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It’s not your typical botanical drawing course. My new online class series, “Draw & Paint Six Culinary Herbs,” will incorporate all the things that make the humble kitchen garden a place of a thousand small delights. In addition to learning to create softly shaded pencil studies, spirited ink-and-wash sketches and richly layered color renderings that combine watercolor and colored pencil, we’ll also explore the history and folklore associated with our six herbs. Each lesson will include art demo videos, printable illustrated instruction pages and photo tutorials posted on our private class website — as well as illustrated tips on growing, harvesting and using our culinary collection. I’m also sharing my own stock of organic herb seed (from my garden, while supplies last) with anyone who asks when they sign up. Email me for a list of available varieties.
The course is designed so that you can work at your own pace, without ever feeling rushed. Lessons will appear weekly beginning January 7 on a private, password-protected website. All 10 lessons will remain there until May 6. During those four months, you have access to the lessons anytime you wish to work on them. Feel free to take a week off (or even a month) for other activities. You’ll still have plenty of time to complete the course. Each lesson will include:
- My video demo with step-by-step guidance for each new technique
- Printable color instruction pages
- Examples for each lesson, created to guide and inspire you
- Personal help when needed, and feedback when each lesson is completed
- Access to our own private online group where you can share comments and images with others taking the course around the world. (Participation in the group is optional. No instruction will take place there.)
Art topics covered in the course include:
- How to develop the habit of looking deeply at your subject, so that you clearly see and understand its structure
- Three steps to creating a quick and accurate foundation sketch
- How to draw leaves in perspective
- My “gentle pencil” technique for softly shaded pencil studies
- How to combine ink and wash for fast and elegant herb drawings
- Traditional layering of watercolor and colored pencil to build a richly detailed rendering
- Color matching and color mixing – including highlights and shadows
- The structure of an herb plant, and some basic terminology
Absolutely no experience is necessary. The supply list is simple, and contains no exotic materials. (In fact, if you recently took my online watercolor lettering course, you already have the brushes you’ll need. You can check them off your list!)
What about technology? Well, you will need four basic tools to “attend” this online class:
- A computer, or access to one
- An email account to receive informative messages or send in your work for feedback
- A way to print out your illustrated instruction pages
- A way to send images of your completed projects to me for feedback. You can use either a scanner or a digital camera to create an image, then email it.
The cost of the entire course is $50, which is payable by personal check, money order or through PayPal. (To use PayPal, let me know you want to join the class and I will send you a secure PayPal invoice with an embedded “pay now” button.) Email me to sign up, or if you need additional information. See you soon!
Like to do this class. How much? When do I sign up? Still working on my assignments fo last class. Hugs, Barbara Steel Sent from my iPad
Kathryn Hardage said:
I look forward to joining this class so very much. I would love to have the organic seeds which are available from you as I am learning to grow vegetables and herbs.
I’m in 🙂
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I would love to join as well! Do I sign up now or close to Jan?
Wonderful! You can sign up now to hold a place, and to receive the supply list and updates — and I’m also sharing organic herb seed harvested from my garden, if you want some. But payment for the class does not have to be received until the day before the course begins.
Claire Noojin said:
Val, I have enjoyed and am STILL enjoying the lettering lessons and would like to order the CD set. Also, I am interested in the culinary herb class in Jan. You are a wonderful teacher. Thanks! Claire
Debi wright said:
I have enjoyed the lettering class more than I can express. I have learned so much. My painting background is in acrylics and was so intimated by watercolor, but you are an amazing teacher I’m over the fear and can’t wait to start tha next class. I love the subject matter you choose also . Thank you so much!!!
Ps I would love the herb seeds. I grew 4 herbs in my garden an am so sad to see them go I want to learn how to grow them inside so I always have them to use.
Thanks again debi
cherylann mcfetridge said:
I just had surgery on my right hand, so at the moment I am only dreaming of signing up, but I wanted to say thank-you for making your classes affordable. I am hoping to be in that Jan. class
Sending warm wishes for speedy recovery — I hope to see you in January!
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Patricia A Donlin, 711 S Liberty St Port Angeles, Wa 98362-6664 said:
I would like to join the class and, also, would love to have the seeds. I will need a Paypal invoice, Please. Pat Donlin
Val, I am very interested in taking this online course. I’d like to do the whole thing in colored pencil, is that possible? If so, how and where do I sign up?
Thank you, Lori V.
Lori, thanks very much for asking about the course. I took a quick hop over to your lovely blog — very nice work! I am sending you a private email about the upcoming herb drawing course.
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Kat Lakie said:
Hi, I would love to do this course, even though I have already committed to 2 other classes during the same period, I don’t want to miss out on learning from you.
I will commit to this course but don’t want to pay till just before the class starts, due to the Christmas celebrations taking up all available cash. I will pay via PayPal.
Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to learning from you.
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Please include me in the class roster and send course instructions and the paypal payment link.
Thanks so much – will you offer the lettering class again? I was unable to take it in the fall, but I heard it was great!
Will you be offering this class again any time soon?
Val Webb said:
Thanks for asking. I will offer it again in the late summer.
Phoenix Arttally said:
Do you plan to offer this course again? Thanks
Yes! It will be offered again early next year. Thank you for asking. 🙂