Exciting Next Few Weeks!

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(Image from Gillian Lee Smith)

I am rushing around this morning trying to get everything in place so I can leave today for Scotland. This time I am not teaching or working at all. My husband has given me the amazing early birthday gift of studying with artist Gillian Lee Smith.  For the next 10 days I will be painting in a small fishing village and hopefully getting some much needed rest and creative practice time.  My trip will end with time in London before I head back home.

Before I leave I wanted to tell you about two really big courses that will start within the next few weeks!  These courses are heart and art changers and I think you will want to check them out!

 

 

Learning Well

I know that whatever academic path we have chosen for our children it is our heart’s desire that they LEARN WELL!  I have always desired my children to have a love of curiosity and to have the freedom to follow what is pulling at their hearts and minds.

I am excited to say that in less than two weeks Learning Well: an essentials course to homeschooling will begin!

Few things are as close to my heart and my day to day life as homeschooling.

Alicia Hutchinson will be leading you in this one week online course!

This one week course is $46.

The course will begin on April 27, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos!

All of the videos are pre-recorded so you can watch the course at your convenience.

I bet you want to hear a little more…

My vision for Learning Well is a course that would encourage new and experienced homeschoolers alike. Encourage them to start strong and keep going on this homeschool journey that isn’t always easy. Homeschooling is an amazing experience, but it is also one that is sometimes scary and always pretty challenging. It’s easy to want to quit before we get started. It’s easy to want to throw in the towel when we feel burned out. I wanted to put this course together because I am truly passionate about educating your children at home. There is change I feel in world of homeschooling and I feel it becoming more and more accepted and chosen more and more by parents everywhere. This excites me! I want to use this new change of tide to walk along beside these families and share what has worked for us in these past seven years of homeschooling our kids. There have also been many failures and I want to share those too. To put it short and simple, I see Learning Well as a course to teach, share with, and encourage homeschooling families.

To learn more or register click HERE.

 

 

Studying Under The Masters III

 

Do you want to look at art with fresh eyes?

Do you want to learn some of the mediums and techniques that have created some of the most interesting art in the world?

Do you want to learn how to find your own voice in the world of art and how to make your art stand out?

Do you want to study the history behind some of your favorite artists?

Come into the rich world of Studying Under the Masters.

This is the third and final installment of this popular online series.

 

Studying Under The Masters III will focus on college, abstract, illustration, still life, folk art and portraits.

On May 5th this course will being. This six week online course will include some of your favorite artists and you have LIFETIME ACCESS to the videos.  All videos are pre-recorded so you watch them at your convenience.  The course is $82.

 

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect each week:

*The guest artists will study under the “master” of their choice. This will include a brief history of the artist.

*Start to finish video of the artist practicing a painting of the chosen master

*Videos sharing what they learned through practicing the techniques and style of another artist

*A start to finish video of the artist creating their own art using techniques they have learned but creating in their own style

*Each week will end with the artist sharing the artists that have encouraged and inspired them over the years.

*Each week will have book and video references

*Weekly live online “chats” with the artist

*All content has lifetime access

*All videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience

To learn more or register click HERE.

You can also pay through the paypal button below.

 

 

See you when I get back and I look forward to sharing my experiences in Scotland!

If you would like to follow my trip you can follow me on Instagram HERE.

Have a wonderful day,
Jeanne




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Brand New Online Course For Summer!

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I have to tell you the backstory of how our newest course can to fruition.  Can you imagine seeing an artist making gorgeous art and then secretly leaving it in the woods for others to find, enjoy and even take?  A story started to weave its way into my world of creating and letting go.  A story of creating, blessing, walking away and then creating all over again.  This creative story made me want to make art for all new reasons.  This also encouraged me to ask her to share her thoughts and process with all of you!
Welcome to the brand new online course Nature’s Canvas {painting faces on sticks, branches and driftwood}.  This course is being taught by artist Tania Bain and will begin on June 8th.   The perfect course to inspire your creating this summer and weave your own story of creating and letting go.

 

 

To read all of the details and to register follow this link.

 

Want To Upgrade Your Account?

You may have noticed that beginning in January we began new pricing and also made all of our new online course purchases lifetime access*.  We wanted to also make this available to all of our members that purchased classes before January 2015 and even members whose courses have expired.  You can upgrade any course to lifetime access for $10 per course.  If you are interested in upgrading your account and courses to lifetime please email us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with the courses you wish to upgrade. We will upgrade your courses and send you an invoice as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for helping to make this network thrive and allowing us to add new courses and artists to the creative network!  It is one of our greatest honors to share art with you!

 

Have a wonderful day!

Jeanne

Do You Want A Peek Into My Life Book Video?

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I just finished my videos for my part of Life Book 2015 and I am loving how she turned out.

My week launches in May but you can still join and have instant access to three months of art videos that have already been shared.

You can join 24 other artists and me for all of 2015 for a year a creative journaling, connection, encouragement, and creativity!

I love the heart behind Life Book because it is all about creative freedom, practicing, learning, growing as a creative person, reflection and then putting all of your pages together at the end of the year as a testament to your create path that year.  Love that!

Come on over and check out all of the details and get ready for a creative 2015!

Have you seen the teacher line up?

I hope to see you in class!

Studying Under The Masters III

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Do you want to look at art with fresh eyes?

Do you want to learn some of the mediums and techniques that have created some of the most interesting art in the world?

Do you want to learn how to find your own voice in the world of art and how to make your art stand out?

Do you want to study the history behind some of your favorite artists?

Come into the rich world of Studying Under the Masters.

This is the third and final installment of this popular online series.

Studying Under The Masters III will focus on college, abstract, illustration, still life, folk art and portraits.

 

Ivette Newport will study the work of Marie Laurencin.

Kelly Berkey will study the work of John Singer Sargent.

Alisa Burke will study the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jenny Doh will study the work of Joan Miró.

Melody Ross will study the work of Gustav Klimt

Jeanne Oliver will study the work of Horace Pippin.

 

Here is praise for the Studying Under The Masters series…

“In all my years as an artist, I have never had a course that stretched and grew me so much. Not only has my art taken off in so many exciting ways, but I was blessed with friendship and support I never expected. Thanks for all that you do. I am so looking forward to part two!”

-Renee

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“The Studying the Masters class inspired me to look deeper into my own art process. The format where I was able to find out more about the artist’s process and their techniques captured my attention. The presenting artists were quality women whose own art process gave me confidence to keep going. I look forward to the next class.”

-Linda

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“This course is one of the best I have taken in that it introduced me to several different modern day artists. In watching how they studied under some masters, I became a student of, not one, but TWO artists each week, some of whom I feel a real resonance with!! I feel as though I am finding more of my artistic voice as a result of this class, and that is pretty exciting!! Thanks so much Jeanne for helping me take another step closer to my dream! ”

-Silvia

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“The best class ever no matter your talent level…seeing the instructors paint right along in  “their” style of painting trying to get close to what a Master created was so enlightening since each had awesome talent but different ways to get the final results that they wanted! We were in their studio with there favorite supplies, magic!”

-Tari

 

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect each week:

*The guest artists will study under the “master” of their choice. This will include a brief history of the artist.

*Start to finish video of the artist practicing a painting of the chosen master

*Videos sharing what they learned through practicing the techniques and style of another artist

*A start to finish video of the artist creating their own art using techniques they have learned but creating in their own style

*Each week will end with the artist sharing the artists that have encouraged and inspired them over the years.

*Each week will have book and video references

*Weekly live online “chats” with the artist

*All content has lifetime access

*All videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience

 

 

This new course will have 5 artists that will be joining me for a 6 week online course.

To read more about about the course click HERE.

You can also register by using the paypal button at the bottom of this post.

This 6 week course begins May 5, 2015 with lifetime access*.

 

Registration price of $82.00.




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Brand New Photoshop Course!

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Have you always wanted to learn how to create repeat patterns with your own sketching, painting or digital art?  Have you been looking for ways to create your own wallpaper, fabrics or paper designs?  Have you just wanted to understand Photoshop better and see how you can use it in your art work?

I am beyond thrilled and honored to have licensed artist Bari J teaching Pattern Play | Create Your Own Professional Patterns in Photoshop with Ease.

 

Learn how to easily create patterns in Photoshop using a variety of methods from an industry professional. You’ll learn about different ways to create repeats, how to create artwork from within the program as well as from scanned artwork and you’ll learn the essential task for screen printed fabrics of reducing and indexing your colors. In five lessons, you’ll have what you need to know so that, with practice, you can be successful at designing patterns.

This one week online course just opened for registration.

The early registration price is $29.99 and you have lifetime* access to the videos.

This course will be available on June 1, 2015.

 

Come and read more and see what you will be learning in this one week online course!  I am excited to learn myself and see how I can take my own art to the next level!

How would you like to see your art re-created?  Leave a message in the comments below and we would love to start a discussion about how this course could help that become a reality.

 

To sign up for this course you need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to register for Pattern Play:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Pattern Play | Create Your Own Professional Patterns in Photoshop with Ease

Because this is a new course you may need to scroll to the bottom of the courses and click “view all” to find the Pattern Play.

3) Once you have found Pattern Play please click the +join button on the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be ready for the course to begin on June 1st.

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

 

 

 

 

 * as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com site

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High School {are you kidding me?}

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I never (and I mean I NEVER) had any intention of ever teaching my children in high school.  When we started in kindergarten I was just taking it year by year and to be honest…I am shocked that 10 years later that we are still doing school together.

At the end of last school year Jack was asking a lot more about high school and for the first time really showing interest in doing something besides homeschooling.  After nine years of doing school together I have to tell you that I have become a bit of an education snob and I have loved the rich literature, history, writing, discussions, travels and freedom that we have had with homeschooling and I didn’t see anything that was standing out as amazing in the world of high school in our area. We were also not going to spend $25,000 a year for a private high school.  About 11 months ago we were told about a brand new super creative academy that was going to be starting at one of our local public high schools.  We went to the meetings and Jack and Kelly were sold immediately.  Everything that they were saying sounded amazing but even though I was getting burned out and I didn’t think the whole high school homeschooling thing was for me…my heart was breaking a bit.  I was having a very hard time imagining our family not together in the same way.  So as Kelly and Jack were pretty much high fivin’ each other…I had tears and it would take me a few weeks to have peace about the decision.

I eventually had enormous peace about the new program and was excited for Jack and his new experiences. He was going to be a part of the school orchestra and for a boy that has played piano for nine years this was an awesome opportunity.  We were also really looking forward to seeing (and a bit scared) how he would do transitioning into traditional school after only being homeschooled (except for his once a week enrichment school).  Would he be behind? Right on track? Ahead?  We didn’t know. We knew he had always tested ahead of his age/grade in state testing but this would tell us more than the testing had.

 

 

We knew with a brand new program that there would be growing pains and adjustments that would need to be made along the way.  Kelly and I had concerns about the structure and accountability right away but had promised Jack and ourselves that no decisions would be made until Christmas break.  Towards the end of the semester we knew for sure that academically it was not enough for Jack and he was struggling with a lack of deadlines and no definite schedule.  Because Jack had been such a huge decision maker in going to high school we knew he needed to be a huge part in the decision making to come back home.  We prayed and just asked the Lord to guide Jack’s heart about his education.  We waited.

Towards the end of the semester Jack came to us and shared his heart in ways that without going to high school we wouldn’t have learned so many things about ourselves, how we did school and each other.  I have to admit that I am not sure I would have had the maturity to admit what he was about to share with us at his age. He let us know that he was having a blast hanging out with friends all day but didn’t think he was learning and thought he needed to come home to catch up. He felt like he had wasted a semester and worried if we didn’t leave now that he was worried the academy wouldn’t make enough changes over the following semester to put the academics on track.  He let us know that he was concerned that if he didn’t leave the academy that he didn’t believe that he would be ready for college (keep in mind this kid has never talked about college before now).  He went on to say that he knew I had been worn out with homeschooling and he was tired of it too. He thought this was a wake up call for both of us. This was showing us that we both hadn’t realized that how we had been doing school was working.  I knew that my attitude and actions had shown my children that I was tired and ready to pass over the responsibility of being in charge of their education.  It was the first time in a long time that I was realizing that even though all forms of education will have gaps that we were doing an excellent job even in the midst of our tired hearts.  These discussions with Jack were bringing me back to my love of education, connecting with my children through homeschooling and feeling deep down that it was such an honor to teach them…not a burden as I had been feeling that last year.  Going to high school did all of this for us.

Keep in mind that our experience with high school could have also gone completely differently and we could have all absolutely loved it!  That would have been incredible too.  I think sometimes that homeschooling families are afraid of what to do next after middle school and I just wanted to take a few moments to tell you that stepping out and trying new things will reveal what is right for your family. There is nothing to be afraid of.  You WILL know and there are things that you will learn about your children and yourself that you may never know if you don’t try.

 

 

There are so many ways that trying high school has done for our family but some of the best take aways have been that my son is no longer a little boy. I needed that separation to see the man he is becoming.  Even though his education is now back at home he is still a part of an enrichment school and he goes three times a week to the orchestra at the same high school.  We have all loved this and it still keeps him connected to new friends and the school.  Finally we saw that even in the midst of all of our imperfections that we were doing a great job. My heart really needed to know that.  I have so many high expectations on myself of how and what I want our children to learn and to know that even though I wasn’t accomplishing everything I wanted (just like all teachers)…our education was rich.  Thank you high school for gently showing us what was working for our family.

 

 

You can hear more about my story with homeschooling in the online class Learning Well: an essentials course to homeschooling.  This course is being taught by Alicia Hutchinson and has many extra guests that will be sharing their experiences and advice.  I wish I had had something like this online course so many years ago and I am honored to offer it on my creative network.

This course is for the curious, the beginner, the family that needs to be inspired all over again and the schooling parent that wants to supplement their children’s education.  This course is also for the homeschooler wondering how to educate more than one child, what comes after elementary school and the family that wants a supportive network to hold you up in the day to day.

TODAY (March 31, 2015) is the LAST day for early registration for this course!  You will be lavished by Alicia and the rich content that this course has to offer.

To read more about the course or to register follow THIS link.

 

 

 

I Never Asked For This {thank goodness I got it anyway}

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Life is funny and we are often pulled by expectations, dreams, status quo and sometimes even fear.

I never planned to homeschool our children and as I look back over our homeschool journey so far I can sometimes be surprised we chose to do this crazy thing that has usually felt comfortable and natural and freeing.

There are many things that are not for everyone and I have never thought that there is only one way to teach children.  I sure as heck don’t think that homeschooling is better than other forms of other education. But for whatever reason…it has been better for us!

Our past 10 years of officially homeschooling has been filled with uncertainty, a million questions, joy, pajama filled mornings, coffee (lots of coffee), tears, hikes, adventures, more tears, cuddles, laughter (more than I could have ever imagined), talks that I will treasure for the rest of my life, day time symphonies, ballets, plays, documentaries, reading scripture together and raised voices. There have been more days than I can count that I thought I wasn’t up to the challenge but more days when I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. There have been days if a bus had pulled up to the front of our home that I would have pushed my kids on it and never looked back.  There have been more days than I will ever be able to count that I have laughed until tears were streaming down my face with my children and other days when we were all frustrated with tears dropping to the floor.  This homeschooling thing has been one of the best adventures I have ever been a part of. It has been hard and beautiful and character building and precious all at the same time.

Last summer I thought that we were done with homeschooling and that another door was opening.  Sometimes things don’t turn out like you think.  I hope you will join me tomorrow for a little more of our story.

You can hear more about my story with homeschooling in the online class Learning Well: an essentials course to homeschooling.  This course is being taught by Alicia Hutchinson and has many extra guests that will be sharing their experiences and advice.  I wish I had had something like this online course so many years ago and I am honored to offer it on my creative network.

This course is for the curious, the beginner, the family that needs to be inspired all over again and the schooling parent that wants to supplement their children’s education.  This course is also for the homeschooler wondering how to educate more than one child, what comes after elementary school and the family that wants a supportive network to hold you up in the day to day.

Tomorrow (March 31, 2015) is the LAST day for early registration for this course!  You will be lavished by Alicia and the rich content that this course has to offer.

To read more about the course or to register follow THIS link.

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