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

vicki lee

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/

Last Call!!!

Registration Ends This Thursday for A Cut Above!!! Don’t delay in signing up for the class(es) of your choice because once registration closes (June 20th) the opportunity ends. I’m offering an optional DVD of both of these workshops that can only be purchased inside of the classroom at a nominal fee. This allows for those who may not have the time to do the class while it’s live, to do it at their own pace or for those who want to have unending access to the videos to revisit the workshop whenever they like.

The neat thing about the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat is that you can take as many classes at a time as you like-just like a live retreat! There are many wonderful instructors to choose from and a wide variety of techniques to learn.

I hope you’ll consider joining me for one or both of the only online classes I’m offering this year!!

Click on the image above to Register

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DVD Makeovers

I’ve been working on my online workshops through Artful Gathering this summer, June is right around the corner!! So while I was designing the covers for the DVD’s I will be offering in those classes, I also updated the existing DVD’s I offer outside of Artful Gathering. These are still the same workshops, just a new look on the outside and I’ve included the supply lists on the jackets or insert:-)

Pursuing Portraits DVD Jacket

 

Journal 365 DVD Jacket

 

If you would like more information about my new online workshops (the only ones I’m offering this year) please take a look at this page.

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/

Finding Frida 4

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

Final Destination on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!

Well, it’s finally here, the last stop on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!!! If you’ve collected all of the clues you can enter to win the prizes!!! Good luck to you all!
Final Destination Blog Visit!

Our last and final blog destination belongs to and this is the final location where you’ll find the last TWO words left in our secret word collection.

Pick up the last two words here.
Bring ALL your secret words here.

All Entries will Close May 5
Winners will be Announced May 7 at : ArtfulGathering.com
Winners will be drawn at random through random.org. One winner will be chosen to win the $200 e-card gift certificate to Jerry’s Artarama, and two winners will be chosen at random to win a $25 e-gift card to Jerry’s Artarama.
Please leave all the necessary contact info with your secret words in the moderated comment section of Artful Gathering’s Hop Page.

Thank you so much for hopping with us and we look forward to seeing you at Artful Gathering 2012. Special thanks to Jerry’s Artarama, Artful Gathering’s prize sponsor of the blog hop event.
Good Luck, and thank you for playing!
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