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Book Club 2018 – First Quarter


So a new year has started and new book clubs are getting underway.

It might be time again to talk a little bit about what book club is and what it isn’t.

What it is:  A gathering of individuals interested in learning and practicing techniques guided by an artist’s book.  Each hands-on session is stand-alone and you are welcome to sign up for the series OR individual sessions as your schedule permits.

What it isn’t:  A time to sit around and talk about a book we’ve read

Pretty simple, huh?

So, the book we are covering first is Annie O’Brien Gonzales’s new book titled “The Joy of Acrylic Painting”

The times this book is being offered are

Check out the first project we did this week

Monday mornings from 10am-12pm starting January 8 and running through March 5

Friday Mornings from 10am-12pm starting January 12 and running through March 2 (pending registrations, the start/end date may change)

Thursday nights from from 6pm-8pm starting February 1 and running through April 5

very soon these will be listed as individual session for registration.  Until then you can still join in the whole series and make up what you missed.

The other book I’m starting in February is titled “Everyday Watercolor” by Jenna Rainey

It will meet on Friday afternoons from 1-3pm starting February 2 and running through March 30

I’d love to add another book or two to the calendar as they are just great opportunities for groups to gather together on a weekly basis.  You make new friends and learn new things as you build skills and live an art filled life.  Let me know if there is a day & time that would work for you and a book you might be interested in studying and I’ll see what I can do!


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!


Fun with Dina Wakley’s book “Art Journal Freedom”


This will be more photos than words….I think the photos speak for themselves!  Loving Dina Wakley’s book..









As you can see…Book Club is much fun…hands on…sometimes messy (who am I fooling…always messy) fun…great time in community…it’s not too late to join in.

Friday (10:30am-12:30pm) features chapter 4 (Proximity)  We will explore the principle of proximity using the tool of combining.

Can’t make Friday?  No worries…same lesson is covered on Tuesday (6:30-8:30)

New book club starting in August



I’ve been so impressed with all the information in Dina Wakley’s new book… Art Journal Freedom.. I can’t wait to start a new book club.

If you are a Bay Area Local:  Make sure you email andrea@aworkofheart.com if you are interested in participating..

Click here to participate in the poll to help us decide what day/time is best for the majority of you.


Here is an outline of what we are going to cover each week:

Week 1: Symmetry & Asymmetry (On the grid)
Week 2: White Space, Continuance & Closure
Week 3: Proximity (Butcher Paper Collage)
Week 4: Dominance & Repetition (Re-Inker Backgrounds)
Week 5: Color Basics & Contrast with Color (PanPastel Rainbow Background & Gel Medium Resist)
Week 6: Color as a Composition Tools (Artsy Painted Birds)
Week 7: The Power of Black & White (Black Spray Paint and Silhouettes) – also Binding our pages together into a journal

Here are some examples of the work we will be doing.


(artwork by Pat Chavez)




(artwork by Cindy Dorsa)


(artwork by ??)