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Regardless of where you live, you can learn how to create an expressive journal for summer with mixed-media artist, Jane LaFazio.

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Jane LaFazio

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Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Jane teaches at conferences across the U.S. and leads classes in Italy and Greece too. In addition to sketching classes, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. There are always many, many opportunities to learn from Jane in-person. Below is a short list of classes that may be of interest to you. To view all of Jane’s upcoming classes, see her teaching schedule online.

Also see this interview with Jane and her Ask The Artist Q&A with readers.


Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

Six-week online class.
Learn how to record your life, your summer vacation and other adventures using a loose and quick style of journaling. Participants in this online class will learn a new technique or subject each week and will receive links to supporting material. Communicate with fellow participants and see each others’ projects progress. Designed for beginners. Cost: $85. Online classroom open June 16.
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Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal

Six-week online class.
Learn to draw from life using Jane’s quick approach to drawing. Take your art journaling to a whole new level! Cost: $90. Online classroom open June 16.
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Learn from Jane In-person
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  • Lavender Sage Art Retreat with Pamela Underwood – June 10-14, 2013. Mixed media retreat in Taos, New Mexico. View Details/Register
  • Walking and Watercolor in Italy – October 7-13, 2013
  • ArtWalk: San Diego – January 13-19, 2014
  • ArtWalk: Italy – May 24-30, 2014
  • ArtWalk: The French Riviera – June 1-7, 2014

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Click to download postcard (PDF). Penstemon heterophylus, original watercolor by Joan Keesey, © 2013. All rights reserved.

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California invites you to view two new exhibitions of botanical art. Earlier this month, the Guild opened Botanical Visions in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

This weekend they open a second show at Chapman University in Orange, CA. This second show highlights drought tolerant plants and California’s changing environment. To create this exciting new exhibition, the Guild worked with Dr. Jennifer Funk and her ecology students in the School of Earth & Sciences. Artwork by southern California botanical artists will be on view in the Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room and on the Clarke Gallery Wall on the second floor of the Leatherby Libraries.

Meet the artists in person at the Artist Reception on Thursday, February 7, 2013 (7-9 PM). Please RSVP for the reception by February 1, 2013 by calling (714) 532-7742.

The following information has been added to the Exhibits to Visit section in the right margin on this page. Have you visited this section lately? There are wonderful events listed here. Visit this section to see if there is an event near you!


Botanical Visions

Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California
San Diego Botanic Garden
Encinitas, CA
January 12 – March 23, 2013


Drought Tolerant Beauty

Artists and Students Respond to California’s Changing Environment
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Jan. 26 – Feb. 7, 2013

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Feature Artist Jane LaFazio is a wealth of information and she happily shares what she knows with fellow artists. This month you have the opportunity to ask Jane questions about her artwork, her classes, and how she makes her full-time art career happen!

Click here to learn more about Jane and how to send her questions.

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Classes Near You > California:


Jane LaFazio, Plain Jane Studio

www.plainjanestudio.com
Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. In addition to the sketching classes below, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. A detailed class schedule can be viewed on her blog.

  • Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth
    Mondays, January 24 – March 14, 2011; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Learn about new materials and learn how to create art from paper, cloth or a combination of both. Create layered textured artworks using collage materials, paint, drawings, and thread. Location: La Jolla Athenaeum. Register online
  • Make Felt the Tibetan Way & Embellish the California Way with Jane LaFazio – February 5, 2011. Create a felt piece that can be used as a wall hanging or become part of another textile project. Learn more about felting and how to register for this class here.
  • Sketching & Watercolor Journal Style: ON LOCATION
    January 20 – February 24, 2011. $75. Learn how to draw, paint, and keep a journal on location. Set aside your inhibitions and become comfortable sketching in public by working through a series of exercises requiring you to sketch away from home. Register at Joggles.com
  • Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style – March 3 – April 7, 2011. $75. Begin with simple subjects and progress to vignettes while learning how to record your life in a loose, quick, and expressive way. Register at Joggles.com
  • Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth – March 4 – April 8, 2011. $75. Explore mixed media using paper and cloth. Draw, create collages, and paint! Register at Joggles.com
  • Art Retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – April 13 – 20, 2011. Go on a Mixed Media Art Retreat with artists Jane LaFazio, Lynn Leahy, Laurie Mika, and Helen Schafer Garcia. For more information about this retreat, click here.
  • Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook – May 20 – 26, 2012. Learn how to slow down, sit quietly, and really see your surroundings. Create a travel sketchbook out of 5″ x 7″ pages under the warm Italian sun! Complete details are available at Adventures in Italy.
  • Art Quilt Explorations with Jane LaFazio – April 21 – May 26, 2011. $75. Participants will create six small art quilts based on their own designs. View class projects and register at Joggles.com here.

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© Jane LaFazio. All rights reserved

Jane LaFazio is a mixed-media artist, teacher, and author. Working primarily in paper and cloth, Jane teaches classes in the San Diego area, internationally at art retreats and leads sketchbook adventures to Italy. In 2010, she began teaching her sketchbook class online.

Her much-admired sketchbook work has been featured on the cover of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and in An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory. Jane’s mixed-media art has been featured in Quilting Arts magazine and countless newspaper articles.

Meet Jane LaFazio!

ArtPlantae Today: How long have you been keeping a watercolor journal?

Jane LaFazio: I started a mixed media journal in 2005 and then a dedicated watercolor journal in 2006.


APT: You credit Danny Gregory for getting you started. What was the trigger that launched your journaling career?

JL: Yes, a friend told me about Danny’s blog and I started following it. Then I got his book Everyday Matters and began drawing in a sketchbook immediately. The following year, I had the fabulous opportunity to meet and sketch with Danny when he visited Los Angeles.


APT: In 2010, you began teaching your sketchbook class online at Joggles.com. How is this new format working out for you?

JL: Surprisingly well! I really wondered how my in-person teaching style would translate to online and I’m thrilled that it does! With the step-by-step lessons I wrote (loaded with photos) and the online forum that all the students can participate in, I think I really got the message across. And an added bonus was that the online students were just as supportive and friendly to each other as my in my in-person classes. It’s been great! I’m starting a new online class January 20, Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style ON LOCATION. This will be another challenge for me! But the message I want to share is my love of sketching and painting on location, so I intend to get my students out in the public with their sketchbooks to coffee shops, museums, and parks.


APT: What are your preferred sketching materials? Why?

JL: I’ve worked in a Moleskine from the very beginning. I like the larger, watercolor version. It’s tidy outside appearance appeals to me somehow! And the books are great to travel with. I’ve got 14 finished ones, lined up on my bookshelf! However, lately I’ve been working with 5×7 inch individual sheets of hot press paper. (I love hot press, and use it for my larger work) I use the small sheets in my classes and now I’m beginning to use it regularly for my own pages. I’m also creating portfolios and boxes to keep the pages in. My watercolor paints are squeezed from the tube into a small travel palette. I use a superfine tip black permanent ink pen, any ol’ pencil, a kneadable eraser and a Niji Waterbrush. The products I use can be viewed on my blog here.


APT: Your journal pages exude a lot of spontaneous energy. Is your approach to journaling as spontaneous as it appears, or do you make a point of sitting quietly with your journal on a daily basis?

JL: Thanks! I make a point to try and work quickly. I sketch the basic shape in pencil first, then again looking just as closely at the object, I draw it in

© Jane LaFazio. All rights reserved

pen. The watercolor part goes fairly quickly. I don’t think a lot about composition of the page, when I’m doing it. It’s only later that I “finish” the page, adding an inked frame and text. My goal is to draw it, ink it, paint it, and scan it for my blog in an hour. Of course, sometimes I spend a longer amount of time on a page, but it just depends how much time I have to devote to it.

APT: How long have you been leading sketchbook adventures to Italy? How do you encourage travelers to become engaged with their surroundings?

JL: Ah! May 2010 was my first trip as teacher and it was fabulous! Thirteen wonderful students from all over the world. And frankly, it was easy to engage them. Once I taught them the basics of really looking, and how to get what you see down on paper, they were entranced with the beautiful details everywhere. Once a person draws in public, realizes how easy it is and how quickly the feeling of self-consciousness recedes, they love it. In Italy, my classes were usually in the morning, and most afternoons the students could be seen around Orvieto drawing and painting on their own (That is, when we weren’t at a cooking lesson or wine tasting together!). I’m leading another trip in May 2012 and I can’t wait!

APT: You teach an after-school program for children. Tell us about Mundo Lindo. How did you come to launch this wonderful program?
JL: In 2007 I applied for and received a grant to create a program “to teach my passion.” I love teaching art, and I love teaching to the 4th & 5th grade age group. So I created Mundo Lindo~Beautiful World, a FREE after-school art program. The kids spend 2 hours with me, and we make all kinds of art! We work in watercolor, papier mache, clay, paint, oil & chalk pastels. We’ve done kites, tie-dye t-shirts, treasure boxes, mosaic pots and puppets. The kids come back week after week and the program runs the whole school year. It’s in its 3rd year now and is one of the things I’m most proud of.

APT: Many years ago in a class taught by a well-known colored pencil artist, fellow students and I were told artists either see in shades of gray or in color. Do you agree with this assessment? What have been your observations as a teacher?

JL: Interesting. I KNOW I don’t see in shades of gray! Color is what attracts me to the subject, and then, I go straight to the contour drawing then the color creates the shading. That’s how I teach. I too, have taken from a well-known colored pencil artist, and she teaches students to start with the shading and gradually flesh out the details.

APT: The business aspect of art is a topic of interest to many artists. You market your artwork through classes, exhibitions, books, conferences, and online services such as Joggles.com, and Etsy. How many online services have you used to market your work? What types of things should artists look for as they research online venues through which to market their art?

JL: I’m lucky because my background is graphic design and marketing and I really enjoy it. I love my blog. I love Facebook, and always post my blog updates on Facebook. I used to snail mail postcards, now I use Constant Contact and send out a monthly email newsletter listing my classes, workshops, special exhibitions.

I’m thrilled when an artist asks me to contribute artwork to their books and nearly always say yes. I’ve written articles for magazines, my faves are Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts, and that helps get my name out too.

Artists should be aware of what’s out there in cyberspace, and then hone it down to what they enjoy doing, and where they get the most response. It’s impossible to keep up with all of it, so choose a few sources that work for you. Also, don’t try to tackle it all in one day! Do a little bit each time. For example, if you chose to start a blog, or improve the one you have (by adding Pages, for example). Do it gradually. No need to feel overwhelmed. Same with Etsy. Start by listing a few things, then gradually add more and begin to learn about the marketing aspect of selling online. And Facebook, well, it’s easy, and frankly lots of fun!

APT: Thank you, Jane, for sharing your art, outreach activities, and business sense with us. Will you take questions from readers this month?

JL: Sure! I’m always willing to help out other artists when I can. I’m fortunate to have a lot of artist friends, who often advise and suggest things to me, so I’m happy to spread the info.



Ask The Artist with Jane LaFazio

This month Jane is taking your questions about sketchbooks, journaling, her online classes and how she teaches others how to capture their world on paper. Feel free to ask about mixed media artwork or marketing too.


What would you like to know?

Please submit your questions to Jane by January 14, 2011. Jane’s replies to your questions will be posted on Monday, January 24, 2011. Send your questions to education@artplantae.com. Please write “Ask Jane” in subject line.

UPDATE: See Jane’s Q&A with readers here.

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New at Classes Near You > California:


Fallbrook School of the Arts

www.fallbrookschoolofthearts.org
Located in downtown Fallbrook, the Fallbrook School of the Arts offers workshops and classes for adults and children in ceramics, printmaking, jewelry making, photography, drawing and painting, performing arts, literary arts, paper arts, life drawing and welding. They also rent or lease studio space to artists. Click on the link above to learn more about classes, lectures, demos, and special events.

  • The Illustrated Journal with Wicki Van De Veer – October 19, 21, 26, 28 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) and Saturday, October 30, 2010 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). Create your own travel journal, nature journal, or journal for daily reflection. Drawing skills and color theory will be taught. Cost: $75
  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration Using Colored Pencils with Wicki Van De Veer – October 23, 2010, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Learn about fast sketching techniques, color mixing, form, composition, and design. Cost: $25

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