#1: Making your mark

Making your mark

Early bird course fee: USD$140.00

*Read some of our students’ feedback on our bootcamp courses!*

Making art is a journey in self discovery. It begins with an inherent need for self-expression. Each of us has a unique voice all our own. You may have been doodling one-eyed cats or building ambitious forts since you were a child or maybe only recently discovered your love of making 5 tiered cakes or photographing civil war era battles re-enacted by your pet rabbits, the important thing is that you have a passion and desire to express your own personal and unique experiences through art.

This course is aimed at finding and developing your voice as an artist, you may already be a practicing artist or illustrator who needs to bring refinement, focus, or new ideas to your work or someone creative and inspired simply in need of more direction on where to begin. The course is structured to provide weekly assignments aimed at discovering who you are as an artist and what you have to say with your art. We will use nature, existing art, and your own imagination as sources for inspiration!

This course is part of the Pikaland Community and taught by Amy and Jamie. Download the course outline to read more, and you can email Amy if you need more information.

  • Please note that all of the classes have limited space so it’s better to enroll early!

For this course you will need a camera, computer, drawing materials, and time!

Course duration
6 weeks: 1 assignment per week and personal, one-to-one individual critiques, 6 assignments in total
Start Date: 28th February, 2011


Also, we have a special rate for combining the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp #1 & #2 course — see Other courses available below and select Better Together: #1 & #2 for only USD$260.


Need more information? Read the FAQs on the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp!

Other courses available:

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About Jamie

Jamie Shelman is a painter, artist, cat fancier, and cycling fanatic. She graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 with studies abroad in Rome, Italy and Sydney College of the Arts, Australia. She currently lives with her husband, artist Tom Meyer, in Roland Park, Baltimore, Maryland recently relocated from Martha’s Vineyard by way of NYC. She loves minimal forms of expression that contain within them an ability to engage the viewer’s imagination without filling in all the blanks. Her work has been exhibited in NYC, Providence, RI, Cape Cod and Australia. She’s been featured on several blogs including Apartment Therapy, Oh Joy!, Black Eiffel, Dear Ada, {frolic}, hey susy*, and many more. She is currently working on her first “children’s” book with great hope for publication!

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About Amy

Amy is a former architecture + design magazine editor who is infatuated with art and illustration; especially the meeting between the two. She has given Etsy talks on creativity and on looking at things with fresh eyes — whether it’s art or business. Her mind runs a mile a minute with ideas, and she would love to let others tap into it! Everyone would pick up a pencil and just start – hence the collaboration with wonderful teacher Jamie Shelman for the Pikaland Bootcamp series to encourage artists & illustrators out there to make their mark in the world!

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