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have somebody in charge of greeting and guid-ing attendees. I did not feel very welcomed. I studied the class schedule and jumped in. I’ll give credit to the organizers, the schedule was printed on a small brochure that was easy to read and slip in my pocket to reference later. They even had a digital version for smartphones. I never found any detailed class descriptions but the class names were more than good enough to know where I wanted to go. The interior of the convention center was pretty typical for small towns. There was one big multipurpose hall and a bunch of small rooms around it. Many of the classes were in real classrooms that had windows. I like windows. Too many times I’ve been trapped in those dark rooms that are either too hot or too cold and you have no idea what’s happening out in the real world. I’m above a beginner and almost at the inter-mediate decorating level. The class instructors were really sharp. They knew their stuff but would sometimes launch into esoteric minutia that might have made them feel good but left me feeling inadequate. Unfortunately, once I tuned them out that was it for me. I would sneak out the back and find another class. Not sure what the solution is for people like me other than ask the instructors to focus on the entire classroom of students in front of them and hold the weird, off the wall questions for one-on-one conversa-tions after class. 70  PlanetChristmas  |  September 2014 Some of the classes had video problems. Looked like the projectors were borrowed from wherever and it was hit or miss if the instructor could get them to work with their computer. What was my favorite classroom class? Light- O-Rama 1, 2 and 3. The instructor really knew his stuff, had lots of practical experience and handled the weird questions in such a way we all felt like we were learning together. My oddest class? Haunt Fair and Make-up Workshop. I tried really hard to relate to the Halloweeners but the genre just didn’t fit with the Christmas bunch. The best I could tell there were about a dozen people interested in Halloween and focused only on Halloween classes. The most informative class? It was outdoors in the hundred degree sun. The class was a live demonstration of snow machines, fog machines, bubble machines and even flame throwing machines. The instructor had lots of practical knowledge that proved invaluable for my bud-ding 2014 design. Then there were the giant classes held in the partitioned multi-purpose hall. No windows. The audio/video was probably just right for a small room but didn’t cut it for the big room. The projector wasn’t bright enough and the screen was too small for people in the middle or near the back of the hall to see. The class presenters in the big hall were excel-lent. They knew their stuff and seldom tried to talk too far above my head. With so many in An Academy big hall class Flame thrower demonstration in Texas


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