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Drawing and
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Keeping an Artist's
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Watercolor Pencil
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How The Interactive
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NOW you will be able to take the class you want, when you want it -- whenever it's convenient for YOU, when you have time, when you can afford it, without having to wait on my schedule – or energy!

Links to short video demonstrations will be included in almost every class.

There will be BONUS PAGES of relevant links, books, and other resources with almost every lesson.


Keeping an Artist's Journal
Ink & Wash
Quick Sketching 1
Quick Sketching 2
Quick-sketching in Color
Watercolor Pencil

$30 for each 4-week session; a PayPal button will be available on each class page.

Classes will be delivered once a week, for four (4) weeks, each one 7 days after the last.

NOTE: You must click on the link that appears in the confirmation email you receive immediately on payment, in order for classes to start. If you don’t see this email, please check your spam filter or junk folder. Then, write me if you don’t find it and we’ll get it sorted out.

NOTE: The Lessons don't open for some people using Chrome and do for others; it's a glitch on Chrome's end. We recommend Firefox, IE, or Safari. Thanks! The mini-class delivery system sometimes seems to have a problem with Road Runner and Yahoo addresses, so if you have another email address like gmail, you may want to use that.

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Cathy Johnson's Interactive
Art Workshops-Online!
(Sorry, temporarily on hiatus.)
Many of these complete classes are now available on my new CDs, click here.

At last, there's an innovative, exciting, interactive and PERSONALIZED way to study art -- at home, at your convenience, online!

I offer a complete 6-lesson course (you choose the subject from our offerings!), complete with downloadable .PDF lessons, demonstrations, homework assignments and personal encouragement, even one-on-one feedback, right in the online class.

Learn when you have time -- after school or job, on your lunch break, after the kids are in bed, whenever!

And all this at a fraction of the cost of in-person workshops that require travel, lodging, eating out and more!

In this class you will:

Get lots of personal attention, guidance, and feedback. Unlike most online classes, this one really is interactive.

Ask questions about supplies, techniques, pigments, paper surfaces -- anything you like.

Post your homework and ask questions to the list, and get supportive, helpful suggestions right there.

Get encouragement and feedback from your fellow students ... it really IS a virtual classroom!

Now, online classes allow us to do something we'd never be able to otherwise - go international! The classes have had students from the Continental US, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Italy, the Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Sweden and more! The international flavor is beneficial to all of us.


There is even a ongoing free alumni group on Yahoo, so you can continue to share and learn together, as well as a Flickr group pool! Class members have taken other classes, share books, videos, and supplies -- it's friendly and fun, and we just keep growing ...

$120 covers the entire course -- everything but supplies. You'll find a list of suggested supplies for the course you've chosen in our Files section.

(In a few of the classes, like Creating Textures in Watercolor or the new Watercolor Pencil Workshop, supplies may include one of my books or CDs to be used as text. This is at the request of the alumni students, who have found it helpful to have guidance in going through the work. You'll find more information on the individual class's page and supply list.)

Class size will be limited. When we are closer to time for a class to start, there will be a convenient PayPal button on the class link of your choice. Of course we also accept checks or money orders, payable to Cathy Johnson, P.O. Box 321, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

I hope you'll decide to join us, as hundreds have since we started online classes in 2005. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please write kate@cathyjohnson.info and let us know which class or classes you're interested in. You can also sign up for our free art tips at left and get our announcement letter - class starting dates are often given there first.

About your teacher:

I'm Cathy Johnson, author of many North Light books including Creating Nature in Watercolor, Watercolor Pencil Magic, Drawing and Painting Animals, Painting Watercolors, Creating Textures in Watercolor and Watercolor Tricks and Techniques, as well as the very popular Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature and the Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature. I've been a contributing editor for The Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic for 15 years, and was a contributing editor and staff naturalist for Country Living Magazine for 11 years. (See my complete bio.)

I've taught watercolor, watercolor pencil, drawing and sketching, and nature journaling in person, from Maine to Nevada and California ... and now have discovered the wonderful, convenient give-and-take of an international online classroom.

After all these years, I still make art almost daily.

Note: You need a computer with Adobe Reader (a free program available here to open the PDFs, a computer capable of reading CDs and videos, plus a scanner or digital camera in order to post and share homework. In order to take the classes, students MUST be proficient with these things -- I've discovered I'm not qualified to be tech support, sorry!

You may have difficulties or a long wait downloading lessons if you have a dial-up connection ... sorry! DSL or cable is probably best for online classes; many classes now offer the lessons on CD, which makes it MUCH easier. Please check to see if your choice is one of these — I offer a discount to registered students.

We will be using a group blog for future classes, and we often have a group pool on Flickr, for sharing artwork and allowing me to make comments or suggestions right on the photo of your work.

Welcome aboard!

Best --
Kate (Cathy Johnson)

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