Last year author and artist Danny Gregory asked me to be part of the inaugural semester in the new sketching school he's starting with artist Koosje Koene. (That link will get you to his post about the project.)
You can go directly to the Sketchbook Skool website and read more about the project on the helpful FAQ page. Find out details about the faculty for the first semester by clicking on the Fakulty page.
The first semester starts on April 4, 2014 and I'm thrilled and excited to be included because it's a great group of artists and I'll get to share my journals and thoughts with the students on the topic of "beginnings."
I've kept journals all my life and I've been teaching art and bookarts classes for over 25 years. It is my belief that beginnings can happen any day regardless of where we are in our journey—and that makes me glad to be a part of this venture too, because I know some of you will be beginning and others of you will be returning to art for a new beginning.
Since my participation gives me the opportunity to share my take on the theme of "beginnings," of course my class is animal-related. I will be giving tips and insights into how to build your drawing habit to include sketching live (yes, live) animals. I break down the process. You know me—I give you options.
I also discuss materials and tools and you'll see me sketching. It will be as if you're right here, except you won't have to bundle up against the -20 degree weather we're experiencing right now in Minnesota.
The other artists in the first semester are Danny Gregory, Koosje Koene, Tommy Kane, Jane LaFazio, and Prashant Miranda. (The link takes you to the teacher bios.) These artists draw incredible art every day—and they will share with you their journals and their approaches.
The six-class semester costs $99: six weeks of instruction, with a new class from a new, inspiring instructor each week.
But wait, there's more… (I couldn't resist)
Danny and Koosje have created a site where you will be able to post your class-inspired assignments and share information with other students.
When I teach, one of the things that I get most excited about is students sharing their work—we all interpret things through different filters. Seeing results emerge from the same instructions through someone else's filter can have a powerful impact on your own learning process. You "get it" on many more levels. And you'll have the encouragement to keep working.
If you've read my blog at all you know that I post frequently about the life-enhancing benefits of visual journaling and the sheer fun of it. Sketchbook Skool provides a way for you to find your own path to that same joy.
Danny and Koosje have already lined up a second semester of new teachers for this year with whom you will be able to continue your explorations. Then 2015 will bring additional semesters with new teachers.
I believe this is a unique opportunity and I hope that you'll join me.
It's about beginnings. It won't be overwhelming, it will be fun.
So go check out the website and sign up today. Be inspired. Sketch with us.