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  • Course is Open
  • Self-Study
  • Instructor – Jennifer Bonneteau
  • 5 Lessons/6+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Instagram – #FreeingYourInnerFrida
  • Course Price – $49

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Would you like to loosen up and be more free with your approach to painting?  Are you a lover of color but not sure how to use it in your artwork?

I believe that we were all born creative with a desire to connect with one another and that art is a conduit for connection and healing. I’ve had the privilege of experiencing this firsthand with so many lovely and inspiring people through creating my art, teaching, taking online classes and being a part of various creative groups…it’s enriched and changed my life profoundly!


I began my expressive art journey a few years ago during an online intuitive painting course I was taking. I was immediately drawn to painting people, especially in this spontaneous and free style. I feel alive and deeply connected to the person I’m trying to capture though the paint. This process also heightens my self awareness and allows me the opportunity to share pieces of my soul with the viewer that I’m unable to express otherwise…it’s often a spiritual experience for me. I’m extremely grateful for this gift.

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By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • How to begin a figurative painting by drawing out the face or figure first using a simple grid method.
  • Mix your own warm and cool colors and identify their values by creating a simple value chart using your colors.
  • Successfully incorporate color into your portraiture by adjusting your colors to match the values in your portrait.
  • How to take fun and interesting photos of you others for inspiration
  • Use apps to layer photos on your iPhone or iPad to to generate fresh ideas and images to work from for your artwork.
  • How to identify colors and marks that “feel” authentic to you and your own individual style
  • Paint a portrait using the direct painting method
  • Embellish a portrait by incorporate collage and other multi-media materials



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Ahhh color...where would I be without you?! The purpose of this exercise is to gain a better understanding of warm and cool colors, how they relate to one another on the color wheel and how they interact with one another when mixed. We will also be chatting about value and creating a value chart with your paints. We’ll be talking more about value (the lightness or darkness of a tone or color) and how to check the values in your work during in the upcoming lesson, Viva Frida. Value is considered to be a very important, if not the most important element in the success of a painting.


Long live Frida! We will begin our Frida tribute piece by creating a basic grid and sketching our photo onto our canvas or paper before we begin painting. We’ll also discuss color, value drips and palette knife application during this project as well. You may choose your own Frida to paint from for this project or you can use use any of the images that I used or painted for your Frida painting.

“My subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind, and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me.”

-Frida Kahlo




“No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.
pine green, pink glass, eye,
mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”

-Frida Kahlo

In part one of this expressive colors and marks exercise, we will respond to several different emotions through our marks and color choices. This is an exercise that can help you identify marks and colors that you naturally associate with various emotions.  I encourage you to refrain from adding imagery during this exercise and allow your marks and color choices alone to be your visual voice for now.

In part 2 we explore our painting tools (and our kitchen utensils ;)) on our paper or canvases and see what patterns and marks we can come up with! We will try tools that you’ve never painted with before and see if it sparks any fresh ideas or inspires in a new your work in a new direction!

Finally, in part 3 we will begin by doing an expressive exercise on canvas and then adding some playful marks. I encourage you to start your self-portrait with an expressive exercise as well on either paper or canvas. Try responding to music or a poem that you really connect with to begin your self-portrait. You can either allow these initial marks to be visible in your final piece or cover them up with additional layers if you’d’s totally up to you!  I will show you how to use some apps to manipulate your work to find extra inspiration!



For our final project, I used a messy canvas that I really didn't know what else to do with, took a photo of it and blended that image in the InstaBlender app with an photo of a woman that I found inspiring. I tried to choose a filter that I likes that didn't alter the colors or values of the existing canvas so that I wouldn't need to change the original painting completely…I tried to let the app and filters do the work rather than me having to completely rework the canvas outside of adding the figure in there somehow. The apps are a great tool for giving new life to a seemingly hopeless painting, imho.




Our final lesson in this class is showing you how to create your very own Frida plate!  These can be great decorations for your home, or as beautiful displays for a party!  They are fun and easy, and a great way to end this course!


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  • 3-4 sheets of 11×14 or larger watercolor paper
  • White heavy bodied paint and fluid acrylics in the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and any of your favorite colors. Some of my favorites are Golden brand Teal, Turquoise, Quinacridone Magenta, Quin Nickel Azo Gold, Paynes Gray, Pyrole Orange and Iridescent Gold and Pearl
  • Golden High-Flow Acrylics in Titanium White, Fluorescent Magenta and Fluorescent Orange or any of fluorescent paints you may have.
  • India Ink
  • A few of your favorite heavy body paints
  • Matte medium
  • Paint brushes in various sizes
  • Palette knives in a few sizes
  • Origami paper and/or other papers and materials for collage
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle
  • Baby Wipes
  • Painters tape
  • Whatever you can gather around the house to use as a painting tool. I raided my kids toy box and found Legos, an old truck, old puzzle pieces, etc. I also used an old egg beater as a stamping tool and it’s my favorite 😉
  • Props for photos like glasses, a wig, a scarf, an umbrella, a mask a stool…anything that inspires ideas and excitement for our selfie projects
  • Your phone, iPad or computer to take photos and access apps to alter our photos for our self portraits


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  1. Lwest2017 (verified owner)

    I loved this class! Jennifer has such a warm, real way of teaching, that she really made me believe I could do it! Her technique is so free and colorful and I am amazed at her art! Great tips on creating an abstract face using apps on your phone! I love watching her create and learning to use vibrant colors as shadow and light in my paintings. What a fun class!!!! You will LOVE IT!!!!

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