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10 Videos (18m)
    • Basic Shapes Beautiful Designs

      0:56
    • Getting Started

      2:55
    • Lines & Curves

      1:37
    • Circles, Petals, Leaves

      2:24
    • Insets & Outsets

      1:29
    • Combining Shapes

      1:31
    • Freeform Drawing

      1:22
    • Containers

      2:09
    • The Mandala Framework

      2:45
    • Final Thoughts

      0:40

About This Class

Have you always wanted to enjoy drawing as a fun way to pass the time and relax?

Have you admired the wonderful designs you see people draw and wish you could draw them too?

In this class, I will show you how to draw a few basic shapes and then we will experiment with ways to use them to create a multitude of simple and beautiful designs. We will play with filling a page with our creations and make drawing a daily habit. The more you draw the more you will find ways to add design and creativity into your life.

In the second part of the class I will show you how I use containers and frameworks to create more ideas with the shapes we learned and then we will walk through the process of creating a mandala design with these techniques.

What you will need:

  • pencil
  • felt tip pen or marker
  • paper, drawing pad or sketchbook
  • eraser 

No drawing experience is required.  The purpose of this class is to inspire you to just pick up the pencil and draw.  The more we just allow ourselves to play on the paper, without judging our designs, the better we will become at drawing and the more open we will become to our own creative style.

216 of 218 students recommendSee All

Easy to follow and very enjoyable.
Great way to start out drawing for newbies! Very accessible and not at all intimidating. Thanks for the class!
Jane is an excellent teacher who makes drawing attainable for me. I was convinced I could only draw a stick figure. I highly recommend this class to anyone who would like to explore a new skill. All you need is paper, pen, pencil and eraser. You're good to go. Jane makes it easy.

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Jane Snedden Peever

Inspiring Creativity and Blogging at jspcreate.com

Illustrator and Pattern Designer - The most beautiful designs start with the simplest ideas.

Working as a professional pattern designer, textile artist and illustrator over the last 20 years, I have experienced the greatest joy from sharing my passion for creativity and encouraging others to explore creativity in all areas of their lives.

I believe the first step to accomplishing your goals and dreams is to just start.  Jump in and learn as you go.  Let yourself make mistakes, those are the best lessons.  Don't judge your work, just do and then do it again and do it some more.  Watch it evolve and look back with awe in how far you have come because you chose to just start!  

My goal in my classes is to find the simple and basic ways to help my students of all ages to just start drawing or to spark that desire to get back to drawing.  I break the process down into simple techniques that everyone can try and encourage you to keep going, by building on these simple ideas to create more detailed designs.

The simple art of hand drawing is a great creative activity for both relaxation and productivity and for just plain fun.  My goal is to design and share, fun, creative, hand drawing exercises that prove just how simple it can be.  Most of my classes only require a pencil, paper and pen.

Remember the most beautiful designs start with the simplest ideas.

Visit me at my website and blog to see more of my creative process www.jspcreate.com

Follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook Page Circular Expressions

Keep in touch with me by sharing your class inspired designs with me @jspcreate or #jspcreate.  I love seeing your creations and sharing in your daily creativity

Jane has been creating in the field of design and textile patterns for over 20 years and most recently has had her mandala designs published in two colouring books available at both your local and online booksellers.  Check out more on her books here www.jspcreate.com/books-and-publications