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An artful, playful exploration of creation, purpose, theology, and story, as we rediscover them all in Genesis chapter 1 of the Bible. This course is for anyone who loves nature, art, and spirituality. Together we will play with techniques such as abstract flow art, botanical art, and expressive portraiture. If you’ve ever wished you could have an excuse to spend more time outdoors; if you’ve ever wished you could gain some perspective on your own story, and come to know for sure why you are alive, this is the course for you. All these things will be explored through art and scripture, in a safe, nonjudgmental and playful atmosphere. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
In this mini course we will be exploring color, scale, composition and texture to create a large abstract painting for your home. We are going BIG with this piece to inspire you to conquer fear, find joy in the process and to make a meaningful connection. I will share my own experiences with art and how reflection allows me to dig deep to uncover art that is honest & raw and intentional. We will use wood, basic house paint and some unexpected tools to craft this original work. In addition we will make a simple wood frame to complete the piece.
This course takes you on a journey of wondrous discoveries. Every single layer we add - texture, color and detail - leads your artistic eye into another realm of hidden treasure and unchartered territories for your creative muse. This tunnel book creates mystery, delight and a sense of wonder for all ages. The act of book making, cutting the intricate tunnels then adding the beautiful colors of the garden takes you on an amazing adventure into the natural world of Mother Nature. Techniques: Creating the book. Cutting the tunnels. Tone-on-tone stenciling. Building soft acrylic layers with washes of color. Achieving realistic details. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
There is power in a single line. One line can tell a story, express emotion. There is also a collected power of many lines, many colors, many marks. Lines and colors and marks often get away from us. We over-do it, or we don't know when to stop. In this class we will play and explore the ways to create chaos, and then play with the rules that I use to corral it into submission. We will work both large and small, starting in journals and small sheets of paper. Then we'll turn to large pieces of paper (or canvas, if you wish) and create ordered chaos on a grand scale. We'll do both figurative and abstract works. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
In this course, we will be looking for quiet moments of beauty to document and capture in our creative practice. We will spend time gathering all things beautiful and letting that spill out onto our canvases and paper. I will show you some of my favorite tips for creating a beautiful and unique still life composition. We will explore still life sketching on paper and in art journals. We will play with different mediums to create one of kind paintings and drawings. We will learn how to look with new eyes and really study every day moments. I will share with you all of my favorite techniques for painting floral still life pieces. We will focus on finding our own creative voice and how to express that on canvas. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
We will find inspiration from our animal friends, explore techniques and creative processes to expand our imaginative approach to art, and play with acrylic inks, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage and more to create multiple works on both paper and board. Together we will explore ways to find inspiration for our animal themed art, methods to create a narrative within our work and ways to connect with our audience by using our own experience and stories. We will do all of this together in lashes of vibrant color and loose gesture, and as always in my classes and art, seeking the magic that comes when you allow yourself to be free of self judgment and comparison, open to happy accidents, and smack, bang in the middle of flow and possibility! You can watch the course trailer HERE.
Color tells stories and shares emotion in ways words can’t. In our time together, I’ll help you discover the beauty of each color and the stories they are ready to help you share through your art. We’ll begin by learning how to build limited color palettes that travel well and push you to figure out how to create your own beautiful colors. Once we have built our palettes, we’ll learn to mix a plethora of colors with a series of simple questions and adjustments. Next, we’ll work on some exercises that will reveal the importance of composition in storytelling - painting different kinds of watercolor washes with an emphasis on layering techniques and mark-making. We’ll conclude our time together with a pretty give-it-a-spin illustration project that includes a fancy globe filled with color, imagination and a few of your favorite things tucked inside! You can watch the trailer HERE.
In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces. Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium. I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water. We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies. I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer. We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist. You can watch the trailer HERE.
Join me for a two week painting and mixed media course all about painting bigger, finding creative freedom, telling your story like never before, breaking out of your comfort zone and creating art that you have dreamed about creating. When I started to honor my own story and to find the marks, symbols, palette and strokes that resonated with me I started making art that brought joy like never before. I felt free. It truly became a creative awakening. Watch the trailer HERE.
This is an embroidery course where we will explore with our needles to create beautiful, one of kind, hand stitched pieces. Learn some basic stitches. See how I incorporate collage elements in my stitching. Embrace the texture found in fabric, fibers and embroidery. Layer lines, create shapes and make marks all with your needle and thread. Let your fabric and your hoops be your blank canvases. Watch me make an abstract floral piece from start to finish. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
Join 18 men and women as they share in this free online study all about impacting your world right where you are. A study sharing how the Lord can use each of us in our day to day lives. When we see the value in where we have been placed + our gifts we are able to collaborate with a God that has been waiting for us to say that we are ALL IN. Use what I have and who I am. Use my brokenness and imperfections. Use my gifts and strengths and open the box that I have placed around myself and You because I desire deeply to do, see and be more. Not the tired more. The filled back up more. The deepest desires of our hearts more. The reason we are here more!
Explore jewelry making using natural materials. Work with wire wrapping, using odd shaped objects such as stone in your designs and create intricate closures. Using these objects and tools you will create beautiful, organic and geometric shaped works of art. We will create earrings, necklaces and bracelets and each piece will be perfect for gift going or keeping for yourself. This jewelry class is for every skill level. No previous jewelry making skills are needed. Watch the trailer HERE.
We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling.
I encourage you to come along with me if you want to learn to paint. You will learn to paint from your heart, Do you feel like you are missing something? It's not about talent. It is about applying your love of something that you know is in you. I will help you discover that inner passion of art that has begun to come out in you or you have just realized this is something you would love to discover. Know each of us will have a beautiful and different outcome. You will be loved as I walk along side you. I will break down every step, show you my palette as I paint and see me mixing colors then laying that color down. Watch the trailer HERE.
In Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes we will become tourists in our own towns and open our eyes to the photography, sketching, architecture, people, cafes, painting, connecting, history and beauty right in front of us. In this class we will create abstract landscapes, work with sketching and watercolors, collage, image transfers, charcoal sketches and create mini works of art to create our own Paint Your Town journals when we are done. The heart behind my art and classes is to encourage practice, use what you have and to create wherever you go. I hope you will join me! This will be the fall that your town becomes your favorite travel destination! You can view the course trailer HERE.
On trend and so boho chic, learn Robin’s method to make these stylish crochet beaded wraps, NO crochet experience necessary! These fun pieces can be wrapped several times around the wrist or be worn as a necklace. In this course Robin will show you step by step how to make simple to elaborate crocheted jewelry. She will also have some fun bonus material on how to make your own one of a kind pendants, tassels and charms to add to your crochet jewelry. You can view the course trailer HERE.
If you’ve ever wanted to create jewelry with personal meaning, beautiful texture, and luminous personality, this course is for you! Through this three-piece jewelry project making course, you will learn a wide variety of techniques that you can easily translate into other jewelry forms and applications. You will explore methods of forming wire into custom chain (with and without torch methods) as well as beginning to end construction of a necklace, bracelet/cuff, and earrings. Using my signature torch soldering techniques, you will learn how to form, forge, shape, and combine sheet metal and found jewelry components into texturally rich, exquisitely one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces."
The content for my class, be still has been created for those of you who can’t travel to work with me in person. And if you have worked with me in person, this will be a great little reminder of all that we learned! I’ll show you how to cut and sew your very own compass hearts. They are SO much fun and really satisfying to make. We’ll follow up with a pretty darn cool lesson in watercolor where we will practice choosing and mixing colors based on our compass hearts. Next, we’ll break down each leaf and flower and practice, practice, practice! Last, we’ll put all of what we learned together and make beautiful compass heart florals that will hopefully serve as a reminder to stay present and know where your heart is supposed to be.
3 hours of INSTANTLY available content. We will begin with breaking down the face and "sketching" with charcoal, water and white gesso. Using the sketch you created (or an image transfer technique) I will share step by step instructions to create a portrait through collage and mixed media. I will show how to use light and shadows to create a realistic portrait.
For children, art isn’t about rules and critiques. Art for kids is about expression and creating and fun! Creating art with kids is like opening the most fantastic Pandora ’s Box of possibilities. You never know how they will express themselves through art. Going back years and years to some of the most beloved Masters of art is a great way to intrigue children about different forms of art, different styles and different mediums. When young people used to aspire to be artists, they would take on the apprenticeship role under Masters of art. I want your kids (and you!) to come along with me and become apprentices to some of art’s Masters! You can watch the course trailer HERE.
I believe there is an artist and a desire to create inside all of us. It’s that little push and a little guidance that might be just what you need to get you started or back on your art journey. It’s all as close as your back door. We’ll explore sketching and watercolor supplies and set up a custom watercolor palette and travel sketch kit. We’ll review the elements and principles of art and revisit the color theory and create a beautiful color wheel using your choice of paint colors. Eventually all the techniques we learned will be put to the test. We’ll start with simple shapes and work our way up to painting detailed but simple landscapes in our sketchbooks, learning tips and tricks along the way for creating skies, clouds, trees, grass and small details that make landscapes pop.
In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating. We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
This course is filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. I created this class to share with you my love for animals and how they have enriched my life. There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. I really take mixed media art to a new level by using some very unusual applications. I combine watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. I work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness I apply oil bars with a palette knife. You can watch the course trailer HERE.
Don’t let the name scare you! This is just more instruction and brand new project videos! In Advanced Hand Lettering, we will dive into how to create beautiful lettering using multiple mediums (brush, calligraphy nib, brush pen, digital, water brush, and pen/pencil), from each individual letter to forming words, sentences, and adding decorative elements. Following the teaching portion of the course, you'll have an opportunity to put what you've learned into practice with 7 fun projects (Lettered Globe, Wall Mural, Serving Tray, Yard/Event Signage, Large Poster, Gold Foil Lettered Pillow, & Digitized Poster).
Begin an art practice that is based upon creating a safe and honoring artistic ritual through paint and play. During this course we will learn how to find your authentic inspiration and how to incorporate the good, the bad and the extraordinary of your life into your work. Baggage…we all have it. Now what do you do with it and how to include even negative thoughts into our journal. You will not leave this course without diving into what will become your personal artistic mantra. This will propel you into daily practice.
Have you ever looked at super dreamy photos and wondered how the heck did they do that? Do you want to take great photos of your art, capture precious moments of your family, children, pets or nature and then make them shine on your web site, social media, blog or in publications? Well, guess what? It’s all about learning to shoot in manual mode. This workshop will teach you just that, and so much more! You can watch the course trailer HERE.
Danielle Donaldson's brand new class All Creatures Lovely and Small will be our first watercolor adventure of 2016! The course will be all about pint-sized illustrations of our friends that roam the earth, swim the sea and fly in the skies above.
In Elements of clay, I will be showing you several projects using air-dry paper clay.No kiln needed! Each project is inspired by nature, as well as the hope of new beginnings that come in the spring. Each project has a bohemian flair and style. I doesn't matter if you worked with clay before or have never experienced creating a sculpture, it is my wish that you will be inspired to try something new. I hope you will join me on this journey as we explore the elements of clay.
Making art sing is finding a melody that is unique to each one of us in our art. We all have our own voice. It’s time to find the confidence in the gracefulness of your lines and notes of yummy moments that turn into our focal points along with the success of values
Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell. When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating. It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it. To watch the course trailer click HERE.
This Intro to Hand Lettering course will take you through the basics of hand lettering technique and application using brushes, markers, and pens. We'll be creating 13 different projects using the skills you learn in this course – some will make amazing and one-of-a-kind gifts that stand out, and others you may want to have all to yourself.
Art of Home | Modern Simple Living will be about some of the lost arts of caring for our home and family. The weeks will include: The Art of Farm to Table, The Art of Gathering, The Art of Domestic Moxie and The Art of Reclaimed Style. This four week course is your favorite home and cooking magazines come to life!
What is Scribble Art? For me it was the journey of letting go and becoming loose in my art. I will share my story of drawing and how I found this style and how you can in corporate it in your own work. Don’t you want to know why a artist puts a line there? Why did they do that? My favorite learning times in art have been when someone answered those questions for me. I am going to do the same for you.
Join 6 artists as we explore 6 different master painters and study and create art in the styles of collage, portraits, folk, abstract, still life and illustration. This course begins on May 5th.
Join me for a FREE art video series! In The Living Studio you will have the opportunity to watch technique and medium videos from some of your favorite artists. Once a month you will learn what practices different artists use to make their art a daily practice and how they create their studio wherever they go.
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