Friday, April 29, 2016

online class: Watercolor Sketchbook Designs from Life


WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK: DESIGNS FROM LIFE ~ online class  
$125.00 USD 6 week class ~with Jane LaFazio 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. Classroom opens on May 15 and the first lesson is released May 20, 2016.

Student work from Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life by Vicki Luna

“I felt like a door swung open in my mind." Susannah Johnson, student in “Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life.”

This class builds so well upon the base I got from your Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style class. I’m enjoying the challenge of tackling what I think of as more difficult subjects. Your process of really looking at what you are drawing and then taking it part by part works. Since flowers and other natural forms are my favorite subjects, I think I’ll be doing this for a long time and, thanks to you, I’ll be a lot happier with the results.”  Mary Jo S. student in “Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life.

Class Description:

We’ll work in our sketchbooks each week with a new theme. From those life-like illustrations, done in ink and watercolor, we’ll create new graphic, stylized images to use for stamps, stencils, or stitched designs. Each week, you’ll draw, watercolor and create designs and you’ll be given optional methods to use and leverage that design in your own work. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills to create original designs for surface design on paper or cloth. At the end of the workshop, your sketchbook will contain a treasury of original images, your own unique visual vocabulary.

(This class is geared for students who have had some experience in drawing. If you’re new to drawing, take Jane’s “Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style” now. First lesson is released May 2.)

Each week, I hope you’ll fill at least one page in your sketchbook with the assignment. Don’t worry if you can’t get to the additional parts of the lesson (like stamp carving or stencils or stitching). I am giving you a lot to do each week, and I understand if you have other commitments—like eating, sleeping and maybe working. Each week you’ll receive an email with a link to new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you’ll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from and keep forever. There are videos and examples from Jane’s sketchbook to support the lessons. Just like in a real classroom, you’ll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they’ll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you’ll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from Jane. (The step by step pdf lessons are yours to keep and the classroom will close 3 weeks after the last lesson is released.)

Student work from Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life by Jeannie Hunt 


The weekly themes for the class will be:

Lesson 1: From the flower garden. Flowers and blooms
Lesson 2. From the vegetable garden. Veggies and fruits (optional: stamp carving)
Lesson 3. From the factory. Manufactured tools, gears, wheels (optional: rubbings)
Lesson 4. From the mountains. Leaves, pods, pine cones (optional: stencils)
Lesson 5. From the sea. Shells, sea weed, fish, shell fish (optional: stitching)
Lesson 6. From your life. Your studio, your kitchen, your closet or…

(You’ll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you’ll need a 9×12 inch sketchbook with watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush (I like the Niji Waterbrush), and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water soluble pen, water soluble pencil, and optional stamp carving materials. Don’t buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.) 

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. Classroom opens on May 15 and the first lesson is released May 20, 2016.

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