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.
Upcoming Classes & Workshops
THE ARTFUL CRAFT OF MAPMAKING
International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting
August 2-7, 2021
Create an illustrated hand-drawn map with ink and pointed pen, and bits of color. Explore event maps, travel sketchbooks, mind maps, and imaginary places. Develop your own process for making maps communicate and tell stories by combining elements of map lettering, drawn symbols, banners, and decorative elements, a rose compass, and a 3-D landscape.
2021 San Francisco
International Pen Show
August 28, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm
San Francisco Bay
Tips and Techniques for sketching on-the-go with a few essential tools and your sketchbook. Fill your pages with a series of explorations in pen and ink, pencil and watercolors.
- Unleash the power of your fountain pen.
- Drawing and simple watercolor techniques with step-by-step exercises.
- Unlock the mysteries of travel journaling.
- Combine lettering and visuals within a page layout.
- Record your memories and observations on your journey.
To register, please send an email to: email@example.com
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TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING in Greece!
Oct 25-Nov 1, 2021
7 Nights – Greece
The Greek Muse of Sketching and Adventure awaits your arrival!
Fill your sketchbook pages as you explore the wonders of Greek culture, architecture, and nature.
Explore the charm of colorful, winding cobblestone streets in the enchanting harbor town where we’ll be staying.
You’ll record your unique experiences as you become steeped in this ancient land using watercolors, pencil sketches and journal entries.
All excursions are by private transport exclusive to our group.
Yosemite National Park – Outdoor Adventures
DRAWING & WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK
October 5-8, 2021
Yosemite National Park, California
Capture your impressions of Yosemite in your field journal. We will further explore enriching your sketchbooks with in-depth drawing and watercolor sketches. Capture inspiration from the colors, texture and light of the season.
Layer your imagery with journaling.
Study and see nature’s brilliant creativity and record your journey in this full immersion experience.
THIS & THAT
Lettering, Drawing, Floral Essences
and a Journaling Jamboree
Sept 26, 2020
To be rescheduled
Explore fun drawing, creative lettering, playful watercolor painting, and journaling for sketchbooks.
For all levels.
HERE & THERE*
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Sketchbook travel journaling
for journeys near and far
Sept 27, 2020
To be rescheduled
*This workshop requires attendance in This & That. With Day-1 as a foundation, we will explore finding inspiration and linking text and image in a sketchbook.
TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING ART RETREAT
April 11-17, 2022
Lake Como, Italy
Explore the process of creating miniature works of art accompanied with calligraphy.
Inspired by the beautiful miniature paintings of the illuminated manuscript of 16th century Joris Hoefnagel in Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta and 20th century calligrapher Marie Angel, we will create modern miniature illuminations.
Learn how to simplify and render fine detail for creating your own tiny masterpieces.
TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING ART RETREAT
April 18 – 24, 2022
There’s so much to do on the French Riviera on this six-night Travel Sketchbook Journaling Art Retreat based in the lovely, lively, waterfront city of Nice, France. The area is a perfect base as we explore some of the Riviera’s most-loved towns and villages in the footsteps of where many greats of the art-world lived and painted.
July 11-16, 2022
International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting.
In-Person Class Descriptions
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.
ON LOCATION SKETCHING
Exercises and techniques for sketching on the spot. Selecting potential subjects to sketch, setup, composition and note-taking.
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.
Calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting & Hand Lettering
Italic, Uncial, Gothic Blackletter, Pointed Pen, Brush, Cursive Handwriting, Sign Graphics and Letters of Whimsey.
Discover your creativity through Letters of Whimsey, in Nature and in the company of inspiration.
Meet your Muse!
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
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 H - Houston, TX
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!
Letters of Whimsey
Get In Touch
PO Box 1277
Tustin, CA 92781