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Jane LaFazio

I love making things. Whether it's drawing, painting, stitching, or just cutting up stuff and gluing it together. Check out my website

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About this course


Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life  

$125. USD 6-week class.   

The classroom opens on August 23,  and the first lesson will be released on August 28, 2020. 

with Jane LaFazio

We’ll work in our sketchbooks each week with a new theme. From those life-like drawings, done in ink and watercolor, we’ll create new graphic, stylized images to use from stamps, stencils, or stitched designs. Each week, you’ll draw, watercolor, and create designs and you’ll be given optional methods to use and leverage that design in your own work. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills to create original designs for surface design on paper or cloth. At the end of the workshop, your sketchbook will contain a treasury of original images, your own unique visual vocabulary.

Each week, I hope you’ll fill at least one page in your sketchbook with the assignment. Don’t worry if you can’t get to the additional parts of the lesson (like stamp carving or stencils or stitching). I am giving you a lot to do each week, and I understand if you have other commitments—like eating, sleeping, and maybe working.  

Each week you'll receive an email with a link to the new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you'll receive downloadable step-by-step handouts to work from and keep forever. There are videos and examples from Jane's sketchbook to support the lessons.  Just like in a real classroom, you'll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they'll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you'll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from Jane. (The classroom will close down October 23, 2020, so save the pdf lessons to your computer.)

The weekly themes for the class will be:

Lesson 1: From the flower garden. Flowers and blooms

Lesson 2. From the vegetable garden. Veggies and fruits(optional: stamp carving)

Lesson 3. From the factory. Manufactured tools, gears, wheels(optional: rubbings)

Lesson 4. From the mountains. Leaves, pods, pinecones (optional: stencils) 

Lesson 5. From the sea. Shells, seaweed, fish, shellfish (optional: stitching)

Lesson 6.  From your life. Your studio, your kitchen, your closet or…

(You'll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need a 9x12 inch sketchbook with watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water-soluble pen, water-soluble pencil, and optional stamp carving materials. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.)


Q: I don't know how to draw
A: Take my"Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style" that is perfect for those who need to learn to draw first.

Q: I don't know how to watercolor
A: I'll teach you, so any of my classes are appropriate for you.

Q:  Do I need to be on my computer a certain time of day?
A: No, the lessons will be released on Friday mornings, but you can access them anytime, once they are released. And past lessons will be available for you work from and post anytime during the 9 weeks the class is online)

Q:  Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the step-by-step handouts~ those are yours to keep. I suggest downloading them each week.   

Q:  I can't access my computer during one of the weeks of class?
A: The lesson will be there when you get access to your computer and you can post the lesson anytime during the 9 weeks.

Q: How many pages will Jane comment on?
A: You can share as many pages, from each assignment, as you like.  Jane will comment on each one during the 9 weeks the class is online.

Q:  I'm not very comfortable with the computer.  What’s involved?
A: You'll need to be able to photograph or scan your sketchbook page as a jpeg. You will then upload it, from your computer or iPad to the online lesson. There is a video when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. is very helpful and please email them with any technical questions.

Q: How do I post my artwork?

A: You will see this screen. Click on the add photo and locate the jpeg of the photo you took of your art and add it. Then, type some words and hit reply. If you continue to have trouble, contact