Classes, Workshops
& Retreats

The subjects I teach can be adapted to accommodate any environment whether it is an outdoor sketchbook setting, in-person, hands-on workshop, online class or demonstration.

Online Classes

The Art of Miniature Drawing

The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
Online Pre-recorded class
(4 hours)

Learn how to simplify and render fine detail for creating your own tiny masterpieces.
Learn the techniques in a step-by-step method using various tools and materials to draw and paint in colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and gouache.
We begin working large and gradually reduce in size to miniature. The focus of this class is on miniature painting.

This workshop was recorded at Legacies III International Lettering Arts conference, July 2021.

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Sketching Flowers With Watercolor & Ink
Sketching Flowers With
Watercolor & Ink
Online Pre-recorded class
(4 hours)

In this fun, painterly workshop we will create…

Playful color explorations using line, washes, glazes, blooms, and more with watercolors and ink.

  • Using a layered approach, we will paint with vibrant color, create depth, texture and encourage loose-line work on sampler cards.
  • Expand your floral color palette in the four seasons through Janet’s exercises, methods and techniques.
  • Embellish your next project with seasonal blooms!

This workshop was recorded at Legacies III International Lettering Arts conference, July 2021.

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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Janet Takahashi Secrets of the Artful Journal from A to Z

Letters California Style

February 17 – 20, 2023

Pomona, California

Society for Calligraphy Member Conference

Secrets of the Artful Journal
Sketchbook from A – Z

Bring your journaling sketchbook to life and improve your drawing skills as you work your way through the alphabet with more than twenty-six creative ideas. Participants will create a reference workbook of artful techniques making small compositions while filling pages with a series of explorations in pen & ink, pencil, watercolor, and much more. Embellishments include pockets, foldouts, and keepsakes.

Food art with Janet Takahashi


Spring 2023

TBA Dallas, Texas

Hosted by Texas Lettering Arts

This in-person retreat is planned for 4 days and 4 nights in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Overnight accommodations are limited to 14 students. Get on the “I am interested” list for updates on the retreat HERE.

Janet Takahashi Color Palette

IAMPETH Conference

July 11-16, 2022

Atlanta, Georgia

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting
Annual Conference

Exploring Simple Color Palettes

Color is a significant force in creating design and controlling mood. Janet will present her step-by-step system to enhance your pen work by infusing color. Learn how to create dynamic effects, harmony, and unity using a limited color palette. Wish brush and pen we will paint Louis XVI-inspired acanthus leaves while exploring four+ different color palettes.The study charts you create will free you to select colors on future projects without time-consuming guesswork.

Traveler's Journal Sketchbook

TRAVEL & Sketch in TRAVELER’S Notebook

August 28, 2022

San Francisco Pen Show,

Add colors to your next trip by learning how to document them in your TRAVELER’S notebook. Aside from taking photos with your phone, capture highlights through doodles, sketches, and words on paper. Each time you open your TRAVELER’S notebook and see those memories, it’s as if you’re traveling all over again.

Journaling Retreat with Janet Takahashi

Yosemite National Park – Outdoor Adventures

October 5 – 8, 2022

Yosemite National Park, California

Augment your sketchbook with drawings and watercolor sketches inspired by the colors, texture, and light of autumn in Yosemite in this three-day art retreat.

Ahwahnee Yosemite Grand Hotel

Yosemite National Park – Outdoor Adventures
Art Retreat: Historic Architecture of Yosemite

October 11 – 14, 2022

Yosemite National Park, California

A three-day immersive art retreat in Yosemite Valley combining the skills of urban sketching and landscape art.

In-Person Class Descriptions


From A-Z

Bring your journaling to life in this workshop as you work your way through the twenty-six letters of the alphabet using many techniques and creative ideas.
Participants will fill their pages with a series of explorations.

Backpack Sketchbook Janet Takahashi



Exercises and techniques for sketching on the spot. Selecting potential subjects to sketch, setup, composition and note-taking.

Journaling notebook by Janet Takahashi


Create an artful sketchbook to record your memories and observations. Increase your sketching experience with a minimum of materials to use for everyday and travel adventures.

Muse handwriting tree by Janet Takahashi

Calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting & Hand Lettering

Italic, Uncial, Gothic Blackletter, Pointed Pen, Brush, Cursive Handwriting, Sign Graphics and Letters of Whimsey.

Muse color tree by Janet Takahashi



Discover your creativity through Letters of Whimsey, in Nature and in the company of inspiration.
Meet your Muse!

Online Classes with Janet Takahashi - Sponsored by Sakura of America

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Online Class Offerings



Class Formats



Class formats vary according to the subject being taught.


BEGINNING LEVEL students have no or very little knowledge of the mediums and techniques explored within a class or workshop.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL students have some working knowledge of the mediums and techniques explored within a class or workshop.

ADVANCED LEVEL students have a working knowledge of mediums and techniques explored within a class or workshop.



MINI CLASS – a one-hour introduction to an in-person or online class, course or workshop.

ONLINE CLASS – comprised of 2 or more hours for 1 or more days.

COACHING SESSION –  Individualized instruction for a minimum of 30 minutes. These sessions are designed for those who want to improve and grow their craft.


What Students are Saying…

Janet is the consummate artist – from her commercial illustration work and gilding expertise and her published journaling book to the breadth of knowledge that she brings to her teaching methods. Her creativity and enthusiasm for her art and for her students bring them back again and again to her innovative workshops.

Cindy Haller

Cindy H - Houston, TX

Sketch-Trek Workshops

Janet’s workshops are some of the most delightful workshops I’ve attended. Her demonstrations and exercises provided new combinations of letters and images; it was just the inspiration I needed. I felt like I left a two-day workshop with at least a year’s worth of new ideas!


Mary D

Letters of Whimsey

Get In Touch

Let's Create!


(310) 722-7360


PO Box 1277
Tustin, CA  92781


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