Summertime Student Work

Have you been sensing a theme around here lately? We are reveling in the season right now, so it only felt right to have a summer themed student work post! Keep reading for some seasonally cool work from our June students!

First, we have a colorful and fun popsicle pattern from Melanie Collette from our advanced Illustrator class. We love the attention to detail, like the treats being in various stages of enjoyment, and we think this would make a killer summer party invite!

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Next we have the sweetest Photoshop 101 work from Shayla Fursov. Of course, we love this quintessentially summer photo (and we wish we were lounging in a field with flowers right now like this adorable boy), but we love the editing work even more! The before is on the left, and the after is on the right — completely amazing skin retouching! We think all our mom readers will want to learn how to artfully edit away those scrapes and scratches like you did Shayla!

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Our last piece of work isn’t expressly summer themed, but we think Sandra Grieden’s lovely bouquet from our Floral Arranging 101 class would be the perfect centerpiece for any outdoor dinner party this summer!

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And just one more little reminder that you have until end of day today to use our SUMMERTIME25 promo code to save 25% off your online class and textbook orders — make sure you don’t miss it!

Last Days for our Summer Promo!

Nicole's Classes Summer Promo!

Happy Summer everyone! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday June 28th at 11:59pm PST is the last possible moment toy use promo code SUMMERTIME25, which saves you 25% on all online class and textbook orders.

So stock up on some classes and learn something new this summer vacation with Nicole’s Classes!

Lightroom 101 Now Open for Registration!

Lightroom 101

We have some very exciting news for our students today:

Our Lightroom 101 online class is now open for registration!

Lightroom is an amazing tool for organizing, enhancing and exporting your photography (and video)! You can organize photos from your DSLR, compact point and shoot camera, and even cell-phones.

In this class, you’ll learn how to navigate the library and easily keep track of, sort, and rate your favorite images. You’ll also learn workflow practices that will save time when working with both small and large projects, and how to export your images for anything you need from email to large prints and even custom books. The homework assignments will help you jump right into Lightroom to begin organizing, enhancing, and exporting your own images!

The best thing about Lightroom is that you never have to hit the “save” button and you can always hit “undo!” You can try anything and you can always go back to your original. Whether you shoot RAW or JPEG, your photos can benefit from the powerful and easy enhancement tools in Lightroom!

So if you’ve had Lightroom just sitting on your computer and weren’t sure where to start, or if you’ve been searching for the perfect program to help you organize your mountains of images, this class is for you!

The inaugural session of the class will be held in August starting Monday, August 5th. So grab your spot now as we expect this class to fill up quickly!

And make sure to sign up for our newsletter to make sure you get insider updates like this in the future!

And the Summer Giveaway Winner is…

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest this week — we loved reading about all of your favorite summer stuff! We really hope you all have a summer full of BBQ, swimming and beaches!

But before we can enjoy all those special summer moments, we wanted to announce the winners of our Summertime Giveaway:

The winner of the grand prize photo prize pack, which includes a online class, a textbook and an Epiphanie camera bag is:

Maia who commented on the original blog post and said, “I love summer for fresh produce aaaand fresh pesto pasta! Yum!!” We couldn’t agree more Maia, congratulations!

The winner of the second prize, a Nicole’s Classes online class and a textbook is:

Cardin who posted on Instagram with the hashtag #summerwithnicolesclasses

And the winner of the third prize, a Nicole’s Classes textbook is:

Amanda of the ThePrettyPinhead who posted on Twitter about the giveaway with the hashtag #summerwithnicolesclasses

Congratulations to our three winners, and thank you again to all of our followers who commented, tweeted, facebooked and instagrammed to get the word out! We’ll be contacting the winners later today, so if you won, stay tuned for an email from us shortly.

And if you weren’t one of the winners this time around, we might have some news that will lift your spirits — we have a 25% of discount code for you! Just enter the code SUMMERTIME25 at checkout now through next Friday, June 28 to save on your entire online class and textbook order (gift certificates excluded)!

Wishing you a happy summer weekend!

Sewing 101: Making Machine Buttonholes

Hi everyone, it’s Theresa from Sewing 101 here to share another great teacher tip with you! The first project we make in my Sewing 101 class is a pillow cover. Some of you may have already made a pillow, so if you’re looking for an extra challenge, you can try to add a buttonhole to the closure of your cover. Here’s how to get started:

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Because sewing machine models are slightly different, you first want to consult your manual and look for the section on “automatic buttonholes” if your machine allows you to make them. To hand-sew them, check out this tutorial.

Enter our Summertime Giveaway!

Summer might be our favorite season here at Nicole’s Classes… we love the sun, the sand and the sweet treats! In honor of this glorious time of year, we’re holding another awesome contest for all our blog and social media followers!

Nicole's Classes Summertime Giveaway!
Enter our Summertime Giveaway and you could win 1 of 3 amazing prizes:

Grand Prize: A photo prize pack including an Epiphanie camera bag,1 free Nicole’s Classes online course, and 1 free Nicole’s Classes textbook!

Second Prize:Nicole’s Classes online course and 1 Nicole’s Classes textbook!

Third Prize: 1 Nicole’s Classes textbook!

To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you love summer! Make sure to include your email so we can get in touch with you if you do win. Pretty easy, right?!

Want to increase your chance of winning? There are 3 additional easy ways you can earn bonus entries:

  • Follow @nicolesclasses on Instagram, @ us, and post a summer-themed image with the hashtag #summerwithnicolesclasses
  • Follow @nicolesclasses on Twitter, @ us, and tweet about the giveaway with the hashtag #summerwithnicolesclasses
  • Like Nicole’s Classes on Facebook and make sure to @ us when you post about the giveaway

One additional entry per method, for a maximum of 4 total entries per person. All entries must be original work. Winners will be selected at random and announced here on the blog on Friday, June 21st at 5:00 am PST.

So come in from the beach and put down that popsicle just long enough to enter this great contest… Happy entering!

**UPDATE: This contest is closed and winners have been announced here. Thanks for entering!**

Student Work and Review Links

Happy Friday everyone! We have a small sampling of student work for you today, and we also want to do a quick link up with some awesome bloggers who have posted about their Nicole’s Classes experience recently!

First, we have a bouquet from Floral Arranging 101 student Adrian Parkinson — her creation has a great shape and color story and we always love that she wrapped the stems in paper!nicole's classes student work

We also have a lovely illustrated portrait created by Angela Endor in our Illustrator 101 class — we love the pastel color palette and how life like the portrait is. Great job Angela!
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And now for the short link-up!

** Kate Miss at For Me, For You: We’ve shared a few of photographer/designer/jewelry maker/all around artist Kate’s amazing Floral Arranging 101 homework assignments on the blog already. But we want to encourage you to head over to her space to check out her all of her stunning images of her Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 assignments. We loved having you in the virtual classroom Kate, you’re a creative inspiration!

** Erin Boyle at Gardenista: Erin is enrolled in our June Floral Arranging 101 and will be blogging about it each week on Gardenista. Her homework assignment for Week 1 looks great, and she’s shared how much she enjoys having access to Chelsea for feedback so she can push her arrangements to the next level. We’ll be sure to share more of her posts with you soon!

Also, make sure to come back to the blog bright and early Monday morning for a chance to enter a Nicole’s Classes summer giveaway!

Teacher Feature: Chelsea Fuss

Hi everyone, it’s Chelsea from the Floral Arranging 101 class. When I am not teaching for Nicole’s Classes, I am usually working on floral arrangements for photo shoots. I wanted to share just a few of my recent floral projects I created for shoots so you know what I like to work on!

A hand-tied bouquet of tuberose, eucalyptus pods and oregonia greens:
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An ivy wreath:
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A bouquet of poppies, muscari, pink hyacinth and sweet peas:
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A jasmine headwreath:
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If you’re looking to make your own bouquets and wreaths, just for you or for shoots of your own, enroll in my Floral Arranging 101 and let me teach you how!


All photos by Lisa Warniger.

Teacher Feature: Monica Lee of Watercolor 101

Hi everyone, it’s Monica Lee here from Watercolor 101! This week, I’m sharing a little more info about me and some of my current work so you can get to know me a bit better.

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As you may remember from my introductory post, I was a freelance illustrator for several years with clients like Abrams Books, Hyperion, Harcourt and The Wall Street Journal. I illustrated book covers, magazine editorials, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric and even checks!

After years as a freelancer and then licensed artist, creating imagery had turned into more of a chore and everything I was doing felt rushed. I gave myself a break and created a web TV series called Smart Creative Women. While I have used illustrations within the website, it is not the main focus. SCW is a place to highlight women who are in the business of creativity and it aims to be a source of inspiration for all women. I have interviewed Nicole’s Classes own Nicole as she is clearly a fabulously creative women.

I am grateful to Nicole’s Classes for asking me to put together my Watercolor 101 course. It reminded me why I loved this medium and it enabled me to slow down and apply techniques that I hadn’t been using in my work. I recently committed to paint every Sunday “just for fun.” I ended up painting some jungle animal imagery that I have fallen in love with (it was refreshing to fall in love with my own art again)! Being the commercially minded artist that I am, I toyed with what I could do with these animals whom I affectionately call Gigi and Zanetta. I decided to have them made into silk chiffon scarves and was so pleased with the outcome, that I am in the process of opening an online shop to sell them.

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I am also playing with how they would look as prints. I painted a background in a Moroccan motif as an add on print. Being in the position to art direct myself for a change has been freeing, although slow, and it turns out I am not the best at giving myself deadlines! My work at Smart Creative Women has been hugely rewarding so I am letting myself off the hook on that regard. I am just so pleased that I have my passion rekindled with such a gorgeous medium like watercolor!

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I have been also been painting some fashion illustrations, and I can never resist painting shoes! These have made their way on to a scarf as well and onto some greeting cards with one of my favorite mottos, “Work hard. Walk pretty!”

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Amazed at all the cool things you can do with a watercolor painting? Sign up for my Watercolor 101 class and let me teach you how to paint your own!


Scarf photos by Joy Uyeno.

More Strong Student Work

And we’re back with the latest installment of super strong work from our students! These pieces are all from the last week or so of our May classes, so you can tell how much they’ve all learned and grown in the span of just four weeks!

First we have a beautiful bouquet created by Shannon Yau in the Floral Arranging 101 class. She chose great flowers in complimentary colors and the piece has a great overall shape, plus we love that bow color and texture as the finishing touch!nicole'sc lasses student work
And we have one more amazing bridal bouquet from Jonalee Earles. Her creation is just so romantic and soft and we love the combination of flora that she chose. Great job!nicole's classes student work
Next up we have a really fun mood board arranged by Rose Sponseller in our Photoshop 101 class. In this class, students create a mood board for their blog or a potential client, an assignment that is perfect for blog roundups or interior designers. We love Rose’s color palette and the layout — plus we totally want that dog this summer!
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And our last piece of work today comes from a long time student Danielle DiPirro who whipped up this adorable piece in one of our advanced Illustrator classes. We absolutely love her illustration and the idea of capturing a family portrait this way — and again, we want that cute dog!
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Do you dream of designing your own floral pieces, mood boards or illustrations? Then let us help you learn how! Sign up for an online class (or two, or three) today!

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