VIEW-Leslie Fehling

``Framed Artichoke`` in Watercolor by Leslie Fehling

Class Information

Learn how to create an extraordinary sketchbook page using the simple building blocks of line, shape, and color.

On Day 1, you’ll design your page and paint the artichokes.

On Day 2, we’ll draw borders to frame the central image and add a title and text box. Each participant will be free to create his or her own version of the example sketch – make yours as simple or elaborate as you like.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to build complex borders when you take it one step at a time. And, because this class is so loaded with information, I’m including a full-color handbook for each participant that covers everything I’ll be teaching during the class. No need for notetaking – all you have to do is paint! 

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates:  May 13 & 14  from 10am till 1pm Pacific Time 

Level: High beginners to Intermediate 

Participants: Max 20

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $178 for 6 hours

Class Format

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Leslie will demonstrate step by step,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Leslie
  • You will be able to show your work to Leslie to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever

What you will learn in this Class

  • How to think creatively when designing a sketchbook page
  • Guidelines for drawing beautiful freehand sketches 
  • How to use wet-in-wet, wet-on-wet, and wet-on-dry washes to create colorful paintings with depth and dimension
  • The importance of value contrast and how to achieve it in your paintings  
  • Fool-proof ways to add lettering to your sketches
  • Tips for selecting the perfect lettering style for a sketch
  • How to plan and design borders, and easily transfer them to a page
  • A timesaving technique for creating shaped text boxes
  • Step-by-step instructions for drawing more than 30 borders, including all the ones shown in the example 

Biography-Leslie Fehling

Leslie Fehling is a watercolor artist, workshop instructor, and art blogger from western Pennsylvania. Her illustrated watercolor journals are filled with sketches that celebrate everyday life and chronicle her travel adventures. 

She has taught sketchbook journaling and watercolor workshops in the US and abroad since 2014. Her unique approach to illustrated watercolor journaling and her enthusiastic teaching style have made her a sought-after instructor, and her workshops have empowered students of all skill levels to think more creatively and paint with greater confidence. She says, “I love seeing the joy and satisfaction my students experience when they begin to express themselves artistically and connect with the world on a deeper level through sketching. My greatest reward is when someone tells me, ‘You’ve made me look at the world differently.’”

Leslie is a leader in the modern sketching movement. For more than a decade, her Everyday Artist website has been a rich resource for painting tutorials, creative journaling ideas, and inspiring artwork.

Since 2016, Leslie has been an ambassador for Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major art supply retailer, and has designed products for them under the “Everyday Artist” label. Her paintings are found in public and private collections across the US.  




Samples of Leslie Fehling's Art

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Testimonials from our VIEWers

“You will be totally hooked on V.I.E.W after taking your first class. The quality and breadth of instructors and lessons is impressive, and the customer service is exceptional.”

Sandy G.

“Love, love love your online classes! I’ve done five so far and have really enjoyed them all.  I feel my work has improved a lot thanks to your online workshops. You do the BEST job facilitating these workshops. I love the pace, and the instructors are all so willing to stop and help students!”

Arlette T.

“Jackie, the courses and quality of instructors you have cultivated through French Escapade V.I.E.W. is world-class. You do such a great job hosting the program — you are on top of your game with production quality, responsiveness with quick replay links, and also announcing upcoming events to students. A side benefit is your fun, wickedly sharp and entertaining sense of humor. Keep up the great work. I’m not surprised that V.I.E.W. is expanding and doing so well!”

Sandy G.

The Price of US $178 for 6 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class
  • A full-color handbook for each participant that covers everything Leslie will be teaching during the class.
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communicate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • The recordings of the class that you can keep forever
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only (same price).
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