Safety Tips for Painting a Fiber Clay Birds Sculpture with Joanie Wolter

“I have already painted this with the black power techs and I’ve sprayed it with the black flat, spray paint outside in my little spray booth outside. What I want to talk to you about before we move on to the actual, painting is the fact that when you’re spraying with it, be cautious about what you’re breathing in.

I have a mask that I used, I put on to kind of filter the air. And if you look at the floor after you sprayed for any length of time, there’s all kinds of spray paint dust on the floor. And if you’re not careful, all that’s going into your one. So I want you to be real careful about wearing a mask.

I keep brushes and I even have a pumice stone in the shower so I can keep everything off my hand anyways, just be cautious. All right. that’s my golden rule of when I’m out there painting.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/sculpting-fiber-clay-course

Virtual Spaces Foster Creativity and Fulfillment

News Release
Oct 1st, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan
801-680-7220
hello@curiousmondo.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Our digital world is expanding every minute. The pandemic has forced us apart in the physical world, so we turn to online spaces to connect. The emergence of “Positive Technologies” has risen; these programs seek to provide personal enrichment. Online spaces aim to foster self efficacy, gratitude, community, and social connection.  Over the past year, millions of people around the globe tuned in to internet broadcasts. We are finding new ways to stay connected and motivated.

Studies have proven that virtual learning provides fulfillment and happiness. We learn how to manage stress and open our minds to new possibilities. The future of technology gives the user more control to strengthen their creativity and life management skills.

The Director’s Chair is one of the newest features added to Curious Mondo’s art classes. With this tool, you control our live art classes! Watch the Editor’s View to follow the class with our live editors. Or you can switch between three different camera angles throughout the show. Use our Top View, Side View, or Mobile Camera to get the best shot. Switch it up to stay engaged and focused during the show. You can even open more than one camera angle to view at once! Watch a three-dimensional view of our guest artist so you never miss a single detail.

We always offer a live chat during our classes, so creatives can come together to discuss art and techniques. At Curious Mondo, we empower and connect artists around the globe. The Director’s Chair allows creatives to pilot their viewing experience. Join us to watch for free in over 30 countries at CuriousMondo.com!

Curious Mondo Gets Gamified!

News Release, June 25th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan
801-680-7220
hello@curiousmondo.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Learning a new skill can be daunting. Studies show that adults and children learn better when they’re having fun!

Nick Pelling coined the term ‘gamification’ in 2002. This means adding game elements to a process to increase engagement and enjoyment. Applying game mechanics engages viewers and motivates them to reach their goals. It also makes their goals more structured, solid, and achievable. Gamifying makes learning easier and more fun!

Gamification aids education in a few ways. Adding elements like points systems and leveling up encourages learners to reach achievements. Social interaction within the game provokes friendly competition. Leaderboards help track achievements and provide recognition for hard work. Rewards, like badges, encourage players to complete objectives. These don’t only drive engagement and entertainment; they are also proven to increase knowledge retention.

Curious Mondo is using these ideas to create a brand new, interactive look! We know that learners learn best when they’re having fun, so we’re adding cool new game components to our art classes. Viewers will be able to interact with the class, earn badges, and level up. We’re also introducing player control. Students can sit in the virtual ‘Director’s Chair’ and choose 4 different camera angles to watch during the show. Curious Mondo is the first and only virtual art class in the United States to incorporate gamification.

At Curious Mondo, we are always looking for innovative ways to share art with adults around the world. We stream live art classes for FREE, featuring professional guest instructors. To see our exciting new updates, go to CuriousMondo.com! Come see our artists teach stunning skills in an updated and entertaining format.

Soothing Stress Through Art

News Release – July 30th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan

801-680-7220

hello@curiousmondo.com

Salt Lake City, UT – The process of creation is an important tool for stress relief. Creating art allows us to express emotions that are too powerful for words. It helps us work through issues and feel better about ourselves.

Psychiatric circles have long used Art Therapy to help people express themselves. Creating an image about an issue allows the person to distance themselves and gain clarity. Creativity causes a relaxed state, which can allow a person to access buried memories.  Art is a safe way to explore difficult emotions within boundaries and structure.

Crafting art can boost self image as well. Making something unique provides a sense of accomplishment and control. It empowers the creative, giving them individual choice and freedom. Making a piece of art is a problem solving process, which teaches better coping skills in life. Putting an emotion into a physical form can also offer catharsis.

The world we live in now has made it difficult to connect with artists physically. With many feeling isolated and alone, artistry is even more essential to us. Art provides an escape to a freer space. Making art connects us to other times, places, and cultures. It has the power to provide a link between people across the globe, who would never have met otherwise. The internet has proven to be an essential vehicle for sharing art.

Curious Mondo’s goal is to empower creatives around the world to make more art. The company’s founder, Shahar Boyayan, commented, “I love making art. It gives my brain time to buffer, forget about the problems of the day, and focus on creating something beautiful.” This is the spirit that Curious Mondo hopes to share with the world. To join us for free, live art classes, go to CuriousMondo.com.

Placing the Cheeks on a Look Alike Puppet With Barry Gordemer

“So what’s going to happen here is this foam piece is going to go in inside the puppet there, and then the fingers will go underneath there. And so that’ll do it. And then this piece of foam core is going to go on the top because just my fingers in there, it’s going to cause that foam to push up and the foam core will give it just a little bit of rigidness sort of grips. But remember now I shortened the edges. We shorten those inside edges, to make this face a little more narrow. So I think I just want to shave a little off that inside back edge. So we keep those proportions nice and tight. Take taken off about a quarter. Won’t seem like much, but a quarter of an inch, five millimeters, add them together and it adds up to a half, an inch, 10 millimeters. Then you are talking about a significant noticeable change in the, in the features of the face.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

EP 50 – Joshua Von War-Bear – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Joshua Von War-Bear about leather work, creating art, life as an artist, cosplay, playing with tools, and much more!

EP 49 – Roxanne Vigos – Natural Dyeing – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Roxanne Vigos about natural dyeing, creating art, life as an artist, eco-dyeing, playing with fibers, and much more!

EP 48 – Lisa Pavelka on Resin – Creativity in Focus – Jewelry Series

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Lisa Pavelka about making jewelry with resin, creating art, life as an artist, mixed-media jewelry, and much more!

Lisa produces beautiful pieces with Polymer clay and her branded techniques and Magic-Glos. She has taught several classes on Curious Mondo!
Check Out Lisa Pavelka’s Classes

EP 47 – Asia Raine – Jewelry Series – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Asia Raine about jewelry making, creating art, life as an artist, organic jewelry, and much more!

Asia is also one of our instructors at Curious Mondo, Check out her How to do Etching with Electricity class!

EP 46 – Jana Benzon – Polymer Clay Series – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about polymer clay mushrooms with Jana Benzon! Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Jana about sculpting, creating art, life as an artist, polymer clay, and much more!

Jana’s work is so realistic, and and can be widely incorporated in the polymer clay sculpting work or used as Jewelry! She has taught a class showing how to make her realistic mushrooms on Curious Mondo!
Check it out!


EP 45 – Erik Jensen – Painting with Computer Keys – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about upcycled art from computer keys with Erik Jensen! Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Erik about upcycling, creating art, life as an artist, and much more!

EP 43 – Rogene Manas – Sculpting Series – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about wonders in paper clay with Rogene Manas! Tune is as we have a candid conversation with Rogene about paper clay, life as an artist, and much more!

EP 42 – Lisa Pavelka – Polymer Clay Series – Creativity in Focus

On today’s episode of the Creativity in Focus podcast we chat with Lisa Pavelka. Lisa will share with us her creative process, talk about her art, her amazing polymer clay pieces, how she gets inspired and much more!

Lisa produces beautiful pieces with Polymer clay and her branded techniques and Magic-Glos. She has taught several classes on Curious Mondo!
Check Out Lisa Pavelka’s Classes

EP 41 – Stephanie Chavez – Metal Clay – Creativity in Focus

Creativity in Focus 2019 starts with Stephanie Chavez and her work with precious metal clay! Stephanie is one of our favorite mentors on Curious Mondo, and has taught several classes on PMC. Some of her available courses are: Beginning Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Jewelry, Intermediate Metal Clay Jewelry, How to Make Rings in Metal Clay