I don’t live on Earth. I live on planet Quebec and this isolates me from the many opportunities others have to associate with lots of artists and to see them work. Because of this, I’ve become fond of online workshops. I have a Skillshare membership and I’m currently taking Shari Blaukopf’s new workshop (more on this at a later date).
I’m here today to issue a warning about Domestika, an online service that is running ads everywhere about online classes. I took one of their workshops, which seem to be smallish, inexpensive workshops. The one I took was more basic than I expected but it was well organized and produced. I was sufficiently satisfied with this to take a second one. I won’t take a third.
The reason is fairly simple. I downloaded a second workshop only to find that it is taught in Spanish. That’s great for a Spanish speaker but I can barely speak English so it’s not for me. Warning one: I saw NO indication that it was going to be taught in Spanish so beware.
Warning two: Supposedly, you have four days to ask for a refund. I did it within 15 minutes. This resulted in me receiving a canned msg saying they were very busy and that they’d get back to me. In the 10 days since I asked for a refund, I’ve received three more of these msgs. Just for variety they’ve also sent me a msg asking how I was enjoying the course. In short, they don’t respond at all. It’s cost me some money to learn this about Domestika. Hopefully this post will save someone else some money.
Editor’s note: It took just over two weeks, and half a dozen “we’ll get back to you” notices, but Domestika refunded my money.