After reading Sham's (I type that like I know her and she even has a clue who I am) suggestion on her blog to take the artistic t-shirt craftsy course, I signed up for both that class and the basic t-shirt class. I don't really have any formal or informal sewing training and so I didn't feel comfortable jumping into a class without taking the basic course first. This turned out to be a mistake as I learned very little and most of that was which advice not to take.
I do love the t-shirt that I ended up making even though it looks nothing like the shirt that they make in the class. I haven't started the artistic t-shirt class though I received the pattern a while back and even picked out fabrics to make it with. I'm going to be focusing on the bear club outfits first.