Teaching Schedule

I teach both online and in-person classes. If you’re interested in having me teach at your location, contact me! Sign up on this page  http://janelafazio.com/ to receive notice of my workshops & classes.


ONLINE classes       Danny Gregory’s Sketchbook Skool will rerun starting July 4. I’m thrilled to be included with 5 other fabulous teachers! If you missed it the first time, don’t miss it this time, register now. +++ Click here to read about my online classes. They will be scheduled soon.

Christine wrote about my online classes: It’s been a lot of fun to share an on-line class with a responsive teacher and an affirming group of amateur artists. I very much appreciated Jane’s clear and concise comments and participants’ enthusiasm and encouragement.

 My in-person classes

8 objects 8 ways ~

8 objects 8 ways ~

Sketching and Watercolor on collage

Sketching and Watercolor on collaged backgrounds

Layered Journal Pages

Layered Journal Pages

Art Unraveled Phoenix, Arizona

August 2: Shopping Extravaganza August 3: Layered Journal Pages August 4: Eight Objects Eight Ways August 5: Sketching and Watercolor on a Collaged Backgrounds REGISTER NOW!

travel sketching and watercolor

travel sketching and watercolor

Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:00–4:30 p.m. The San Diego Museum of Art The Museum Art School (Meet at the Museum) $45 member/$55 nonmember Second Saturday Workshop: Mixed Media Travel Journals inspired by Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain Record what you see using a sketchbook and mixed materials inspired by the travel-based works found in the special exhibition Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.Click here for more info and TO REGISTER

free spirited free motion

free spirited free motion (detail)

sketching and watercolor on collage
sketching and watercolor on collage

CREATE Chicago

REGISTER NOW! Wednesday, August 13 Sketching & Watercolor on Collage Description: In class, you’ll learn some basic collage techniques to use again and again. Then, Jane will teach you to draw (yes she will!) and paint with watercolor on your personalized surfaces. You’ll create a sketchbook style page or two, to tuck in your sketchbook, or maybe frame for over your mantel. Take your sketchbook skills to the next level with these versatile and fun techniques. Thursday, August 14 Sketching & Watercolor: Farmers Market Description: Want to learn to draw and paint what you see? Want to learn the skills to create an illustrated journal page of your day, your garden, your trip? Spend the day drawing and farmers market finds in a relaxed supportive environment. Jane will show you how to take the time to really look and draw what you see. Then she’ll demonstrate the use of watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach, how to mix color to capture that right shade of color to match nature as best you can. Your drawings will be as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Friday, August 15 Free Spirited Free Motion Art Quilting Description: By doing a series of very small quilts, in different sizes, in class, you’ll learn a number of fun ways to use a sewing machine to free motion stitch. We’ll use the machine like a pencil and doodle and draw on fabric while adding some paper and cheesecloth and anything else laying around that won’t hurt the machine. At the end of class, you’ll assemble what you’ve stitched, maybe adding a bit of colorant and some hand stitching, and you’ll have created a nearly finished, totally original, art quilt. Jane will show you how to free motion machine stitch like an artist. Saturday, August 16 Machine Needle-Felting: Layered & Textured Description: Have you always wanted to try machine needle felting, but didn’t want to make the investment in a machine yet? Do you have your own machine, but it’s still in it’s original box? This is the class for you! Jane will teach you how she creates layers of roving, sheers, ribbons, even failed knitting bits to create her rich and detailed needle felted pieces. You will have full use of a Bernina machine with needle punch attachment to make your own unique piece. Near the end of the class, you will learn simple embroidery stitches and embellishments to add even more interest, texture and color to your piece. Sunday, August 17 Mini Text and Textiles: A Small Hand Stitched Story Quilt Description: This class will be meditative in many ways. We’ll be doing some journaling on fabric (I’ll give you writing prompts & the pen) then we’ll tear and cut the fabric, combine it with other small bits of fabric, paper and ephemera to create a small hand stitched story quilt. You’ll learn some hand embroidery stitches, ways to assemble diverse materials (paper, cloth, rocks etc) and create an interesting composition.


  August 24-31LavenderSage Art RetreatsWait list only for 2014.Next year’s LavenderSage Expressive Arts Mixed Media Art Retreat will be June 24-July 2, 2015 SAVE THE DATES.

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September 12, 13, 14 Rowe, Massachusetts Autumn Leaves: An Adventure in Art Journaling REGISTER NOW! RoweCenter.org

Jane can teach you to draw (really!) if you haven’t drawn since third grade–and if you’re an old hand, she’ll show you techniques for taking your art journal to a new level. She is known for her gentle teaching style and for establishing a relaxed, supportive atmosphere in which creativity can flourish. Come ramble with Jane through our beautiful woods, meander around the lake and the little village with like-minded souls, and create small, relatively quick, illustrated journal pages using just pencil, pen, and watercolors. Later, in the studio, Jane will show you creative ways to print from leaves and add collage to your sketchbook pages, along with simple text and borders. You’ll come away with the skills to keep filling your art journal and a renewed appreciation of the simple act of sitting still and really looking at an object as you draw it.

Recycled Circles in Blue & Orange

Recycled Circles


Text on Textiles

Art is You Petaluma, California September 24: 8 objects 8 ways September 25: Text & Textiles   September 26: Recycled Circles (using paper & cloth)

Machine Needle Felting

Machine Needle Felting

Free Spirited Free Motion (detail)

Free Spirited Free Motion (detail)

Thursday October 23: Free Spirited Free Motion Art Quilting Friday, October 24: Machine Needle-Felting: Layered & Textured Saturday October 25: Machine Needle-Felting: Layered & Textured (repeated) Sunday, October 26: Mini Text and Textiles: A Small Hand Stitched Story Quilt (3 hrs)



Saturday, November 15, 2014 10 am – 4 pm Descanso (Southeast of San Diego)

click here for description and registration

RiverCruise on the Danube

RiverCruise on the Danube


European River Cruise! April 14-24, 2015 The Blue Danube………. Download the brochure here. Sign up soon, for the best rooms and rates! this one is filling fast! 

 Hotel BenchChora streetView from the restaurant


APR 26 – MAY 4     8-NIGHTS ATHENS & AMORGOS     $2995

Sketching and Watercolor in Greece!

The Art Walk invites you to Greece & the Islands.  For 8-12 nights, visit Athens for its history; Mykonos for its white-washed town, beaches, shopping and nightlife; and come to Amorgos, an undiscovered gem, to enjoy this simple, authentic island.

Imagine visiting the world-famous Greek Islands, and with a small, friendly, fun group.  Then add Jane LaFazio’s popular Art Program of sketching and watercolor classes in this incredibly picture-perfect place.  Painting in the shadow of the Acropolis, sketching one of the hundreds of little churches that dot the islands, capturing the windy white-washed streets… there are so many beautiful opportunities to see and paint and experience on our Greek Island program. We begin with two nights at our lovely hotel in Athens, right in the heart of the city.  We’ll have an orientation walk around the Plaka area and Monastiraki to explore this historic and vibrant area.  With a two day pass included for Athen’s Hop On – Hop Off bus, we’ll see all the sights.  On the third day, we head to Piraeus for our ferry ride to the island of Amorgos.  Upon arrival, we’re met and transferred to our beautiful resort and spa hotel.  Your room awaits you, each with a private balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea.  Amorgos is an undiscovered gem of an island with peaceful little towns spilling down the mountains, and an 11th century monastery built right into the side of a cliff.  Join us for sketching and watercolor classes on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the sea.  We’ll have simple morning walks, and full touring of the island including the monastery, and an herbal distillery – one of the main exports of the island.  You’ll have free time to wander the quaint towns, walk down to the beach, and/or relax by the hotel’s pools, enjoy the spa and gym (all included), or treat yourself to the full range of spa services and treatments at our hotel spa. More details and registration info here.

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Expressive Arts Mixed Media Retreat for women Save the dates June 24-July 2, 2015


 montecito sequoia cone

lake side in progresslake side

Madeline Island School of the Arts
La Pointe, Wisconsin

Nature Journal
5 day workshop
August 31-September 4, 2015

This fun workshop is open to all levels!

You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal.

Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint.

By the end of the week, your journal (made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island.

Registration is open!