Convey a whole range of human emotion into your mixed media portraits.

Express Yourself is an in-depth online Workshop that  explores how to successfully convey a whole range of human emotion into your mixed media portraits.  In this class I show my secrets for creating beautiful and expressive faces, full of feeling !

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Why draw faces?

I believe we are drawing different versions of ourselves and familiars in our Journals and Artwork. And just like in our dreams, figures seldom look the way they do in real life. So as you are experimenting with your art supplies in different ways, you will also be learning about:

 

  • Creating an ‘An Emotion Map’ and  Expression Gallery you can refer to over and over again.
  • Subtle Changes: the power of eyebrows!
  • Growing Up: taking a face from childhood to adulthood.
  • Realistic Eyes: a lesson involving socks & a lemon that will have you looking at eyes in a whole new way!
  • Laughing & Pouting.
  • Determined, haughty, arrogant  upturned faces
  • Downturned Faces: Shy, wistful, sleepy
  • Advanced shading throughout all these Lessons!
  • and much, much more…

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There are 9 Lessons.

Each one has a multitude of emotions to explore.

Lesson 1. Getting Started

Preparing your Express yourself journal and creating a helpful ‘Emotion Map’!

Lesson 2. Expressions Gallery

Building on The Emotion Map from lesson one we start to flesh out detail in quick sketches.

Lesson 3. Pouts & Puckers.

It’s all in the lips

Lesson 4. Expressive and Realistic Eyes

A lesson involving socks and a lemon that will have you looking at eyes in a whole new way!

Lesson 5. Growing Up

Take a face from childhood into adulthood.

Lesson 6. Tilted Down Faces

Downturned faces can evoke gentle feelings of shyness or being coy, wistful, dreamy or sleepy.

Lesson 7. Subtle Changes

The power of eyebrows!

Lesson 8. Chin Up

Determined, haughty, arrogant and beautiful upturned faces

Lesson 9: Laughing

Everyone loves a happy ending!

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A few more details…

I have created this class so you can take all the time you need and let the magic happen!

  • All sessions for the Self-guided study classes are up when you arrive. This means there’s no waiting for projects to be posted and you can take the course at whatever pace works for you.
  • You can revisit, rewatch, recharge and remind yourself of all the art supplies, all the drawing lessons, all the mixed media inspiration whenever you want.
  • You need never feel embarrassed about not ‘clicking’ with a new skill straightaway. It’s a terrible feeling when you feel left behind, or that you dont ‘get it’ and everyone else does in a learning situation! But you will NEVER feel that way in my classroom because you can pause and rewind, and ask questions.

Express Yourself has as 9 detailed and carefully structured lessons devoted to deepening your creative skills and confidence.

The classroom is supplemented with a private  community on Facebook just for sharing artwork from this workshop.

What do you get?

The classes are video based. I talk you through each of the art supplies, what they do and show you how to use them through a variety of drawing projects and exercises.

 

  • Creating an ‘An Emotion Map’.
  • The Expression Gallery.
  • Subtle Changes: the power of eyebrows!
  • Growing Up: taking a face from childhood to adulthood.
  • Realistic Eyes: a lesson involving socks and a lemon that will have you looking at eyes in a whole new way!
  • Laughing.
  • Pouting
  • Determined, haughty, arrogant and beautiful upturned faces
  • Downturned Faces: Shy, wistful, sleepy
  • Advanced shading throughout all these Lessons!
  • Videos will be typically between 6 and 15 minutes long each. Each lesson is split over several videos.
  •  It is recommended to do ‘Supplies Me’ before you do this Workshop, and I have a package where you can get these two classes and save some money to spend on art supplies!
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What do you need?

Let me just emphasise that you don’t need all the art supplies in the universe to complete your Homework. You can use whatever art tools you have. You will learn new ways of using what you do have, and be able to pinpoint what you may like to add to your creative life in the future without expensive trial and error.

 

I suggest these as essentials for all my classes:

  • Gesso– Liquitex: The peerfect balance of matte-ness and texture. click here
  • Matte Medium– Liquitex is what I use : click here
  • A book to Alter: full details are in the classroom.
  • Prismacolorsclick here
  • White Sharpie pant pen: click here
  • Matte skin tone acrylic Paint – Ceramcoat is recommended: click here
  • A fast computer & high-speed internet service to process & watch the videos will be vital as well as enough technical know-how to navigate the  site.
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  • I loved this class! So much fun and I learned so many things. Can't wait to see what the next class will be. You are an amazing teacher Jane!

    Sylvia Valstar-Van Houten
    Sylvia Valstar-Van Houten
  • Watching the flip through the final video, I kept thinking, "I drew a face like that! I have faces just like those!" Look what we accomplished in just two months! So glad I still have unfinished classes of yours waiting. Will keep me busy until you reveal something new. Happy to be on this journey together.

    Cheryl Razmus
    Cheryl Razmus
  • Jane once again you have provided a fantastic class full of skills and tasks and techniques and most importantly lots of laughs. Another group of artists has been connected via Facebook and we have also learnt a lot from each other. I'm way behind as usual and I'm so glad that we have this class for a year. Thank you so much Jane. You are amazing

    Di Spedicci
    Di Spedicci

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Convey a whole range of human emotion into your mixed media portraits.

All of these people that live in our pencils and pens are facets of ourselves that want to be heard.!

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One time cost ($USD)

$155

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You learn, have fun and save $!!