Art Classes in Seattle!

Art Journaling  &  Watercolor Sketching

 Classes will resume in 2017 on January 17th. Full Schedule will be posted by end of December.

Watercolor Sketching: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Daniel Smith Seattle store
Joyful Art Journaling: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Daniel Smith Seattle store

 

Joyful Art Journaling Class

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    Discover how fun it is to create richly layered pages full of your favorite colors, words and images. Learn a wide variety of mixed media and book design techniques. Each week will feature a different technique and journaling prompts. Go home inspired to make more! Every week through December will offer a different topic.

    No art experience is needed for this class. All levels welcome.

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    Session 1

    Week 1: Choosing and embellishing your journal: covers, spine, end papers and closures
    Week 2: Celebrating summer: collage, acrylic or watercolor, and writing
    Week 3: Wild about backgrounds: textures, colors and techniques
    Week 4: The journal in bloom: drawing and painting the flowers of summer

    Session 2

    Week 1: Alphabet soup: exploring lettering techniques and writing media
    Week 2: Arranging all the elements on the page: new approaches to composition
    Week 3: Luscious layers: building intriguing pages with a variety of media
    Week 4: Altering the page: edges, pockets, folds and flaps

    Session 3

    Week 1: Photos- techniques for using your digital and printed photos in your journal
    Week 2: Jump start: what to do when you run out of ideas
    Week 3: Aging the page: ways to make your pages old beyond their years
    Week 4- Fall leaves: exploring techniques to celebrate the colors of autumn

    Session 4

    Week 1: Luminescence: all that glitters is gorgeous-adding sparkle to your pages
    Week 2: Fun with fibers: creative ways to use yarn, fabric and burlap in your journal
    Week 3: Travel to the tropics- using tropical colors and images
    Week 4: Using unusual materials: vellum, tracing paper, & tissue paper

    Bonus Classes:
    Class 1: Celebrating winter with collage, paint and lettering
    Class 2: Creative ways to add gold & silver to create holiday themes

  • You will need

    1. Blank journal or sketchbook with 140lb weight paper for water media (if you don't mind your pages buckling you can use 90lb.)
    2. Your favorite pens. A fine point, permanent black marker for writing plus a few markers in your favorite colors. (My favorites: Sharpie stylus black or PITT pens, Pentel Signo White pen, Molotow paint markers.)
    3. Pencil and eraser
    4. Paint- your choice: acrylic in your favorite colors, tube or fluid acrylics.

    5. A few acrylic paintbrushes. 1" flat and 1 small/medium round (not tiny).
    6. Palette- bring a paper plate and a 12" x 12" piece of wax paper
    7. Magazine with images you like to tear for collage OR even better, print out a bunch of your own photos.
    8. Your favorite glue. Mine is Aleenes Fast Grab Tacky Glue (not sold at Daniel Smith-find at Craft Stores).
    9. Small bottle of gel medium, gloss or matte, your choice
    10. Scissors
    11. Masking tape
    12. Paper towels
    13. Water jars
    14. Water spray bottle
    Optional: art or interesting papers for collaging, craypas, glitter glue.

    Depending on the session/class I may ask you a week ahead of time to bring a few other items.

     

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    Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, Seattle Daniel Smith store

    Session 1: August – 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
    Session 2: August/Sept. – 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20
    Session 3: Sept./Oct. – 9/27, 10/4,10/25, 11/1
    Session 4: Oct./Nov. – 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29
    Bonus Classes: – 12/6, 12/13 ($45 each or $80 for both, please email me to register)

     4 week session – $154
    Refunds not available, but you are welcome to sell or gift your class to a friend if you cannot come. Just let me know.

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Watercolor Sketching Class - Seattle

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    Discover how fun it is to mix sketching and watercolor together! Great for traveling, visiting your favorite cafe, or working from your photos at home. We'll break things down into easy steps. I will show you many different approaches to using pen and watercolor. Learn how to use perspective, color, texture, shading and composition to create paintings you love. Class is designed so you can take a single 4 week session, or to be an ongoing class where you can come for weekly inspiration and assistance. Each week focuses on a different aspect or technique of watercolor sketching. Making art can be intimidating- but it is so rewarding and will really bring you joy. I have a very understanding and supportive approach. I never criticize people's work and am very good at guiding you to create the type of art you like. Classes will begin with a demo of the week's topic, followed by painting time for you. This is when I go around to answer individual questions or concerns. Depending on the week there may be a 2nd demo. Homework is not assigned, but if you paint at home and then have questions the following week, I'm happy to answer them. We have a lot of fun in class! All levels are welcome. More experienced artists will find this class a great way to loosen up and be more expressive and playful with their work.

    No art experience is needed for this class. All levels welcome.

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    Session 1

    Week 1: Sketching made easy: breaking down the steps
    Week 2: Adding watercolor: tips & tricks
    Week 3: Celebrating summer: sketching flowers
    Week 4: A closer look at mixing colors: brights, jewel tones, and neutrals

    Session 2

    Week 1: What’s in a line: comparing different drawing media
    Week 2: Shadows tell the story: shading techniques & using contrast
    Week 3: Celebrating gorgeous panoramas: how to show distance & depth
    Week 4: Bring your photos: creating interesting compositions

    Session 3

    Week 1: What is cross-hatching? Discover great pen sketching techniques
    Week 2: Which came first the pen or the paint? Compare and learn what you like best
    Week 3: Celebrating Autumn: Sketching fall leaves, fungus, twigs & trees
    Week 4: Create luminous color with glazes

    Session 4

    Week 1: The Magic of line: using expressive line to tell your story
    Week 2: Choosing what to sketch: cropping, editing and focal points
    Week 3: Mimic nature’s textures in watercolor and pen
    Week 4: Sketching your travels: multiple approaches to sketch & capture memories

    Bonus Classes:

    Class 1: Using color expressively and in unusual ways
    Class 2: Magical winter scenes: painting snow & ice

  • You will need:
    IF you already have watercolor supplies bring what you have plus: fine point watersoluble pen, fine point permanent pen, pencil, and eraser. See sketching kit for my favorite pens.

    KITS available,  go here for a great beginners kit and here for a sketching kit and a more unusual paint selection. These are GREAT prices.

    Click below for a pdf for a general supply list.

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  • Seattle
    Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Seattle Daniel Smith store

    Session 1: August – 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
    Session 2: August/Sept. – 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20
    Session 3: Sept./Oct. – 9/27, 10/4,10/25, 11/1
    Session 4: Oct./Nov. – 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29
    Bonus Classes: – 12/6, 12/13 ($45 each or $80 for both, please email me to register)

     4 week session – $154
    Register at bottom of this page
    Refunds not available, but you are welcome to sell or gift your class to a friend if you cannot come. Just let me know.

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