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The Artist Notebook

CREATIVITY. When was the last time you felt creative? Start today - just you and an idea.

DESIRE. Are you standing on the sidelines or participating? Art is in the practice, in the doing, period.

Guided experimentation, increased artistic confidence and building your skill sets are the focus of this creative membership site. Monthly content will be delivered in self-paced weekly modules as we develop a practice of self-expression and rule breaking. We will create a unique Artist Notebook designed for exploration and play as part of your creative process. By your side each month, this Artist Notebook will be the basis for inspiration whenever your art table calls.

PRACTICE. Why do you need it? Practice builds confidence and skill sets.

RULES. Why do you have them? We are going to break rules and embrace risk.

DRAWING. Is it part of your daily routine? This one practice is worth its weight in gold and will improve your art.

COLOR. Is it a struggle? Color mixing is about control, the more you practice the easier it gets.

Each month inside The Artist Notebook you will receive
A path for slow and progressive growth into the artist you want to become. Each weekly module will include video content for the sections listed below totaling 4-8 hours per month.

The art of black and white. Drawing practice and understanding values are two things that can instantly change your art. Each month we will strengthen our skills in drawing and experiment with the many black and white tools available such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, a stabilo and so much more. Learn a new way to see as you grow your artistic abilities.


Color palette study. Learn to see color, tone and value and watch your art change. Each month a new color palette will be revealed. Learn to create new colors by combining hues, adding tints or shadow color, and exploring complementary colors. Now let's explore the possibilities within your palette so you better understand how to use the colors you've just created.


Gather sketch practice. We will find personal inspiration in our surroundings. Then explore using your elements to build a vignette as a reference. Using our monthly color theme and drawing, we will put our practice into production using our sketchbook as the perfect surface to experiment.

Thinking outside the box. Inspiration can happen anywhere and in many, many ways. Let's create art around a story, a quote, a song lyric, a piece of poetry, a photo - the possibilities are endless.


Studio inspiration cards. Constructing these cards is a creative practice of paint, paper and imagination. Each one will be mindfully created letting our monthly color palette inspire us. New techniques and texture will make these cards one-of-a-kind pieces designed to inspire.

Sketchbook to easel. Gathering all we have practiced this month, let's get ready to move out of the sketchbook and onto the easel. We'll talk about design and composition while being inspired by our monthly theme and color palette. Ideas, inspiration and thumbnail sketches will help us work through our artistic thoughts as we delve into a creative photo shoot.

Onto the easel. Working through the photo session to design and create a final piece of art. Shape, size and color will play a part, are you ready?


Artist studies. Learning from other artists is invaluable. Every third month, we will gather beneficial insights as we explore another artist's style, color and technique.

Community and connection. Building a community of like minded artists to share in what you are learning each month is one of the best gifts of being online. A private Facebook group will be set up for all of us to connect, share and encourage one another along this beautifully artistic monthly journey.

The Artist Notebook Membership is currently closed and will reopen January 2, 2020.

"It's like art school for the cool crowd and who doesn't want to be a part of that!" - Connie H.

Meet the Teach


Kelly Hoernig
Kelly Hoernig

About Kelly Hoernig
I have been an artist my entire life. It started with that wondrous box of crayons and today it is still challenging me to grow, discover and explore anything that fascinates my creative side. I have been an artist full time for the past 23 years and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I cannot wait to see what the muse throws my way next.

Some things you might not know about me.
I have a very curious nature. Work best by moonlight. Create because I have to. Am inspired by the details. Chase the muse everywhere. Excited by nature. Love a challenge.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Because of the nature of online education, there are no refunds on a monthly plan but you can cancel your next payment at anytime..
How is the Artist Notebook Membership delivered?
The Artist Notebook is held on an easy to use platform called Teachable. It is simple to navigate, download printables and watch videos. You can keep track of which lessons you've watched and what you might have overlooked by marking a section "complete". This is only an indicator, but by no means will prevent you from coming back to watch or review over and over again as often as you'd like. You will have your own account with password that you have control over, including billing information and the ability to cancel at anytime. Please make sure you have adequate internet speeds and your computer's compatibility is current.
How long do I have access to The Artist Notebook?
As long as you keep your membership current, you will have access to all the content in the program to watch, read or use over and over again, for as long as you'd like. This means content from the archives, as well as current material will continue to be available with your subscription as long as you are a paying member of the program. When you cancel and your membership expires, you will no longer have access to the content.
How do I cancel my Artist Notebook Membership?
Please log into your Teachable account and go to your user profile to cancel your membership at anytime. If you use PayPal you make your payments, then you need to go into your PayPal account to cancel your subscription. Upon cancellation, you will only have access until the last day of the month in which you cancel. After that you no longer have access to the information within The Artist Notebook.
How much time will The Artist Notebook require each month?
That is completely up to you. The Artist Notebook is designed to deliver 4-8 hours of video content for the themed modules each month. There is no deadline, you work at your own pace. so there really is no falling behind as an Artist Notebook member.

This course is not open for enrollment.