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World of Whimsy - Mixed Media Art Workshop

Now Available on DVD!

Learn to create your own whimsical mixed media characters and get in touch with your inner awesomeness on the way!


Student Feedback:
"The WOW class helps you free your inner artist self, through compassion and introspection, while simultaneously teaching you solid techniques of figurative and mixed media art-making. It's a transformative, uplifting experience that, for me, really opened more doors in my art world. I highly recommend it!" - Alix North, Workshop Participant

What You're Buying

Please note: the two DVDs are DATA DVDs. The file formats of the videos on the DVDs are in .wmv and .mov. This means you cannot watch the files on your TV unless your DVD player specfically plays the above mentioned file formats. The files on the DVD can be played on PCs or MACs using either Quicktime (.mov files), VLC (both file types) or Windows Media Player (.wmv files). I strongly recommend Quicktime for the .mov files as the VLC player tends to distort the videos ever so slightly.

You get 2 DVDs which contain 9 wmv files, 9 mov files (duplicate of the wmv files) and 15 PDF files. A supply list will be sent with the DVD as well as a hard copy. The DVD case has a professionally printed sleeve covering it.

May, 2009

This course was run on my ning network from 28th Feb 2009 - 17th April 2009 for 121 students. As I am pregnant at the moment and won’t be able to run the course any time soon again I’ve decided to make the course available on DVD so that those who missed out can follow the course as well minus the interaction with myself and other students.

The DVDs contain 9 video files (x 2 in different formats) covering 6 weeks of mixed media art lessons. Pls note that I have NOT taken out little chats or comments which related to events or circumstances happening at the time. For instance; I mention I’ve just come out of hospital, obviously; this happened then!

I include 2 mid week video responses, these videos were created in response to students’ work and questions, I enjoy including them here so that you get the full picture of what happened on the course.

Course outline

Art Outline
week 1 - Composition, layout, design of your piece.
week 2 - How to draw main elements of your piece & inspiration.
week 3 - Shading and filling in your elements.
week 4 - Background & layering.
week 5 - Embellishments, definitions & borders (frames).
week 6 - Adding inspirational, uplifting messages to your art (also learning about fonts!)

Your pdfs will contain both technical guidance and will look into positive healing and self acceptance practises based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg (nonviolent
communication, looking at feelings and needs), Eckhart Tolle (the power of now) and Byron Katie (the work).

Self-Acceptance\/ Healing Outline—PDFs
week 1 - “There Is No Such Thing As Failure”
week 2 - “The Art of Acceptance”
week 3 - “Dancing with Monsters”
week 4 - “Being Here Now\/ Feelings & Needs”
week 5 - “Who Would You Be Without Your Story?”
week 6 - “Being Incredibly Awesome”

Student Feedback (with permission)

"Very informative and fun course. I love your positive attitude."
- Laurie Jones

"Tam's course was wonderful, and so enjoyable. She is so friendly and lovely. Her presentation is very good and she's very clear with her instructions. She also leaves in her mistakes which makes us feel better when things don't go quite according to plan."
-Lindsay Long

"A great introduction to mixed media art techniques. Very encouraging and inspiring, gives you the courage to create regardless of skill level not to mention it is fun :D"
- Lauren Cordonier

"An excellent, exciting, and creative experience that frees you! I could not wait to see each video and I couldn't wait to hear the comments on the homework that I posted. I loved how I learned from Tam and from all the other students."
- Sindy Sacoman

"This course is highly recommended for people who are interested in self-esteem issues as it relates to making art. Willowing puts much emphasis on healing and nurtures her students beautifully."
- Stacy Alexander

"Take Tam's class if you can, you won't be sorry. Your confidence and abilities will grow each week. Tam has a way of making art fun exciting and do-able. She shows you how to work through each and every step of the painting with ease. At the end of her course you will have paintings you will be proud of no matter what level you started from. It's a small price to pay for something that just might enrich your life. It has mine."
-Sherree Givens

"On-line art course that is fun, casual and convenient. Full of fun whimsical inspiration. Great because I can stay at home and relax while I learn. Also, nice to be able to go at my own pace. No pressure."
-Paula Meehan

"Awesome! This course has made me dare to draw and paint. A new world has been opened for me."
- Margit Rasmussen

"I would say that it's a great course, both for beginners and experienced artists. Someone who has never picked up a paintbrush wouldn't feel overwhelmed, yet as an experienced artist, I was able to learn new ways of doing things. I have taught tons of my own workshops (not online), yet I still learned so much! I also feel I got a lot of value for the money I paid. I got so excited when I saw the long videos! You can never give me too much art time!

I have taken several online courses in the last 6 months or so and while I enjoyed and learned from them all, yours was the only one that taught different ways of drawing. It means that everyone can take inspiration from your ideas, but combine them in their own ways to create their own work, rather than copies of yours. My faces have evolved dramatically over the course and I like them more than ever, probably because the experimenting phase from the early video made gave me that push to try different noses, mouths and face shapes, etc. "
- Jolie Dennison

"The best course on the web, if you really want to find yourself in your art. You will find healing and acceptance, and at some point you will discover that not only have you made art, you have made friends as well. By learning in this safe and supportive environment, it was easy to share my work, and to learn from other classmates, as well. I enjoyed this class so much, that I would love to take it again! I am hoping for a Whimsy Class # 2!"
-Merry Sunny Faith

"This was a great course. I can't believe I actually gained enough confidence and encouragement to put my art on the internet for anyone to see! Tam is so supportive and skilled, it is a great combination."
- Susan Koopmans

for more information: www.willowing.org or www.willowing.ning.com

or email me: tam[at]willowing[dot]org

World of Whimsy - Mixed Media Art Workshop