Seminar FAQs

I  compiled a list of general questions that site visitors are most likely to ask about my seminars. For information about a specific seminar, please go to the Seminar section and click on the name of a seminar in the left column. If you still can’t find the answer, email me.

  1. How are your seminars different than taking a college course or an art workshop?
  2. What age and skill level are your seminars directed toward?
  3. Will there be any drawing instruction or time for sketching during the seminars?
  4. What materials do I need to bring to the seminar?
  5. How do I register for a seminar?
  6. Can you let me know when a specific seminar is open for registration?
  7. Are there any books required for your seminars?
  8. Do you have any reccomendations for supplemental study?
  9. How long is each session?
  10. Are there any breaks during the sessions?

How are your seminars different than taking a college course or workshop class?
For one thing, you won’t get college credit for taking these seminars. But that’s the only thing you won’t get...
Essentially, I’ve taken the best of the materials I teach in my college classes and concentrated them into these seminars. They are crash-courses that take only a fraction of the time but are packed with valuable information.
With most seminars, I show you examples from past and present masters and do demos to clarify certain points and give you time to draw notes from some of the slides. Seminars from my Art Development Series do not involve any drawing.
For information about a specific seminar, please go to my Seminar section and click on the name of a seminar in the left column.
What age and skill level are your seminars directed toward?
The majority of my attendees are college level art students and professional artists but I have also had a number of talented and committed artists who are still in high school benefit from my seminars. Although I present the material as clearly and concisely as possible, it may be difficult to follow for anyone who is not seriously determined to expand their knowledge and skills.
Will there be any drawing time or drawing instruction during the seminars?
Most seminars include demos and time to draw notes from the slides but there is no one-on-one instruction. The primary purpose of these seminars is to supply attendees with additional information to enhance their existing skills and knowledge.
What materials do I need to bring to the seminar?
For most seminars, all you need is a notebook or sketchbook and any non-messy drawing or writing tool such as a mechanical pencil or roller pen. Unless otherwise instructed, do not bring paint, bottled ink, charcoal or other dusty media, or anything that leaves shavings.
It’s also a good idea to bring a printout of your registration receipt (the one from PayPal) in case your name doesn’t appear on the check-in roster.
How do I register for a seminar?
Any seminars that are open for registration (or are about to open) will appear on my Seminar Schedule & Registration page. Please be sure to supply the attendee name and phone number in the space provided.
NOTE: Phone numbers are only used for emergencies or situations like last minute schedule changes and problems with your registration.
If you want to register and pay for multiple attendees, please do not use the quantity field during checkout to purchase multiple seats. (I need a name and phone number for each attendee and this will not allow that.) Instead, please follow the simple instructions under the How to Register section for registering multiple attendees.
Can you let me know when a specific seminar is open for registration?
If you subscribed to my announcement list, you will get emails when each of my seminars open for registration and, less frequently, when I have other news. At this time, I do not have the ability to only send announcements for specific seminars.
If you aren’t already on my announcement list and don’t mind getting announcements for seminars or news that may not interest you, please subscribe here.
NOTE: I do not share or sell my subscriber list.
Are there any books required for your seminars?
No, there are no books required. Just an alert brain.
Do you have any reccomendations for supplemental study?
Yes, lots! I have lists of resources (mainly books) for all of my seminars which, in most cases, include links for purchasing through Amazon. I have read, viewed, or otherwise evaluated all of these resources and I only list items I feel have merit. For most, I also include a brief review. You can find all my lists by going to my Reviews section and clicking on a seminar name in the left column. A few items are listed under multiple categories and may have slightly different reviews.
The Videos category in my reviews lists videos that I use for teaching Visual Storytelling. I will eventually post reviews for these but, for the time being, I can only assure you that they all have merit.
The Miscellaneous category has other favorite books and videos that don’t quite fit under any other category.
How long is each session?
It varies but most sessions run about 4 hours each and this includes one or two short breaks. My Seminar Schedule & Registration page will indicate how long each session runs. In cases where a third party is hosting a seminar or handling registration, you may need to access their web site for more information but I will usually include a link for you.
Are there any breaks during sessions?
Yes, the sessions are very concentrated learning so I always include at least one short break and sometimes more.