Here is an article on 10 drawing myths that block your progress that I found interesting. Drawing can seem like an intimating thing for so many people. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say to me: "I can't even draw a stick figure!" There are many people who think that drawing is impossible if they weren't born with the ability or it doesn't come to them naturally. On top of that, we often see the polished work of artists rather than the process they went through to learn all of the skills and techniques on display in their finished art. As an art educator, I firmly believe drawing (and any other medium) can be learned, at any age. It just takes a commitment to practice. Plus, we wouldn't have classes on drawing if it couldn't be learned! On Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9am I will be teaching a live class on getting starting with drawing and covering some of the basics. We'll talk about some of the things mentioned in this article as well as some tips and exercises to get more comfortable with drawing. Join us even if you have been drawing for a while! This class will provide useful information for all levels of artists. You can sign up for this class under "Upcoming Events." If you can't make it to the live event, you can view the class on your own time via "On-Demand Classes" after the event.
Do you enjoy drawing? Which of the 10 drawing myths resonated the most with you? What would you like to learn about drawing? Let me know in the comments!
I will be teaching my first live class for our club on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10am MST. I hope you can join me! I thought I would take a minute to talk about the supplies and materials you'll need for this class. You'll need some watercolor paint - any kind and any color will do. You could use pans or tubes. If you don't have any watercolor on hand you could use gouache or acrylic paint (watered down 25%). You'll also need some different brushes. I like to use flat and round brushes for this project. I have a variety of different pens and markers, from super thin micron pens to gel pens. Any thing you have can work! I am sticking to black and white to emphasize the paint color, but feel free to bring color pens along. You'll want some nice, thick watercolor paper - either in a sketchbook or an individual piece can work. As always with watercolor painting, you'll want a cup for water and some paper towel as well. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments. I look forward to seeing you there.
Aside from drawing and doodling as a kid, acrylic painting was really what hooked me and made me the artist that I am today. Over the years I have learned a lot and I'm still discovering new things every time I paint. This is a concise video I put together for my YouTube channel that highlights my top 10 acrylic painting tips for beginners. On June 5 at 2pm (MST) I will be teaching a live class on getting started with acrylic paint, as well as discussing some of these tips (and more) in depth. I will also be able to answer any questions you may have! You can register for this class under "upcoming events."
Most of our intermediate to advanced artists in this club probably know what basic acrylic painting supplies are needed, but for anyone that may be a beginner or even new to acrylic painting, I found this article that highlights both essential supplies and some of the extra supplies that make the acrylic painting experience even better. In the future I will be teaching a live class on getting starting with acrylic painting and covering many of these supplies and materials in more detail. I will be including a list of supplies that I typically buy for my drawing and painting students as well as some of my favorite brands that are quality, but don't break the bank. If you are already an acrylic painter, what are some of your favorite or "must have" supplies? Do you see anything you'd add to this list?
I recently came across this article on npr.org that discusses some of the many benefits of creating and making art. Even though I knew most of these benefits already, I really enjoyed reading this article as a refresher. Plus, there is a fun little printable DIY Zine: "How To Start An Art Habit" included. One reason I make art is because it lowers my stress and reduces my anxiety. In a very busy and fast paced world it allows me to slow down and focus deeply on something. What are some of the reasons you like to make art? Do you resonate with any of the benefits listed in the article? Let me know it the comments!
Jennifer (her friends call her Jen!) was born and raised in West Michigan but currently resides in Centennial, Colorado with her husband and daughter, Stella. She attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated with a BFA in Art Education and an emphasis in Photography. She also has a Master’s degree in Art and Design from the University of Northern Colorado. Jen has over 11 years of visual arts teaching experience, focusing primarily on painting and drawing (although she loves creating in many forms - ceramics, printmaking, photography, animation, digital media, graphic design and crafting). Jen currently teaches all levels of Drawing and Painting at a public high school in Colorado.
Jen is a self-declared “idea collector” and loves to experiment in her work. Her favorite mediums are gouache, acrylic and watercolor. Jen draws her inspiration from her surroundings as well as memories or meaningful moments. Jen especially loves to paint animals.
In addition to teaching and making art, Jen loves to spend time with her family and friends. She loves to adventure around Colorado and travel whenever she can. Jen grew up snowboarding and fell in love with the mountains after visiting Winter Park when she was in high school.
View some of Jennifer's artwork below! You can also visit her Instagram here or her YouTube channel here. Below there is also a video of her painting process (acrylic paint on wood panel).
Whether you are a beginning or seasoned artist, the painting and drawing club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your skills and share your passion for creating visual arts in a supportive virtual environment.
Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
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