Joyful Expression for Beginning Painters: Virtual Course
Everyone deserves to experience the joy of expressing themself visually. Making marks opens the door to further artful expression and offers a healthy and healing outlet to the pressures of modern life. I have a special interest in encouraging those that don’t have a lot of background in art-making to give it a try. My approach is designed to get you mixing paint and creating simple imagery right away. I’ve found that a combination of transparent and opaque media, including watercolor, acrylic, chalk pastel, and oil crayons allows us to bypass the need for learning specific techniques and go directly to image-making. Relax and let it flow. The two-hour class will allow time for a demonstration, painting, and sharing work.
Classes Resume in the Fall
$100 for one series, $40 drop-in class
(New students please arrive 15 minutes early)
“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.”
– Dorothea Tanning, 1910-2012
An Artful Approach to Personal Style: A Virtual Course
My paintbox of practical tips will open your senses to the beauty of your inner life and outward appearance, and help make getting dressed a “daily act of creation.” Discover a world of personal style and learn to project your essence with creativity and flair.
College of Marin
4 Sessions, Weekly on Tuesdays
10/18/21 – 11/9/21
About the Course:
During challenging times caring for our appearance can add much-needed enjoyment to our daily lives. Join us for a supportive weekly class that will help you discover new tools for expressing yourself visually. Authentic beauty develops when you connect your inner essence to your outward expression. Each week we will focus on a different aspect of appearance, including color, makeup, silhouette, personal style and wardrobe development. Demonstrations, slides, hands-on activities and group discussion will engage your imagination and help you to develop a creative focus for daily self-expression. Practical tools include creating a journal or “lookbook” that includes simple painting exercises and collaging of beauty imagery.
- 9×12 Visual Journal – This will be your creative journal or “lookbook” for the class.
- The pages need to be heavy enough to withstand a wash of water media paint.
- Suggested brands are Strathmore either 90 or 140-pound paper.
- My personal favorite is Aquabee, the classic journal with the red cover.
- Mixed media paper will also work
- Paint – Any kind of water media is fine: acrylic, watercolor, or gauche.
- If you don’t have any paint, a reasonably priced beginner set is Cotman watercolors sketcher pocket box.
- Brushes – You only need one, but it’s nice to have a couple so you can keep your yellow separate.
- Glue stick
- Magazines / catalogs
- Fabric samples
Notes from Recent Students:
Jennifer’s class was inspiring. I especially liked the combination of fashion/personal style paired with painting. She has a passion for her work that comes through clearly, even on Zoom! I will sign up for more of her Classes if they are offered.
Thank you, Jennifer for making this happen. I truly enjoyed connecting with all you wonderful women and seeing how you style ideas came to life. – Barbara
Loved your class so much! You helped me find my powerful sensual statuesque being! Thank you for guiding me! My clothes always felt so boring and you helped me see why! – Julie
After the class every time I closed my eyes I saw colors and it is still happening today. I looked at a eucalyptus tree on my walk and designed a whole outfit for myself from the colors I saw. The class really helped me take all you have taught me so far to another level.You have a way of communicating your message that is unique and tangible.
Jennifer Robin is an artist and a natural teacher. She obviously knows this subject very well but is able to break concepts down to make them very accessible whether about painting and color theory, or about fit and proportion of clothes. She also helps you find how to express your own uniqueness, which is a really fun part of the class. I highly recommend her classes.