Friday, December 9, 2011

Taking on New Challenges

In this piece, Sally took on the challenge of darkening her shadows with rich blues, purples, and greens in colored pencil. It is often difficult to work through the feeling that you're going to ruin your work when you're trying something new. I still get that feeling but know from experience that you have to trust yourself and everything will be ok. Easier said than done, I know!

Look what a difference it made! The pots look rounder, the boots more 3-dimensional and the background to the right is pushed back.

Good job, Sally!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Portait in Sepia

Kari was working on a face using only one color, sepia (watercolor). She first practiced doing value scales so that she could get used to the range of light to dark when only using one color. She then applied what she learned to this portrait. Kari had previously worked with water soluble crayons and got a handle on application,blending and softening edges.

First Animal Project

This is Annabelle's first completed animal drawing. She completed the beginning exercises then selected the resource and began. Annabelle is 10 years old and was excited to begin. Well done, Annabelle!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Watercolor Class

Watercolor is an enjoyable medium to work in. Understanding what can happen when water interacts with pigment is a large part of what painting with watercolor is all about.

Come join us on Wednesdays evenings from 6:30 - 8:30pm to explore the wonder of watercolor!

Class Schedule

Join classes at any time!

Tuesday (ages 8-13)

3:30 - 5:30pm

*This is the only class at my home studio at: 4662 Biscay St., Denver, CO 80249
**Please see class description and supply lists in the right column.


Kids Drawing Class (ages 8 - 13)

10:00 - noon
3:30 - 5:30pm

*Please see class description, class location and supply lists in the right column.

Adult/Teen Watercolor Classes (ages 13 - adult)

6:30 - 8:30pm

*Please see class description and location in the right column.
Contact Julie for the suggested supply list.


Adult/Teen Drawing (ages 13 - adult)

1:00 - 3:00pm
6:30 - 8:30pm

*Please see class description, location and supply list in the right column.

Sending in your registration form and tuition will reserve your spot in the class!!

Don't forget to check out the student work on this blog! See student work in the righthand column.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This Is "Oliver"

This was Denise's (adult) first attempt at colored pencil. I think she has found her medium!

Having Fun With Your Self Portrait

Here, Kari took on the challenge of doing a self portrait including the portrait of her sister. She depicted the surroundings quite well, even the reflected light on the cave walls. I think the painting reflects their personalities and captures a likeness as well.

The Next Step For Ashton

Ashton has completed the beginning drawing exercises, she's accomplished some animals, now on to PEOPLE!

This profile face presented some challenges as far as the size of the resource (approx. 5"x7"), the gradual value changes and capturing the wind blown hair. Ashton worked very meticulously on every detail. In this piece I think Ashton is really developing her own style. This completed work is quite an accomplishment!

(Ashton age 15)

First Drawing Project

Claire is 11 years old and has moved on from the beginning drawing exercises. This was her first try to apply the skills she's learned to her first animal drawing.

She became familiar with her pencils and worked carefully on values (the lightness and darkness of something). She discovered what the different erasers can do for you. Claire enjoyed the development of this project.

A Job Well Done, Denise!!

Denise (adult) continued her colored pencil drawing of her dog, Kara. I think the results are amazing, but I'll let you decide!

This was Denise's second colored pencil project! She took her own photo and used it and Kara as a resource.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Summer Workshops 2012

Summer workshops

(We meet at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 6322 S. Lakeview St. in Littleton. The On-Site Drawing in July will be at the Littleton Historical Museum at 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, CO.)


Kids Drawing Class (ages 8 - 13)

10:00am - noon
3:30 to 5:30pm -Returning Students.

Session 1: June 6, 13, 29, 27 (This June session will meet at the church.) Tuition: $80.00

Session 2: July 5, 18 (These 2 classes at the church)

July 11 On-Site Drawing at the Littleton Historical Museum

July 11- The 3:30 class will join the 10-noon class from 10-noon at the museum)

Learn, Draw, Create! This June session will include right-brain activities, perspective, light & shadow, and other skills incorporated into fun exercises. Students will leave with their own book which includes their own best drawings. (Look under supply lists for materials needed) The July Session will be modified slightly but will include an On-Site class.

Tuition: $60.00

Adult/Teen Watercolor (ages 13 - adult)

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Session 1: June 7, 14, 21, 28 (This June session will meet at the church.) Tuition: $80.00

Session 2: July 5, 19 (These 2 classes will meet at the church.)

July 12 On-Site Painting At the Littleton Historical Museum

(July 12- class will meet from 1-3pm) Tuition: $60.00

Come and explore watercolor! Students will become familiar with mixing colors, washes, value studies and apply what they've learned to paintings during the watercolor exercises. Julie will demonstrate different techniques and provide individual support. Intermediate students will work on composition, still life and other subjects of choice. Please email for supply list at:


Adult/Teen Drawing (ages 13 - adult)

1:00pm - 3:00pm

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Session 1: June 7, 14, 21, 28 (These classes will meet at the church.) Tuition: $80.00

Session 2: July 5, 19

July 12 On-Site Drawing at the Littleton Historical Museum

July 12 We'll meet from 10-noon. The 6:30pm class will join the 1:00 class.)

You always wanted to draw, but you didn't know where to start! Join us in a relaxed, risk-free environment. Right brain exercises will be integrated with classical, old-master training techniques to instill a complete foundation of skills.

Kids Watercolor (ages 8 - 13)

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Session 1: June 7, 14, 21, 28 (This session will meet at the church.)

Tuition: $80.00 + $15.00 materials fee
Session 2: July 5, 19

July 12 Paint-Out at the Littleton Historical Museum

Students will join the adult/teen group at 10am-noon and bring just sketching materials. Students will have the option to paint what they drew at the next class.

Come and have fun with watercolor! Kids get to come to class ready to go because professional materials are provided! Techniques, strategies and color will be presented in a fun approach. Kids get to experiment, be creative and work toward a final work of art. Returning students will have a brief review and then move on to a painting where skills will be applied. (Please come in clothes you don't mind getting paint on!!)


to call: 303-371-7652

Check out student work! Click "student work" under labels at top right.