Hi Everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (for those who celebrate), and are enjoying the holiday break (for those who have one)!
I am just back in the game today, as most of our guests have left and I’m able to get back to planning “Y is for Yellow.”
I feel like I should be trying to “sell it” more, though, as we are just 10 days out from the start date! But this blog post is the best I can do before I get back to the fun stuff: drawing and painting and coming up with projects/assignments. 😀
Questions about the “Y is for Yellow” Year-Long online class, starting January 8th!
Q: I’m not really an artist, just a mom of two boys and an idea of a children’s book that I would like to illustrate myself. I can’t say that I can’t draw at all. I can draw something. I just don’t do it regularly and most of the time it doesn’t turn out the way I thought it would. Do you think your course will benefit me or is it better to look for something simpler?

Also, could you, please, describe how time consuming the course is and what if I am very much behind the schedule?

A: Thank you for writing and for your interest in “Y is for Yellow“!
I feel like it will be a good class for you — the drawing exercises I give are meant for all levels, and try to focus on how to find your WAY of drawing (which in your case might just be that things turn out differently than you think!)… and there are plenty of new things to try in watercolor and mixed-media, too.
I think, just jump right in!
The amount of time needed for each lesson will change, as some lessons will include mixed-media lessons… so the longer ones might take 1.5 hours to do, and the shorter ones about 30 minutes… however, you can do much more than that if you decide to incorporate the drawing exercise into a daily practice, for example…
I guess what I’m saying is it is up to you how much time you want to spend on the lesson every two weeks… but the minimum would be 30-90 minutes every two weeks.
If you fall behind, please don’t worry! You can just pick up at that current lesson and continue on.

Q: [I am] wondering if it would be a good match for established artists who want some additional and diverse stuff to add to a licensing portfolio. 

A: “Y is for Yellow” will be part instructional and include 10-12 mixed-media assignments during the year, but participants will be encouraged to use their preferred media if desired, and can pick and choose which techniques to incorporate into their existing work.
There are also 26 drawing lessons, which will be related to the alphabet… I might have you render a “rhino using a ruler” (R), or a “portrait of Picasso” (P) or “charcoal cats” (C) or “abstracted animals” (A)… I am hoping most of these will be an opportunity for artists to be creative with the prompts within their own style.
I think “Y is for Yellow” would be great for established artists (I kind of created it because working on my drawing and then building a body of work is what I want to do myself!).
Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try and answer… I want you to join me! 😉