Doings of a Doodle

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85

Grow your doodles into full-fledged paintings! Author Diane Culhane (“If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint”) encourages you to respect the artistic signature encoded in your individual doodling style and shows you how to expand them into larger works of art. You’ll doodle-mine for treasure, take a doodle larger, layer in color with pencil and acrylics, and use a compositional grid as the foundation for your final 20” x 16” acrylic painting.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Diane Culhane

Class Description

Doodle your way into a big painting! Doodling is really just mark making… marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied.

These marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling can be an expression of your style, like your handwriting. In this class we will look at our doodles as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this class will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style.

We will:

  • Dig for treasure/doodle
  • Observe & Arrange & Study
  • Make folded books for doodle-ready surfaces
  • Copy your images with hand/eye coordination
  • Scan & enlarge your doodles
  • Add color combinations with colored pencil & acrylic paint
  • Create compositional grid paintings, and
  • Create a Large Do-o-dle Painting!!

Please join me!

Class Itinerary

  • Lesson 1: Observe, Arrange, Study
  • Lesson 2: Folded Doodle Books
  • Lesson 3: Doodle Terrific
  • Lesson 4: Copy Yourself
  • Lesson 5: Circles and Lines; Grid Painting
  • Lesson 6: Large Grid Painting







  • watercolors
  • small pieces of watercolor paper
  • acrylic paints
  • gel media
  • brushes
  • rice paper* – Japanese Okawara Blick sells sheets 12”x16” (need 3 sheets) Daniel Smith sheets 36”x72” in-store only
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • Sharpies
  • black/colored card stock
  • 1 or 2 wood panels – 5″x 5″
  • large canvas 20″x 16″

Diane Culhane

Diane Culhane is a professional artist and art educator who lives in West Seattle in a 1910 home, and works out of her studio in Ballard, Building C.

She received her BFA from the University of Utah and Master’s Degree from Seattle University. Diane has taught for The Bellevue School District, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center, Bellevue Arts Museum and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art Camp, ‘Go Go with Van Gogh,’ for children in the summer.

When Diane is not in the studio painting you can find her on her bicycle or hiking. Learn more about her at

Check out Diane’s first book, released by Quarry Books, If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint.

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“What an awesome class & teacher. Loved learning with you & already see the difference in my art.” — Liz V.
“Love your techniques and inspiration!!! Thanks for a wonderful workshop!” — Margaret A.
“Thank you for such an inspiring course! Will certainly keep doodling and I know I will be surprised (more)!” — Emma S.