Art Class LIVE!
Every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern
Coming in January in Art Class LIVE: Proportions for Composition
Jan 14th – Proportion
Jan 21 – Scale
Jan 28 – Point of View
You can participate in the live lesson right here on the activity page. Just scroll down and you’ll find a countdown timer that tells you when the next lesson starts.
You can also watch the live lesson on our Facebook page:
And if you keep scrolling, you’ll find these other free activities :
- New Blog Post: How to Draw Seascapes
- Two new coloring pages: Baby Chick and a Cool Mandala
- How to Draw Clouds with Chalk Pastels
- Digital Watercolors: Lessons 2 & 3
- Bible Story – “The Lost Son”
- Chapter 12 of Jim’s middle-grade suspense novel: Friendly Revenge
This week on the blog... How to Draw Waterfalls
Seascapes, waves, and beaches are among my favorite things to draw. This week, I’ll show how to draw a stormy sea with chalk. So, get out your chalk (or soft pastels) and some paper, and draw along.
I’ve also curated three short (5-to-10-ish minutes) videos that will help you learn to draw some beach scenes. Two are easy and one is a bit more challenging. Have fun!
This month’s blog series is themed “How to draw _____.” Each week focuses on a different drawing project and will include 3-5 short (approx 5 min) videos I’ve curated from YouTube (including some of my own). This week we’re drawing seascapes.
This week’s theme is: Beaches, and Stormy Seas.
Next week’s theme is: Rocks and Boulders
Art Class-- LIVE!
January 7th Lesson:
Foreground, Middle Ground, and Background
Based on Art Class, Volume 5, “Proportions for Composition”
Lesson 1 – It’s All About the Grounds
Next lesson is on January 14th @ 4 pm (Eastern)
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Until the next class starts, enjoy this class from Jan 14th.
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This Week's Art Lessons:
How to Draw Clouds with Chalk Pastels
This video comes from our 13-part video workshop: Lazy Sunset. It’s available in the See the Light Store for $19.99. Click the button below for more information or to download.
Digital Watercolors – Part 3 & 4
We’ve added lessons 3 and 4 to our digital watecolor project this week, and have left up the intro and part 1 in case you haven’t had a chance to do them yet.
Delve into the world of digital watercolors over the next few weeks as we paint a flower together. I’ll be using ArtRage software for this project because it does a pretty good job of imitating watercolor. It’s quite inexpensive if you’re on an iOS or Android platform.
The full Windows version is normally $79, but is on sale for $47 right now. Also, there is a “lite” version for Windows that sells for $29.90 You can purchase the software at https://www.artrage.com.
If you’re watching expenses and using a Windows desktop, you can download a free demo here:
The only limitation on the demo is that you can’t save your file. But you can at least experiment with the software.
You can also try this exercise with regular watercolors, as the techniques I use are similar. Or, if you don’t have watercolor, work with whatever medium you have. Remember what I tell you in Art Class LIVE, “Use what you have. Don’t worry about what you don’t have!” The important thing is to draw!
Bible Story: The Lost Son
This week’s Bible story, “The Lost Son,” comes from a series of children’s Bible stories written by Pat Holt, See the Light’s founder. The story was narrated by Jim Pence, and images are courtesy of FreeBibleImages.com
Downloadable Coloring Pages
For this week’s coloring pages, we’ve got really easy one for the younger children and one a bit more challenging for the older kids. First is a really cute baby chick. Our second is a really cool mandala that would be great to do with colored pencils or markers. You could create a very nice stained-glass effect with this one.
Right-click the images to download
Audiobook: Friendly Revenge
Back when the pandemic first hit, I asked my publisher (Mountainview Books) for permission to record my own audio version of my middle grade novel, Friendly Revenge. They graciously granted permission. So here, if you missed it the first time around, is the first novel I ever wrote. I’ll add a new chapter each week.
New this week: Chapter 12