Friday, March 30, 2012

Opportunities with the Sketchbook Challenge Team

Check out these opportunities to learn from your favorite Sketchbook Challenge artists. 
We keep our commercial presence to one monthly post so that we can share other opportunities to take workshops, purchase art or enjoy other offerings from all of us. Check out our workshops and  books. Thank you for being a part of the Sketchbook Challenge! It's an honor to share this journey with you.


21 Secrets opens on April 1, 2012

FAQ: 21 Secrets

--is an online class, hosted at Ning 

--is a herd of 21 artists, corralled by Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio.
--is a nine-month long art journaling class. Each artist will post a lesson (multi-media: PDF's, live chat and video) and you'll follow along on Ning 
--runs from April 2012 - December 2012.
--is $59. Really. 
Here is the post describing my Taming the Critic class.

Registration runs from now until October.  Set your roosters to crow and tell your friends!

Use the icon on my sidebar to sign up (it will take you to Connie's blog).


April 14, 2012
Kitchen Foil Coptic book at Ink About It
 in Westford MA 
In this workshop you’ll transform ordinary kitchen foil into a gorgeous coptic stitch book that lays flat when opened.  You’ll spend the first part of the day creating the covers for your book and then after a short break for lunch you’ll assemble your book using a single needle coptic stitch technique. More info on the Ink About It site.


May 31-June 3rd, 2012 CREATE Retreat Irvine, CA
I'll be teaching four workshops at CREATE this year. The different classes will cover carving and printing with lino blocks, Thermofax screens with mixed media, Liquid Sketching, and a journaling class that incorporates many mediums and technigues.
You can find all of my classes here.
June 2012 Still Pursuing Portraits-Artful Gathering Online Art RetreatPursuing Portraits, was the first of this series of workshops by Pam, and now you can join her for the continuation of this class where Pam moves from cute and stylized faces to more realistic portraits. This workshop will cover creating front, side and ¾ view portrait sketching using various techniques for shading.  This class is brand new, and will benefit both those who took Pam's first workshop and those who did not. More info here.
October 27th-November 3rd 2012 Art at the Speed of Life in Cortona Italy with Americana Tuscana!
Creating Art at the Speed of Life is about more than just creating art; it’s about finding the creative spirit that dwells within and feeding it on a daily basis. By incorporating daily sketching into our itinerary and expanding on it while we take field trips, feast on Italian foods and wine, and even learn something about Italian cooking, we will explore many mixed media techniques and mediums that both make art journaling exciting and doable! I’ve chosen one of my favorite journals to be our constant companion on this epic journey and it will provide us both a place to sketch and play with mixed media as we explore Tuscana, Italy. More info here.

April 9, 2012. 
Recycled Circles in Cloth, San Diego, CA

Create a fabulous, unique art quilt from your cloth scraps. Jane's Recycled Circles is a layered project that requires you to be spontaneous and creative, in this guided, yet totally one of a kind artwork. Each student's work will look very, very different, even though we're all doing the same step-by-step process. The class is especially great for beginners, as you just can't go wrong! Also, it's a great introduction to art quilting for more traditional quilters. And, the technique is translatable to larger work, collaborative projects or mixed media with paper. More info here.

May 31, June 1, June 2, June 3, 2012
Sketching & Watercolor; Recycled Circles; Free Spirited Free Motion; Sketch & Stitch/ CREATE mixed media retreat in Irvine California.  More info here.

2012 STITCHED Online Video Workshops. Over 20 projects with full video tutorials. Work all year, take as many as you'd like for one fee. More info here.

October 2012 ART CAMP FOR WOMEN in beautiful Colorado. Join me, Carla Sonheim and other artists at an all inclusive art vacation retreat. We'll study self portraits and take in fresh mountain air with other creative spirits. Gourmet food and wine every day. More info here.

Six Wednesdays starting April 4, Text and Image: Telling Stories in Collage, online workshop. More info hereDid you ever want to express yourself in words and images to make beautifully expressive collage? In this workshop we will explore the power of image-word relationships by pushing beyond traditional “illustrated text” or “photo with caption” formats into a world of complex layers of meaning, exciting surprises, and personal expression.

Six Wednesdays starting April 4, The Sketchbook Practice Workshop, online workshop. More info hereNo matter what your level of experience is, give your inner artist a little breathing room beginning with The Sketchbook Practice Workshop.  You will get a creative workout, but in a relaxed, supportive setting, where experimentation and play are encouraged.  Learn more here (link above)

For my live workshops in the month of April, see my Workshop Schedule
Friday, April 20, Monoprint CollageStudio Place Arts, Barre, VT 9:30 – 4:00
Friday, April 27Scribble CollageAVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH 10:00 – 4:30
Saturday, April 28, Fabric-PaperInk About It, Westford, MA, 10:00 – 4:00

Collage Journeys in Vermont is August 14 - 18It is time to think about those summer art retreats.  This year my .  We'll be focusing on the foundations of abstract composition, painting loads of our own papers, and doing at least one collage marathon.  Rupert, Vermont is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and focus on your creativity.


April 18, 2012 Cary, NC Thermofax Screen Printing
An afternoon playing with Lyric's favorite tool! Learn to create images, edit them and make a thermofax screen then use them to print on cloth or paper. More info here.

May 4, 2012 (six weeks on-line) Freeform Screen Printing 
Hop on over to and sign up for an affordable and informative class, playing with improvisational and thermofax screen printing from the comfort of your own home.  More info here.

May 3-5, 2012 Seattle, WA Block Party Quilters 

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