Here you will find a my current class schedule.   You can also request for me to teach in your area!  Do you have a shop, studio or know of someone who does? Contact me and we'll get a special class set up just for you and your group!

NEW! Online Workshop

I am so excited to announce my online workshop, Luscious Layered Portraits!  Fall Session began November 1. Sign up for the waitlist for Spring 2019 or learn more:

 
 

Art & Soul Portland

March 10-17, 2019

Join me in Portland, Oregon for an amazing, art-filled week! Registration now OPEN!


Painted Portfolio Journal

Sunday, March 10, 2019

I love to create artful, beautiful portfolio journals to hold my artwork in. Not only is this painted portfolio journal fun and luscious on the outside, it’s also full of color, secret compartments and a place to hold interchangeable notebooks and journals inside! First, we’ll create our own unique collage paper, using multiple techniques and a variety of media. We’ll use oil pastels to create texture and pattern, and spray inks to create resists and layer acrylic paint and paint pen marks on top of that. We’ll also create prints with the gelli plate and continue creating rich, colorful layer after layer. Then we’ll adorn our portfolio journals with our collage papers, and add more marks, prints and painted layers with stamps, found objects, acrylic paint and paint pens. We’ll create two notebook-style journals filled with a variety of collage, vintage, and patterned paper to include inside. Then, wrap it all up in bright, silk sari ribbon to act as both a beautiful and functional way to keep our artwork secure inside!


"She Three" Collage Portraits

Monday, March 11, 2019

We’re always in the present, but we also contain an unchangeable past and an unknowable future. “She Three” explores the various parts of ourselves along our creative path as we learn to stay in the present moment, but also drawing upon past experiences as we each head toward a unique, artistic conclusion. We’ll explore the theme of “Past, Present, and Future” as we create beautiful, complex, layered collage portraits over a mixed media background in our art journals. We will learn how to build up layers in our journals using various media and techniques including: mixing oil and water based media to create resists, creating depth and layers with acrylic paint, paint pens and collage, creating our own unique collage paper using various printmaking/mark-making techniques).


More is More: Messy Masterpieces

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I love to go all in and throw every color of the rainbow on my canvas or journal page. The layering process, for me, is where all the fun is! But there's a trick to it: think of it as climbing a mountain. You start at the base, the largest part. This is where anything goes: marks, splatters, drips, scribbles, collage. Just let yourself make a "mess." Then, with each layer or step up the mountain, our marks and layers become more and more restrained. We begin to make more calculated and careful moves to bring us to the final layer (or top of the mountain). We'll start by creating with a few loosening up exercises, practicing marks and techniques to create our own unique collage papers. These will come in handy later as we add them into our pieces later on. I'll show you how to build up layers with oil pastels, spray ink, acrylic paint and paint pens as we create at least two journal spreads (if you bring more than one journal, you can work on more pages at a time--this is how I like to work). Then, we'll work on adding collage, acrylic paint, spray ink through stencils and marks with paint pens. With the stabilo pencil, we'll write words, make marks and draw simple shapes & images (ex: organic shapes in nature or geometric shapes, simple flowers, animals, faces and/or figures).


Art & Soul  Colorado SPrings

May 28-June 2, 2019

Join me in Colorado Springs, Colorado for an amazing, art-filled week! Registration now OPEN!


Nurture Inspiration

Thursday, May 30, 2019

We’ll start with a mixed media collage in our art journals where we can practice the basics of building backgrounds, adding layers and experimenting with different mixed media supplies, tools & techniques. Then we’ll jump onto the canvas where we will use what we learned to explore a slightly different surface but with dramatic results! We’ll jump back and forth between art journal and canvas (which is how I often work--on multiple surfaces to keep the momentum and creativity going!) Techniques covered include: gel medium transfers, modeling paste texture, 3D collage, and more! We’ll be using common art supplies like stencils to create our background & focal image. Together we’ll nurture inspiration and go from creative idea to artful execution. We’ll also be using a variety of supplies which will be available to everyone in a rainbow buffet of color and texture! I’ll also cover color basics, how to create balance and how to use contrast in your composition.


DIY Art Supplies

Thursday evening, May 30, 2019

Who says you need expensive tools and supplies to make great art and have fun? In this class, I’ll show you all my artist tricks on how I save money creating my own stamps, stencils, texture tools, alcohol inks and more! Creating your own tools not only saves money, but, more importantly, it is integral to your own unique journey as an artist! Even if you’ve been at this for years or are just starting out, making your own tools means making your own marks and finding your own unique voice! Break the mold! Make stencils, stamps, and texture tools that are unique to YOU. The second half of class will include a chance to play in our art journals with our new stencils, stamps & tools! I’ll show you how to create some fun, vibrant pages and how to layer and work with your new goodies!


Messy Abstract Minis

Saturday Eve, June 1, 2019

Let’s explore making messy, abstract backgrounds in our art journals with a variety of colors, textures, tools and art supplies! I'll help you build layers to create fun, colorful pages in your journals that can stand alone or be used as a backdrop to special words or images. I'll help you with color choices and we'll talk about contrast and balance to create harmonious compositions. These techniques can also be repeated on your other mixed media projects! You can think of your journal as a little "notebook" where we'll experiment, play and come up with unique recipes for future projects!


Simply Stunning Faces

Sunday, June 2, 2019

In this workshop, we’ll get down to basics on how to create quick, easy, yet stunning portraits in your art journal. I’ll show you how to create a simple background that will be the backdrop to your gorgeous portrait. We’ll create several faces using a variety of techniques that will be sure to make you LOVE creating faces--something we often shy away from! I’ll show you how I build up layers that are revealed and hidden in the portrait and how to tie the background together with the face. We'll also add some textures with stamps and texture tools to give your face character. Finally, we’ll embellish our faces with collage and words that are close to our hearts AND we’ll bring these beauties to life with simple shading and highlighting techniques.


Art & Soul Ocean City, MD

October 6-10, 2019

Join me in Art & Soul’s NEWEST location, Ocean City, MD at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort for a week of mixed media art classes and more! Registration begins November 15.


DIY Art Supplies

Monday eve, October 7, 2019

Who says you need expensive tools and supplies to make great art and have fun? In this class, I’ll show you all my artist tricks on how I save money creating my own stamps, stencils, texture tools, alcohol inks and more! Creating your own tools not only saves money, but, more importantly, it is integral to your own unique journey as an artist! Even if you’ve been at this for years or are just starting out, making your own tools means making your own marks and finding your own unique voice! Break the mold! Make stencils, stamps, and texture tools that are unique to YOU. The second half of class will include a chance to play in our art journals with our new stencils, stamps & tools! I’ll show you how to create some fun, vibrant pages and how to layer and work with your new goodies!


Journal Jumpstarts

Tuesday eve, October 8, 2019

Feeling stuck, in a creative rut, or need a little "boost" to help get your creativity going? Maybe you just need some time to relax, learn new techniques and breath life into your journals or other art projects? This workshop is great for all levels and anyone who'd like to get a little messy & explore new media in their art journals (and beyond! These techniques work great on canvas, too!) . We'll drip, rip, collage, scrape, splatter, spray, smudge & smear using the gelli plate, stencils, spray ink, oil pastels, acrylic paints & inks to create a variety of textures, backgrounds and also cover a few simple concepts such as color, contrast & balance to create some dynamic pages!

 

Face Your Fears

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

 

Drawing faces--you either love it or you hate it! I'm here to show you how to LOVE it! I can show you how to create easy, simple, lovely faces in just a few steps. I have LOTS of tricks to help you create faces that you'll be proud of and want to create again and again. We'll start in our art journals, practicing face proportions and we'll also create gorgeous collage paper to add to our portraits. 


Beeswax Bird Journal

Thursday, October 10, 2019

It's the best of both worlds: beeswax collage and book making! We'll explore how to create a dimensional, layered & textured beeswax collage canvas cover using a variety of techniques & media. We'll build up the collage with color, ephemera & lightweight collage items using beeswax to adhere our items, create texture & seal the cover artwork. Then we'll bind our journal using watercolor paper, recycled silk sari ribbon & textured paper using an easy, new-sew technique.