New Skillshare Class Released!

I have just released my latest Skillshare class. It was recorded in 2020 and I was only now able to finish editing and publishing it. In it, students will learn drawing and painting techniques to illustrate various beverages. These are valuable still-life skills that will be applicable to rendering many different subject matter.

If you’re interested in watching the introductions to my other Skillshare classes, head over to my YouTube channel and click on the Skillshare playlist. I wholeheartedly enjoy taking classes on Skillshare. I have been a member for a few years now and I have taken classes on video editing, how-to make a Skillshare class, marketing, building a YouTube channel, business, visual art, and more. If you sign up for Skillshare using my dedicated LINK I will get a portion of your first payment. (The first month is free so you can see if you like the platform and find out all it has to offer.) While this link takes you to my teacher profile, from there you can explore various subjects like watercolor and see how many other amazing classes there are as well.

Thank you for your interest and support in my painting and teaching! I appreciate every one of you. Please share this with whoever you think might be interested!

New Workshop open for registration:

In a few short weeks I am teaching two online workshops in acrylic painting. The first is for teens ages 14 – 18 and runs from June 29 – July 3, 2020. The second is for adults and runs from July 6 – 10, 2020.

Since this is the first time the workshop has moved online, rather than being run in-person at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, I could use help spreading the word. Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested. The class includes pre-recorded demo videos to watch at your own pace, printable instructional PDFs with visual examples of every exercise and assignment, as well as live zoom painting sessions and Q&A meetings to discuss and critique each daily project.

Anyone can take these classes, they are suitable for complete beginners. Below is the advertisement for the adult workshop, and you can follow these links to register:

Adult workshop: https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/adultarts/painting/#1590186961223-8a85b296-0c0d

Teen workshop: https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/teens-kids/visual-arts/#1510077988209-5baf2861-ce09

Thank you so much for your interest in this new exciting learning opportunity! And thank you for spreading the word.

My First Skillshare Class

I have published my first Skillshare class: https://skl.sh/2TAiHLY on painting landscapes in watercolor and ink. This is something I do daily, and it is a practice I think so many artists and creatives would benefit from. This class and the project we complete within it is easy and loose, meant to diminish our desire for perfection. (Do you know how many artists are perfectionists to the detriment of their creativity, productivity and overall joy?… I don’t. Probably too many though.) In addition to the final watercolor and ink landscape sketch, I also go over how to make thumbnail sketches, what are the main compositional rules that will help you better compose your sketches, and how to hatch and cross-hatch for your value studies. After a value study in monochromatic watercolor we dive into the full-color sketch. The entire class from start to finish is 46 minutes. You can always find a link to the class on the right side-bar of my website, you don’t need to find this blog post again. Here is a peek of the project:

This is our class project! Very simple, messy and quick.

Skillshare is an excellent platform for learning (I’ve been taking classes for a few months now) and costs about $15/month. If you sign up for a Premium Membership with my personal link (different from the one that links to my class): https://www.skillshare.com/r/profile/Jessie-Dodington/875696 you can receive two free months. (You might have to sign up for a whole year to get those two free months – when I signed up I chose to pay month-to-month and only received one free month. Just FYI.) There are classes on graphic design, fine art, business, web design, marketing etc. Currently I’m learning how to better digitize my watercolor paintings to make prints and greeting cards in this class by Ana Victoria Calderón: https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Easy-Way-to-Digitize-your-Watercolor-Paintings-in-Photoshop/876209798/projects

If you use my link to sign up I receive a small payout. Every little bit helping me to build my art business. More importantly, even if you yourself are not interested in taking the class, consider sharing this blog post or the links with someone you know who might be interested. I’m really trying to expand my reach online and every single person who begins to follow me on youtube or takes my class in Skillshare is a great help to me in the long run.

Finally, for those who would love to take my class but do not wish to sign up for Skillshare, I will be posting paint-alongs (of other landscapes etc.) on my youtube channel periodically. Some of these will have explanations along the way as guidance or just to keep you company while you paint.

Thanks for reading! I hope to paint with you soon.

I filmed my class out of my home studio.