Monday, June 30, 2014

Journaling class

We've been journaling this semester. What fun! We started at Eileen's house and moved to LACMA. The students went where ever they wanted around the museum and we talked about the drawings and ways to improve their work.

Eileen's house


Next, Satomi's house. We did 5 minute contour drawings and 5 minute painting of antique art supplies. These turned out fantastic. Lunch was "asian."

At Satomi's

Contour drawing

Then we went to Linnea's place way up in Topanga. The cool things to draw at her house were fun but we were tackling perspective. As we've noticed, perspective is everything in drawing. It's definitely something we all need to work on. It's the thing I have the most trouble with. Lunch was "fiesta."

Linnea's house


Following, we drew at Val's house. She has wonderful eclectic artwork and a peaceful garden with a water fountain.  Of course we have lunch wherever we go, this day was "picnic."

Our last class found us at the wonderful Angelus Rosedale cemetery. I've driven past it a few times and think it's cool because it's very old and very crowded with every kind of monument you can imagine. Including at least 4 pyramids, many obelisks, Irish crosses, etc. we had a great time drawing and painting in Los Angeles oldest cemetery. It's the first one that allowed anyone regardless of race or religion. Other than the fact that they can't get enough water to keep the grass green, it was really beautiful, in a creepy way. I loved it. Then we all met at Langers Deli on Alvarado and 7th. Awesome! How lucky am I to have students willing to do this with me.


My view




Caroline, Judith, Marjorie

Soldier section. I saw Spanish American War!




More from DeAnn's art journal:

Friday, February 28, 2014


I taught a wonderful group of students at LCS this year. We did illuminated manuscript design. Here are some pix from the class

NEW Class at OTIS starting March 4, 2014 -- Italic

I have a new class beginning March 4th at Otis School of Art and Design. Here is the materials list for that class
Material List for Otis 4 week class for Italic.
Beginning March 4th, 6:30-9:30pm
I will be bringing paper, inks, nibs, dropper bottles, ink wells, rulers for purchase. Please bring cash or check for these materials.

Materials needed: 8x8 grid paper, pen holder, Brause 2.5mm, 1.5mm, 1mm nibs, sumi ink (black and vermillion), ink well, rag, pencil, notebook, if you have chisel point markers or Parallel Pens you may bring them, small container for water to clean nib. The ink should be in dropper bottles as well as a small dropper bottle with water to dilute the ink. You need a ruler that is at least 18" long. I prefer
C-thru grid ruler. Optional: Prang watercolors, a brite bristle brush #4, Staedtler Mars white eraser, X-acto knife with #16 blades.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Opportunities and Classes

I have a couple of opportunities to share with my friends.

I am hiring a few people to work as part time calligraphers for the County of Los Angeles. I am the contractor to train and provide artists for a few months as As-Needed calligraphers. There is a full time calligrapher job now posted and I can also help anyone who is interested in that job to train and send you for part time work to see if you’re suited for that position. Please contact me if you are interested in this job. You would work once or twice per week or every other week. You need to have a little knowledge of Quark Express and have sufficient italic and roman lettering skills and be able to decorate with flowers and other decorative elements. You have to work fast but efficiently. You must have skill with gouache and gold gouache.  E-mail:

The next opportunity is an exhibit that will be in New York City featuring my calligraphy. I would like to invite some of my calligraphy friends to produce artwork for this event. I will be teaching workshops and hosting art events during the run. We are coming up with the theme and title of this exhibit. At present, I am thinking that I would like to give some of you some words and quotes to use for both paper and canvas broadsides, as well as books etc. Maybe some collaborative pieces where one person does the art and callig and someone else does the book binding. The theme will be along the lines of Spiritual Journeys. Not necessarily religious spirituality but your quest to be your best and progress as far as possible in this life and beyond. There are billions of ways to this progress, as demonstrated by the billions of lives that have lived, and the progress from one generation to the next. I have quotes from people who are not artists that I’d like to assign to my calligraphy friends. There is room for quite a few pieces, both large and small. Contact me if you are interested in joining me with this project:


Even though my ankle is still broken but hopefully mending well, I wanted to say that 2 more class opportunities have opened up.

I’ll be teaching for RAND in Santa Monica on Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30pm starting Jan. 16th for 8 weeks. We will be doing the beautiful style of Uncial. Beginning through intermediate. $96 Contact Shirley Cromb if you are interested ( or Marian Oshiro  (

OTIS starting February 4 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm, Spencerian (4 weeks) $99, March 4 (4 weeks) Italic (separate class). Otis is located in Westchester. See for registration, $99.

See my Classes page for more details.

December 16, 2013 - Pointed Pen Styles Class #8 at Sinai Temple

DeAnn’s student Flavia hosted class today at her house so we could have a holiday party and potluck. Several students and DeAnn demo’d different topics.

The class presented DeAnn with a holiday card made by Satomi to thank her for her being so generous with her knowledge and time.

Marjorie demonstrated some basic pop-up cards.

Caroline demonstrated stamping and embossing.

DeAnn demonstrated making paper snowflakes and flowers.

Satomi demonstrated making her nib holder. Thank You Satomi for cutting all the pieces and making the kits for interested students!

Because so many students weren't able to make the nib-holder, DeAnn plans to hold another "fun" class. More info to follow.