Strathmore Artist online workshops series

ScreenshotI have been doing Gay Kraeger’s Watercolor Sketching & Journaling online workshop. This is offered free as part of the Strathmore Artist online workshops series. It has been a great series of lessons that are very practical

The Strathmore Artist workshops consist of four video lessons and pdf files that contain notes. They are self-paced which is the way I have been treating them. You can You participate when you want. If you have a busy life I think a guilt free method of developing skills is needed. However, if you do the workshops during the workshop period, the teachers are do respond to questions – not all as classes are large but then it is also a free resource so I think expecting too much from a teacher is unreasonable. That said, students can share their work and chat in the workshop gallery.

Why am I telling you about this now as it is about to finish? I have just noticed this little announcement on the website …
“Instructors participate in classroom discussions the first 4 weeks after the workshop opens. Although Gay will no longer be posting and interacting in this workshop, you can continue to join and participate in this workshop through December 31, 2014.”

So you have until the end of the year to take part in a very good series of lessons.
In order to participate in online workshops you need to create a student account and then log in to view the videos.

I notice the December 31st close off point applies to all three workshops. The  the Strathmore Artist online workshops series are all free so you have nothing to lose. In fact I think there is always something to learn and discover and I certainly picked up some good tips!

Oh and I am not affiliated in anyway or receive a commission for this post.

Everyday Matters Drawing Challenge 256

Everyday matters drawing 256Boy I am being tardy with my blog posts here but here I am big stupid grin on my face with another drawing from the Every Day Drawing challenge list. Number 256 says draw something bubbly. Well… this did bubble at one stage

This is the mate to the coffee pot (EDM 249) –  a very battered kettle. It was used on wood stove for years and years. My father would say to me lets have a cuppa and it would go on the stove and he would poke and prod the fire into life while I stood and warmed my back. If it was summer we had an old Meters Kooka stove ( Aussies will know what I mean) outside. We cooked out there all summer in the cool of evening sitting out on the back verandah, as it was too hot to cook inside. Now of course he has electricity now but when I was young many areas of rural Australia had to generate their own power or go without.  Anyway those are the memories associated with this battered old thing. It made many cups of tea.

EDM 256 on my deskHere it is perched being a good model as you see it has very bent handle. I drew it using Faber Castell Pitt pens and watercolour paint and Derwent watercolour pencils. I sprinkled salt into wet watercolour to get the texture.

If you are interested here is the EDM challenge list  and if you scroll you can see my past efforts. The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has  a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page.

New flickr group to share studio art journal page spreads

studio art journal group  screen shotI have a little news as I  have set up a new Studio art journals flickr group for people interested in studio art journals. So spread the word!

The group is for anyone who uses studio/visual/art journal sketchbook format. All the back slashes in the last sentence is because there are lots of types of visual journals and I would like to be inclusive rather than trying blocking out people because they don’t fit into some predefined idea of what a visual journal is. I figure if you work in a notebook and what is done is visual it’s ok to post to the group.

The idea is to create a supportive environment  to share page spreads. We can use the discussion area on flikr to chat about the process of journalling, art supplies, creativity etc.