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.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Hearts In Teacup watercolor illustration by Janet Takahashi

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

Sept 26, 2020
Rescheduled for Spring 2021
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

Rescheduled for Spring 2021
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.

Nature River watercolor sketchbook page by Janet Takahashi

DRAWING & WATERCOLOR JOURNALING

Oct 6 – 9, 2020
Yosemite National Park Conservancy
Outdoor Adventures

Capture your impressions of Yosemite in a field journal. With lightweight, simple materials to carry outdoors, record your observations in pen and ink, pencil, and watercolors. Fill your pages with a series of explorations that combine your writing and imagery. Learn step-by-step methods to design your sketch layouts in ways that enhance your story. Draw inspiration from the textures, colors, and light of the fall season. Slow down, see nature’s brilliant creativity, savor its detail, and record it in ways that will continue to inspire you long after your trip. Your sketchbook journal will be an artful record of your journey in Yosemite.

 

Photo of the Plaka in Greece

THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
Greece

April 5 – 12, 2021
7 Nights

“Hello from Greece!”
Make your own postcard set that captures the essence of your Greek adventure.

THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
French & Italian Riviera

April 15 – 21, 2021

6 Nights

IAMPETH Conference

August 2 – 7, 2021

Omaha, Nebraska

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

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

SAVE THE DATE:
Fall 2021 – October 5-9, 2021

Yosemite National Park, California

 

IAMPETH Conference

Summer 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

Learn From Home

Online Class Offerings

How-to VIDEOS

CLASSES

Class Formats

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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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