DON’T : “Your stuff is so good, I feel so bad about my stuff, it’s so shit compared to yours! I’m so jealous!”
WHAT YOU MEAN : “Your stuff is so good, I wish I was that good!”
“I feel so bad about my stuff, your stuff makes me feel like shit.”

Nobody wants to think they made someone else unhappy just by posting a piece of work. Avoid putting yourself down in the tags and just cut it off at the first sentence! They aren’t posting this to make you feel bad.

Along those lines, also avoid “you only did that in [x] time?! It would take me hours” or “You’re only [age]?! I’m so much older and I can’t draw like that!”

Don’t compare yourself to the creator in the tags/when talking to them. Even if they’re young, they’ve probably spent a lot of time drawing/writing to get to that level. Likewise, if they can produce stuff fast, that’s the result of a lot of practice.

People don’t post pieces to compete against you.
Saying it would take you hours or putting yourself down because you’re older but not at their level turns into a competition they never wanted to enter. If you want to compliment an artist or author, there’s a really simple formula you can follow:

“I really like this (or words to that effect)” + “specific detail about something you like” = compliment!

Adding in a detail you noticed (the colors, the background, the descriptiveness, the dialogue, whatever) is like an extra boost of happiness because detailed feedback is always better. People like to know exactly what they did right.

They get to feel happy they made you happy and that their hard work is appreciated! And you get to reward them for doing something that made you happy. Win-win.


Last week Les Ateliers reunited with the good people over at IFCO to digitize the film we made back in July at our Handmade Cinema workshop. Here are a few stills from the collaborative short film we created, using a technique called cameraless animation. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Everyone was so creative and brought such unique vision to their work; we’re so happy to have the end result on DVD so we can watch it over and over again (which I definitely have been doing)!

a shady day

Skills exchanges are just the best, aren’t they?

A few months ago I spent an afternoon helping a friend sort out her blog.

In return, she offered to teach me how to make a lampshade. She has all the required gubbins and know-how, because it’s one of the things she does.

So yesterday we got together and did just that.

I think the hardest part of the whole process (apart from finding a mutually…

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Sharing With Others

Over the course of many weeks, my Graduated 2017 Interactive Media and Games class was asked to do a skill sharing event where everyone teaches one other person something they do not necessarily know.  The assignment was given to us to learn more about the people in our class and to build bonds with each other.  You were able to participate in other skill sharing sessions if you wanted to learn what other people were teaching in addition to the one you were learning.

The skill I was being particularly taught was wood working and how to build a shelf.  Lishan was my teacher, and an awesome one at that! To start off I did not think it was going to be as time consuming as it turned out to be but it was a lot of fun!   I learned many things about the process of building and that you cannot just jump into it.  You need to plan out what you are going to do first.  

First, I sketched out a book shelf that I particularly wanted as well as the dimensions I was going to need.  Second, was figuring out everything I needed to build said shelf.  I never knew I needed these “L” shaped pieces known as ‘Angle Irons’ to support the various shelves.  I found that there are a lot of cheaply made ones as well as particularly ugly ones but they are vital to the support of the shelves.   

Next was buying the wood.  Trying to find nice looking wood, with a small amount of knots was not the easiest thing to do.  I felt like we looked at every piece of wood possible till we settled on what looked the best.  I also felt the selection here in Los Angeles is very limited compared to my home in Connecticut.  I believe it has to do with Los Angeles being a city; but whatever the case, it was quite frustrating when I go to a store that I know carries what I’m looking for and then show up to be disappointed because these stores are smaller with less selection.  Thus your item not always being available.   

In buying the wood, I thought I was going to need a thick strong piece of wood for the back of my book shelf.  But I was wrong.  Apparently the back is really only for decoration.  Yes, it can provide a little more support and stability but it is not necessarily.  The thing that actually supports the book shelf is the middle, top and bottom shelves with the two side pieces.  This is what keeps the shelf stable and strong.

This definitely opened my eyes to building future book shelves for my numerous books back home.  I was always looking for bookshelves with thick backs because I assumed they were better and thought the thin particle board ones were cheap and wouldn’t last long. But now that my eyes have been opened, I can even build my own, rather than try to find one to suit my taste in furniture.

After gathering all the parts, the next step was painting and sanding when needed.  You actually need quite a few coats of paint because of the knots and variations in the wood.  Also keep in mind, when painting anything, make sure the place you are working can have air flowing through so the paint fumes don’t make you sick.  I suffer from chemically induced asthma. Thus the more I am exposed to different fumes and chemicals the worst it gets so I usually have to wear a mask and make sure the place is well ventilated.  

Finally when everything was gathered and ready to go, it was time to build the actual shelf. Here I learned, you need a partner in crime when building large pieces of furniture to be able to hold things in place while drilling the nails/screws into their proper places.  It also helps to make sure things are properly lined up and stay that way when working with different tools.  Lishan’s help was greatly appreciated during this part.

In the end; I learned a lot about how to build a proper bookshelf and can now build all the bookshelves I ever want and I want a lot!  I’m an avid reader and collect many books and plan to have a library like the one in the movie 'Beauty and Beast’ in my future house.  This skill sharing assignment was a great way to learn about the other person in combination with learning how to do something fun!

I also participated in the prop building skill sharing where we worked as a team to build halloween costumes.  I went as Thor from the avengers and built my entire costume from scratch.  I had never built elaborate props before like the Thor Hammer that I built for this costume.  I had done sewing and small armor but never quite a fake weapon that looks relatively realistic.  All of our costumes turned out great and was a great learning process for next Halloween!  We have deiced to do this every year now; which is awesome!
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Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself.

The traditional way of education forces square pegs into round holes. It’s a one-size-fits-all solution that forces people down a predetermined path.

Our mission is simple. Reunite learning with education and make it accessible. Anyone can learn anything, at any age, at an affordable cost, anywhere in the world.

Teachers are passionate. Students stay curious. Because curiosity is the compass that leads us to our individual passions.

Learn by Doing

Rather than memorize equations for a test, learn by taking action. Learn from your peers. Learn by getting feedback. Learn by making mistakes. Learn by making things.

Your statement of accomplishment no longer needs to be a degree, certificate, or stamp of approval.

Learn new skills that are transferable, adaptable, and applicable in the world today.

Everyone is a Teacher

You can learn from anyone – which means we’re all teachers. The best way to confirm your understanding of something is to share it with someone else. We all have things we’re passionate about sharing with the world.

Learning Can Happen Anywhere

Our cities are our best and biggest campuses, and any address can be a classroom. Walls? Never mind them. Teach in a park, at the library, on a boat. Share your skills online.

We Can Change Education

The world’s most abundant resources are excess knowledge and skills. They just need to be shared and made accessible to everyone.

If we all share our knowledge and skills with each other, it becomes an endless cycle of awesomeness, and the world becomes a much better place.


Our printmaking workshop on Sunday - watercolour monotypes with Sarah Hallman - was the loveliest way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We want to thank everyone who came out and made beautiful prints with us, and of course we couldn’t be more grateful to Sarah for hosting us in her lovely home studio and teaching us such a magical printmaking technique.

If you were interested in attending but missed the workshop, you can send us an email (address on our about page) and we’ll put you in touch with Sarah - she’s planning on hosting some more workshops on her own in the near future.

Lead up to the Finale... Tastes by SheChef Elle Simone

Only 2 weeks more till the V.I.P. PLT finale at the Schomberg Center, and would a celebrity style event be without a celebrity chef??  Allow us to wet your appitites for the culinary cool of Chef Elle Simone…  

SheChef Elle Simone brings to the team fresh, healthy, and hearty food. She is, in her own words, a freelance chef, first, a food stylist and a culinary producer. She is also the founder of SHECHEF, LLC. In the hands of our Chef Elle Simone, What can I say - good food abounds :) 

Find out more here, and here.

-Post Michelle 

Our Initiative

At our core, the Lyceum is a place to come together for the sake of art. Because artists typically work alone even while in a group studio, there is a lot of time to be quiet, to think, and to make, but often discussion does not get highlighted. The artist still needs a voice, or a place to show work, and somewhere to learn from others, to trade ideas and feedback.

In a growing age of forums and chat rooms, YouTube lessons, and Yahoo answers, there is still no replacement for asking your neighbor for their two cents in person. Instant communication still cannot replace a face-to-face lesson: physical give and take with tangible resources.

This is what we aim to offer.


The Working Artists’ Lyceum is an artist community gathering to support and enrich art making and those that create it. The Lyceum is a place to share knowledge, skills, and thoughts freely, giving a voice to work created, but also the Process.

Skill sharing as a way of life

Skill sharing as a way of life
Energy Bulletin - (kristinsponsler) - 2/6/12 12:24 PM
Engaging in the reskilling/skillsharing aspect of transition has revolutionised my whole attitude towards life. As I say, I didn’t really notice it at first. It’s been cumulative and all-pervasive. Paying attention to my own skills and those of fellows-in-transition, which are dismissed or ignored in the mainstream discourse: the ability to hold a meeting where everyone’s included; communicating the experience of downshifting; learning to cook and eat differently; making space so solutions can emerge in the face of energy and financial constraints, using a chainsaw, making a rocket stove at the Transition Camp!

Our November workshop is a real page-turner! This month, Les Ateliers will introduce you to the satisfaction of bookbinding.

The history of the book reflects the history of civilization, so if you’ve always yearned to make books from scratch, join in and make some history of your own!

This workshop will acquaint you with a variety of tools, materials, sewings and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of hand sewing signatures to form a textblock and the making of a hardcover “case binding.” By the workshop’s end, you will have made for yourself (or a lucky friend or family member) a lovely, durable bound volume to use as a diary, sketchbook, photo album, or whatever else you like!

Please bring your own ruler (metal preferred) and bone folder (available for purchase at your local craft supply store). All other materials will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own decorative paper to use for the cover and back of your book (although we’ll also have some snazzy ones on hand). There will be a vegetarian potluck, so bring a delish dish to share!

The workshop will take place on Sunday, November 27th from 1 - 4:30 pm and costs $10. The location is secret (but in Centretown!) - we recommend purchasing your ticket stat to ensure you’ll snag a spot. RSVP to to reserve space.

this is a little old, like, 2009 old, but I kinda like it so I thought I’d resurrect it.

I had this awesome Merlin/Narnia crossover going on in my head at the time but it never eventuated into anything because it’s kinda niche and there was only me contributing to it lol

So this is golden age!Edmund visiting Camelot (shh it works) and charming Morgana. I think… they’d have a lot in common, somehow.