is in this program for example), the education you will get will help you see immediate improvement in your work. We hope this is all of help.
Thanks for reading!