Creative Pencils is an online community for the students of J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson.
Inside you will find quality video drawing lessons with teacher critique that is helpful,
clear, and laced with kindness, encouragement, and lots of fun!
The way into Creative Pencils is to enroll in any one of Elizabeth's workshops. Your enrollment, along with your
sign up, will open the door to learning and interaction with Elizabeth and students from all over the world.
Please add creativepencilsart(at)gmail.com to your address book so you are sure to receive our contact.
Art Lessons for Kids are coming to Creative Pencils. Here is a demonstration by artist and instructor Kate Johnson. There are 3 parts to this video. You will be able to click to the next part at the end of this one.
Elizabeth Gyles Johnson has been creating art for most of her life and has been helping students to discover creativity and their hidden artistic skills since 1999. Although she has taught a variety of art forms, her tools of choice are artist pencils. Elizabeth’s calm and encouraging teaching style has opened up the world of drawing to hundreds of students who have discovered she was right; they really could learn to draw with her clear instructions. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her students often comment with delight on the thorough and clear instruction and affirming atmosphere of her classes. Elizabeth encourages each student to find their own sense of creativity and style as they work through her right-brained approach to drawing.
Elizabeth has taught local classes and workshops throughout the Midwest to both children and adults. She teaches all types of artist pencils and in all subjects. When she is not teaching, Elizabeth enjoys creating in her studio. She is an award winning artist and is known for her exquisitely lifelike commissioned animal portraits. Her art is enjoyed in collections internationally.
To quote one of Elizabeth’s long time student’s.
"In just a few short weeks, Elizabeth has taken me, a complete amateur, into a realm of drawing that I can apply and use in my other artwork with ease and a feeling of comfortable success. Her technique of teaching...is so refreshing."
"I so appreciate your teaching style. You are a true instructor. You are always kind and supportive, but also help us to see where we could improve."
"your video instruction is really excellent. You are very articulate, positive, clear! I am learning a lot!"
"I just love this class and the amazing teacher!"
Learn how to capture a dog's unique features as well as their personality.
In this workshop, Elizabeth will share the techniques she uses to draw beautiful dog portraits with graphite pencils.
You will get to choose your own subject, so you can draw your best four footed friend with Elizabeth's guidance.
In this workshop you will draw a beautiful trio of tulips using colored pencils. You will learn the method of using Zest-It solvent to allow for layering with an undercoat.
This is a fun and time saving technique that will bring more realism to your colored pencil drawings.
COLOR!!! Colored Pencils 101
Get ready! This is going to be fun! Elizabeth is offering a foundational class in colored pencils. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn Elizabeth’s unique technique in layering colors to bring subjects to vibrant life.
Any task is better accomplished with a solid foundation. The basic
Creative Pencils Course includes 3 workshops, Pencils 101, 201, & 301. These successive workshops teach you line drawing and basic shading using graphite pencils. And they help you become a more creative pencil artist. Although not required, Elizabeth strongly encourages all students to complete all three workshops.
lessons 1 - 5
The foundation and first step toward creating beautiful drawings. These lessons teach you to see with an artist’s eye and develop your skills in line work and basic shading.
Lessons 11 - 15
Enrich and strengthen your pencil art with more creativity and definition. Each lesson introduces a new and more challenging subject widening your skills and experience. Includes deeper shading, stronger perspective, reflective glass, soft textures, and
making more creative compositions.