Animal Antics With Tracy Verdugo Begins On Monday!

Tracy Verdugo’s Animal Antics will begin on Monday! Tracy has inspired thousands to step out of their comfort zone and to walk them through the creative process with ease. She has even inspired one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Gilbert! I love that!

Tracy cut back on her travel schedule as she focused on her body as she was healing through cancer. We love that Tracy is taking this much needed time to heal and that she is allowing more of us to connect with her art and teaching online. This is such a treat to have Tracy here on our site and I know you will adore her, her art and her teaching style.

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“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” ~George Eliot

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I think we can all agree that animals bring a deep richness to the human experience. Whether it’s the healing gift of a warm, purring kitty, the unconditional, exuberant love, waggily tail and smiling eyes of a puppy or the deep wild, wisdom of a majestic horse, animals speak to me in a myriad of ways, and I ALWAYS have something to learn in my encounters with them.

Please join Tracy for this one week class where we will find inspiration from our animal friends, explore techniques and creative processes to expand our imaginative approach to art, and play with acrylic inks, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage and more to create multiple works on both paper and board.

Together we will explore ways to find inspiration for our animal themed art, methods to create a narrative within our work and ways to connect with our audience by using our own experience and stories.

We will look at the value of quirky imperfect little animal characters and the messages they can convey and I will share with you the value of working in series and how I have developed that in my own practice.

We will do all of this together in lashes of vibrant color and loose gesture, and as always in my classes and art, seeking the magic that comes when you allow yourself to be free of self judgment and comparison, open to happy accidents, and smack, bang in the middle of flow and possibility!

 

Come and watch the course trailer!

 

 

The registration price is $48.

The online course will begin on March 20th and you will have lifetime* access.

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

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”.

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

 

Dina Wakley Ordered Chaos | Early Registration Just Opened

I have a huge treat that I am announcing today!

Dina Wakley will be teaching on our creative network and her course Ordered Chaos JUST opened for early registration!

If you had a chance to take the FREE Living Studio online video with Dina you get just a taste of how fun, easy to follow and colorful her art is.  You can’t leave time with Dina and not want to have your hands covered in creativity! If you did not have a chance to create the journals with Dina I hope you make time this week. The series is free and her art video is so fun!

 

 

Ordered Chaos with Dina Wakley:

I love the power of a single line. One line can tell a story, express emotion. I also love the collected power of many lines, many colors, many marks. I know, though, that our lines and colors and marks often get away from us. We over-do it, or we don’t know when to stop.

Over the years, I’ve realized that while my work is free, organic, and chaotic, there are actually specific things I do to control and tame the chaos. These control tactics help me make a loose, organic statement but in a way that is accessible. I often call my work “ordered chaos.” It looks free, and it is. It looks chaotic, and it is. But it also plays by some rules. In this class we will play and explore the ways to create chaos, and then play with the rules that I use to corral it into submission.

 

 

 

 

 

We will work both large and small, starting in journals and small sheets of paper. Then we’ll turn to large pieces of paper (or canvas, if you
wish) and created ordered chaos on a grand scale. We’ll do both figurative and abstract works. If I can do it, you can do it.

Ready to make a mess with me?

You can watch the course trailer below:

 

Ordered Chaos will begin on May 8th, have 4 hours of content and lifetime* access. The early registration price is $32.

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

See you in class!

 

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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 this site

 

Last 24 Hours For Early Registration for Tracy Verdugo’s Animal Antics

I wanted to remind you that you have 24 hours left to get the early registration price for Tracy Verdugo’s Animal Antics on our creative network!  Tracy has inspired thousands to step out of their comfort zone and to walk them through the creative process with ease.  She has even inspired one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Gilbert!  I love that!

Tracy cut back on her travel schedule as she focused on her body as she was healing through cancer.  We love that Tracy is taking this much needed time to heal and that she is allowing more of us to connect with her art and teaching online.  This is such a treat to have Tracy here on our site and I know you will adore her, her art and her teaching style.

animalanticsning

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” ~George Eliot

animalanticscollage

 

I think we can all agree that animals bring a deep richness to the human experience. Whether it’s the healing gift of a warm, purring kitty, the unconditional, exuberant love, waggily tail and smiling eyes of a puppy or the deep wild, wisdom of a majestic horse, animals speak to me in a myriad of ways, and I ALWAYS have something to learn in my encounters with them.

Please join Tracy for this one week class where we will find inspiration from our animal friends, explore techniques and creative processes to expand our imaginative approach to art, and play with acrylic inks, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage and more to create multiple works on both paper and board.

Together we will explore ways to find inspiration for our animal themed art, methods to create a narrative within our work and ways to connect with our audience by using our own experience and stories.

We will look at the value of quirky imperfect little animal characters and the messages they can convey and I will share with you the value of working in series and how I have developed that in my own practice.

We will do all of this together in lashes of vibrant color and loose gesture, and as always in my classes and art, seeking the magic that comes when you allow yourself to be free of self judgment and comparison, open to happy accidents, and smack, bang in the middle of flow and possibility!

 

Come and watch the course trailer!

 

 

The early registration price is $32 and it will end at 5pm MST on February 21, 2017. To register or to read more click HERE.

The online course will begin on March 20th and you will have lifetime* access.

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

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

***

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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Radiant Watercolor Portraits | Early Registration Just Opened

Good Evening!

We are thrilled to announce the second online course of 2017!

 

 

Early registration has just opened for the GORGEOUS course Radiant Watercolor Portraits with Christie Drahnak!  Simple tools and extraordinary techniques to create stunning portraits.

“Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life… a mirror of one’s own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful.” – anonymous

Come and watch the course trailer…

In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces.  Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium.  I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water.

We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies.   I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer.  We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist.  We will complete a minimum of 3 gorgeous watercolor portraits together.  I will share my favorite techniques and supplies.

Radiant Watercolor Portraits will begin on February 6, 2017 and will have 4+ hours of lifetime* access content. The early registration price is $28.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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

See you in class!

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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 this site

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Our Last Live Workshop of 2016 and a Gorgeous New Online Class with Julie Johnson {all coming this next week}

Hello! We are back from our gorgeous trip The Living Studio Along the Danube.

I will have a post very soon with some of the photos and my thoughts of our time together (Hint…it was incredible).

I wanted to let you know about two beautiful things happening this next week in the studio and also online.

We are honored to host Wendy Brightbill for a two day workshop in our studio on our land.

There are only a few spots left and we would be so honored to have you join us.

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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 a two day event!. 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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This coming Monday you can join loved artist Julie Johnson online for her newest course Painterly Portraits!

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

Painterly Portraits Course Trailer


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 registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $48.00.

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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Last 24 Hours to Get the Early Registration Price for Modern Bohemian Jewelry and Feel Home!

I know that one of your favorite courses that we offer on our creative network is anything with home!

Being creative and creating a comfortable and beautiful space is at the heart of many of us (and even more desire to know how).

But where do we begin?

How do we make decisions that truly reflect our heart, style, lifestyle and budget? How do design spaces today that we will be happy with tomorrow?

I am honored to share that designer Melinda McCoy of House 214 Design will take us step by step and share how she helps her clients make design choices in Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home.

We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling. You will learn by doing. As a result, making design decisions for your timeless home will be easier. You will be making your decisions with intention and confidence rather than because you saw it in the latest issue of a favorite magazine. This course will teach you not just the what, but the how and why behind creating a timeless feeling home.

 

Feel Home is an online course with 4+ hours of content, lifetime access and it will begin November 1, 2016. The early registration price is $38.00 but that will end in 24 hours!

To read more or to register click HERE.

Watch the course trailer below…

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We are having the most fun with all of the beautiful jewelry courses that are on the site right now!

You have 24 hours to still get early registration for Modern Bohemian: Creating Wearable Works of Art with Jen Rizzo!

I was recently speaking at a conference where my good friend Jen Rizzo was also attending.

While we were there she wore the most beautiful jewelry pieces each day and I finally asked her where she got them. She told me she had made them!

She said that she had loved all of the new trends in jewelry but she couldn’t fathom paying that much for them and made all of her pieces for a fraction of what they were selling for in higher end stores.

I asked her right then if she would teach all of us how to make these gorgeous pieces! Lucky for us she said YES:-)

Explore jewelry making using natural materials. Work with wire wrapping, using odd shaped objects such as stone in your designs and create intricate closures. Using these objects and tools you will create beautiful, organic and geometric shaped works of art. We will create earrings, necklaces and bracelets and each piece will be perfect for gift going or keeping for yourself. This jewelry class is for every skill level. No previous jewelry making skills are needed.

This course is a 4+ hour of content course with lifetime* access. The early registration price is $24 and the course will begin on November 1, 2016.

To read more or to register click HERE.

 

This class is for every skill level, even if you’ve never wire wrapped a thing! No previous jewelry making skills are needed.

 

This course is a 4+ hour of content course with lifetime* access. The early registration price is $24 and the course will begin on November 1, 2016.

To read more or to register click HERE.

 

Watch the course trailer below…

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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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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes BEGINS TOMORROW

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!

 

Come and take a peek at the content…

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The registration price for Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes is $38, will have over 20 videos and 7 1/2+ 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

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