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Roz Stendahl

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I've kept visual and written journals my entire life. For over 25 years I have taught visual arts and bookbinding—sharing what is a key tool in my creative life.

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About this Course


You have reached the registration page for

Mentor Edition: 
Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public.

This 30-day class begins on April 29, 2018

This is the online adaptation of my  "Drawing Practice" and "Journal Practice" classes. These classes were designed to develop key drawing and visual journaling skills. Now online students can participate in these classes!

In addition this section of the class is the Mentor Edition—students are able to send in homework samples each week for a detailed videotaped critique.

Students in the Mentor Edition of class also have a spot in the main class where they can participate in all the regular features of the class.

Click on the registration button on the left if you would like to register for this class—MENTOR EDITION.
This is the only session of this class I will be teaching in 2018.

When you register you will be able to watch the welcome video and learn about the class goals and supplies so that you can prepare for class, even though the class hasn't started yet.

Skills Needed to Take the Mentor Edition

Students will be required to upload up to 10 images of their work each Friday during class. They will need to know how to create jpg scans or photos that are 200 dpi resolution with a pixel size of approximately 3300 x 2000 pixels. (For students with slow internet connection files that are 72 dpi and under 2MB in size are recommended). 

Students will also need to have a free Dropbox Account to received from and send files to the instructor.

All artistic skill levels are welcome in this edition of the classroom and advice and instruction will be given based on the homework images you upload.

Registration will close on April 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. CDT.

On Sunday, April 29, 2018 the first set of drawing lessons will be available to registered students.

What to Expect:

In this class I will introduce you to drawing exercises and approaches that develop the skills necessary to work quickly and accurately while sketching live subjects in public.

Every Sunday and Wednesday from April 29 through May 28, a new lesson will open.

Each lesson contains video lecture, written discussion, demonstration videos, and homework. 

The daily homework is critical if you are to create a strong foundation on which to build a drawing practice. (Expect to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day on homework, exclusive of video viewing time. There are also some hour long sketching out sessions you'll need to schedule.)

Approaches to working in public and dealing with your internal critic are another crucial part of the class.

While I will be in class to answer questions there will be weekly live webinars on Fridays during the month of class. These will provide additional teacher-student interaction time. Video tapes of these sessions will be available so that you can revisit them, or watch them if you can’t attend the live event. (Mentor Edition students have access to all the live webinars and classroom features as well.)

The goal for this class is to spend 30 days building a durable drawing-in-public habit!

I will be present in the classroom answering questions and helping the class build a new vocabulary for discussing their work from April 29 through May 28, 2018.

There will be a webinar each Friday for me to discuss what I see as trends or common issues in the posted student work.

ADDITIONALLY FOR MENTOR EDITION STUDENTS: Each week mentor edition students will upload to their Dropbox account up to 10 homework images. I will download these and provide a video critique. This critique will be uploaded to the student's folder for their permanent record. The video will also become a part of the permanent class features (student numbers are used instead of names but some student work, may be recognized).

My teaching style is based on assessing student skills and understanding; then making helpful suggestions to ensure that the student not only comprehends the concepts presented, but can go deeper and improve his work. Past students rate me highly on being able to push students to stretch and improve. I'm also focused on changing the student's internal dialog and winning the battle with his inner critic. This is often most quickly achieved in an mentoring situation. 

Students will have lifetime access to the course videos and resources, including the discussion groups.  

This class is great for artists of all abilities: people who are just beginning to sketch, or people who already sketch proficiently, but want to build a regular drawing habit.  It is also helpful for people who find their attempts to begin a daily or regular drawing practice frustrated by their internal critic. 

Class has been designed to get you moving out into the world—to sketch in public. The focus is on sketching live subjects. I have a preference for sketching animals, but all these techniques work with humans equally well.  I will address specific techniques for sketching people. 

If it's winter where you live you can still join in—plan to "sketch out" at  public places like shopping malls, cafes, and city gathering spots where people collect.  The point is to get out and practice. Put in some time now so you'll be ready to sketch on an upcoming trip or family event. It's always the right time to start a drawing practice!

I hope that you decide to take 30 days to get serious about your drawing habit and join me in this class.


You can complete this course with nothing more than a pencil and some bond paper, but if you would like to broaden your experience I have created a small list of supplies.  Please  go to this link on my blog for a downloadable PDF of the supply list.  (Don't worry that the PDF is titled "July 2015" the supplies are still the same.)

If you can do all the assignments with a pencil and bond paper why do I specify the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media 7.25 x 9.25 inch journal? This paper is my favorite workhorse paper. It works with ALL the media I use in the class demos, I did the demos on this paper. Also the size of this journal is perfect—not too small, not too large. It will give you some space to breathe and play with line. I've found that most students like to have their class work in one journal. When I teach my in-person drawing classes we bind up our own journals using this paper. So as you can tell. I really like this paper. (And I'm not receiving compensation from Strathmore either.) Feel free to work on other papers and in other sketchbooks. Depending on the paper type you may have mixed results with some assignments, but you'll know immediately where the difficulty lies. Paper suggestions are common in-class comments from me when I see how students are working on their paper.

I am pleased to announce that Wet Paint has put together a supply kit for this class. The link will be updated for this class when registration opens. Click here, to go to the supply page Wet Paint has created for this class.  Once you are on that page simply click on the kit if you wish to purchase it, or click on the individual items listed below. (Don't click on the image even though it says to, that didn't work for me, click on the class title.)

The kit contains the basic items that I feel will allow you to do all of the class exercises successfully. The additional items listed below the kit can be purchased separately. They weren't included in the kit because I felt most students taking this class would have one or more of those items. You may have similar items already, or you may want to wait on the optional items until you see how they will be used, since you'll always have that pencil handy.

Note: Wet Paint is an independent, locally owned art supply store located in St. Paul, MN. They also sell online  so you can enjoy their friendly, helpful service, wherever you are. I receive no compensation from Wet Paint on any sales. I have asked them to create kits for my classes, when a kit is possible, because it makes it simpler for the student to have only one place to shop and to know they are getting the materials I know will give them successful results.