I am a teacher in WANDERLUST 2018 | Early Registration Just Opened!


As a creative that also runs a business I work alone a lot.

This is time I desperately need to stay focused and true to myself.

I also make it a priority to say YES to at least one incredible collaboration a year so I have the beautiful inspiration, comradery, and lavishing that comes from GATHERING with other creatives. I need it as desperately as I need the time alone.

There are many offers that come past our desk and it was so easy to have my YES this year be to Kasia and Jamie of Wanderlust!  I know you have a lot of choices for online courses and I love how different and rich Wanderlust is.

I will be teaching about abstract artist Joan Mitchell! I am so excited I can barely stand it. We will be creating beautiful and bold art inspired by one of my art heroes! I think the best course content comes when the teacher is incredibly inspired.

Come and hear more and meet all of the teachers! This line-up is so fun and inspiring! I am honored to be included with them…


Are you interested in art, craft, mixed-media and art journaling? Then Wanderlust 2018 is for you!

Wanderlust is a whole year long journey – an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable) and easy access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered.

Besides the lessons you will also find various Activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art.

Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount from our Partners – leading online art and craft retailers.

Wanderlust 2018 is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Wanderlust 2018 is on sale at the Early Bird only until 31st of December 2017. There are four free videos available on our Community straight away: Introduction to Wanderlust, Colour & Composition, The Basics of Art Journaling and How to use the Community. Plus for our Early Bird Adventurers we have a “Dynamic Paper Painting” class with Kasia and a printable Eliza’s Collage Collection filled with some lovely ephemera.

To sign up or read more click HERE. If you have any questions please ask!

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Gathering Beauty | A Still Life Painting Online Course Begins on Monday

***Gathering Beauty with Wendy Brightbill begins on Monday***


We have been hoping for a course just like this for awhile.

We are so lucky to have Wendy Brightibill sharing her gifts again with us and this time she is teaching Gathering Beauty | A Study in Still Life Painting.


A peek into Gathering Beauty by Wendy Brightbill…

With Spring right around the corner, I am looking forward to the longer days and new life. I often feel a surge of creativity around this time of the year. There is something about the warm sunshine and gentle breezes that calls me to pick up my paintbrush and paint with abandon. With the promise of new life and all things green, I find myself drawn to vibrant color and painting flowers in my artwork. I have this need to gather and document all the beauty around me.

In this course, we will be looking for quiet moments of beauty to document and capture in our creative practice. We will spend time gathering all things beautiful and letting that spill out onto our canvases and paper. I will show you some of my favorite tips for creating a beautiful and unique still life composition. We will explore still life sketching on paper and in art journals. We will play with different mediums to create one of kind paintings and drawings. We will learn how to look with new eyes and really study every day moments. I will share with you all of my favorite techniques for painting floral still life pieces. We will focus on finding our own creative voice and how to express that on canvas.

You can watch the course trailer below:

The registration price is $48 for this 4+ hour online course is with lifetime* access.  The course will begin on April 24, 2017.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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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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Get Those Paints Out

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 begin. 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.

To read more or to register click HERE. You can also pay through the Paypal button below.

Come back on Monday for a peek into the first week with me studying under the works of Horace Pippin!

I will also have a post on Tuesday all about my trip to Scotland and England. What a heart and art changing time it was!

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Sketchworks Begins November 4th!

I carry pencils, pencils and a sketchbook everywhere I go.

I never know when I will want to jot down my thoughts or quickly sketch out an idea.

Over the years I have definitely grown my drawing skills but I still know there are so many fundamentals I have yet to grasp and include in my art.

When I was studying about the life of Van Gogh I found it fascinating that he practiced his sketching for years…truly years…before he even began using oil paints.

As I was reading and studying his history of practicing I loved seeing how his years of mark making in drawing actually defined his style in painting!

I am honored by the high quality of teachers that share their gifts on my creative network.

This coming Tuesday is the launch of the two week course Sketchworks {drawing with confidence}.

Artist Angie Redhead will lead you in exploring, understanding and practicing the art of sketching.

Here is a peek into the two week course…

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

– Leonardo da Vinci

The old masters were skilled draftsmen. Having a good understanding of logical art allowed them to deviate from the rules in their own way and create masterpieces.

In this two week online class, we will show you the drawing tools needed to improve and confidently take your art to the next level.

During the first week, we will take you through perspective, the parts of a landscape and how perspective relates to portraiture.

We will also cover the various methods of shading, finding the light source and illustrating highlights.

For week two, we will take an in depth look at the anatomy of the head, it’s proportions, bone structure, muscles and facial planes in order to understand where shadows and features should fall in a portrait.

Week 1

Perspective Drawing
– 1 point, 2 point, 3 point
– parts of a landscape drawing – horizon line, foreground & background
– shading, highlights, etc.
– show how relates to still life, and portraiture
– tips for checking perspective and proportions

Week 2

Drawing the Face/Human Head
– anatomy & proportions
– bone structure of skull
– muscles
– facial planes
– where shadows fall
– difference between male and female faces
– face maps

The course will begin on November 4th and the registration price is $42.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

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An Artful Summer {classes and retreats}

We are busy trying to finish up school and most of me wants to just call it good and call it quits.

I won’t.

I swear.

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

I am already drooling at the thought of creating art all summer and creating more with my kids.

If you want to create with me I want to give you a few options.

First, I have our popular Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts} launching again on June 18!

I am so glad we could offer it again this year.

There are HOURS of art instruction and lots of open discussion too about your gifts.

This course has been loved by so many different ages.

I love how many women have shared it with their children.

You can see the new video below.

Secondly, I will be offering two classes in my home this summer.

The first class will be altered journals using catalogs and the second class will be mixed media over journals.

I am still pulling those two classes together so if you live in the Denver area email me at Jeanneoli@hotmail.com to be put on the contact list.

Class size will be VERY limited.

The third and final thing I am dying to tell you about is that I will be teaching at the retreat Nurture Your Creative Seed!

Registration opens June 18!!!

It will be held in the Seattle area at the most beautiful location.

I will be teaching with the super talented Mindy Lacefield.

Serena Berry is the hostess and she is INCREDIBLE.

She has thought of so many details to make it an amazing art retreat.

Check out the website for all the details.

Here is my class description followed by Mindy’s class.

“Notes to Self” with Jeanne Oliver

When I create art, my mind wanders and more of my heart and what I am feeling are revealed. When I slow down and do something that is just for me, magic happens. I am the most honest with myself in the quiet of my studio when paint is on my hands and my apron has another layer of color on it. As I create, what always shows up in my art, are words. Words buried below the layers of paper and paints. Words spilled across the canvas. Words dripping along the edges and always the final act of any piece.

Together we will create a canvas and an over sized watercolor journal with Coptic binding. Using both the canvas and the over sized journal, we will play with mixed media techniques using my favorite mediums. We will incorporate vintage papers, paints, inks, charcoal and modeling paste to create our backgrounds. Our day will be led by writing prompts that you will add to your piece that will be covered up, added along with the many layers and part of your final touches. Your words will become your “notes to self”. We will paint figures on our pieces and if you are not comfortable drawing them, I will provide images to guide you. The day will be about playing, learning new techniques, discovering new mediums and making art along side other creative women. Paints, inks, charcoal, modeling paste, collage images and vintage elements will all become part of your notes. With paint on our hands and colors added to your apron…. I hope you come to know the beauty of your words, thoughts and creativity.

“Rainbow Serenade” with Mindy Lacefield

The raw, primitive beauty of just allowing ourselves to fall in love with the process of painting will evolve as we converse with rainbows. We will serenade their beauty and begin to know that their light is always there…we just have to shine the light just right.Loose, intuitive paint strokes will be our guide as we delve into color. We will use tools such as our hands and palette knives to create backgrounds….working back and forth between a couple surfaces. We will work quickly as we drip inks, make marks with water soluble oil pastels and create from the heart of our 7 year old selves.

The power of layering media will give our paintings dimension and tell a story only we could hold. I will show you a non-intimidating way of using color to give our faces dimension with soft layers of color. We will allow for the beautiful under-painting and background to peek through revealing beautiful snippets of our story.
There are no rules, just relaxed and free creating…. no stress!!!

We would both LOVE to see you there.

What a beautiful way to break up your winter.

That is it.

That is all I’ve got for you today.

Wait a minute.

One more thing.

If you have been still wanting to take the Building a Creatively Made Business e-course you can still sign up.

There are still TWO FULL months before the videos are taken down.

The group of women in this class are just supportive and encouraging of one another and such an incredible network.

We would love to have you in class.

No matter what you do this summer I hope it is full of using your creative gifts.

Summer is such a wonderful time to garden, invite friends over, create with the kids, bake, write outside under a tree, hike, just let your mind wander.

Summer is magical!


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