Category Archives: Book Club

New Art Book Study Sessions


Book club is one of  my favorite ways to gather community.  Most of us can relate to the tendency to pick up an inspiring book by a respected artist/author only to have it sit and gather dust on the shelf with all our other good intentions.

Book club is a community gathering in which we actually work through said book(s).  Each week I facilitate activities directly from the pages of the latest/greatest art books our community is interested in.

We are gearing up to start some new books in a few weeks.  There are 4 to choose from with plenty of times for anyone’s busy schedule.

Please, if you have any questions at all about how book club works, just ask either here in the comments below or via email (

Starting late August, 2017

Mondays 10am-12pm – Doodle Art & Lettering by Joanne Sharpe OR
Tuesdays 6-8pm – Doodle Art & Lettering by Joanne Sharpe OR
Thursdays 1-3pm – Doodle Art & Lettering by Joanne Sharpe

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 – No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield OR
Thursdays 7-9pm – No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina rossi Armfield

Fridays 10-12 – Zentangle Primer – by Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas

4 Sundays 10am-2pm – Bold Expressive Painting by Annie O’Brien Gonzalez


Summer Book Club – Thursday Nights

Summer Book Club – Thursday Nights

We are trying something new this Summer and continuing our fabulous book club momentum by offering a Thursday Night session starting June 16th from 6-8pm.

Lexi will facilitate the lovely Carrie Schmitt’s  book “Painted Blossoms”


All sessions can be taken individually (sign up below) or sign up for all 7 sessions and receive a 30% discount!

All supplies are included.

**SIDE NOTE** Carrie Schmitt will be here in person teaching in November.  Click here for more information!

Book Club: Painted Blossoms – 1)Fresh Picked Bouquet
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Book Club: Painted Blossoms – 2) Flowing Flowers
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Book Club: Painted Blossoms -3) Surprise Garden
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Book Club: Painted Blossoms -4) Sacred Terrarium
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Book Club: Painted Blossoms – 5)Flower Mandala
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Book Club: Painted Blossoms -6) Intuitive Flora
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Book Club: Painted Blossoms – 7)Collaborative Magic
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


New Book Club – April 14th

Spring 2016 Book Club

“Find your artistic creativity with delicate doodles, big colors and lavish layers! CreativeGIRL features art projects that teach you how to draw and paint your story using pencils, watercolor paints and simple mixed-media supplies. Danielle Donaldson shows you how to draw the pretty pictures from your imagination, infuse your art with delightful color combinations and work through creative frustration with simple fixes. You’ll learn how to paint with watercolor, tell visual stories with and without words and add depth with layers using mixed-media techniques and little details–all while finding inspiration and gaining confidence in your own artistic style. Draw, paint, layer and create!”

All sessions take place at A Work of Heart Studio, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California.

Sessions are facilitated by studio owner, Andrea Chebeleu.
Sessions Start Thursday, April 14th and run through Monday, June 6th

There will be a Monday Morning (10am-12pm), Thursday Afternoon (1pm-3pm) or Thursday Night (7pm-9pm) option.

All supplies provided though you may want to bring your own watercolor and paint brushes if you have them.
$35 per session or $220 for all 7 sessions (click here for the paypal button)

Here is a listing of the Thursday Afternoon sessions so you can see what we plan to cover each week.

Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 1 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 2 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 3 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 4 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 5 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 6 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 7 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMEven better news is that we will be having Danielle Donaldson (the author of this book) teach at the studio on July 31st (be still)  and August 1st (all things soft and gentle) which will be a huge treat!


Painted Blossoms Book Club 2nd chance!


*********Edited 10/14/15************

The 2nd chance sessions are currently scheduled for Mondays 10am-12pm starting 10/19/15 OR Thursdays 1pm-3pm starting November 5th

Click here to pay for the whole series.  Note..Mondays will cover 7 sessions, Thursdays will only cover 6 sessions.


I’ve so enjoyed facilitating the Painted Blossoms for the past 6 weeks.  We are finishing up the session this coming Tuesday.  I’ve shown the projects to our other book club and many of them are asking for another go at it.

Take a look at the photos and let me know if you are interested in joining us.  We are looking at Monday morning 10am-12pm OR Wednesday morning 10am-12pm OR Thursday afternoon 1pm-3pm.  Email if you are interested.

Here are the class projects from the past 4 weeks.

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Pictures from Painted Blossoms Book Club


I’m so in love with this latest book we are covering on Tuesday mornings.  I feel like these will be  some long lasting workshops even after book club is over…especially today’s drippy flowers!

Here are weeks #1 & #2 with our happy painters

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We are really enjoying the flowers…there are still 5 weeks of classes left and it’s not too late to join the fun.  See something you like?  Request a re-run and let me know when you are available.

Loving what you see?  Check out Carrie Schmitt’s Blog here.  We have a few copies of the book left in the shop.

Painted Blossoms Book Club


Our newest book club addition is Painted Blossoms meeting on 7 Tuesdays.

You now have two time options:

Tuesday 10am-12pm OR Tuesday 6pm-8pm

Here are the first two lessons.

Session 1 of 7

Session 2 of 7

Book Club: Painted Blossoms (1 of 7)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PM Book Club: Painted Blossoms (1 of 7)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Book Club: Painted Blossoms (2 of 7)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PM Book Club: Painted Blossoms (2 of 7)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

You can click here to sign up for the whole 7 part series at a discount

One More Book Club for Fall


Flowers are organic, wonderfully forgiving subjects. Each one is unique; you can’t paint one wrong! Painted Blossoms will encourage you to welcome creativity with ease as you discover ways to tend the garden within. In addition to watching yourself grow through seven different stepped-out flower projects, you’ll learn basic design elements, how to get unstuck from the mud, how to carve your own stamps, cut your own stencils and more.

Tuesdays 10am-12pm

9/01/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (1 of 7)
9/08/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (2 of 7)
9/15/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (3 of 7)
9/22/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (4 of 7)
9/29/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (5 of 7)
10/06/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (6 of 7)
10/13/2015  Book Club: Painted Blossoms (7 of 7)