Monday, September 23, 2013

News, Party Prizes, and Fun


J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
My Rose in watercolor pencils and graphite


As many of you are aware, I have been teaching pencil art drawing classes online through a video format for several years now.  And I have had my own site, Creative Pencils, for 2 years.  I love working with students from all over the world and watching them delight as they discover they can draw.   I am predominately self taught.  I was once a beginner too.  I know how it feels to be unsure.  And I know how it feels to be overwhelmed with laughter when I realized my pencil scratches actually looked like something real.  I love sharing the steps with new students and helping them find that same delight.  Here are some drawings by current students that all started out as beginners in Pencils 101.

Sandra Petersen
Jaffra Masad


Sandra Simpson
For those of you that are new here and don't know me, I am Elizabeth Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations.  I have created art in many mediums but my true love is pencil art.  I have taught drawing since 1999 in local settings and online since 2011.  I teach drawing from a right-brained perspective.  If you've taken any drawing classes from a traditional approach, this will be very different for you.  And lots of fun!  You can see a little more about me and the workshops I've been teaching here at Creative Pencils.

J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
My Cat Eyes in Tinted Charcoal

The exciting news I have today as I join this blog party is that I am moving my pencil art workshops to Creative Workshops.   This decision has come with much thought.  I have loved having my own site.   But life has brought some new adventures to my schedule (see this post on The Graceful Artist).  I want to give my very best to my drawing students.  Moving my workshops to Creative Workshops will enable me to continue to do so.  I am very grateful to Gail for welcoming me with open arms.

J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
My Portrait of Toby
The first workshops to move will be the Pencils Series -- Pencils 101, 201, 301, and Colored Pencils 101.  These are my foundational lessons.  They start at the very beginning and move quickly into rich lessons that will deepen your pencil skills and broaden your creativity.  After the first of the year, the Cat and Dog graphite portrait workshops will move.  Then the other workshops will follow as the months unfold.  

J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
My Tulips in Colored Pencils

Creative Workshops has just moved to a brand new site.  And we are having a party with prizes to celebrate. 

Here are a few great things about Creative Workshops:
  •   Available online 24/7 to fit your schedule. You can watch videos as often as you want, when you want. AND ipad access!
  •   You get instant access with your receipt to any Open class you purchase. No waiting for u send you an invitation, no more confusing membership to join.
  •   All video content is available from the first day a class opens so you can work at your own pace. Doesn't matter if you are a turtle or a rabbit!
  •   Once a class opens there is no take down date to worry about so no pressure to be done by a certain date. If a teacher must retire a class (very few do) we give you 6 months notice.


J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
Pencils 301

To celebrate the opening of my Pencils Series on Creative Workshops, the prize I am giving is one enrollment in Pencils 101.  

J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
Pencils 101
If you are interested in starting on a new adventure in pencil art, leave a comment with this post.  The party runs Sept. 23-Sept.29. I will use a random number generator to choose the lucky winner and announce the name Monday Sept 30. 

J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson
Pencils 201
After you have left your comment here, be sure and check out the other teacher's blogs for their exciting prizes.   At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all the party participating teachers, and the links to their blogs.   Each teacher is giving away one of their classes for free to a lucky commenter!  You can follow the party trail from blog to blog, leaving a comment on each blog you visit.   This will increase your chance of winning a free class from one of the talented teachers. Fun, huh?!


Sara Naumann
Cat Kerr  
Jodi Ohl
Martha Lever
Nancy Lefko
Cathy Bluteau
Mechelle Harrison
Liz Miller
Terri Heinz
Kerr Pelto
Lori Vliegen
Diana Frey
Marilyn Harris-Mills
Nellie Wortman
Gaye Medbury
Ann Butler
Dawn Meisch
Gail Schmidt



Wind and Honey Creations

59 comments:

Angie said...

Hi! Found your blog via Lori at ElvieStudio. Your pencil drawing is amazing. I used to draw quite a bit when I was in high school, but haven't tried in a long time. Would love the chance to take your class. Thanks!

A Candied World said...

I wish you luck with the new site structure! I'm looking forward to it! Thanks!

DogsMom said...

My jaw is dropped, mouth open in awe of the talent I am seeing here.
I like the idea that learning can be FUN.

Heather Williams said...

Good afternoon, Elizabeth! Thank you so much for the fun opportunity to win your Drawing 101 workshop!! Many Blessings ~H♥~

Art Expression said...

Beautiful drawings. Would love to win your drawing 101 workshop. Thanks you for a chance !

karenelr said...

What a fabulous opportunity! I'm glad you moved over to Creative Workshop, too! Thanks for the chance to take your pencils class!

Eliece said...

I would love to be able to learn to dray. Pick me, pick me!

Aleta said...

I like that you were "once a beginner too" :-) it makes me feel like it's a possibility for me!!!

Kaz said...

Hi Elizabeth, your art is amazing.
I would love to win a spot in Pencils 101 and further develop my drawing skills.

SHAWN said...

Hello Elizabeth, I can not tell you how happy I am to find your blog today. I am in such dyer need of inspiration and encouragement right now with my artistic ventures. I'd love to win your drawing 101 class but if I don't win I really want to take it anyway when my finances permit. Thanks for the chance of a free class. Shawn

Kelly Lynn said...

I have been wanting to take your drawing class! xo

Rita said...

How exciting! fingers crossed. :)

Ann Turner said...

I am so glad to have learned about you through this "party" you are having. I enjoy drawing with pencils!

Ann Turner said...

I am so happy to have learned about you through this blog "party". I love to draw with pencils!

Elaine A said...

Elizabeth -

How wonderful that you have decided to move over to Creative Workshops. I hope you enjoy the adventure. And how sweet that you've offered up one of your classes for free. Thanks for the chance to win and brush up on my drawing skills, such as they are - LOL!

Elaine Allen

Monica said...

Ohhh, Pencils 101. I would love to win this class. I have a bluebird I learned from you somewhere and I love him! Thanks for the chance.

Colleayn said...

I would love to win a class with you. You are so talented! I'm happy for the blog hop to learn about you.

eSeN said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your students' work! I would love to win your class. Thanks for the chance!
n.serene@gmail.com

Kerr Pelto said...

I am interested in your give away! Thanks for participating!

Michelle said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this class! I need it badly!

Cmmargaret said...

Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

Adee said...

YEAYEEEEEE!! I get to win a class from you!!
It will be wonderful to learn from you! Thank you!!
adee@satx.rr.com

roc said...

Sounds like a great class!

carlanda brown williamson said...

would love to win a pencil class with you! thank you for this opportunity. carlanda

Sooz said...

WOW...what wondering art here! Thanks for this chance to stretch in a new direction.

Bamasphynx said...

I love your drawings and would love to win a class with you. Thank you for the opportunity!

Amie Lessard said...

I would love to win this!! I've been playing around with pencil recently and could really use the class to help me! amielessard @ Hotmail.com

Annie said...

Ok I'm just gonna say that I *need* to take one of your classes. There, I said it. :) winterbaybe@hotmail.com

Kristin said...

I have never taken a class from Creative Workshops or from you and would love the opportunity to learn from such talented artists!!

klanglais04@hotmail.com

Barbara Moore said...

Oh yes yes yes, I would love to win your Pencil 101 class. I have wanted to learn how to draw with pencil and this would be perfect. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win!

Darlene said...

Would love to win your class. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

Joyce said...

Your work is just amazing! I love the Creative Workshops new website and all of the inspirational teachers. Thank you for the chance to win a class!

Gramma Sue ~ Grampa Max said...

Your work is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

sumac444 at msn.com

Robin Broitman said...

I'm just learning to draw and would love to win a place in your pencils 101 drawing workshop...count me in Elizabeth!

Linda R said...

Would love to win, please oh please, fingers crossed!!

my cup of tea said...

This is so FUN! I would love the chance to win one of your classes!
Thanks so much!
Donna

Jackie said...

Hello Liz! How exciting is this?! I would love to win one of your classes- thanks so much for the offering! ") Kampysgirl@gmail.com

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Your work is amazing! Thank you for the chance to win a class!!!

kay stanley said...

Your art is beautiful. Would love to win a class. Thanks, Kay
kayart1@bellsouth.net

Iris said...

Thanks for a chance to win a free class.
isoscia@aol.com

Maureen Hayes said...

Elizabeth,

You know this has been a dream of mine for quite some time, but it cannot afford it. I would be so thrilled to win a spot in this class, I cannot even express it in words. Thank you for your generosity in doing this.

Much love,
Maureen

LisaT said...

Colored pencil is my media of choice so I would love to win your on-line couse in order to learn new techniques!

Gloria L. said...

Many thanks to you and to Creative Workshops for this fabulous opportunity!

Paula Collins said...

I would be a real beginner! I really can not draw. I would love to start. Thanks for chance to win. Paula Collins collinsscarboro@hughes.net

Alison said...

I would love to win one of your classes.
Thanks Alison

Jeanann said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I am so excited about this blog hop .. good luck to everyone!

Amante del Papel said...

OMG There are a fantastic draws, you are a great artist!!! I would be a so happy if I have take a class with you!

Sarah Lynch said...

I cannot draw at all!~ Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah Lynch said...

I would love to win your class...I cannot draw at all!

Createology said...

Oh Yes Please...I would be honored to be entered. I saw this at Lori's elviestudio blog. Thank you for this opportunity. Creative Bliss...

Patsy Fulford said...

Thanks for sharing!!Your work is awesome!!
Would love to paint with you!!!

TinaC said...

Amazing drawing :) I would be honored to learn from you!
tina@digiscrapsnmore.com

Unknown said...

What a great opportunity! I am new to the blogging world. Thank you for the chance to win!

Yvonne Russell said...

Beautiful drawings.. Would love to learn more of these techniques.. Thanks for the chance.
Yvonne
Russell.yvonne@gmail.com

Ginger Stroup said...

What a great opportunity to learn a new skill! Thanks for the chance to win! Ginger

Lena said...

wow, thank you for the giveaway :)

kksolliday said...

Learning to use pencils and learn to draw is a long time goal. I'd love to win your class. Thank you for the opportunity.

Debbie said...

I would love to take a workshop with you.Thank you for the generous offer.
dgoodrow at gmail dot com

Janine Rudnick said...

Oh, my goodness! The pencil class would be fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win.

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