Still Pursuing Portraits Workshop Giveaway!

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I’m giving away ONE SPOT in my Encore Presentation of Still Pursuing Portraits!!! To enter your name simply leave a comment and share this post on Facebook or your blog or to a friend or anyway that works for you! If you are already signed up for class and win, you’ll get a full refund of your tuition!! For a look at a previous post with all the class info go HERE

DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH at 12:00pm CST. You must leave a contact email or website to be eligible. 

Last years attendees had so much fun that many of them still talk portraits in a private Facebook group they started after class. I asked some of them to share their progress, thoughts, or journeys with you so you can see first hand how their work has evolved into their own personal styles and how they overcame the fear of drawing and painting faces through this workshop. What I love and strive for in teaching is to encourage people to find their own artistic voice. I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to teach a class on faces because I didn’t want to just teach how to do little carbon copies of my work, but rather to give the tools necessary to learn the how of drawing faces and encourage people to make them their own. You can see from the examples here that they did just that!

Student Work from Still Pursuing Portraits

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work of  Vicki Lee

Here are eight postcards (of many) that I’ve sent to other artists in an exchange. I have Pam to thank for so expertly teaching me to draw faces. I wanted to say that, before taking your class, I had no clue how to draw or paint a portrait. Since your class, I have never looked back and continue to draw and paint portraits daily. I thank you from the bottom of my heart (and all well-placed features) for teaching me these skills. You are my drawing angel.

Cynthia Leary Stroo

work of Cynthia Leary-Stroo

I LOVE taking online art classes. Going to class at any hour of the day or night, wearing whatever you want to class, and sitting with your cat beside you, what’s not to like!
My art has grown by huge increments by taking these classes. While there are many teachers out there, one of my very favorite is Pam Carriker.
Her teaching skills are fantastic and she is a generous and big-hearted soul . I am proud to call her both teacher and friend.
I first encountered Pam , as a fellow classmate , in a collage class. When I heard that she was teaching online, I jumped at the chance…and have jumped several times since. I have learned in her background classes , her gray-scale class, but my favorite classes are her Portrait classes.
Pursuing Portraits and Still Pursuing Portraits are some of my favorites and by taking them, my portrait skills have moved forward.
My tips to those taking her Portrait class are to practice, practice, and practice some more. That repetition is where you will find your own style. And don’t judge your efforts ,just keep producing and with dedication to the art, you will be greatly rewarded.
A bonus of the Pursuing Portraits class was the genesis of a private Facebook group we formed with students from the class so that we could continue sharing our art work , our ideas, and keep our little community alive. We welcome future and current students of Pursuing Portraits to join us atwww.facebook.com/aboutface
Come visit my blog at www.sheshighstrung.blogspot.com

Christine Jermyn

work of Christine Jermyn

“Pam …… I just wanted to write and thank you for doing the Still Pursuing Portraits class. It was my first online class and although I was somewhat nervous initially, once I got started, I enjoyed it very much. The individuality of all the artists and their portraits and the feedback, both from you and from the group, made it a very positive experience.”

The most difficult thing for me was posting my first drawing as I was very apprehensive about sharing my work online. However, with the wonderful support and encouragement from Pam and the other group members, this quickly disappeared. Pam is a great teacher and the lessons were very clear and easy to follow. I learned so much in this workshop and it gave me the confidence to continue drawing portraits on my own. I also purchased the DVD which was very helpful for review, once the workshop was finished, as I continued with my own practice.

M Kristin Johnsen

work of M Kristin Johnsen

I’m one of those people who was told as a third grader that she couldn’t draw, so I stopped trying. So you can imagine my tenseness when Pam asked us to draw our own faces in Journal 365 a few years ago! Now she was wonderful about it all and had alternate solutions for those of us who were scared senseless – but encouraged us to take a chance. And with that kind of encouragement, how could I say no? Thing was, when I was done, my drawing wasn’t half bad. And new options for my art and art journaling opened up.

The Pursuing Portraits class came at a good and bad time for me last year. I was working very intensely in my day job, but because I was also located away from home, I had a lot of time to focus on my art when I wasn’t at work. And Pam and the group of participants became my new friends. Some Friday evenings when I was too tired to do much else, the virtual Pam would keep me company and encourage me to draw a face using her face map. And I could! I wanted to use more faces in my journal work, and with Pam’s ideas and prompting, I discovered new ways add them and my drawing got better through practice.

I still envy Pam the easiness with which she picks up a pencil and dashes out just a lovely face but I know that if I put the time into the work as she has, I could be doing the same thing. And I know this because of how much I’ve improved over the past two years. I purchased the videos of the class because for me, I need to see something over and over again and because of my schedule, I knew I would not always be able to do that during the scheduled class time. I still need Pam talking me through some of the places I where I struggle, and knowing that I can always return to the videos for reminders helps me be bold and try new things.

People come to this class for different reasons, and get out of it what they put in. I was not able to do as much during the class as I wanted due to job constraints on my time, but with the DVDs, I’m able to attend what I call my remedial class, so I can get the time in that my fellow travelers did while we worked together. I’m better than I used to be, and not as good as I want to be. But two years ago, I did not think I could draw a portrait. And now I can. – here it is now, she says hopefully:  http://krisatlarge.wordpress.com

Judy

work of Judy Miller-Check

I’d tell the new S.P.P. students to practice, practice, practice. I’ve borrowed sketching books, bought books, clipped good faces from magazines, and studied features on TV. I “reused” several of my portraits in a piece which will be published in fall. Thank You, Pam, and all of you wonderful artists in this group.

Anne O'Connor

work of Anne O’Connor

I like the way you present material in a step-by-step format that makes it possible for anyone to draw a face! You are a wonderful teacher – thanks.

Leslie

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work of Leslie Van Der Heide

Here is a picture of one I did in your class. I never dared to draw a face. I did’nt know how or where to start. I fished the internet for a good course. I found Pam’s video and decided to sign up.

The second picture is one I drew a few days ago. I am still learning and just love it.

I liked how Pam introduces other materials to use for colour.

And because it happens to all of us, this shows the growth from before viewing the video lessons in class

Judy Evans-Clements

Judy Evens-Clements 2

work of Judy Evans-Clements

First and second attempts – then I got derailed…..

Kelley Diener

work of Kelley Diener

visit her blog post HERE

Darlene Campbell

work of Darlene Campbell

I took my first class with Pam through Strathmore workshops. I was thrilled to take her Portrait class through Artful Gathering. The group experience was fun and memorable…enough that a facebook group (About Face) developed as a result. I felt as if Pam were sitting with me in my studio. I typically draw with ink then go right for the paints. I never sketch with pencil. I surprised myself that I could achieve this with a pencil and a blending stump. Pam’s “face mapping” is ingenious and the structure of what I learned has definately transferred to painting portraits for me. If you want to know what face mapping is you’ll have to take the class. Visit my blog to see my recent portraits with acrylic. http://darlene-freeniebelle.blogspot.com/

Online Workshop Giveaway(s)!!!

I’m really excited about my two upcoming online workshops and the main reason is because it’s the only time I’m teaching online this year! I’d so hate for you to miss the fun. I love doing online classes buy my schedule is just too full right now to more than this. Now, I know it’s durning the summer (all summer long if you take both sessions) but the awesome thing about these classes is that you have the option to purchase a DVD of all of the video lessons from inside the workshop! So if you don’t have time to do all of the workshop this summer you can pop in, say hi and download the written materials, purchase a DVD and do the class later at your own pace, no worries! Almost every person opted for the DVD last year, most just to have on hand to revisit the material later. And seriously, I guarantee you that as soon as registration closes there will be people wanting in-it happens every year! So don’t get busy and forget to sign up today!

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Artful Gathering strives very hard to bring an Art Retreat atmosphere to the whole event. There will be book signings, giveaways, raffles, door prizes and more!

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1st Session Workhsop

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2nd Session Workshop

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Still Pursuing Portraits DVD Jacket

Optional DVD that can only be purchased in the class!

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Workshop Handouts that you can download and print out!

Sponsor Prize

My Sponsor Giveaway (includes a signed copy of my new book hot off the press in September!

So what am I giving away? TWO OF MY WORKSHOPS!!! Your choice of either A Cut Above or Still Pursuing Portraits!!! And if you’ve already paid for the workshop, you will get a refund! Oh, and that’s not all…

I will also draw two names to each receive a FREE DVD if they purchase one of my classes.

So what do you have to do to enter? Leave a comment including your FIRST and LAST NAME and or contact info ( so I can tell you that you’ve won!) and I’m going to ask that you tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway. Now I’m not going to be checking to see that you did, I’m just asking that you help me share the news about Artful Gathering and my workshop giveaway. Just a quick link share would be awesome!

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END ON FRIDAY @ 12PM CST

Artful Gathering Blog Hop Stop!

Artful Gathering Event Registration is Open!

I’m so thrilled to be coming back to this event for my third year. It just keeps getting bigger and better!

I’m the Spotlight Artist for The Artful Gathering 2013 Blog Hop!


Follow along with me for fun, creativity, and a chance to win a
$200.00 Gift Certificate for The Artful Gathering Marketplace Opening Soon. The winner can apply the certificate toward any 2013 online art workshop(s).
*kits and dvds not applicable.

 

 

I’m presenting TWO classes at Artful Gathering 2013!
Come and Join me for….
June 6 – July 17
July 16 – August 26

Come Hop With US!

Hop Rules:

If you would like to hop with us and meet all the super awesome Artful Gathering 2013 Art Instructors, and have a chance to win a random drawing prize in our random drawing, then hop with us! Each week, I will announce the blog for you to visit, and off you go to meet them, and to pick up the newest secret word.
  1. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those participants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words!
  2. Only one winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will receive a $200 gift certificate for a 2013 Online Video Workshop(s). *Not applicable to workshop kits or dvds.*
  3. This weeks word is …..WORLD
  4. If you missed last weeks word visit
  5. http://www.nancymalay.blogspot.com/

Help Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

I know many of you probably feel the same way I do when I watched Hurricane Sandy hit and leave behind devastation and enormous hardship to the people on the East Coast, what can I possibly do to help?

Several of us have donated art as an extra incentive to help those in need. ‘Determined’ seemed like a perfect choice for me to donate as I see inspiring story after inspiring story of the determined spirit of those who have lost everything go about reclaiming their lives in the aftermath of the storm.

‘Determined’ 9 x 12 x 2 gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang

Sometimes we think our ‘small’ effort isn’t enough to help and if we can’t do something big we don’t bother-but that’s what’s so great about being a small part of a big thing like the raffle Art Is You is putting together! If we each can just give something small, those many small things become a very big blessing to someone who has lost everything. I hope you’ll look at the information below and see if there is a way you can help. This is a time for America to stand together and help those in need!

Join Art is…You, Adorn Me!An Artful JourneyThe Artful Gathering and Vivi Magoo Presents – as we raise much needed funds for essential personal and household items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Working with Family to Family and local relief agencies we will have your donation delivered directly to where it is needed – into the hands of those who have lost everything.  Let them see how we can unite and Live in Generosity.  Let them feel our love.

We would like to thank our four wonderful art friends who stepped forward to help us with our efforts. Kim Geiser for donating her Ipadoodle talents and creating this wonderful logo promoting our efforts.  Pam CarrikerSue Pelletier and Jodi Ohl – who have donated a piece of art as an added incentive for anyone who makes a donation on our site.  You will go into the draw to win one of these fabulous pieces of art.  Drawing will take place November 30th, 2012 at 9.00am Eastern.

Just click on the DONATE NOW Button and you will have the opportunity to make a cash donation or purchase actual items including groceries or gas cards.  Once you have donated, please share on Facebook, tell your friends – get the word out that this village of artists, their family and friends are united in rebuilding the lives of those around them.

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda Young, Barb Solem, Cindy Woods, and Cristina Zinnia Galliher for their personal attention to this initiative!

DONATE NOW!

Sallianne McClelland and Ellen Legare

Still Pursuing Portraits

Artful Gathering the online Art Retreat is underway!!! I you want to take an art ‘staycation’ this is it!! Many classes to choose from and you can take more than one! Not sure you’ll be able to complete your class during the 6 week course? No worries, many of the workshops are offering a DVD option in their classroom, including me!

Student work has begun rolling in for my brand new online workshop Still Pursuing Portraits and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

 

We are chatting it up and flexing those drawing muscles and fearlessly pursuing the art of drawing portraits using a method I taught myself that allows you to sketch rapidly and develop a portrait style all your own.

Just check out some of the work that has already been done since class opened on Wednesday!!! We are one large, happy group and we’d love to have you join in so if you’re looking to improve your sketching skills this summer this may be for you! This is the only time this class will be offered in 2012, so don’t miss out!


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Creating ‘Frida’ inspired work makes you consider the elements you add and how they will tell your story.

Here I used elements found in her work in a new way. I love the little hand earring, but I’m a ‘doer’ so for me the hand had to be doing something.

I’m busy getting ready to head to CA next week to teach at CREATE. I hope to see some of you there:-) I will be doing a book signing June 2nd at 4:30 so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Also Artful Gathering will begin right after I get home on June 6th! This is the only new online workshop for 2012, so if you’re at all interested don’t delay in signing up as registration will close 2 weeks after class opens on the 6th. Many have asked if they can just purchase the DVD and what is on the DVD. The DVD is only available for class attendees and it is the complete set of videos from the workshop! So even if the time of Artful Gathering doesn’t work for you, you can join and download printed materials and get the DVD to go through the workshop when it’s convenient for you.

Artful Gathering Now Open!

Wow! It’s hard for those of us behind the scenes at ARTFUL GATHERING to believe the day is finally here!! We’ve been busy for months working on our workshops, shooting, editing,  turning videos into DVD’s, writing up handouts, gathering awesome raffle prizes, and getting the classrooms all set for you!

 

I hope you’ll consider joining me for my brand new online class! This is the only drawing faces class that I’ll be teaching live or online in 2012, so don’t miss the chance to participate in a real time online setting and then also have the opportunity to revisit the workshop through the DVD and handouts anytime you like!

June 2012 Artful Gathering

Still Pursuing Portraits
Pam Carriker

A few years ago, a couple hundred students began a journey with me called Pursuing Portraits. I don’t know about most of them, but for me, my pursuit of drawing and painting portraits continues on. I’ve moved from cute, stylized faces to more accurate, realistic portraits. That is where my journey has taken me and along the way I’ve learned, through teaching numerous workshops, how to dissect a face and demonstrate easy ways to make a ‘face map’ to guide the artist in creating a face with the correct proportions. For the first time, I would like to share all of this with you! This workshop will cover creating portraits from sketching to painting, with some fun new mediums thrown in for even further exploration. So you didn’t take Pursing Portraits the first time? This class is brand new, and will benefit both those who took my first workshop and those who did not.

Daily exercising of the ‘sketching’ muscles is highly encouraged as in lessons 1-3 we will explore drawing a face from front, side, and ¾ views. Mapping, shading, various pencil techniques, and an easy method of transferring sketches to rapidly improve drawing skills, will be demonstrated through videos. PDF downloads of worksheets will accompany each of these lessons so we can practice without fear. We will work in journals to enhance the atmosphere of learning and to see our growth. Creating faces takes practice and if you put in the time I can guarantee you will see improvement and growth in your work.

When we have practiced our hand at drawing, we will then move on to painting portraits using a variety of mediums. Water soluble crayon, my new Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink, and acrylic paint will all be explored in our journals. This 8 week workshop will include over 100 minutes of video instruction, PDF download worksheets, video and written instruction on drawing a face from full on, profile, and ¾ views, shading, water soluble crayon, Sketching Ink, and acrylic paint techniques. Everything you need to get started or to enhance your journey as you continue your Pursuit of Portraits.

Workshop Fee:  $110.00

A DVD of all of the video lessons (over 120 minutes) will be available for purchase. $25.00 shipping included in the US and $35.00 shipping included outside of the US

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