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!
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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

EP 38 – Sarah Scott – Weaving and Knitting – Creativity in Focus

On this episode of the Creativity in Focus podcast we chat with Artist Sarah Scott. Sarah will share with us her creative process, talk about her art, her knitting and weaving, how she gets inspired and much more! ? Sarah likes all forms of fiber art. She knits, spins and does pin loom weaving. Sarah has given some courses at Curious Mondo: Beginning Knitting Fun with Sarah and How to Weave with a Pin Loom This scarf was done in a pin loom. Sarah also showed a shawl and a coat made with pin loom squares

EP 34 – Tiffany Flanagan – Polymer Clay Dogs – Sculpting Series – Creativity in Focus

Today on our live podcast we’ll be talking about sculpting with artist Tiffany Flanagan! Tiffany will talk about the creative process, different types of sculptures, how she gets inspired and much more!

EP 33 – Steph Mystic Designs – Creativity in Focus

Today on our live podcast we’ll be talking about wire art with artist Stephanie Traugh! Steph will talk about the creative process, different types of wire art, how she gets inspired and much more! Stephanie loves wire wrapping. Not only she makes some very fun jewelry pieces but some amazing trees. The wire trees she places on crystals, inside lanterns and much more. Steph has a course at Curious Mondo called The Art of Wire Tree Making.   

EP 32 – Jewelry Making with Jan Harris Smith – Creativity in Focus

Today on our live podcast we’ll be talking about jewelry making with artist Jan Harris Smith! Jan will talk about the creative process, different types of jewelry, how she gets inspired and much more! Jan Harris is an accomplished jewelry maker. She works with glass and silvesmithing. She is a mentor at Curious Mondo with several courses. Some of them are: Beginning Silversmithing Electroforming, Etching & Air Chasing Glass and Silver Fusion

EP 28 – Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon – Creativity in Focus

Today on our live podcast we’ll be talking about basket weaving with artist Cheryl Dixon! Cheryl will talk about the creative process, different types of basket, how she gets inspired and much more! Cheryl is also one of our mentors at Curious Mondo, some of her available courses are: Fast Track: Pottery Meets Weaving, Beginning Basket Weaving,

EP 25 – The Future of Sculpting – Sculpting Series – Creativity in Focus

On today’s show we discuss the future of sculpting, where it is going, market changes, etc. Join Shahar Boyayan as she hosts another Episode of Creativity in Focus with Noemi Smith, Karen Baker, and Apryl Jensen.

EP 24 – Deanna Baugh – Weaving – Creativity in Focus

Join Shahar for a candid conversation with artist Deanna Baugh today on our podcast, Creativity in Focus! Shahar Boyayan chats with Deanna about the joy of weaving, the business side, the life of an artist and more! Deanna Baugh has been weaving for a long time and she weaves a lot. She has several looms and loves to try new things. She teaches at Pioneer house in Utah and at Curious Mondo. Some of her available courses are: Weaving a Scarf on a 4-Shaft Loom, Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom, Using a Pick-up Stick on a Rigid Heddle, Warping Your Loom from Front to Back

EP 22 – Beverly Oliwa – Sculpting with Textiles – Sculpting Series – Creativity in Focus

Join Shahar for a candid conversation with artist Beverly Oliwa, today on our podcast, Creativity in Focus! Shahar Boyayan chats with Bev about the art of sculpting with textiles, the business side, the life of an artist and more! Beverly is known for her Garden sculptures. Most sculptures are made with t-shirts, wire and a textile hardener called Paverpol. She makes intricate pieces and has a passion for teaching other people about her techniques. Some of her courses at Curious Mondo are: Beginning Sculpting with Fabric Hardener, Intermediate Sculpting with Fabric Hardener and How to Create a Heron Paverpol Sculpt She also mentors the Paverpol certification program. What a great ambassador for this medium!

Learning Does not Have to Be Boring

Who can watch one more talking head tutorial online? How boring is that? No wonder words like learning, classes and courses are actually avoided by marketers when promoting a new class.

Learning has been boring and the same for a very long time. It does not make a difference if you are inside a classroom or watching online.

Online is even worse because although you have many places to go to improve your skills, most of them provide the same exact videos, with low quality, superficial content and most of the time very boring.

This is why Curious Mondo comes with a new proposal. A more relaxed environment, with high quality, in-depth content, using the best livestream technology where you are invited not only to watch but to participate and shape the courses according to your needs.

Our renowned Instructors are active in their areas and bring updated and practical information.

At Curious Mondo the conversation continues in our groups on social media so you can also share your opinions and creations.

All this interaction and access to experts provides a fun way for busy professionals to improve their skills in an independent format.

Due to our mission to bring knowledge and new skills to everyone, we livestream courses for free when they are created. Anyone, anywhere can watch and benefit from them and follow their path to their dreams.

People that buy our own demand classes make all this possible and even without knowing are impacting the World.

The online World has this potential: Break geographic barriers, multiply knowledge, propel people into new paths and transform the lives of millions of people. Curious Mondo is leading the way!

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Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.

To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned 200 older people to different activities. Some learned digital photography. Another group took up quilting.

Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.i
Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.
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“Quilting may not seem like a mentally challenging task,” Park says. “But if you’re a novice and you’re cutting out all these abstract shapes, it’s a very demanding and complex task.”

The groups spent 15 hours a week for three months learning their new skills. They were then given memory tests and compared with several control groups.

“Rather than just comparing them to people who did nothing, we compared them to a group of people who had fun but weren’t mentally challenged as much,” Park says.

That “social group” did things like watch movies or reminisce about past vacations. Another control group worked quietly at home, listening to the radio or classical music or playing easy games and puzzles.

Park’s research, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that not all activities are created equal. Only people who learned a new skill had significant gains.

“We found quite an improvement in memory, and we found that when we tested our participants a year later, that was maintained,” Park says.

Study participants were trained in practical reasoning skills like managing medications.
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The greatest improvement was for the people who learned digital photography and Photoshop — perhaps, Park says, because it was the most difficult.

Jimmy Wilson, 82, agreed to learn to use a computer, a camera and Photoshop for the trial. “That was really quite a challenge for me when I got into the photo class,” Wilson says, “because it involved a computer and I had never even touched a computer.”

Wilson is motivated to fight dementia, in part because he saw what the disease did to his wife toward the end of her life.

“When my wife died,” he says, “it would have been real easy to just become a total recluse.” Instead, Wilson embraced being socially and mentally active. He’s a member of the choir at his church, and when he’s not reading current events and books on his Kindle, he gets together with family for Mexican food.

A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.i
A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.
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Since Wilson participated in the trial, he says, he has noticed improvement in his memory, although he says it still isn’t perfect. He admits it can be frustrating learning to use new technology, but he knows it’s good for his brain.

So how does learning a new skill help ward off dementia? By strengthening the connections between parts of your brain, says cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. While brain games improve a limited aspect of short-term memory, Kaufman says, challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.

“It really is strengthening the connectivity between these team players of these large-scale brain networks,” he says.

Denise Park likens it to an orchestra.

“Players come in and players go out,” she says. “Sometimes when something is really demanding, the whole orchestra is playing, but they’re not playing harmoniously.”

The goal is to keep each individual player in best form, and make sure there’s coordination. And improving your own coordination, through quilting or learning to play bridge, may be a way to maintain your memory, and have a bit of fun, too.

“We hope that by maintaining a very active brain, you could defer cognitive aging by a couple of years,” Park says.

There’s one more important thing you can do to ward off memory loss: exercise. Art Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, studies the impact of exercise on the brain.

In one study, he found that just 45 minutes of exercise three days a week actually increased the volume of the brain. Even for people who have been very sedentary, Kramer says, exercise “improves cognition and helps people perform better on things like planning, scheduling, multitasking and working memory.”

So if you’re looking to boost memory, there’s reason to challenge both your body and your mind.

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How Millennials like to learn

Take a look at the infographic below on how millennials like to learn.

You will see that Elearning plays a big role in this aspect.

According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online. When compared to today’s statistics that say that at least one class is taken virtually, these predictions are astonishing. Obviously, we are rapidly turning to virtual classrooms. With the rapid advent of communication technology, time, space, and money, no longer pose obstacles for improvement. This is why electronic forms of learning provide just about the perfect framework for lifelong learning.

Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant experiences. Moreover, it encourages development of essential skills for the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, meaningful collaboration. Finally, it enables simulation. In other words, eLearning creates authentic atmosphere and deepens the understanding of real-world issues by fully engaging students. The ultimate goal of eLearning is to instill a high value of learning and foster lifelong learning. In other words, there is something far beyond academic achievement, that is, the learners’ ability of active contribution to the learning process.

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We have arrived!

This is so exciting! To have things coming together after so much planning and work. Today we start our online journey.

Here you will find not only announcements of our free live interactive classes but a lot of tips and information on e-learning.

We believe we are bringing the opportunity for people to improve their skills, create a secondary income or start a business in the easiest and most effective way. We also think our format is aligned with the way people want to learn.

Organized information given by great experts in an interactive and informal way wherever you are, whatever device you choose to use.

Join us on this journey!

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