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

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 will be on miniature painting.

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Sketching Flowers With Watercolor & Ink
Sketching Flowers With
Watercolor & Ink

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!

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Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Garden Map by Janet Takahashi

THE ARTFUL CRAFT OF MAPMAKING
IAMPETH Conference

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting

August 2-7, 2021
Omaha, Nebraska

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.

Watercolor sketch of Hotel Del Coronado by Janet Takahashi

Have Sketchbook Will Travel

2021 San Francisco
International Pen Show

August 28, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm

Hotel Pullman
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: classes@sfpenshow.com

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Photo of the Plaka in Greece

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.

Nature River watercolor sketchbook page by Janet Takahashi

Yosemite National Park – Outdoor Adventures
DRAWING & WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK
JOURNALING II

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.

Hearts In Teacup watercolor illustration by Janet Takahashi

THIS & THAT
Lettering, Drawing, Floral Essences
and a Journaling Jamboree

Sept 26, 2020
To be rescheduled
Milwaukee, WI

Explore fun drawing, creative lettering, playful watercolor painting, and journaling for sketchbooks.
For all levels.

Sketchbook Illustration by Janet Takahashi

HERE & THERE*
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Sketchbook travel journaling
for journeys near and far

Sept 27, 2020

To be rescheduled
Cedarburg, WI

*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.

Lake Como Villas

TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING ART RETREAT

VIAGGIO TOURS

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.

French Riviera

TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING ART RETREAT

VIAGGIO TOURS

April 18 – 24, 2022

French Riviera

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.

IAMPETH Conference

July 11-16, 2022

Atlanta, Georgia

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting.

In-Person Class Descriptions

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Sketchbook
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

Sketch-Trek

ON LOCATION SKETCHING

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

Journaling notebook by Janet Takahashi

Journaling

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

Creativity

CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS

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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CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

Class formats vary according to the subject being taught.

ABILITY LEVELS

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.

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ONLINE FORMAT

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.

TESTIMONIALS

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!

MaryDeChellis

Mary D

Letters of Whimsey

Get In Touch

Let's Create!

Email

jtartmaker@earthlink.net

Phone

(310) 722-7360

Address

PO Box 1277
Tustin, CA  92781

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