Make Your Mark: Collaborating with Nature
Meet your favorite new artistic collaborator: nature. In this class, you'll create four experimental, nature-themed portraits with mixed-media artist Joan Martin as your guide.
Ready to take a creative hike? Get immediate, lifetime access with purchase.
Watch & Learn
LESSON 1: PORTRAIT WITH ORGANIC BRUSHES AND PAINTS
Join Joan on a nature walk to look for organic materials - sticks, leaves, wood - that you can use to create paint brushes. Joan will then take you step-by-step through the process of creating your first portrait, using your homemade brushes and organic items from your kitchen - beets, turmeric, coffee - to make paints.
Lesson length: ~42m
LESSON 2: PORTRAIT WITH INK AND FOLIAGE
In this lesson, you'll create a portrait with a beautiful, leafy pattern using found plant material.
Lesson length: ~48m
LESSON 3: PORTRAIT ON NATURAL CANVAS
In this lesson, you'll create a portrait on a natural canvas: a piece of drift wood, a peeling of bark, perhaps a slab of stone. Joan will help you troubleshoot issues that arise when working on an unusual surface and share her technique of making expressive marks with a credit card.
Lesson length: ~38m
LESSON 4: A RUSTY PORTRAIT
In this lesson, you'll create a naturally rusted canvas, then create a portrait on this organically transformed surface. Joan will share every step of her process to help you navigate the unique and enjoyable challenge of exposing your art to the forces of nature.
Lesson length: ~51m
Lifetime Access - Anytime, Anywhere
With your purchase, you’ll get lifetime access to the class in Sktchy Art School, where you can communicate with Joan, connect with fellow students from around the world and get constructive feedback on your class art via desktop and any iOS or Android mobile devices.
What tools and materials do I need to take this class?
Joan uses a variety of supplies (both store-bought and homemade) in the class videos, but you can use easily accessible supplies to make your own unique mark. Here are a few of Joan's go-to supplies:
- White gesso or white acrylic paint
- Black acrylic ink
- White pen (e.g., Gelly Roll)
- Black pen(s)
- Household bleach
- Watercolor set (optional)
- Paint brushes
What skill level do I need for this class?
This class is perfect for any artist who wants to learn expressive mark-making techniques.
Do I get lifetime access to the class?
Yes! Your purchase gets you lifetime access to ALL class content.
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes! This is an on-demand class, and that means that you can go at your own pace and revisit the class content whenever you like because you have lifetime access.
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final.
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