Instagram fairyI love drawing fairies. They allow me to combine all my favorite art subjects (children, botanicals, birds, insects, small furry animals) in various whimsical combinations to create a gentle world where you can fish from the top of a Great Blue Heron or hitch a ride on a passing opossum.

Starting on February 17, 2014, I will teach a very special online course, Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature. This is the most ambitious course I’ve ever created, and in addition to 10 interactive lessons there will be 24 illustrated pdf pages that can be assembled to make a handbook of my fairy drawing techniques. Each participant will also get a printable version of my personal hand-lettered fairy sketchbook.

Learn about fairy proportion from infant to adolescent, how to show physical and facial expressions, how to draw assorted wings and attire, how to create a background, how to draw fairies in action (and in flight) or at rest. Discover techniques for using color to create a rich natural atmosphere. We’ll use a combination of pencil and watercolor — with a touch of colored pencil — for our weekly warm-up exercises and drawing projects.

As always, lessons will post on a password-protected website weekly and are work-at-your-own-pace. There will be a four-month window for completion of the course, and I will provide personal guidance and feedback whenever you request it.

While this course is open to students at all levels of art experience, you will enjoy it much more if you already have a few basic drawing skills. If you are just starting out, I encourage you to sign up for one of my other drawing courses first … and then take Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature.

The cost of the course is $85. Pre-registration is required, and is payable by a check or PayPal. (You do not have to have a PayPal account to make the payment.) There will be a limited number of participants, so your payment must be received to hold your place. To sign up, email me at