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.

Choosing the wire for a French Beading Flowers with Shahar Boyayan

“When you go buy these at a flower shop or a craft store, you have different gauge of wire, the 18 gauge. So the way I see, I just pinched the package, the packet a little bit, because you have very soft ones. So I see if there is any resistance. And there is quite a bit, so I want that because again, it’s heavy, right? The glass is happy. So I want that. Now there is the 16. The problem is, sometimes you don’t find it. The 16 is even better than this one because it’s very sturdy. It makes it easier for us to make the flowers. I need to have some weight. If I had a lighter gauge, the moment I put the flower here, it starts root, right? It doesn’t stay. Even with this one. Sometimes many times I bend them to make it sturdier.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

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.

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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 44 – Teddy Bears and Friends with Michele Freeman – Creativity in Focus

Today it’s all about teddy bears and friends Michele Freeman! Tune is as we have a candid conversation with Michele about teddy bear making, 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

EP 39 – Kiyoshi Mino – Needle Felting – Creativity in Focus

On today’s episode of the Creativity in Focus podcast we chat with Artist Kiyoshi Mino. Kiyoshi will share with us his creative process, talk about his art, his amazing sculptures, how he gets inspired and much more!

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 37 – Rosalind Soules – Painting – Creativity in Focus

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