•   Makings and Musings  

  • Online art classes for Adults

  • free art classes 

  • free art class near me 

  • free art london

  • Online art classes for Children

  • Online Drawing classes 

  • Online Painting classes

  • Drawing classes for beginners

  • watercolour classes fr beginners 

  • learn to paint online

  • learn to draw online 

  • art classes beginners 

  • mindfulness 

  • mindful art

  • mindful art classes

  • Painting for corporate events

  • creative corporate events

  • mindful art

  • art therapy

  • drawing classes for every level

  • watercolour tutorials 

  • drawing tutorials 

  • how to draw

  • how to paint

  • art and mindfulness 

  • pendrawing 

  • drawing with pen

  • team away day

  • events for at work

  • work events

  • public speaker

  • motivational speaker

  • corporate event

  • entertain clients

  • things to do at home

  • things to do during lockdown

  • things to do in  quarantine 

  • activities during lockdown

  • art at home

  • best things to do during lockdown

  • top 10 of activities for relaxation

  • art classes for free

  • free art class

  • Makings and Musings 

  • Makings and Musings art classes 

  • Makings and Musings mindfulness 

  • Makings and Musings online classes 

  • Stratford 

  • london

  • art classes in london  

  • irene ruby  art 

Creating a Gift Economy

Hi Creatives, This is something I have been thinking about for a while. 

I have always admired other businesses who run a gift economy and this seems to be the right time to jump in. From today all Makings and Musings online classes will be freely available to all and you will be invited to make a voluntary donation if the class was of value to you. You may wonder why? Well:

Firstly, I really want anyone to be able to join Makings and Musings classes. Especially now many of us are in an uncertain financial situation I would like to open my classes for those who otherwise may not be able to afford joining art classes. For that reason and to show you do not need to buy lots of extra things to get creative, I am looking at adding classes with materials that many of us will already own. One of the classes I am planning to run is Mindful Pen-drawing. I draw a lot in biro, almost every day. It is the one art supply I always have on me, it is cheap and you can create beautiful drawings using some simple techniques. I am looking forward to prove to you how versatile a simple biro pen is.   Secondly, I believe people are happy to pay for products and services that they see value in. If you enjoyed the class, any donation you make would be highly appreciated and would help me create more classes going forward. Please know though that any financial contribution is completely up to you, there is absolutely no obligation to make a donation and you are very welcome to join any of my online classes either way. If a financial contribution is not an option for you, perhaps you would consider leaving me a review or recommending Makings and Musings to a friend.

Thirdly, I really want to build a business that reflects the values that I believe in. I do not want to get too political here but I am hoping to build my business in a way that contributes to society and the community. If I can offer classes for free and still run a sustainable business that will be another step in the right direction for me. Running my business as a gift economy will also motivate me to stay on top of my game and I will do the best I can to offer great classes for you all. I will be more open about my expenses and the time and effort that goes into creating my online classes and I want to show that 'free' does not mean no value.

Fourthly, I am hoping people will try out classes they may otherwise skip over. Perhaps you will fall in love with a craft that you never knew existed.  Who knows, if this works well on the online classes, perhaps it is something I can start doing for my in person classes as well in the future. 

Hoping to see you all soon,  love, Irene  if you would like to know more about running a business based on gifting, this article from Sharable does a great job explaining how it works.




104 views
M&MIcon-01_edited.png
  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Twitter Square

Makings and Musings Limited

contact@makingsandmusings.com

what our creatives say:

"The class was hugely enjoyable and informative. The teacher was very clear and helpful. I learnt much more than I had anticipated and came away with two paintings which I was pleasantly surprised at how they looked. The venue is above a pub and the room had a peaceful and cosy feel. Very suited to learning. I will definitely be going again."

"This was a fun and inspiring class - all materials were provided, along with plenty of inspiration, and no experience is necessary. I hadn't painted since school, but before I knew it Irene had me blending colours and creating a work I could be proud of.