Welcome to CourseShaper! ♥
Hi, I’m Maria.
I’m a crafter, designer and visual artist myself. I started teaching arts & crafts in 1989, and a few years later went on to train teachers-to-be.
With CourseShaper, I want to give you the structure, information and feedback & support I wish I’d had when I first started out.
In order for you to get started and to advance swiftly and with ease, I’ve created frameworks for three stages: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
For each stage, you’ll know what your best options are, what to do next, but also what you can safely leave out for the moment.
Information is plentiful, but can also be quite overwhelming, especially when starting out.
Combining my own know-how and tips with other resources, I break all that information down into bite-size chunks to make it easy for you to take in.
>>> Read here what teaching arts & crafts involves.
Whether I had questions, or simply wanted to know whether I was going in the right direction or not, I had to figure things out myself. Over time I learned how to “wing it” as much as I learned to trust myself, but this was not an easy way to go.
That’s why I want someone to be there for you when you need feedback or support. Read more >>>
“Beyond teaching you creative techniques, Maria teaches you to get back to yourself, to become the real creative self you are, to let your soul express its creativity. And this is worth whatever course you could get with her!” – Valerie Bader
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“Maria was wonderful at teaching me how to paint with watercolour. I was already painting with friends but her lessons gave structure and understanding. Maria is very patient and always open to new ideas.” – Alexandria Painter
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“Thank you so much for your help, it gives me some great ideas and tools to process. I want this to be right and while I like my previous drawings (they are part of my learning experience) I know that there is better and so I am working on learning as I go.” – Naomi McClelland-Handsaker
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“I already know a few things that need to be changed in the picture but I would really love your professional opinion. […] That is why I want the professional critique so I will know what to work on and practice so when I do it again I will do a much better job. Thank you so much for all of your help.” and later: “Thank you so much! […] I have been coloring and drawing and painting my whole life and I have always criticized myself and put down everything I do and everything I complete. It is the biggest thing that has always held me back from having an art career which is my dream and my biggest fear.” – Katie Johnson