With step-by-step guidance, learn to create “gentle pencil” foundation drawings and then layer rich colors on top to create elegantly detailed, illustration-quality colored pencil images. This course uses detailed video demonstrations of technique, step-by-step illustrated printables and personal feedback on completed projects. New lessons post every Monday on our class website for nine weeks, but you have four full months to complete the material. We’ll mix up classical drawing theory with a dose of natural history, with topics including drawing feather texture, drawing birds in flight, shading for highlights and shadows, color blending, basic bird anatomy, drawing birds of prey, drawing backgrounds and habitat, drawing birds’ eggs and nests, and much more. No experience necessary, and the supply list is quite basic. Pre-registration is required, and is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No previous experience necessary! Learn to create decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and a brush. Participants will have four months to complete ten projects. Class projects include:
- Three easy methods for making decorative and illuminated initials.
- Surprisingly simple techniques for Celtic knotwork.
- Using “quickhand” techniques to make art journals or notebooks more beautiful.
- Colorful, whimsical letters based on medieval alphabets (how to draw them, how to use them).
- Creative page design that combines lettering and other images.
- Vines and flourishes – watercolor letters inspired by Art Nouveau.
- Guidelines for designing your own unique personal alphabet.
- Combining color, form and attitude to make your letters sing.
Registered participants will receive access to:
- Video demonstrations with step-by-step guidance for each technique.
- A warm-up lettering exercise for each lesson.
- Illustrated instructions (PDF)
- Examples for each lesson, designed to guide and inspire you.
- Personal help when needed and feedback when each lesson is completed.
Pre-registration is required, and is payable either by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at email@example.com.
Drawing Dogs & Cats
Starting January 27, 2014
8 Lessons – work at your own pace
No experience necessary — the only prerequisite for this course is a love of our four-legged family members. Working in pencil for some projects, black-and-white charcoal pencil for others, develop your drawing skills by learning to create glossy fur, expressive eyes, animals in action and at rest. Topics include drawing puppies and kittens at different stages of growth, four techniques for drawing white fur, drawing realistic dog noses, drawing dog and cat caricatures and more. Very minimal supply list. Pre-registration is required, and is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature
Starting February 17, 2014
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
Includes 24 illustrated pdf pages of step-by-step techniques
Bonus: Printable version of Val’s hand-lettered fairy sketchbook
This information-packed course begins with techniques for drawing fairy children, then combines these lovely and legendary creatures with botanical, bird, insect and small animal subjects of your choice to form the unique hidden world just beyond our garden gates. 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. The set of printable illustrated pdf pages that accompany the lessons will form a drawing handbook to keep your fairy-drawing skills fresh long after the course has concluded. Pre-registration is required, and is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is open to anyone, regardless of drawing experience, but you will enjoy it (and benefit from it) more if you already have some basic drawing skills. If you are new to drawing, I encourage you to take any of my other online courses first — then sign up for Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature.
Draw & Paint Six Culinary Herbs
Starting March 3, 2014
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
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. Pre-registration is required, and is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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