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The Storyteller's Art

By Robin Laws


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Well hello there my creative friends!

I am delighted your curiosity has brought you this far so let’s just move right along and talk more specifically about what I have planned for this class!

Who is this class for?

Absolutely everyone!

We all have untold stories within us. This class is all about what happens when our natural gift for storytelling is brought to the forefront of our artistic process. It is for anyone who has ever felt the slightest urge to peel off what is holding them back. It is about risking more, showing more and opening up your heart to the creative voice that is telling you to be brave, have courage and experience joy! 


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Here's a description of each of our special projects:

***In preparation for our three main projects we will first do several studies and exercises to help open up your storyteller’s heart and mind. Our goal will be to establish a personal storytelling language that you can draw from as you create new work. Once you have learned to trust your own voice and have allowed that creative force to surface you will be able to direct it within your art.



You will create a large watercolor painting using marks, patterns and colors that resonate with you. Once it is dry we will cut it into a beautiful deck of Storytelling cards. The backs of these cards are where you will record your storytelling language of words, themes, symbols and other visual prompts that will guide you in creating your Storyboards in the next project. Your expressive voice already exists! All you need to do is bring it out and record it.

*As a bonus lesson I will show you how to create a beautiful container to hold your cards and their treasure trove of ideas.



In this project you will create a unified series of three or more small illustrative paintings. You will learn a variety of techniques to connect the canvases visually and conceptually. We will use collage, acrylic paint, a simple color palette, and glazing. The Storytelling cards will be used in developing your ideas for these paintings. So much fun!


Project 3 - CHARACTERS

This a where things get even more interesting. You will create a mixed media portrait that brings one of your characters to life!  You will select the person from your Storyboards that you want to get to know better and introduce to your audience. You will be using your storytelling skills for establishing history, personality and a storyline for this person who has entered the spotlight and center stage! This portrait is not intended to be realistic or drawn to perfection. This is expressive art that can be done with simple tools and limited drawing experience. You can make it as simple or complex as you like!

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What will you learn in this class?

I will be guiding you through several topics and techniques such as:

  • Why do we need and love stories? An historical perspective on the power and importance of storytelling.

  • How many ways can you tell a story? What’s your style? Fairy tales, fables, poetry, personal narrative, theatrics.

  • The synergy of seamlessly blending your stories with your art. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts!

  • The components of a good story. Conflict, characters, setting, resolution etc.

  • How do you recognize your own storytelling voice? The secret language of memory, imagination, fantasy and dreams.

  • The storyteller's toolbox. My tips and techniques for creating great stories that are short, simple and relatable. Less is always more here!

  • Techniques such as collage, glazing, composition, acrylic painting, watercolor washes, sketching, basic story writing techniques and much much more!


Want a little sneak peek?


Looks pretty fun right? I can't wait to share this workshop with you!

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What kind of supplies do I need for this workshop?

Please use what you HAVE!  It is not my intention at all to have you purchase everything on the list.  Buy only what you think you will use.  If you watch a video where I use oils you are encouraged to substitute acrylics if you don't want/have oils etc.  There are a number of essential materials needed as noted below but many things can be substituted. Let me know if you have questions.




Supply List

*essential for this class