Course for Biz Owners on Generating Free or Cheap Instagram Likes

Excerpt of a news item from about a Bluefield, WV conference for business owners interested in Instagram, including how to build followers or generating free or cheap Instagram likes:

BLUEFIELD — Business owners worked with city officials at a local coffee shop Tuesday to learn the ins and outs of Instagram.

According to the social media platform: “Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.”

Bluefield Community and Economic Development Director Jim Spencer helped to organize the meeting.

“This morning Erica Farrington taught Instagram 101,” Spencer said. “Erica gave an overview with Instagram. It’s basically the Instagram basics and how to use them for your business.”

Spencer said officials worked with business owners to find out what their needs are and develop opportunities to address those needs. “One of the things we’re doing is through Create Opportunity,” Spencer said. “It’s an initiative to support our local businesses. We’ve been hosting sessions since August for our businesses. In August, we had the entrepreneurship option. Then we hosted a class of new market tax credits. We’ve had two marketing classes taught by David Hite.”

According to Spencer, a local business was presented to the group as a case study. “Then we had a case study, which was Ansel Ponder, who is the brand manager for a new business called 3Up 2Up,” Spencer said. “He started this business in October and he’s grown tremendously. He’s done very well, getting their brand out there with social media. He was explaining today to other businesses how they can do the same. Erica taught them the basics and Ansel showed them how Instagram has grown their business.”

Spencer said there were approximately 12 people present for the session on Tuesday morning. “This is something the city is offering to the businesses to help them grow,” Spencer said. “We’re going to continue doing this, we’ll have monthly sessions.”

Officials interested in attending future sessions can contact “Our next class is a Snapchat for businesses session,” Spencer said.

Online Courses for Fashion Ed

From Business of Fashion:

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been one year since we unveiled the first iteration of BoF Education. Today, we are happy to unveil our first paid online courses — The Art & Science of Buying and Merchandising with Susanne Tide-Frater and Fashion History for Today with Colin McDowell — as well as the 2016 edition of our Global Fashion Schools Ranking, which now includes 54 schools from 17 countries around the world.

Our new online courses, which join our free Fashion Foundations courses on Setting up a Fashion Business From Scratch and Fashion Legends, are the next step in the development of BoF Education, fashion’s platform for online learning. Online courses and classes — now embraced by leading institutions like Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge — have broken down major financial and geographical barriers to knowledge sharing and can do the same in fashion education.

Until now, students who did not live near top institutions were disadvantaged. In the fashion sector, where leading schools are largely concentrated in a handful of style capitals, these barriers are even more pronounced. By contrast, our new courses can be completed anywhere with good access to the Internet — including far from traditional fashion hubs. What’s more, our offering is structured so students can work through materials at their own pace, fitting education into their own schedules…

WIX Free Online School For Website Design

As the below excerpt shows, from Texas to Taiwan, online based learning is becoming the key to everything in the modern world:

DIY website creator Wix wants to make starting a career in web design as easy as it’s made building your own site.

Today, the company is launching WixEd, a free online education program that teaches Wix users everything they need to know to launch their own website design business.

The course consists of three parts: Wix Webmaster, which teaches web design with the tools Wix provides, and two business and marketing classes that cover all aspects of running a small business with intros to SEO, e-commerce, accounting, and photography.

wixedA group of Wix instructors are on call to answer questions and review the homework that’s assigned after each section, including building a website for a real small business client.

“It’s not only about building websites, it’s about being the person who is responsible for the online presence of a small business,” says Yuval Finkelstein, who is running the WixEd program for Wix. “All of the strengths that online marketing had two years ago are now available for small business owners, they just need the professionals that can do it.”

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Art Education: Basic Techniques of Classical Realism Oil Paintings

What is oil painting? Oil paints on the canvas. It’s an indisputable definition. I thought that oil painting is more than that.

Any kind of figurative art (including oil painting) is thought of beforehand. The basic rules of studying drawing and painting are very closely connected with the laws of the discipline.

Tip 1. Brushes

You should have many brushes so that not to lose time washing them while working. Take a new brush for every new mix. Use round kolinsky brushes, No.1 to No. 10. To cover larger surfaces, you will need a few #20 to #35 brushes. For final strokes PRIPLAVLENIYE (final blending) you will need a few very soft round and flat average size squirrel brushes. Brushes should be treated very carefully. After every session they should be washed in turpentine and after that in warm water with soap.

Tip 2. Canvas

The canvas should be primed additionally a few more times and in conclusion it should be ground with fine sandpaper. After that the canvas should be scraped with a razor to remove the canvas texture till smooth dead surface similar to the egg’s surface is achieved.

Tip 3. Palette

The palette must be made of hard dark wood, best of all, of pear wood. After work wash the palette with turpentine and scrape it with a razor. Before work wipe the palette with linseed oil.

Tip 4. Paper

The drawing is made on paper life-size to the smallest details. Then it is transferred to the canvas by carbon-paper. After that the drawing is outlined with brown ink because the first oil layer – IMPRIMATURA (transparent coat that is equal to the middle tone of largest, lightest object in painting) – will wash away the pencil, but the ink will remain visible almost through the last layers.

Tip 5. Still Life Objects

It is very important to have objects for still life in the studio.009 Don’t be stingy at garage sales and flea markets, you may regret it later.

Tip 6. Lacquer  -The lacquer for IMPRIMATURA is made of 2% of dry DAMAR CRYSTALS and 98% of turpentine. The lacquer for painting is made of 5-10% of dry resin and 90-95 % of turpentine. A couple of lavender oil drops are added directly to the oil-can. Scientists say lavender oil stimulates the brain. However, I think that old masters added it to eliminate the heavy turpentine smell. The lacquer for the final step consists of 30% of DAMAR CRYSTALS, 3% of linseed oil, and 67% of turpentine.

Tip 7. Canvas Cleaning

Before each new layer the canvas (ideally dried during 7 weeks) is carefully wiped with a half of an onion (in order to prepare the dried surface to absorb better) and then with linseed oil. After that the canvas is wiped with a soft piece of cloth.

Tip 8. Mixture

IMPRIMATURA, or the first paint layer. The canvas is covered with a liquid mixture based on Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre Light and Ivory Black (the mixture should have an olive hue).

Tip 9. Basic Set of Paints

The basic set of paints is the following: “Rembrandt” oil colors: Flake White, Yellow Ochre Light, Red Ochre, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber Ivory and Lamp Black (7 Basic Colors), and 4 extra colors (when necessary) which I use in the last layers: Flake Yellow (instead of it also can be used Cadmium Yellow Deep), Madder Lake Deep, Chinese Vermilion, Prussian Blue. But be careful to use these last 4 colors very sparingly.


The first and the second TEL’NII (flesh tones: main life colors) PODMALYOVOK (5th and 6th layers). The first TEL’NII PODMALYOVOK is made half a tone lighter and two tones lighter in colors; and half a tone darker and two tones lighter in shadows. The same is true of the second TEL’NII PODMALYOVOK.


The dead layer – the fourth PODMALYOVOK – is made with white lead, light ocher, red ocher, and burnt bone. The aim of this PODMALYOVOK is penumbra. The picture must look as if its objects were lit with moonlight – olive cold gray color. Colors are applied thickly, half a tone higher, shadows are very transparent, half a tone lower.


The seventh layer — LESSIROVKA : Details of textures, thickly applied highlights, bright reflections, and signature. In this layer you may use additional paints: Prussian blue, red cinnabar, yellow flake (cadmium yellow deep), madder lake deep.

Tip 13. Shadow PODMALYOVOK

The shadowPODMALYOVOK (the process of creating intermediate layers) is made with Burnt Umber in two layers (2nd and 3rd layers). In the second layer all details are made excluding the texture. In the third layer LESSIROVKA of the main tone masses is made with a big brush.

Tip 14. Music

Many painters get an energy charge from music. Stop listening to any modern music and begin listening only to classical music. Try to begin loving it.

Last, stop looking at modern art and stop loving it. Modern bright colors and hue contrasts destroy the subtle vision of the painter who took risks to study classical painting in our time.

From the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century artists used the seven layer technique. Like music where there are seven notes, seven keys, and within each there are seven more. 7 days in a week. 7 Layers of Paint. Each layer in oil painting must dry for seven weeks. The energy which we receive from old paintings in museums, like ghosts in old castles with old paintings, is related to this magic figure.

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LLCC Provides Adult Education and Socialization Options

By David Blanchette, Correspondent

The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning “may have some of the similar joys of a second childhood,” according to 80-year-old Springfield resident Kathryn Ransom, who has been involved in the program for nearly 10 years.

“Besides, if you don’t use your brain, it goes dead,” she added.
The academy is an education, activity and socialization program for those 50 years of age and older and will hold its annual kickoff event on Aug. 18, in the Trutter Center on the college’s Springfield campus. The doors open at 10 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.

Ransom is a former educator for District 186, still teaches courses at Benedictine University at Springfield, and has been on the academy board for three years.

“It involves seniors in an active way, whether they want to be physically active or they want to keep their mind working,” Ransom said. “It’s a way to get seniors together to have a fellowship and conversation. A lot of seniors live alone, and it’s an opportunity for them to develop friendships both within the group as well as outside of the group.

Membership in the 25-year-old academy program has grown from 306 to 363 in the last four years and includes people in their early 50s through their mid-90s, according to Jamie Stout, director of community education at Lincoln Land.

“They have educational lectures on hot topics like drones or medical marijuana or cancer advancements. They really want to be in the forefront of the things that are happening in today’s world,” Stout said. “We’ve recently started a technology group. A lot of members have grandchildren or they see people around them using Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, smartphones, smart TVs, and they really want to stay on top of the latest technology.

“There really is something for everybody, whether you are looking to learn, or to be social and do things around the community.”

Offerings include lecture and discussion programs; interest groups; a breakfast roundtable; Wander on Wednesday, where members visit attractions locally and throughout the Midwest; Meet, Greet and Eat that allows members to enjoy monthly dinner events; and the Road Scholar program. There is a nominal fee for some of the activities, Stout said.  


Hillsdale College Online Courses Surpasses 1,000,000

Online education is the new gold standard, or gold rush:

Hillsdale College’s free, online courses on the subject of the Constitution, politics, economics, and other subjects surpassed 1,000,000 total unique students, the College announced today.

“Hillsdale College was founded to provide ‘sound learning’ that will help preserve ‘the blessings of liberty‘ in America,” said Bill Gray, director of marketing at Hillsdale College. “For more than 170hillsdale years, we have provided that kind of education to our students. Now, with our online courses, we can invite citizens nationwide to learn from the same professors who teach on campus. Achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment, and indicates just how many people are eager to learn from Hillsdale.”

Hillsdale College’s first online course, “Introduction to the Constitution,” launched in September 2011. Currently, Hillsdale offers more than a dozen courses, including:
-Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
-The Presidency and the Constitution
-History 101: Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
-History 102: American Heritage, From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution
-Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics
-Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint
-The Federalist Papers
-Winston Churchill and Statesmanship
-An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance

More than 868,800 people have enrolled in Hillsdale’s Constitution courses since they were first offered, making it Hillsdale’s most popular online course.

Most Hillsdale online courses last for 10 weeks and consist of weekly video lessons. Hillsdale College faculty members teach the 40-minute lessons. Students may begin an online course at any time and work through them at their own pace. For new courses, one session is released each week. Older courses are archived and available to view online indefinitely.

For more information or to register for an online course, go to