Big Things Happening! {come and hear our exciting news}

We have some BIG things to share with you and we are giddy with excitement!

Before we begin we wanted to take a moment to thank YOU!

YOU have shown up to workshops, signed up for online courses, purchased our bags, prayed over our business, cheered us on, shared your art, traveled around the world with us and told your stories and shared your heart through photos, art and words.

WE would not be here celebrating today without YOU!

With tears in our eyes and a grateful heart…Thank you!

So, this celebrating is celebrating you too and all the ways our hearts have connected over the years.

We are beyond excited to announce three business changing milestones with you!

Our first exciting news is…

We are so beyond excited to announce that we have signed a book deal with North Light Books!

I can’t give too much of the book details yet but THIS is the book I was meant to write and I couldn’t be more proud of the content and heart behind it.

You will be seeing plenty of peeks over the next months and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Our second announcement is…

We have a gorgeous new creative network coming in January 2017!

We have been working for months on the new site that will be not only beautiful but easy to use, you can shop our products and courses with ease and can share with your friends easier than ever before.  We will transfer all of your courses over so all of your favorite courses will be waiting for you. We will give you peeks as we get closer!  This is a labor of love to thank you for your support and connecting with the courses that we offer.  We feel like we offer the best of the best teachers and content and we want a network that reflects that.

Our third announcement is…

We have reached over 30,000 members on our creative network and we want to celebrate this milestone!!!

Thank you for taking our courses, connecting with the teachers on the site and telling your friends!

How do we say thank you?

We have never done this before!

We only put our courses on sale twice a year but we had to do something big to celebrate so…

All of our currently running online courses are 50% off for the next 48 hours!

This excludes all brand new courses and courses that have not launched yet.

You don’t need a code or coupon. All courses that are on sale have been marked down.

A TON of courses are on sale that have never been on sale before! Yippee!

How can I share all of this and not have a giveaway?

I would love to create a painting just for you!

I will be create one painting for one winner ($600 value).

To enter…

* Please leave a comment on this post sharing what YOU are celebrating today(big or small) !

* Share the news, sale and giveaway on Facebook by sharing this post

* Share the news on IG and tag @jeanneoliver #jeanneolivercreativenetwork

* Follow us on Instagram

* Blog about the news, sale and giveaway

* Pin images from this post to Pinterest

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know. Each time you do one of the above you have an additional entry.

This giveaway will close on October 4th, 2016 at 9am MST.

The winner will be announced on October 4th, 2016.

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!

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Creativity Takes Courage | Interview with Shannan Martin About Her New Book FALLING FREE

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners.

You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage.

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This month we are talking with Shannan Martin!

Shannan is back a second time in our CTC series but this time we talk all about her new book coming out on September 20, 2016…

Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted.

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I have known Shannan since my beginning days of blogging and her journey (like our own) is a testament to what the Lord can do with your gifts.

It is a reminder that what we think we want and what we need are often two separate things. Thank goodness for the ways the Lord rescues all of us!

I have never left my time with Shannan without crying laughing and in the same breath feeling the powerful weight of her words upon my heart.

Go grab a cup of tea or turn this on while you go about your day because you won’t want to miss this incredible journey that the Martins are on.

I am making this interview instantly available on the blog but you will also be able to find it our our creative network under the Creativity Takes Courage series.

Falling Free book: http://fallingfreebook.com/
Blog: http://www.shannanmartinwrites.com/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/shannanwrites/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannanmartinwrites/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shannanwrites
Elkhart County Jail website: http://ecjailministry.com/
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To watch the video on our creative network you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, 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 watch Shannan’s video on our creative network:

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

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

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.

Come on over and check out the interview!

 

Gorgeous Online Art Courses Coming in September!

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend! We have been creating, watching movies, stealing wild sunflowers from the side of the road and reading.  It has been exactly what we were needing.

I wanted to let you know about FOUR courses that are beginning this month.  I don’t ever think we have had such a rich line up in one month.  This is the perfect time of year to dive back into your creativity!

Hand-Forged: A Metal and Torch Soldering Jewelry course begins on September 12th.  This course is being taught by Stephanie Lee who is a pioneer in the  art of jewelry soldering.  It is an honor to have such a gifted teacher a part of our creative network and to have her bringing new techniques and projects to all of the artists in her course. The jewelry pieces she is teaching are gorgeous and perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry course begins on September 19th.  This course is being taught by well loved teacher Robin Dudley-Howes.  On trend and 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. These are addictive and so fun to make!

Studying Under the Masters for Kids begins on September 19th. This course is being taught by Nationally recognized homeschool teacher, speaker and curriculum creator Alicia Hutchinson.  This is the course that my kids and I are so excited to dive into this year!  This course is all about history, techniques, creativity and expressive play.  Whether you homeschool your children or not…this course will be incredible for the kids or grandkids in your life!  You can watch the course trailer HERE.

Paint Your Town: Mixed Media Urban Landscapes begins on September 26th.  This course is being taught by Jeanne Oliver.  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.  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. You can watch the course trailer HERE.

See you in class and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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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 the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

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The Living Studio {With Dina Wakley}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series!

The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go.

Dina Wakley is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her!

Dina will be sharing how to make your own handmade art journal!  Come on over!

Here are some of the places you can learn from Dina…

 

I am a mixed-media artist and teacher. I love everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it.  I teach both in-person and online workshops. I have been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. I have kept a personal journal since I was nine years old. I believe in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world.

As a Ranger Signature Designer, I design a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.

My two books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. You can also buy DVDs and digital downloads here: Click Here to Go to the North Light Shop.

How Do I Find Out About Your Teaching Schedule and New Online Classes?

I post regularly on social media. Find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I also keep my teaching schedule current here. Also check my blog regularly for announcements and updates.

 

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Join me for a FREE art video series! In The Living Studio Video Series you will have the opportunity to watch technique and medium videos from some of your favorite artists. The hope is that you will learn what practices different artists use to make their art a daily practice and how they create their studio wherever they go.

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

To register to watch this free series…

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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

New Bags Are In The Shop!

Happy Saturday!

We have been getting so many emails asking us to please make some of the bags available that are currently only being offered in our studio.

How could we say no?!

We have stocked the shop with tons of new bags. They are selling so quickly so don’t wait long!

Thank you for loving our bags!  It truly means so much to us!

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Paint Your Town: Mixed Media Urban Landscapes

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it.

When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio.

I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our art on a daily basis and seeing the beauty right in front of us!

I want you to become a tourist in your own town and start connecting daily with the ordinary and familiar in a whole new way…

 

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!

 

The registration price for Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes is $38, will have 4+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on September 27, 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

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