Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal
$125.00 USD 6 week class
There’s no substitute for learning to draw from real life objects, and that’s what we’ll do each week. Jane will teach you her quick and intuitive method to drawing and watercolor. Then each lesson will be an assignment or suggestion of what to draw, and some new techniques and theme to enhance your illustrated journal entries. Working in a 9×12” (suggested size) journal, you’ll be drawing every week, often working on one page for a few days, designing the page as you draw. This is the class to take your art journaling to the next step.
(This class is geared for students who have had some experience in drawing. If you’re new to drawing, take Jane’s Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style first.)
Each week you’ll receive an email with a link to new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you’ll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from. There are videos and examples from Jane’s sketchbook to support the lessons. Just like in a real classroom, you’ll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they’ll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you’ll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from Jane. (The step by step pdf lessons are yours to keep and the classroom will close 3 weeks after the last lesson is released.)
Week one: Something from Nature: composing a page with multiple drawings of the same theme
Week two: Everyday Objects: drawing and blending with a water soluble pen
Week three: 8 objects 8 ways: Draw objects within a theme, on the same page, using different techniques part one
Week four: 8 objects 8 ways: Draw objects within a theme, on the same page, using different techniques part two
Week five: Stamp Design and Carving
Week six: Collage as a Background
You’ll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you’ll need a sketchbook watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water soluble pen, water soluble pencil, collage papers, and optional stamp carving to and optional stamp carving tools and absorbent ground. Don’t buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.
Wondering which class to take and how online classes work?
Q: I don’t know how to draw.
A: Take “Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style” it is perfect for those who need to learn
to draw first and a great class to start with.
Q: I ‘ve never or rarely painted with watercolor.
A: I’ll teach you. I’d suggest you start with “Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style”
first. But you can take any of my other classes and get experience and instruction on
Q: Which class should I take?
A: Well, the short answer is all of them! Once you’ve done “Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style” you’re ready for this class “Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal“ or “Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life”
Q: Will you rerun these classes and what’s the schedule?
A: Yes, I rerun the classes throughout the year. You can get the first notice of my classes by signing up for my newsletter here.
Q: Do I need to be on my computer a certain time of day?
A: No, the lessons will be released on Friday mornings, but you can access them anytime, once they are released. And past lessons will be available for you work from and post anytime during the 9 weeks the class is online)
Q: Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the pdf lessons~ those step by step lessons are yours to keep and print out. I suggest downloading them each week.
Q: I can’t access my computer during one of the weeks of class?
A: The lesson will be there, when you get access to your computer and you can post the lesson anytime during the 9 weeks.
Q: How many pages will Jane comment on?
A: You can share as many pages, from each assignment, as you like. Jane will comment on each one during the 9 weeks the class is online.
Q: I’m not very comfortable on the computer. What’s involved?
A: You’ll need to be able to photograph or scan your sketchbook page as a jpeg. You will then upload it, from your computer or iPad, to the online lesson. There is a video, when you start class, which explains how to use the online classroom. And support at Ruzuku (the classroom platform) is very helpful! You might want to watch this video, from Ruzku, to see what’s involved.
Q: Do I have access to the classroom and videos forever?
A: No.The step by step pdf lessons are yours to keep and the classroom will close a few weeks after the last lesson is released. I like to create a community of students and to comment on each and every posted page, so the classroom time is limited.
A few reviews of Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal online class
• I really enjoyed your class Jane! I learned many different techniques and ideas on
creating interesting sketch page. Integrating mixed media has opened doors for me and
broadened my awareness on what I can do to turn a blank page into something more
interesting. The favourite project is difficult one to answer. I learned how to use the
tombow pen-something that I had for years and perhaps was skeptical on trying it. I liked
the 8 ways to explore a subject and also lesson five. I really enjoyed the fact that our
sketchbook experience was to be from life rather than photos. I am looking forward to taking
more classes from you Jane. Thank you for a wonderful course.
• This has been a great course. The last one I did with Jane taught me to “look”, and
this one has taught me to listen to myself, and realise what I do (and don’t) like to do.
More than anything, it is have given me some confidence in my point of view and approach,
and I can only thank Jane and my fellow participants for that. There has been a genuine
sense of “community” and support throughout, and it has been great to get tips and ideas
from some very kind and very talented people. The fact that I now don’t always want to
follow the lessons by rote shows in a perverse way how much I have learned on the course
itself. The knowledge and techniques Jane has taught have given me confidence to follow my
own approach to art journalling, and accept the fact that often that isn’t a case of
slavishly following Jane’s approach. Don’t get me wrong – Jane is always HUGELY supportive
and encouraging in just going with your own thing. It is a case of the fact that the course
materials, Jane and my fellow students have given me the confidence to take Jane’s wisdom
and input and start developing my own approach to art and art journalling. And for that I
can’t thank you enough!!
• This class was brilliant, both in terms of Jane’s fabulous lessons, her constant
encouragement and critiques and of course in terms of the companionship gained from such
lovely class mates. Thank you everyone for participating so whole-heartedly, for sharing
your wonderful artwork and for the useful comments and suggestions. When I started doing
Jane’s classes, I felt safe working from photos – now I have to paint from real things,
which have a life of their own and bring a special liveliness to paintings. I found the 8
objects on a page project to be particularly exciting – loved the layering effect that can
be achieved by working like this. Thank you Jane – more please!
• Loved this class — and learned how to do things I didn’t even know existed before
the class started. Wonderful experience seeing everyone’s work and hearing their advice,
especially yours, Jane. I think the best thing in this experience is that it expanded my
horizons and challenged me to more journeys into the world of creativity.
• This class was great for me, as all of your classes have been. LOTS of fun. But the
big thing I’ve learned from your classes is just to notice more things, see them more
clearly. I’ve been noticing houses within a half mile of my house, how interesting they are,
how excited I’d be to see them in a foreign place, high on a hill instead of close together
on a street — and I want to draw them all, just to keep them. This week on a very short
walk I drew six different turrets from six houses. And one house has a large metal alligator
resting on its peak — who knew? I really thank you for making me SEE more.
• Yes, I learned quite a bit. Used supplies and techniques I have never used before.
Certainly makes the journal pages pop out with these new ideas! Also, taking the course
makes you sketch each week, no excuses! Jane, thank you for sharing your love of art with
all of us! I will miss the online comments and sharing we did each week with other artists
from around the world!
• Thank you so much Jane for the opportunity to take part in such an interesting and
diverse class. A long time ago, a teacher in Year 7 told me, “You will never be any good at
art.” Her statement came true because I never gave it a chance. I believed I was no good at
drawing or painting so I didn’t try again until now. I had always had an interest in
photography and was good at it… When I found your website Jane I thought, I wish I could do
this…and there was your Sketching class advertised. Wow I thought, it’s now or never… I might be able to do this…and guess what…I can…and I did!! I have loved every minute and appreciate so much the effort you put into making the classes interesting, informative and
fun. I also appreciate the comments from my fellow students and will be signing up for your