First Quarter: Illustration

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February: Plants and Animals

Daily practice prompts:

Reading Assignments:
  1. Show Your Work
  2. Bird by Bird
  3. Creative Tarot
Books for Inspiration + Reference:

Week 1: Fruits and Veggies

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Illustrated recipe for farmer’s market produce

Week 2: Flowers + Botanicals

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Set of floral stickers (floral motifs + minimal lettering)

Week 3: Animals

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Animal painting for a child’s room (to use as print, wall decal, or translated into a repeat pattern)

Final Project:

Farmer’s market and/ or garden suite: poster, note cards (or recipe cards), shopping bag, tea towels, fabric swatch

March: People and Figures 

Daily practice prompts:

Creativebug’s 31 Days of Faces Daily Challenge

Reading Assignments:
  1. Big Magic
  2. Art and Fear
  3. Creative Pep Talk
Books for Inspiration + Reference:

Week 1: Figures + Bodies

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Complete exercises from videos

Week 2: Faces!

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Illustrate a set of emoji-inspired faces

Week 3: More Faces!

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Paint a whimsical portrait of a famous person from a photo reference

Week 4: Technique + Final Project

Video Lessons:

Final Project:

Illustrate a set of children’s book characters

April: Objects and Architecture

Daily practice prompts:

31 Things to Draw with Lisa Congdon (Creativebug)

Reading Assignments:
  1. The War of Art
  2. Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life
  3. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

Week 1: Urban Sketching

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Create a series of sketches of the downtown area

Week 2: Houses

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Draw four different styles of house

Week 3: Everyday Objects

Video Lessons:
Art Practice:

Make a zine!

Week 4: Maps

Final Project:

Design a map-themed wedding suite

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