Project Friday: Take a Free Class with Cathy (Kate) Johnson

March 9, 2012

See the post for details.

Watercolor artist Cathy (Kate) Johnson, who has numerous how-to art books to her name, is one of this year's Strathmore Workshop artists. Her series on "Watercolor Sketching" began March 1.

To register for this free class go to the Strathmore Artist's  main page. In the bottom left of the page click on the workshop box. Then follow the instructions to register. 

If you are a registered student from last year all you have to do is go to the sign-in page for the Strathmore Online Workshops. Sign in with your email and password. At the home page which comes up you will see the icons for the three workshops just below the introductory text. Click on the one you want to join. (Only workshop 1 and 2 are open at this time. They start at staggered times just like last year.)

Cathy's approach is clear and thoughtful. She has a calm but obiviously joyful attitude about her materials and her process. You will enjoy watching along as she develops her sketches. The lessons are staggered one 1 week apart; lesson two just came on line March 8. For each of her lessons she'll be doing two videos. One will introduce concepts, the other will show those concepts in action. Lessons are accompanied by excellent downloadable instructions chockful of illustrations. 

Strathmore has provided a classroom "space" for students to interact with blogs and message boards, so you can extend your participation in this adventure. 

Last year workshops were only available until September. I don't see any notes on how long this year's classes will be up on the site. While you can go to these classes at anytime and work at your own pace, do work a visit into your plans soon so that you can take full advantage of the opportunity in case this year's workshops are also only available for a limited time.

You can find out more about Cathy (Kate) Johnson at the link that starts this post. You can also enjoy Cathy's on-going blogging at Artist's Journal Workshop, which suports her recent book by the same title. This would be a great weekend to get some watercolor sketching instruction!

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    I really enjoyed watching this week’s workshop. I’m a sucker for texture techniques but have never been sure how to use them in a sketch. Kate’s video of her process in painting the old grain elevator was very helpful to demonstrate how to integrate those seemingly unruly techniques into a finished piece.

    • Leslie Schramm
    • March 9, 2012

    It’s off topic, but just for those Charles Dickens Fans, the oldest known Dickens film has turned up for the 200th anniversary, and you can watch it, in full here

    • Caroline
    • March 9, 2012

    The workshops are open until the 1st August, and Cathy’s workshop is fantastic! There is so much to take in and try out. I’m not a natural with paint of any sort, I get very messy, but this class has already given me a lot to think about and practice to improve my habits.
    I have you to thank for this – if you hadn’t blogged about your workshop last year, I would not have signed up and got back into art the way I have. Its been a roller coaster ride and I am enjoying every minute. Thank you!

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    Caroline, thanks for letting me know when the workshops go ’til! I am looking forward to looking at Kate’s week 2 workshop tonight. I loved lesson one. I think she is a great teacher, regardless of anyone’s skill level. I’m also glad that you are getting back into art and hope that your roller coaster ride continues with lots of quality experiences! Have a great weekend painting!

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    Thanks Leslie, I saw that (I have google alerts set to things “Charles Dickens.” Who actually is never really off topic!

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    Jill, spoiler alert, when you wrote grain elevator—I haven’t seen that episode yet. Must be lesson 2 which I’m going to watch later. So glad you are having fun with Kate’s lessons!!!

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    Miss Roz, thank you for the kind words, my goodness! I am finding the students to be receptive and supportive…I really appreciate the way they help one another! And I’m learning, too…how cool is that?

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    Kate, you know I mean it. I’m glad the class feedback is also going well. I think one of the best things about teaching is the learning we get to do. It leads to more classes!

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