Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Creative Art Classes

I have finally decided to teach the mysterious ways of the artist.  I'm gathering an assorted amount of materials for the first theme of 'Old Fairytales', first sketching and creative drawing techniques and different ways of seeing.  Do you remember when you were a child when shadows in your room sometimes looked like something to be a little concerned about?  Maybe shadows under the curtains or shadows your clothes made in the closet?  I remember vividly the shadows under the window that my curtains made, mostly strange profiles of faces but some were also quite beautiful.  These are the imagination of children that as we grow older we sometimes loose this magical ability. We may get a glimpse at angels in the clouds or a dryad in the bark of a tree  that can bring back, even for a moment , the magic of this special sight.  This with the fairytale theme is what I want to show and drawing skills and experimenting with watercolour paints.

I love all of the illustraters of the 'Old Fairytales'.  Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac are but a few.  Their paintings and illustrations  of beautiful landscapes and colorful characters for these timeless tales have let us carry these treasured images into our adult lives.
Illustration from East of the Sun, West of the Moon.   Kay Nielsen.

Cinderella.  Kay Nielson.

Dreamer of Dreams.  Edmund Dulac.

Edmund Dulac.

Undine.  Arthur Rackham.

So, with a good stack of cotton paper, graphite, and watercolour paints, we will see what magic can happen!   I will show you the work of these wonderful creative souls in my classes...if they will let me.
Later, next year, I will be teaching at full day or weekend workshops along side the classes with all kinds of inspirations. Artists journal making. Drawing from life. Decorative painting. Healing art and Abstract painting.  If you would like more details, please contact me.

Here are more of these wonderful  places to see more of these illustrations.


  1. hello dear lady
    so yes
    i do have questions...
    is this an online study or do I have to be there in person? we live very far away, but what you are teaching sounds entirely enticing to me! Please let me know. Thanks, t

  2. oh, I just enlarged your poster and see that it is in person which would be so awesome, but I am afraid I will not be in your area. Wishing you the best each step of the way. If you ever turn these lessons into DVD's please let me know! Wishing you wonderful workshops!

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  4. Sorry, I expressed interest, then realised I can't do the dates. I do hope you will continue in the new year!

  5. Oh I was hoping that it was an online course!!! Any interest in doing one of those in the future?
    ::wiggling eyebrows::

  6. Oh yes, thank you. I may be designing a correspondence course soon with around 16 Modules. This will be the first one! You can chose to do as many as you please. I will show these here when they are ready.XX

  7. This is a wonderful idea and if I lived anywhere near...
    I'm kind of re-learning to see all the things hidden in our everyday situations. I do vividly remember seeing forms and faces in stones and shadows as a child, and at one occassion, floating dust in very strong sunlight glittered like fireflies. :)

  8. Oh, I love all those fairy/fantasy artists also. I love your work as well. Mine is a bit more folkartsy ... but I'm happy with my little dears. We all have our special gifts don't you think? I do believe in the fae folk ... it's just we don't remember how to see them.
    Peace, Happiness, and Abundance to ALL !

  9. I got excited thinking it was online, as well :) I would love to hear more about them when they are available!

  10. What a wonderful class! Too bad I am across "The Pond". Please let me know when it IS a correspondence course. I will definitely spread the word in this neck of the woods! Blessings ~ Tiffany

  11. When this becomes an online course, I'd do it in a heartbeat. And what a wonderful subject you're starting with…. :) xx

  12. Looks like you've got an online class-room full ready n waiting :-D

  13. Just popping in to say I hope you're still contemplating these online courses… I keep thinking about them!