Early Registration Price Ends Today {Studying Under the Masters for Kids!}

***TODAY is the last day to get the early registration price of $38 for this THREE WEEK online course for kids***

Whether your kids are in school full time or you homeschool your children…THIS online course will be a beautiful source of creating and learning!

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!

Studying Under the Masters for Kids was created to teach children about art, history, techniques, and how to learn from and be inspired by great artists. In this three-week course, we will visit three artists who created art in different time periods and places on the map.

Come and read more about this course that will begin on September 19, 2016 and will be lead by Alicia Hutchinson.

Take a peek at just SOME of the gorgeous projects…

We’ll go to Japan and learn from Katsushika Hokusai and his use of woodblock prints, how he could magically capture the movement of water, and study his beautiful landscapes.

We’ll travel to Switzerland and study about Paul Klee. We’ll learn from his love of color theory, mixing mediums, and how his geometric shapes took on fluid movement.

And we’ll explore Austria and the great Gustav Klimt. We’ll study his most famous paintings, learn about his love of shapes and mosaics, and how one of his favorite mediums to work with was quite extravagant!

Each week, you’ll learn about a different artist. A video will introduce the artist, show many pieces of art by him, and we’ll learn some interesting trivia along the way too. After we’ve learned a bit about the Master, you’ll watch another video about that artist’s famed technique—printing, watercolors, mosaics, and more. When your child has gotten a grasp for the techniques we’ll move into the fun stuff—the projects! We’ll create lots of beautiful pieces of art inspired by our teachers—art to hang on the wall, to decorate with and even to wear!

Ways To Use this Course:

  • Invite the kids’ friends over and have an “Art Week.” Choose one of the artists and create art all week with your friends!
  • Use as a unit study. Check out books from the library, go online and watch videos and fully immerse yourself into the life of the great artist. When you’re creating art like him, you’ll have such a personal experience!
  • Use in your homeschool for a month or more of art classes.
  • Create a wonderful one-on-one time with your art-loving child and create art together—make it a special date!

 

Who is this Course for?

Art should be enjoyed at all ages, but because this course goes pretty in-depth about the lives of artists and their specific techniques, it’s probably geared more towards older kids. My suggestion would be ages 7-12. We will be using supplies at times that won’t be suitable for little, tiny hands. If you have younger kids, you can always get them their own box of art supplies and they can create with their own supplies near you. Having both boys and girls myself, I try to be sensitive to not making our art projects too girlie. I was conscious of this when creating this course and it is definitely suitable for boys and girls alike. There is one project where we will be creating jewelry, but this would be a great gift for Mama or your son could make a more “masculine” version of the project.

What will I get with this course?

When you sign up to take this course, you’ll be receiving lifetime access to all the video content—over 7 hours. You’ll get a Student Notebook with information about each artist, spaces to take notes, book lists, art supply lists, and more. You’ll receive video content on many great art projects, tips on storing kids’ art, and videos on help with creating art with kids—even if it’s not your strong suit!

I so hope you will join us in Studying Under the Masters for Kids! It was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see what your children come up with! See you in class

 

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The early registration price for Studying Under The Masters For KIDS is $38, will have 7+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on September 19, 2016.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey Begins Tomorrow!

***Tomorrow the class will go live***

The more I practice my art and the more comfortable I become with my chosen tools…the more I have a deep desire to take them everywhere.

I remember around the time I came up with the idea for The Living Studio retreats that I was missing creative opportunities because I was not prepared.

I had left my sketchbook and pencil at home.

I had wished I had stuffed a small watercolor set in my bag.

I was seeing other people connect with nature or a museum and I deeply longed to change my day to day planning so I never felt like I couldn’t create if I wanted to.

Fast forward a few years and I don’t leave the house without at least a small journal and pencil.

More often than not you will find a traveling “studio” stuffed in my car so when I want to practice I have no excuses.

It has changed my creative heart, my creative practice and impacted the quality of my art greatly.

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I am so thrilled to tell you about a beautiful artist that I have been drawn to because she lives the life of practicing her art.

Meet watercolor artist Michelle Wooderson.

My name is Michelle Wooderson and I reside in very rural Kansas with my husband, two daughters and yellow lab Charlie. I have been around art all my life, starting with helping my mom put together art projects for Bible School when I was very little. I grew up watching her tole paint and make crafts and from there I have loved art ever since. I took every art class up through high school and continued my college education with a degree in Interior Design. I worked jobs drawing floor plans and designing office spaces up until my girls were born. My desire to stay at home was so strong that I became a full time mom. The creative urge was always tugging at me so for almost 20 years I’ve been involved in the paper crafting industry. I also have an online shop which has slowed down some but was always bursting with creative kits I designed. Now that my girls are almost both in college, I have felt the need to find where my next creative journey will lead me. Art was calling me back. The desire to play with paints and pencils again really pulled at my heart strings. So here I am today, creating sketchbooks filled with watercolors and mixed media paintings. I have always loved teaching and was thrilled when Jeanne contacted me about hosting a class. I believe in sharing our journeys with each other. We are all at different seasons of life but belonging to a community and sharing what you love is very special to me. You just never know who might need some encouragement or where you’ll find inspiration along the way. Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” So true.

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Go grab your sketchbook, pencils and watercolors because Michelle is about to take you on a watercolor journey that WILL change your day to day creating and how you interact with the world around you!

You can still register for Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” 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. There is plenty of inspiration to be found right around us and for me it’s beautiful landscapes close to where I live. In this class we will evaluate where we are in our creative journey and set some goals for what we want to achieve in this class.

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.

Digging into your supplies and exploring what they can do is the best practice for getting to know your tools. We’ll test out our brushes and tools to see what kinds of brush strokes and mark making we can make. Then we’ll play with the watercolors to see how colors mix and washes and textures are made.

Sketching is key for setting up your landscape scenes. We’ll learn why pencil sketches that show value and composition are so important to create before we ever pick up a paintbrush. We’ll create a value scale that can be kept with your supplies and learn how to select the best scene for our paintings using a viewfinder.

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.

We’ll create watercolor landscapes that are just for fun and experimenting.

We’ll learn how to create a travel sketch kit, pack it all up and head outside. Sketching and painting from real live nature scenes is the best practice we can get.

Lastly, I want to us to learn that practice is art (#practiceisart is my favorite hashtag). We’ll talk about daily practice (or practicing often) and how it will help us grow as artists.

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The registration price is $46 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. The course will have 5 1/2+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

TODAY is the Last Day for the Early Registration Price | Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry

***TODAY (August 19, 2016) is the last day to get the early registration price of $24.00 for Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry***

Back in February I was having dinner with a few good friends in California and I couldn’t keep my eyes off one of my friend’s necklaces! It was exquisite, interesting and a work of art. It had been wrapped a few times around her neck to make it shorter and she quickly took it off so I could examine it. The whole piece was full of intricate attention to detail. We were even able to wrap it around our wrists and create the most beautiful wrap bracelet.

Well, I tracked this jewelry artist down and I am excited to tell you that Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry with Robin Dudley-Howes is an online course starting September 19, 2016!

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.

This course is for everyone! The first few videos will go over supplies, tools and the thought process of choosing what to use for your wraps. Robin will show you step by step the basic chain stitch, which is the foundation for all of the jewelry in this course and great practice for those who have never crocheted. Once you have that down you’re ready to move on to a one wrap, one bead bracelet. The next project will be how to make her popular mixed bead wraps using several sizes of beads, fiber and findings as well as her signature “bridge” stitch. From there she will show you how to add chain and different types of connectors and as a bonus you will also learn how to make one of a kind heart with wings charm and tassels. Once you get the hang of making these wraps, you’ll be addicted!

The early registration for this one week course (4+ hours of content) with lifetime* access is $24. The course will go live on September 19th.

To learn more or to register click HERE.

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage this site

I Am Teaching In 21 Secrets! {if you sign up this week you get the early registration price}

I am honored to tell you that I am one of 24 teachers that will be teaching in the online collaboration 21 Secrets Color, Color, Color this coming September!
Here is a peek into my part of the course…
Limited Palette Play
Jeanne Oliver
Explore our land with me, gather up fun inspiration and then practice using a limited color
palette. Do you ever walk into your studio and feel overwhelmed by all of your supplies? I know
that in the past I felt exactly like that. Over the years I have learned that to practice (and practice
often) that I do my best with a limited number of supplies. I have no excuses and the biggest tip
is that I have become extremely familiar with my tools. This lesson will be about practicing and
focusing more on values, sketching, quick painting and not being distracted with too many
supplies.

Early registration has just opened and today through Friday you can get $10 off of the $98 registration cost.  Click on any of the images in this post of click HERE to go straight to sign up. Don’t forget to use the code COLOR for $10 off!

The Early Bird Sale starts at 3am PST on Wednesday, August 17th and closes at
12am PST on Saturday, August 20th

There is an incredible line up of teachers and you can read it all HERE.

What is 21 SECRETS?
In short, 21 SECRETS is a 150+ page downloadable eBook filled with 25+ hours of
videos, full colored photos, templates, and clear instruction intended to
inspire and deepen the way you approach art journaling.
What makes 21 SECRETS even more special is that you receive all the content at once
— YOU get to pick and choose which workshops to do and when! No waiting around for
your favorites and no need to feel rushed or falling behind — these workshops are
YOURS TO KEEP!
In the Color, Color, Color! edition the teachers were asked to focus their attention
on how color influences their creativity and is an important element in their art
making.

FAQ

*When will you receive their 21 SECRETS eBook?
When tyou purchase 21 SECRETS you will automatically receive a confirmation
email for your order.
*When does the online course go live?
An email with information on how to download the 21 SECRETS eBook will be delivered
to you by 9am PST on Monday, September 26th.
*What do you receive when purchasing 21 SECRETS?
A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 21 art journaling workshops packed with
25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is
yours to keep.
Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and
when. There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be
inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling tools and techniques from the comfort of
your home/studio.
Belong to a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010!
At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in
becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
To read more or to register click HERE!
*This blog post has affiliate links. When you click on those links and purchase a course I get a percentage of the sales. Thank you so much for supporting my art and family!
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Wendy Brightbill is Coming to the Jeanne Oliver Studios!

My dear friend and respected artist Wendy Brightbill will be coming to teach at our new studio! This will be the last live workshop of the year at our studios and it will be a workshop that you will not want to miss.
This workshop is currently scheduled as a one day event but we will add a day if there is enough interest. Come and read all about. This workshop will sell out so please do not wait too long if you want to register.  Our workshops are about getting away, enjoying the view, being pampered, connecting with other creatives and going home with fresh inspiration that you can apply in your own work.
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Playing Big Abstract Painting Class
Is there something keeping you from playing big in your painting? Are you wanting to push through creative blocks and create the kind of art you see in your dreams? Then join us for Playing Big Abstract Painting Class.
This last year I noticed that there was a real disconnect in the art that I was making and the art I really wanted to make. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t painting what I really wanted to paint. So I gave myself permission to really play big! This class is all about taking big risks and putting it all out there. No holding back!!! Working on a large piece of watercolor paper, we will explore color, mark making, style and composition. Get lost in the process and create with abandon.
  • Gather inspiration for color palettes that fit your art personality.
  • Create your own style and color boards to draw on for inspiration.
  • Explore your very own abstract painting style by looking at some of your favorite abstract painters.
  • Create dimension in your piece by layering shapes and colors with watercolors and acrylic paints.
  • Discuss composition and how to balance your abstract pieces.
  • Work through creative blocks keeping you back from your most authentic work.
  • Make marks and lines to finish off your pieces.
  • Embrace the process of creating and find what brings you joy in painting to take home to your daily creative practice.

Materials:
  • 4-5 sheets of large watercolor paper (Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor paper 18 x 24)
  • Large shipping tube to carry your paper (must be 20 inches at least)
  • artist grade watercolor set
  • watercolor mixing palette
  • different sizes of watercolor brushes and acrylic paintbrushes
  • oil pastels
  • pens and markers
  • acrylic paint in your favorite colors (especially white)
  • Inks in your favorite colors (Ranger color washes, acrylic ink or India inks)
Optional:
  • photographs or pictures of paintings that inspire you
  • needle and embroidery floss/thread if you would like to add stitching to your pieces
  • favorite mark making tools
  • white acrylic ink
Provided for you:
  • small moleskin journals to keep track of your style inspiration
  • smaller pieces of watercolor paper for practice
  • white uniball signo

A peek into our beautiful studio!

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com or if you want to register please click on the image below!

 

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Brand New Danielle Donaldson INSTANTLY Available Online Course!

Good Morning!

Today I have guest artist Danielle Donaldson teaching in our studio!  She will be teaching her Be Still live workshop all about illustrating, painting and stitching a compass heart.  We have the best surprise for you!  Danielle recorded the whole process before coming to our studio and if you are not in the studio today with us you can sign up right now for an instantly available version of her workshop!  I think it is the next best thing to being here live! Drink some mimosas while you create and you will feel like you are here:-)

This instantly available online course has 2+ hours of content, lifetime access, tons of fun printables and you can start right now!

To read more or register click HERE.

We will be sharing peeks of her live course all day so follow online on my Instagram page!

See you in class!

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Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils {early registration has just opened}

I just got back from speaking about Product Launching at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an incredible time and I will be sharing more soon!  I am also going to record my talk so if you are wanting to grow your business you can watch if you were not able to make it to the conference.

I am smiling from ear to ear to share that one of our most popular teachers is back with a brand new online course! Early registration has just opened for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils with Julie Johnson!

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.

I am a artist who loves realism.  It’s where I first started as an artist in art college studying illustration.  It is important to gain the fundamentals that will make your art strong and loved by others. With those fundamentals we can play!

Playtime with painting is getting loose with our edges, finding texture, light and darks.  A beautiful thing will happen, you will find emotion without even trying.  
Here are some of the exciting things we will find as we come to the easel.
* The energy from a stroke of paint from our brushstroke.
* Color, tone and mixing colors.
* How to lay down our paint.
* Transparency and opaqueness
* How to find a painterly style
* Loose edges.
* Why I need strong shapes to help my composition.
* How do I sketch with paint?
* Can I create a acute likeness?
* What is a indirect and direct method of painting.
* We will study Portraiture
* How to work from a photograph.

* We will breakdown the face into shapes and planes.

This 7+ hours of content class will be begin on October 24, 2016 and you will have lifetime* access to the class. 

The early registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $32.00.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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Supply list

Here is my list.  We will be using mostly paint. Please read though and know you can substitute and use what you have on hand.  I don’t want you to have to purchase a lot of supplies.  We will be mixing our own blacks.
You have the opportunity to use all acrylic for each lesson or all oils.  All lessons are interchangeable with what medium you choose.
I will be doing my best to use the same color palettes for both the acrylic and oil paints.  It is important to get accustomed to mixing a color palette we will use.  During playtime we may venture into new mixtures.
Acrylic paint supplies
Here is my list of colors.  You may substitute brands.  Please stay away from:   the craft paints as they chalky, full of fillers and don’t have much pigment in them, also avoid anything with the word HUE behind them they are a imitation paint and will not mix good color results..leaving you with mud.   I will go back and forth using both heavy body and fluid colors, but you can use either heavy or fluid or both.
Here are my heavy body paint colors from Golden Brand:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ( or the fluid )
Golden Fluid
Napthol Red Light
Anthraquinone Blue (I combine this with other colors to get the kings blue i use in oils)
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Liquitex
Indanthrene Blue
I am a lover of the flat brush. 1.5”,  1” size or 1/2”.  I always find them in my hand.  I can change the edges and get the wide edge then the thinner edge.  But you can use what you like.  I will be encouraging you to always use a larger brush.  The results; a more painterly painting.
I realize paints can be expensive but I believe it is best to practice with the best materials we can so we don’t get frustrated and give up.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Think in terms of a piano that is in tune or out of tune.
Oil Paint Supply list
Here are the colors and brands I use. You do not need to use my brands.  There are a lot of yellows and reds out there and the all mix a little differently but it totally ok to use different brands. There are a couple of colors that I find you need in mixing colors.  I will asterisk them **.  Please stay away from false colors that have the word “Hue” behind them.  They are full of fillers and not much pigment. You will not mix a true color and end up with muddy colors.  Also know that The student grade “WINTON”  on Windsor and Newton brand is mostly filler and little pure pigment…..yes the muddy colors again.  Please use the 40%coupon at Hobby  Lobby.  They carry the Windsor Newton brand.
Paint colors for oils
Windsor Newton Brand
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
**Cadmium Scarlet
**Alizarin Crimson Permanent
**Permanent Mauve
Rembrandt Brand:
Ultramarine Deep ( i use instead of ultramarine blue but you can use the ultramarine blue)
**Transparent Oxide Red
Viridian Green
Transparent Oxide Yellow
Sennelier
** King’s Blue
Palette knifes
some kind of container for turp.  I recommend;
Gamsol a 100% pure odorless mineral spirits.  The least toxic.  The only thing I use to clean my brushes.
Viva towels  the most absorbent and the paint doesn’t get all over my hands.
I prefer a glass palette.  But you can use whatever you like.  I got mine from a consignment store I use in a picture frame.
Brushes:
Again I love flats.   I use Rosemary and Co Brushes.  The Michelle Dunaway set.  http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
If you get this set you will have everything you will need.  Brushes are like the reed to a clarinet. They take a lot of the work of painting.  I will put together my favorite list for you.
Substrates
Here you have a diverse group of choices.  You can choose so many different surfaces from a smooth portrait grade linen by Ray Mar, to a gessoed primed birch cradle panel.  I have been staying away from the canvas panels you will find at your hobby Lobby or Michaels store.  Why, because they pull at my paint making painting hard.   I could still use them if I coated them with gesso and sanded them 3x’s.  I have fallen in love with the cradle boards and linen.  I don’t use linen often,  but when I do it always gives me goose bumps because its simply divine.  Pick out any size you would like to work on.  I will go into more on substrates in the class.
If you have questions please ask.

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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