Brave Girl Art School

Session 2: The Wing Sessions


An exciting  new collection of Brave Girl Art School classes by Melody Ross — this time it’s all things WINGS! Birds, butterflies, heart-wings, and more…in an ARTSY EXPLOSION of paint, collage, sewing, stitching, drawing, doodling, jewelry making, art-piece making creativity. In true Brave Girl style, this class is more than art…it’s a series of online art+life experiences.
Melody teaches more of her favorite art techniques, tools, and mediums used in her wildy-creative unique, playful, out of the box style that is like no one else!

 

It’s time to let free that artist inside YOU and EVERY girl…time to let her play and have fun while connecting and sharing with other girls in the class in an environment that is supportive and encouraging.  Every girl, from beginners to professionals, will have a great time with the techniques Melody is sharing in this class.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see LOTS of photos of some of the projects we’ll be making together and comments from girls who are taking it! 

Class details

  • Tuition: $99   |   VALUE $499
  • Dozens and dozens incredible videos!
  • Offered as a discounted package THIS TIME ONLY – after this session ends, this course will be divided into individual modules with a combined value of over $499
  • Registration is OPEN. The online classroom is now available through January 2, 2014!
  • Supply List (or scroll down to see supply list)

Register Here   

Art School Session One is also available…click here to learn more.

 

Brave Girl Art School - Wing Sculpture by Melody Ross

You’ll learn to make this GORGEOUS wing sculpture!

Here’s a look at the art techniques
we are learning in Session 2 The Wing Sessions:

 

Lesson One (two weeks long)

Drawing birdies
Brand new drawing patterns
Learn how to draw a birdie standing, a birdie flying, a birdie sitting, as well as lots of birdies together. Learn to make their wings and faces look sweet and sassy.

Painting birdies
Brand new painting techniques.
Learn to add dimension, color and layers in paint to your birdies. New background techniques and painting techniques as well as beautiful color schemes.

Doodling birdies
Brand new doodling patterns and techniques.
Learn fast and easy ways to doodle little birdies and birdie borders on just about everything. Learn to add funky little doodles on their wings and bodies to make them the most doodle-y birds that every flew through the sky!

Collaging birdies
Brand new collage patterns to make a journal front or wall canvas.
Give your birdies pattern, texture and beautiful layered backgrounds out of pieces and scraps that are meaningful to you. Make an amazing nest out of meaningful words and scraps from your life and fill it with beautiful things.

Lesson Two (two weeks long)

Stitching & stuffing birdies
Brand new easy sewing patterns to make the cutest birdies ever!
Learn easy ways to make fabulous little birdies, even if you have never sewn before! Easy to do with just a needle and thread and also with a sewing machine….for all of you who have wanted to learn to sew or who have not sewn in a long time, and for those of you who love to sew too.

Embroidering birdies
Brand new easy to do embroidery patterns of sweet little birdies
We will even teach you to embroider if you have never embroidered before! Learn to stitch birdies on your clothes, gifts, and home decor items. We will be making a sweet little envelope out of felt to hold your wishes….where you can choose any of the birdie patterns to embroider on it.

Birdie jewelry
Brand new birdie jewelry ideas
Learn to make a new birdie leather bracelet and a gorgeous birdie necklace

Lesson Three (two weeks long)

Drawing butterflies
Brand new drawing patterns
Learn how to draw a butterfly in flight, learn to draw ornate and simple patterns on their wings, learn to draw a butterfly sitting and learn all kinds of different wing and body shapes to make the most unique and stunning butterflies ever.

Painting butterflies
Brand new painting techniques.
Learn to add dimension, color and layers in paint to your butterflies. New background techniques and painting techniques as well as beautiful color schemes.

Doodling butterflies
Brand new doodling patterns and techniques.
Learn fast and easy ways to doodle little butterflies and butterfly borders on just about everything. Learn to add funky little doodles their wings and bodies to make them the most funky beautiful butterflies that every fluttered through the sky!

Collaging butterflies
Brand new collage patterns to make a journal front or wall canvas.
Give your butterflies pattern, texture and beautiful layered backgrounds out of pieces and scraps that are meaningful to you. Make the most incredibly ornate wings out of all of your favorite things to make a stunning piece of art.

Lesson Four (two weeks long)

Stitching & stuffing butterflies
Brand new easy sewing patterns to make the prettiest butterflies ever!
Make a gorgeous butterfly on a stand, even if you have never sewn before. Easy to do with just a needle and thread and also with a sewing machine….for all of you who have wanted to learn to sew or who have not sewn in a long time and for those of you who love to sew too. PLUS you’ll learn two crazy-easy transfer techniques for printing designs on fabric!

Embroidering butterflies
Brand new easy to do embroidery patterns of beautiful little butterflies
Learn to stitch butterflies on your clothes, gifts, and home decor items. We will be making a lovely embroidered butterfly pillow.

Butterfly jewelry
Brand new birdie jewelry ideas
Learn to make a gorgeous new butterfly pendant and a butterfly leather belt of a recycled old belt

Lesson Five (two weeks long)

Drawing wings
Brand new drawing patterns
Learn how to draw several different sets of wings so that you can put wings to everything! We will be drawing hearts with wings and words with wings and anything else that you want to add wings to!

Painting wings
Brand new painting techniques.
Learn to add dimension, color and layers in paint to your sets of wings. New background techniques and painting techniques as well as beautiful color schemes.

Doodling wings
Brand new doodling patterns and techniques.
Learn fast and whimsical ways to doodle wings and wing borders on just about everything. Learn to add funky little doodles the insides and outsides of the wings to make them the most fun and heavenly wings, ever.

Collaging wings
Brand new collage patterns to make a journal front or wall canvas.
Give your wings pattern, texture and beautiful layered backgrounds out of pieces and scraps that are meaningful to you. Make the most incredibly ornate and meaningful wings out of all of your favorite things to make a stunning piece of art.

Lesson Six (two weeks long)

Stitching & stuffing wings
Brand new easy sewing patterns to make the prettiest butterflies ever!
Make a gorgeous set of stuffed wings even if you have never sewn before. Easy to do with just a needle and thread and also with a sewing machine….for all of you who have wanted to learn to sew or who have not sewn in a long time and for those of you who love to sew too.

Embroidering wings
Brand new easy to do embroidery patterns of several sets of wings
Learn to stitch butterflies on your clothes, gifts, and home decor items. We will be making a lovely fabric cuff bracelet with embroidered wings ….where you can choose any of the wings patterns to embroider on it.

Giant wings wall art
Brand new technique

We will be making a beautiful piece for your wall of a set of 3-dimensional wings. The beauty of this piece will blow your mind!

CALENDAR

  • Registration is OPEN. You’ll be able to access the online classroom through January 1, 2014

This amazing class includes…

  • Dozens of incredible videos plus countless pdfs with creative art lessons featuring Melody’s favorite techniques, tools, and secrets (something for every level of experience). It’s just like sitting with her for personal, private lessons!
  • soul-stirring journaling prompts
  • whimsical and meaningful photography prompts
  • online discussions
  • optional outing assignments
  • a special private forum/facebook page to connect and share with other Brave Girls from all over the world who are committing to the same fun and meaningful stuff each week

Here’s how it works…we hope you’re ready for some fun!

You’ll have access to our online classroom where you’ll find six in-depth lessons presented (a new lesson will be released every two weeks), each with tons of beautiful instructional videos and photography to tutor us all along. Each video is carefully produced and edited down to the ‘meat’ of the lesson…we won’t waste a minute of your valuable time.

While there will be many fun assignments in each lesson around the same theme, you are welcome to do all or just a few…..then connect back with the Brave Girl tribe about what was learned, what you created, what was fun, and might have even been soul-shifting.

No pressure….no comparing….just learning, just connecting….the good stuff.

You’ll come away with fantastic new skills, new ways to play and do soul work, new relationships, a safe and welcoming place to talk about it all,  and the encouragement and motivation to keep making your life your best work of art, ever.

Why Brave Girl Art School?

We all need a soul-deep fun, uplifting, welcoming & creatively constructive place to retreat to…….everyone does.

We all need inspiration, ideas, encouragement and a soft place to land when life is hard.

We all love to create beautiful things, and we all need a little push of encouragement sometimes.

Brave Girl Art School is an online place meet our hearts’ desires.

We have watched over the last 3 years of doing Brave Girl Camps and online courses, the tremendous bliss that can be found in life through making time to create things….and to think about, discuss and act on soul-deep longings…and then to connect with others who are also honestly and compassionately looking at their souls…..to share what has been created…and then to create new connections with others and then to support, uplift and take care of each other…….while making pretty stuff and learning cool stuff and discussing important stuff.

What you can expect:

-In our beautiful online classroom, you’ll find six comprehensive modules with creative new techniques developed and taught by Melody Ross. Because there is SO MUCH materials in each module, they will be released every two weeks. Through beautifully presented videos, you’ll feel like you are sitting right in the Turquoise Art Barn with Melody as she teaches you her favorite techniques and shows you how to create lovely projects using those techniques. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for LOTS of photos of exactly what we’ll be making.)

-We will have the opportunity to show our projects on our private Facebook page…to share what we have done with our new techniques and the project ideas.

-Each module includes a topic of discussion that has a life lesson and a big important question that we will all be thinking about and discussing on the Facebook page.

-Each module includes an optional photography prompt/assignment and then the photographs can be posted in the private Facebook group.

-Each module also includes an optional and fun “outing” assignment that goes along with that lesson and we will all report about on our Facebook group page….

This do-at-your-own-pace class has all the special touches and attention to detail that you’ve come to expect from Melody and from any Brave Girls Club online class. We spend hours and hours (days and weeks) planning, filming, editing, analyzing, and improving our classes before they are released. We are very proud of our standard of quality, because you deserve the VERY BEST that we can possibly create for you.

Your life is your art…..and beautiful girl…you make some beautiful art! Wouldn’t it be a million miles beyond wonderful to be able to connect with others who are committing to making their lives their most beautiful works of art, too?

We have found that it is difficult to connect with others when life is so busy, when many of us do not leave our homes or towns very often and when life circumstances make it hard to ever physically get together with others. But why let that stop us from getting together?

Please join us for Brave Girl Art School – the Wing Sessions. You will find your happy place….and you will connect with Brave Girls from all over the world. We know from experience that once you all find each other….nothing is ever the same.

Let’s do this!!! It’s time to love art again, to learn to PLAY again, to reawaken your soul-deep creativity, and to create beautiful things with WINGS!!! 

xoxo

melody and kathy

SUPPLY LIST

(For a printable Supply List and a Lesson by Lesson Supply Breakdown,  click here)

  • 1”-2” binder to hold PDFs and practice sheets (optional)
  • 100 page protectors to hold PDFs and practice sheets (optional)
  • Drawing and Doodling Supplies (for Lessons 1, 3, & 5)
    • 1 ream of regular white copy paper (buy a whole ream for all of the practicing throughout the 6 weeks of the course) 
    • as an alternative to the copy paper, you can use a sketch book if you want all of your practicing in one place (or you can use the binder + page protectors)
    • pencil (I use a mechanical pencil)
    • eraser (a regular pink pearl is fine or there are nice drawing erasers too)
    • black fine line pen (I like Zig Writers with dual tip)
  • Painting Supplies (for Lessons 1, 3, & 5)
    • white, black & raw umber paint as well as 3 or 4 of your favorite beautiful colors
    • thick white gesso (if you can’t find thick, regular will work)
    • thick gel medium, glossy
    • texture paste or modeling paste
    • 1 pad of thick watercolor paper or (6) 8×10 canvas boards for birdie drawings + paintings + collages
    • several sizes of paint brushes, small to medium
  • Collaging Supplies (for Lessons 1, 3, & 5)
    • scraps of favorite papers, fabrics, old book paper, doilies, trims, ephemera
    • (many collage sheets will be provided in PDF
    • Mod Podge or collage medium (glossy or matte, your choice)
    • scissors
    • old white taper candle or spray sealer
    • waxed paper
  • Stitching and Stuffing Supplies: (for Lessons 2, 4 & 6)
    • 4 yards of heavy ivory canvas or (1) canvas painting drop cloth in the smallest size
    • (Canvas drop cloths are available at home improvement stores)
    • heavy duty ivory thread
    • hand sewing needle (if you do not have a sewing machine)
    • sewing machine (if you have one)
    • polyester fiber stuffing (easily found at fabric stores)
    • one tall candlestick holder as a stand for your wings
    • Optional: 1/2 yard of muslin, 1 pillow form, 1/4 yard Heat & Bond
  • Embroidery Supplies: (for Lessons 2, 4, &6)
    • embroidery floss in your favorite colors + brown, cream, white, black
    • embroidery needles
    • 2 sheets gray felt (or a neutral color that you want to embroider your birdie on)
    • 2 sheets of crème felt (or a neutral color that you want to embroider your bird on)
    • one sheet of another neutral felt (that you want to embroider your bracelet on)
    • ¼ yard of fabric to line your felt bracelet
  • Birdie Jewelry Supplies:
    • (2) 1.5” leather cuffs (wristbands – available at craft stores or from the Brave Girls shoppe)
    • 18”-24” chain complete with attachments (chain size depends on how long you like your necklaces)
    • 1 block of tan polymer clay
    • 1 package of large jump rings to match the chain you chose 
  • Butterfly Jewelry Supplies:
    • 1 leather belt (from thrift store) that fits you
    • Crop-a-dial or tool that will punch holes in leather
    • 5-7 metal butterfly charms 1”+ each
    • small fabric scraps in colors that you like
    • embroidery floss in a few colors that you like (from your Embroidery supplies)
    • 1 block of tan polymer clay (use left-overs for Lesson 6)
    • 1 butterfly rubber stamp
  • Giant Wings Wall Art Supplies:
    • 1 sheet of black 20”x30” foam core board (if you can’t find black, white will work fine)
    • 1 large package/tub  of #20 wood joiner biscuits (available at hardware/home improvement stores) (should be about $8)
    • 1 large package/tub  of #10 wood joiner biscuits (available at hardware/home improvement stores) (should be about $8)
    • 1 large package/tub  of #0 wood joiner biscuits (available at hardware/home improvement stores) (should be about $8)
    • 4 oz bottle of gold paint
    • 4 oz. bottle of ivory paint
    • small bottle or tube of raw umber paint

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Brave Girl Art School WINGS - Butterfly Pillow
 Brave Girl Art School - Embroidered Butterfly

Here are a few comments from Brave Girls who are taking WINGS! 

If you are thinking about taking the class just do it–invest in yourself. This class truly heals your soul. You do not need to be an artist, it isn’t always about the art. It is about the healing that comes from doing the lessons and art (at any level your at) that is amazing. Melody and Kathy have outdone themselves in this class with their message and instructions. – Maria

Join, now. It’s a fabulous continuum from Brave Girl Arts School. The techniques and and variety have opened me to new art forms I wouldn’t have tried on my own. I love Melody & Kathy’s videos. I feel like I’m in the living room or studio of a great friend. Thank you for taking away my winter blues on many a day! – Julie

It’s an amazing course that continues on where BGAS session 1 left off! I have learned soooo many new art techniques!! I think I need a separate journal to keep up with all the content in this course. Session 3? Sign me up!! I love all the interaction on the FB page. You really learn alot from from the other participants as well. I love that it isn’t just another “online” art lesson. It’s soul searching and thought provoking and I love that the most. – Robin

I didn’t think I’d ever be able to draw but with Melody’s simple techniques, it makes drawing birds and butterflies so simple. I couldn’t do it the first time around, but with practice, I’m feeling really good about my abilities. Then, Kathy shares how to embroidery and sew some fun birds with us. BGAS-Wings is a well rounded and beautiful class. – Christine

I was always afraid to draw anything but Melody breaks down the process into easy to do steps and simple shapes for a starting point. I have ended up surprising myself and everyone who knows me with what I have been able to acomplish. The class has such a variety of art forms that I never thought I would enjoy, but now I am opening up my mind and heart and trying all the new forms of creativity. I am a whole new person thanks to Melody’s classes. They are relaxed and fun and stress free. – Heather

Love it!!! – Leslie

BGAS & BGAS-Wings have given me permission to just slow down and enjoy the moment. A moment of doodling, a moment of stitching, a moment of soul reflection. I love the art lessons and can’t wait to learn more cool techniques but it’s the practice of slowing down, getting quiet and allowing my soul heal and/or speak up that has been the most important lesson. – Carey

The Wing Sessions has been awesome! I love that not only are we collaging and painting, but also learning other techniques such as stitching cute little birdies and making jewerly. Super fun! – Jen

I love love love these classes. Yall just show us everything I’ve been missing. I use to do some art stuff about 20 years ago and didn’t realize how much I’ve missed being artistic. And since I haven’t done these things in so long, I love that I’m around a wonderful group that is very supportive. I feel like I’m getting my confidence back as an artist. Thank you!!! – Brenda

Esther Orloff This is the first Brave Girl art class I’ve taken and I am SO darn impressed! It is jam packed with an incredible variety of art techniques for all levels… so many beautiful projects, but it covers more than art. This class is nourishing my soul. It has rejuvenated me and got my wheels spinning about not just my art, but life. The amount of skill, time, and love that went into this class is amazing and it is definitely worth every single penny. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! xoxo – Esther

My first class to and I was pushing myself to draw more and I AM and having a ball doing it.- Corrinne

 

It’s a whole lotta fun! Come do this with us!!