I wanted to create a course that would help you build a library of characters and creatures that you could quickly create and then easily add to in a style that is unique to YOU.
Having fun, learning to let go and not being afraid to cover up my paintings have become essential to my creative process. I’ve fallen in love with mixed media painting and out of all of the painting techniques I’ve ever tried, the one thing I always return to is remembering to have fun with whatever it is I’m creating. This brings joy into the process, which inevitably gets infused into your artwork and always makes anyone who sees it smile..
WEEKLY VIDEOS COVER
- painting and various techniques to create whimsical animals
- sketching and coloring animals
- simple drawing templates for creating any animal
- mixed media backgrounds
- creating layers
- making your animal your own
- painting eyes and faces
Three very in-depth posts per week
- weekly technique posts include video demos with me talking, step by step photos, optional assignments and written explanations
- weekly inspiration posts with videos, photos and stories from other artists and resources
- weekly life as an artist videos and stories, answering the questions I get asked most often
- tricks I’ve learned along the way-what supplies work best, how to make everything fit together, and ways to really make your character and background pop.
- all new mixed media techniques for painting animals and creating backgrounds
- in-depth technique lessons with me talking you through every step of my painting process, layer by layer.
- life as an artist videos where I answer the questions I get asked most often
Simple Shape Templates
- all of my simple shape templates for creating whatever animal is unique to you!
Techniques for Getting Unstuck & Loosening Up
- fun and easy mixed media techniques I use to loosen up and generate new ideas
- video demos for creating luscious layers and backgrounds
- Private Gallery & Discussion Group where I will be answering questions and giving feedback
- Private Facebook group full of community support and encouragement.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE
Week 1: Sketching and Coloring Animals
i’ll share with you all of the animal templates i use to create my characters. we’ll learn lots about color, gather inspiration and loosen up with drawing in our sketchbooks.
Week 2: Backgrounds
this week is all about playing with layers and painting our backgrounds. i’ve been experimenting with lots of new techniques and art supplies and i’ll show you all of my new favorites. i’ll also demo all of the art supplies i’ll be using during class, show you ways i use them together and when and why i choose certain mixed media supplies.
Week 3: Painting Animals
we’ll take all of our sketches and inspiration from the last two weeks and start painting our favorite animals.
Week 4: Adding Layers and Making It All Fit Together
i always love adding layers and extra whimsy to my paintings. this week i’ll show you how i choose what to paint over, what to add to make things fit together, and when i know to stop.
Week 5: More Animal Painting
this week we’ll paint more animals and i’ll show you how i add a second animal to my artwork. we’ll also combine everything we’ve been learning about color, shapes and supplies to really create a scene for our characters. we’ll get into all of the tricks i’ve learned along the way too- what supplies work best together and how to really make your characters stand out.
Week 6: Top Coats and Review
this week i’ll share the new top coats i’m using. plus we’ll go over everything we’ve learned and have lots of time to catch up. i’ll also be sure to answer any questions you might have that i’m sure will help everyone in the workshop!
|In-Depth Videos with narration, Step by Step Photo Tutorials & Life As An Artist videos each week.|
|For anyone and everyone. Beginners are welcome|
|Register anytime. Self paced with access to the classroom for 1 year|
HOW MY ONLINE COURSES WORK
I design my courses with busy people in mind, so it’s easy for you to focus on what you’d really like to learn when you have the time.
The lessons are designed to make creating fun, easy and completely un-intimidating. I’m a big believer in taking the parts you love most and running with them so you enjoy getting creative. And, if you don’t have the time, there’s no need to go through everything all at once.
Feel free to share your artwork whenever you like. There’s a private discussion group, gallery and facebook group for students to connect, share, support and learn from each other. All in an encouraging and friendly environment that you can enjoy right from home.
You don’t need any painting experience or expensive art supplies to take these classes-all you really need are a few paints and brushes (your hands work just fine) and an openness to play.
Sorry, no refunds once you have paid for this course.
When is this course?
this is a self-paced course, so you can register at any time and access the classroom for a year.
How long do I have access to the course?
you’ll have access to the class for a year from the date you register.
How Do I Sign up?
sign up by clicking the register button on this page to proceed with your paypal payment. if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?
how to create whimsical animals is an online painting class. once you register, i will email you the information you need for class along with a detailed supply list. the class website consists of a private blog (where lessons are posted in the form of text, videos and photos), a private gallery (where students can upload their artwork and make comments on others’ paintings, if they wish), and a private discussion group (where students can ask questions, make comments and get to know one another). during class, i’ll be in the discussion group and gallery, answering questions and making comments too. students also get downloadable pdfs of each lesson with all of the text and photos and have access to the private class website for a year.
What If I’ve taken the How To Paint An Owl or How To Paint A Girl E-course…will I still learn something new?
absolutely! all of the mixed media techniques, backgrounds and animal templates are completely new. we’ll get more into painting and layering too! so if you’ve been wanting to take your girls or owls a bit further, this is the class to take.
Do I have to complete every assignment?
no. but i know you’ll learn even more and have a ton of fun if you do. and, please, don’t feel rushed! you’ll have plenty of time. all of the coursework will be available to you for a year. plus i’ll have a free pdf with all of the text and photos for each lesson at the end of class.
Will there be a pdf from the class?
yes. i have free downloadable pdfs of each lesson with all of the class photos and text.
Do I need to buy all of the supplies?
not at all. i only have a few supplies and brands that i recommend in particular because i’ve found they work best together. and you’ll only need a scanner or camera if you want to participate in our online gallery.
Can I share the workshop site, info and videos with a friend?
please keep in mind, i have really put all my heart into this workshop (and all of my paintings) and i’d really appreciate it if you didn’t share the links with anyone who has not paid for the workshop.
Do I need to know how to paint, draw, or be artistic?
this workshop is for anyone and everyone. whether you haven’t painted since you were in kindergarten or if you’re an avid crafter or artist looking to learn new techniques, this class is for you. my intention is to get a fabulous group together and share with you a place to begin so you’re creativity can wander in an encouraging environment.
Do I have to post my work to the private gallery?
of course not. but i really love looking at everyone’s work and seeing just what makes each piece different. i know others do too. this is a totally private, safe, positive and encouraging group. and i wouldn’t have it any other way!
Can I get additional critique from you?
of course. i’ll be here to make comments and give feedback whenever you need it for a year.
Are payment plans available?
absolutely. i’m most passionate about you being able to get creative, so we can always work out a payment plan. just contact me for details.
This class was so awesome! You have succeeded in helping a “I don’t draw” person create wonderful artwork! I enjoyed every single second of your class, Juliette! You are such a gift and a true talent! – Michelle Saxon
After having so much fun with your Paint an Owl class, I had to expand & take your Whimsical Characters class. I learned so much & the techniques you use really make me feel good about my artwork (no natural abilities here). Your videos and lessons are very detailed & easy to follow (I even put my iPad next to me & stopped & started it again & again while I drew my first character step-by-step). I love that I have access to the class for a few months — I was pretty busy during the class time so just skimmed most of the lessons & will go through everything step-by-step when life settles down. The style of the Whimsical Characters art is not something that would fit in my more formal home filled with Asian antiques, but I feel like I have learned so much (backgrounds, etc.) that I will definitely use the techniques in future art. Thank you — it’s been perfect for this beginner! I especially liked the videos where you talked through, explaining everything. – Dottie P
This class was great! Juliette takes you from sketchbook to completing a painting. There’s tons of info and techniques! This is the most complete course I’ve found on creating a variety of animals. – Lynda Metcalf