Studying Under The Masters For KIDS! {registration is open}

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.

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 {registration just opened}

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!

Registration has just opened 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 early registration price for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey is $28, will have 4+ 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

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Mixed Media Online Course Children of the Wild Begins Tomorrow!

***Tomorrow (June 20th)  Children of the Wild with Kate Thompson begins!***

Kate’s techniques and instructions will open your eyes to new ways to use the tools you already love and use.  Her courses are rich and full of content.

Our creative network has the most beautiful artists and I believe our courses are rich, affordable and some of the most art altering that are being offered today.

 

An artist that has been a part of the popular Studying Under The Masters series is now back with her own course and it is stunning! I am excited to announce that mixed media artist Kate Thompson will be leading Children of the Wild.

 

Come and hear from Kate about this course…

This course offers 8+ hours of videos filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. I created this class to share with you my love for animals and how they have enriched my life.

 

 

There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. The stories were not even developed till after I painted them.

 

 

I really take mixed media art to a new level by using some very unusual applications. I combine watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. I work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness I apply oil bars with a palette knife. It all works, it really does!

 

 

I show you how to develop really yummy substrates for the paintings. One is layers of fabric and lace with gesso all embedded together for a uniformed and interesting surface. Another substrate using vintage ledger papers, stamping stenciling using transparent and matte paints.

There will be several exercises to get familiar with the techniques before working on the finished paintings. I go over basics such as mapping a photograph to understand proportions. How to start a child’s portrait, creating animals in a light hearted manner. So much fun and learning. I really enjoyed creating this class and I have learned some things myself along the way

 

 

Come and watch the course trailer…

Promo from Kate Thompson on Vimeo.

The registration price for Children of the Wild is $46.00. All of the videos have been pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

Children of the Wild will begin on June 20, 2016.

 

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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

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting | TODAY is the last day for early registration

TODAY is the last day to get the early registration price of $32 for Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting with Wendy Brightbill!

I have admired Wendy’s work for years and I am so honored that she will be teaching on our site and especially love that she will be focusing on abstracts!

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!

 

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer

 

 

The early registration price is $32 and ends today (over 4+ hours of content), all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch them at your convenience, you will have access to a private Facebook group and you will have lifetime* access to the videos!

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

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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

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Hand Lettering Supply Giveaway!

**This giveaway is now closed**

The winner is…

This summer … I am gleefully gathering all the tools, knowledge & experiences I gave garnered these past couple years after my semi-forced 4 year hiatus from my art practice following my husband’s passing. I am so excited to finally feel my creative juices flowing once again … thanks in part to the many JO Creative Network Courses. Thank YOU Jeanne & Crew! I am most grateful.

Congratulations!  To claim your giveaway please contact us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.  All prizes must be claimed by June 24, 2016.

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Today Advanced Hand Lettering begins and we wanted to do a giveaway to celebrate!

I know that when you want to learn a new technique it can be overwhelming and hard to know if you have chosen the right tools for the job.

Jen Wagner has pulled together her favorite tools for creating hand lettering projects and we would like to give the collection to one lucky winner.

If you are interested in joining us in Advanced Hand Lettering here is a little bit of the details about the course…

In Advanced Hand Lettering, we will dive into how to create beautiful lettering using multiple mediums (brush, calligraphy nib, brush pen, digital, waterbrush, and pen/pencil), from each individual letter to forming words, sentences, and adding decorative elements. We will also spend some time discussing composition, different styles, and how to make what you’ve envisioned a reality! Following the teaching portion of the course, you’ll have an opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice with 7 fun projects (Lettered Globe, Wall Mural, Serving Tray, Yard/Event Signage, Large Poster, Gold Foil Lettered Pillow, & Digitized Poster). I’m so excited to really dive deep into the details of lettering with you!

This course has lifetime access* , all videos are pre-recorded for your convenience and the registration price is $48.

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To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us what you will be doing this to have a creative summer this year.

For additional chances to win:

* Share the new course and giveaway on Facebook

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* Pin images from this post to Pinterest

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

This giveaway will close on June 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm MST.

The winner will be announced on June 18, 2016 and prizes must be claimed by June 25th.

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

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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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Summer Beauty Favorites

The weather is finally starting to get warmer here in Colorado and the kids have been begging to go to the pool!

After the long hibernation of winter and the slow unveiling of white legs and such I thought it would be fun to share some of my day to day beauty favorites.

I would love to hear your favorites too!

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  1. I only use natural deodorants. This can be tricky because some work incredible and others…not so much. Don’t give up though because the benefits are worth it!

2. When you have a little sun on your face it can make getting ready in the morning super easy and fast.  Mascara and a little lip gloss and you are ready to go.

3. In the summer I am a sucker for anything that smells tropical!  A few times a month I like to do an overnight treatment for my hair and it helps my hair to stay soft and healthy.

4. Morning, noon and night I love to spray rose water on my face.  It is also amazing for setting your makeup.

5. If you ever get a blemish (I am sure you don’t) but IF you do you have to check this out. Even my kids steal this from me!

6. Beach Hair Don’t Care. Nothing beats beach waves and I promise you that spraying this over your hair and letting your hair air dry will give you ALMOST the same results.

7. My most favorite shower gel!

8. How can you not love the smell of lime and basil? This is summer to me!  In the fall I love the Earl Grey and Cucumber.

9. You know when you should probably wash your hair but your children tell you for the first time they they are supposed to be somewhere in 10 minutes.  You can thank me later.

Here is to tan faces, days at the pool, catching up on my reading and no schedule!

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24 Hours Left | 50% Off Online Course Sale

We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until winter 2017!

24 hours left of our Semi Annual 50% off Online Class Sale!

This is the perfect time to stock up on all of those online classes that you have been dreaming about taking.

Our creative network has some of the most incredible artists around and the content is rich!

Want to learn a new technique?

Want to show your creativity in your home?

Want to learn bee keeping?

Want to create with your kids?

We have something for everyone!

Every course that is a part of the sale has already been marked down so you don’t need a special code!

This sale will end in 24 hours so don’t miss out on all of the creative goodness waiting for you.

Thank you for being a part of our creative network and allowing us to create so many online courses!

**courses that have not yet started or have just started are NOT a part of the sale**

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