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Have you ever looked at a landscape scene and felt overwhelmed by all the details?
In the Simplicity in Nature class, you will learn a variety of ways to simplify a landscape scene to capture the important details and essence of a place.
The class will take you through what to look for when choosing a scene, different approaches for using references, and tips for making your work more abstract.
This will lead into the main project, where you will bring your landscape ideas to life using watercolour, mixed media, and fun textural techniques!
In this class, you will learn:
- 7 tips for simplifying a landscape scene.
- The benefits of having a drawing practice and approaches you can use if you struggle with drawing.
- What to look for in a reference image and how to source reference photographs for your art.
- How to use watercolour techniques to express the mood and feeling of a place.
- Fun ideas to try including using salt, cling wrap, masking tape, stencils, and more.
- Tips for bringing more story and self-expression to your work.
- Ideas for how to continue your landscape journey beyond this class.
This mini class is packed with tips & techniques, while still giving you room to explore the beauty of nature in your own personal way.
What is the Creative Blend Art Program?
This class is part of the Creative Blend Art Program. The CB Program is designed to help you establish a consistent art practice while digging in deep with what lights you up and makes your work unique.
The program is running from April 2022 through until March 2023.
A new class is released each month exploring a theme. From developing your style to building confidence with colour, rest assured, this is a jam-packed program!
Each class includes a rich combination of; painting videos, Q&As, art supply deep dives, guest artist interviews and so much more. All in a cosy, relatable and easy-to-digest format. You also get LIFETIME ACCESS!
Let's take a closer look at ...
Simplicity in Nature
Setting the Scene
Let's get the creative juices flowing!
In the Q&A I'm answering a brilliant question about whether all artists need to learn how to draw.
There's also a tips video with seven practical examples of how you can simplify a landscape scene or any subject.
Plus, a video where I share a simple way to find reference photographs to use in the main project.
Get access to three start-to-finish watercolour and ink landscape demonstrations. You'll learn how to draw inspiration from your reference material without getting caught up in ALL the details.
I'll take you through each painting, explaining my choices, challenges, and new discoveries.
Even if you paint in a very different style, hearing how I approach each piece, will give you a fresh perspective and new sparks.
While you can use other mediums for this class, it's definitely a class that will appeal to watercolour lovers!
You'll learn how easy it is to use watercolour and ink to create stunning effects. I'll guide you through how to make washes, build layers, add texture, work wet on wet, use masking tape, and more.
We'll also look at how to use items from around the home like salt and glad wrap to capture landscape textures.
Studio Vlog / Fun Bonuses!
I have two extra videos for you!
A mini-painting demo where we'll explore the magic of isolating a suject and using non-realistic colours. Hello hot pink!
Plus there's a peek inside my most recent landscape-inspired sketchbook. This will give you ideas on how to continue your landscape journey.
Meet Our Guest Speaker
THIS INTERVIEW WILL HELP YOU BRING MORE STORY & SELF-EXPRESSION TO YOUR ART
This month our guest is mixed-media artist Helen Hallows. Helen talks about finding stillness in today's fast-paced social media world, understanding your own creative rhythms, and tapping into more story and self-expression in your art. This is one of those conversations that hits on so many levels. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Click Helen's image to learn more about her.
Grab your seat today, and elevate your life and art practice
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Refund Policy: Because you're giving immediate access to the class, I am unable to offer a refund. I encourage you to contact me with any questions prior to purchasing. There is a contact form in the footer of this page.
Love from past students……
I don't think it is too bold of me to say that my art improved immediately. I now have people regularly asking to purchase my work, which is incredibly rewarding. These classes have helped to feed my creativity immeasurably, and I am forever hanging out for the next one!
Laura presents incredibly useful tips in a structured way, while still providing space and encouragement for students to pursue their own creative instincts. I used to think abstracts were beyond me, and thanks to Laura, I now only paint abstracts! I’ve watched all her classes literally countless times, and yet each time, I still find something new.
Laura Horn is a brilliant teacher. I have taken all of her classes. They are like meditation to me and have given me skills in mixed media, abstracts, botanicals and so much more. I am waiting eagerly for her new course to begin.
I've had the joy and privilege of teaching over 25,000 students across the globe through my online classes.
Meet Laura, your teacher
Hello, I'm Laura
I'm a mixed media artist from Adelaide, South Australia. Ten years ago, I picked up a paintbrush. I had two young children, and like many mothers, I felt a little lost among all the nappies.
As soon as I reconnected with my creativity, I felt a spark. I quickly fell in love with all things art. The yummy supplies, the supportive community, and the sense of purpose and satisfaction that came from doing something I truly loved.
I followed my passion and built a beautiful, messy life around it. Things rarely went to plan, but I amazed myself with the things that I could do. From selling my work at markets and cafes to running a retreat in Bali, right through to hosting a top-rated art podcast.
Tapping into my creativity gave me clarity and confidence, and it can do this for you too.
A Quick Word About Supplies
I will mainly be using watercolour and ink in this class, but it's the concepts that are important, rather than specific supplies. You could do the course using acrylic paint or collage, and you would still get so much out of it! In fact that would be really fun. So with that in mind, please think of the supply list as a guide only. This is what I use, but you can swap things out or completely change it up!
Click the button below to download the Supply List.
Many of my students enjoy watching the class first before making their supply choices. You may find you already have suitable supplies for the class.
- Introduction to Simplicity in Nature (3:36)
- Do I Need to Learn to Draw? (Q&A) (12:31)
- Tips for Simplifying a Landscape Scene (7:05)
- Finding Reference Images (EXERCISE) (6:37)
- Helen Hallows - Encouraging More Story & Self-Expression in Your Art (INTERVIEW) (50:52)
- Beginners Guide to Watercolour Paint (ART SUPPLY DEEP DIVE) (16:50)
Frequently Asked Questions...
Do I have to buy all the Creative Blend classes?
No, each class can be enjoyed as a stand-alone class. I will be releasing a class on the first day of each month for a year, beginning April 1, 2022. Each class is $37. I will be leaving the classes up on my website as instant access classes for the duration of the program. You will be able to pick and choose classes based on your creative interests.
Do I have a limited amount of time to access this program?
The course comes with lifetime access. There is no time limit so you don't need to worry about missing out. You can log into the Teachable classroom at any time to view the videos or you can download the content onto your device.
What is included and how long are the videos?
See section above to view the curriculum and video duration for this specific class.
What level is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone that has an interest in mixed media painting. The program caters for complete beginners through to more experienced artists. If you are a beginner the Art Supply Deep Dive is going to be very helpful. If you are more experienced, you might be familiar with the supplies but there will be plenty of fresh perspectives shared through the Cosy Studio Chat/Q&A, Studio Vlog and Painting Sessions.
Do I need to have all the art supplies? I'm just getting started and have a limited budget.
The Creative Blend Art Program is very flexible. You can substitute supplies for almost all of the lessons and I am happy to suggest alternative options.
For this class I have created a Supply List. Think of this as a flexible guide.
My suggestion would be to watch the module first and then decide on your supply choices.
Will there be an online community for this course?
Yes, you will be invited to join the private Creative Blend Art Program Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is optional as all course content will be posted in Teachable, but if you want to share your work and ask questions, Facebook will be the main platform for participant interaction.