Each month, I'll share with you a new and extensive soulful portraiture lesson. We'll be dabbling with various supplies and styles and creating paintings using acrylic, ink, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, collage, gold leaf, perhaps some clay and of course, using basic supplies such as graphite etc.
Along side the art, look forward to being inspired by other creative women and how they find contentment in a busy world. We’ll be hearing from talented artists, photographers, designers, writers and coaches - all with busy lives but with useful tips and heartfelt reflections to help you slow down. (See my amazing guest line up below)!
What To Expect Each Month
The central theme throughout the class, is finding contentment in a busy world…
PAINTING PORTRAITS | SPECIAL GUESTS | SOULFUL REFLECTION
SIMPLE PLEASURES | MONTHLY THEMES | SEASONAL INSPIRATION
Enjoy being creative, slowing down with gentle reflection, noticing beauty throughout the year, hearing from other women and finding contentment in simple pleasures…
* If you would like gentle but constructive email feedback on artwork you create based on the monthly lessons, just contact me via the link inside the classroom and I’d be happy to help.
* On the 1st of every month you can look forward to a new and extensive portrait lesson. The classroom will be ‘live’ throughout 2019.
* Guest offerings - these will be in the form of a video, essay or audio file.
* No pressure - create as and when you wish and flit around the lessons as you like.
* Art lessons will be suitable for ALL levels of art experience and will be downloadable so that you can keep them for as long as you want.
* In addition to the portrait and the special guest offering, you can also look forward to an audio file from me that reflects on that particular month, any notable dates and that month’s theme. In addition, expect observations from nature (the UK), reading favourite poems, journal prompts and book/web resources.
* Please don't feel you have to purchase a whole art supply store worth of items - it's really not necessary. Please use what you have and what your budget or set up allows for.
* Ask any questions throughout the year and I'll gladly answer them personally via email.
I love hearing from other women, kindred souls and feel that we learn so much from each other when we share our heart, stories and truth.
My guests are all creative women who are juggling various responsibilities including business and family but are on the same journey to finding contentment.
Each month a guest will share either a written piece, a video, an interview or an audio file and I know you’re going to feel inspired and understood.
Jennifer Cockcroft - (pre-launch) Multi-passionate Maker, Writer & Journal Creator
Kerstin Martin - Squarespace Educator
Sarah Raad - Coach + Business Owner of Simple Happy Life
Michelle Turbide - Artist & Teacher
Sam Martin - UK Artist
Cristina Colli - Artist, Photographer, Writer & Teacher
Sheila Atchley - Artist, Author & Preacher’s Wife
Lisa York - SuperMum Podcast Host
Renee Mueller - Artist & Online Teacher
Michelle Fletcher of Camels & Couscous - Artist, Explorer, Curator
Gabrielle Heckenbucker - Artist
Christianne Squires - Book Coach
Monthly Art Themes
Click on the videos below for a closer look at the portrait painting for that particular month
Watch for more art as the year progresses and remember, you can purchase the class at any time + whilst more content is added.
January - New Beginnings + journaling prompts pdf, audio file + extra resources
February - Love - mixed media portrait on wooden box with shadowbox feature + audio file, etc.
March - Spring has Sprung - mixed media portrait on paper including the use of bleeding tissue paper + audio file, etc.
April - Breathe - a beautiful mixed media portrait on an old book cover with miniature portrait + audio file, etc.
May - Light and Dark - mixed media portrait using water soluble media, thread and collage.
June - Roses - mixed media portrait using watercolour, glass beads and textured ‘plaster like’ background + audio file etc.
July - Whimsy - mixed media portrait using watercolour and then using stitching as a mark-making tool.
August - Dreams - a beautiful combination of poetry and mixed media with crystals interwoven, mark-making and lots of juicy layers.
September - Golden Light - gold leaf, loose organic forms, collage and an expressive portrait, will make this month’s project really special and a lot of fun.
October - why not up-cycle an old plate and then create a mixed media portrait right on top. I’ll show you how to ‘prep’ your plate and then move into the full process for creating your very own portrait. Once your finished, why not hang your plate using a plate hanger.
November - Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year, so this month I’m using leaves as a tool for stamping. This month’s mixed media portrait is both whimsical and so much fun to create with two different types of watercolour medium and charcoal.
Click on the videos below for a closer peek…
Art Lessons Still To Follow:
In addition to monthly mixed media portraits, you’ll also receive:
content from a special guest
20 min (approx) audio file of my thoughts, reflections and folk lore or notable date background
a little of my faith journey
observations from nature
notable dates and happenings for each month
flower of the month
- all of this with an underpinning of the theme…
finding contentment in a busy world.
Note: Occasionally I share a little of my Christian faith, however, please know that all faiths and beliefs are always welcome. A ‘belief system’ of any kind is incidental to the enjoyment of the class.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I sign up when the class has already started or nearly finished for the year?
This is no problem! No matter when you sign up, you’ll receive what’s been created so far. Upon purchase, you’ll receive personal log in details via email and will gain access within a private area of my site.
Is there a Facebook Group associated with this class?
No, I have taken the decision to NOT have a group.
Who is this class aimed at?
This class is for anyone who would like to create regularly but perhaps struggles to find inspiration, a style they like or isn't sure how to use certain supplies. On the other hand, if you're a full-time creative, it's sometimes a really great idea and often necessary, to just paint for fun without pressure. This class is also a great way to pull together a series of paintings. In addition, this class is for anyone wanting to create a little oasis of time for themselves - an opportunity to de-stress, connect with your creative spirit and explore your expressive side. I’m a firm believer that art is kind of magic and that imperceptibly worries, stresses and strains are worked through, often totally unknown to us but after you feel somehow lighter and more relaxed - content.
Once I pay for the class, how long will I have access to the lessons?
We are all busy and I understand that time is in short supply. You'll be happy to hear, that you will have lifetime access via your login details (for as long as I am in business). Once 2019 is over, you will still be able to see the lessons and the art videos will all be downloadable.
How are payments handled?
Your payment is securely handled by using either a credit card or Pay Pal. Be assured that this is a secure connection and you will notice the lock icon in your browser - this shows that your information is safe and secure.
Payment is shown in British Pounds - do you accept other currencies such as Dollars/Euros?
Yes! Once you pay, your currency is automatically converted when you check out using either a credit card or PayPal. If you'd like to check your current exchange rate, I've found this site to be useful.
What if I need help or want to share my work?
If you have a question, please email me or, leave a comment below the art lesson in the private classroom.
Do you offer refunds?
I'm sorry but refunds are not available for online classes.
Can I buy this class for a friend?
Yes! After payment, please provide me with her email address and I can send her the necessary details. Why not purchase a digital Gift Card? Better still, do the class together - just get in touch and I'll be happy to give you an overall discount.
Any Questions/or help?
Please contact me here - I'd love to hear from you.
Remember, this class is available to purchase at any point during 2019!
New content will be added throughout the year with an option to download all my art tutorials and that of my guests - it’s all yours to keep and to dip in and out of as you wish.
A Little About Jane…
An artist and online teacher, I’m passionate about sharing soulful, creative and practical tools that I’ve discovered through life’s challenges.
My journey has encompassed depression, the life-threatening illness of a child and a transformative reconnection to art-making that felt like 'coming home'. I’m learning to approach life and all that it entails from a place of gratitude, warmth and honesty through the lens of my faith. I love helping women slow down, reclaiming their identity and finding a sense of renewal and contentment that ripples throughout life using creativity..
I live with my husband and our two teenage boys in a beautiful rural village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in the UK.
Thanks for being here.