The time spent on the blending is so minimal I am not even certain why it is included in the basic class. If that is a crucial ( which i agree that it is) element to working with the markers than that should be the focal point. In your comment you note that i need not be perfect but understand the different blending techniques - heck I couldn't even do any of them while there and what feedback? We were lucky to even follow what she was doing let alone do it ourselves. Now in my own way (which of course without anyone to guide you I think I may be doing it correct but really have no idea) I have come to be very comfortable with my markers BUT I would still not recommend this course to anyone who is simply looking to get a handle on the markers.
I am not trying to be a downer this is simply my opinion of my dollars going to waste. I would have preferred an hour of what the appropriate paper and ink to use and then lets get to work with the markers. The majority of information that the average person is looking for is contained in the second course.
If someone NEEDS to have the certification to get a job (teacher/design team) then by all means it is worthwhile - but it is not a course for the every day user in MHO.
The reason we ask you to show your work to get into the intermediate class is so that we know you are ready to attend. NOT that you have perfected those skills...but that you understand the different blending techniques and understand picking good blending groups. The reason we ask that is because we spend ZERO time in the intermediate teaching that... and it can be very frustrating (for everyone involved) if a student comes into the intermediate class not having the basic knowledge. So yes... we do ask that you submit samples of blending... and answer some basic questions... not because we want to see perfect work, but we want to see that you understand what we are talking about and asking about the product.
Does that make sense? Definitely don't feel like you have to be perfect to apply for the intermediate... just make sure you practice the basics and feel comfortable with them so that you can get everything possible out of the intermediate class experience.
Whatever you decide to do... just keep playing with those Copics and enjoying your time coloring![/QUOTE]