I’m taking a class called Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo. It’s all sorts of awesome so I had to share it with you. Tracy Verdugo has no idea I am writing this review of her class, but since I’m exuding positivity and doing cartwheels over it I am sure she won’t mind.
What are animalitos? They are little animals painted with ink, and other mediums too of course, but the ink is just so luscious to work with. I can’t stop raving about the ink. You know I love working with ink! What is so fun is you just sort of sculpt your animal with water on some watercolor paper, drop in the ink and watch it do it’s magic. SO MUCH FUN.
Tracy Verdugo’s class is terrific for a number of reasons. First of all it’s on video and a PDF that you can download to your computer and keep forever. This is important to me because my internet is not conducive to streaming video. Plus, I like to watch, pause, experiment, and watch again. I like having the video right on my computer because I can access it even when I don’t have an internet connection. The PDF with explanations and material lists is nice because you can print it out and take it to the store with you or refer to it as you are painting without having to get on the computer, go on the internet, log into the class…well, you know the drill. Anything that saves time is a big plus for me.
There are several projects Tracy Verdugo walks you through in the class. Some include collage and using materials I have never used before. To be honest, I have only completed the first project because I am obsessed with these adorable, fantastical, little inky animals. I feel like I am telling a story with each one I create. I’ve started on another project, but the drying time makes it a longer process. I am sure I will share that one with you once I have completed it.
What else? Well, first of all, if you are feeling a little blocked or stuck in your art making right now this class will be an amazing boost for you. I don’t think I’ve ever taken an art class online that made me feel like a kid painting for the very first time like this one has. I find myself giggling with amusement and just having FUN. It’s pure fun. That is a really good recipe for creative development, and forward marching, and idea sparking. I seriously have an entire notebook page of new ideas just from the first project in this class. I’m like an idea factory right now. I owe it all to the fun.
The other thing is this class comes with membership to a Facebook group where you get to see the creations of other people taking the class. It’s so inspiring! I love how the same animal can look so different painted by so many people. It’s kind of fascinating.
I am going to go ahead and shout this out too: Get this class for your kids! I think it’s perfect for kids. They have to be old enough to use the art supplies safely of course, but it’s such an open, free form, experimental approach to painting that I am positive any kid would excel. Any grownup too. No need to be able to draw a straight line to do this kind of work.
Interested? Hop on over to Tracy Verdugo’s website and sign up.
*I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this post. I paid for the class myself. Tracy Verdugo probably doesn’t even know I exist and I am not affiliated with her in any way. This is just pure, unadulterated fandom.