The Doodle & the Painting

The Doodle & the Painting
Instructor: Diane Culhane
5-week class • 11 lessons

Class Dates: May 2 – June 6, 2017
NOTE: Even though class has started, you are welcome to sign up anytime! 

Price: $165.00

Payment Plan Option (Two $80 payments 30 days apart, plus one-time $7)

$7.00 (one time) + $80.00 / 30 days

This class is about growing our doodles into large 30″x30″ paintings. We all have natural creative impulses, and our simplest drawings contain everything we need to to start (and finish!) big wonderful paintings.

The process I will teach comes from my own journey and we will go step by step from tiny drawings to completed works.

I am excited to share my discoveries about how to take what is already in you — your imagery, your marks, your voice (your DOODLE style!) — and give it direction and intent.

In this painting class we will work with line quality, color mixing, composition and design. I hope it will feed you, fill you up, and make you long for more exploration into your doodles and harvest the gold that is already inside of you.

If you’ve taken the first class, Doings of a Do-o-dle, you’ve already made a start… and this class will continue to take you deeper into your own self expression.

I hope you will join me!

Buckets of Joy,
Diane Culhane




Class Outline


Lesson 1: Line Quality & Characteristics 
Explore various types of lines: thick, thin, dotted, dashed, curvy, sketchy and combinations.

Lesson 2: Size Matters: Tiny & Medium Papers
Start small by working with Post–it –Notes to free up the flow of ideas. Lead up to a medium composition on 8.5″x11″ paper.

Lesson 3: Size Matters: Extra Large 
Place large sheets of paper on a wall or a door. This will enable you to work using your whole body. Use a variety of sharpies to create a huge sized doodle.

Diane Doodling LARGE!


Lesson 4: Revamping the Journal & Adding Color Fields
Take an old journal or an old used book and cover what is already there with a gesso or a combination of stains and ink.

Lesson 5: Choosing Themes: Building Volume by Adding Layers 
What images are reoccurring in your doodles? What images do you love? Choose a theme from the list or choose your own.

Lesson 6: Color Mixing & Harmony: Landscapes in Sketchbook
Work in your journal or sketchbook and create a landscape full of inventive shapes. Activating the surface with multiple layers.

Moving from Doodles to “Doodle Drawings”

Week 3

Lesson 7: Surface Prep & The Beginnings
Gesso two wood panels, each 30″x30″ in size and add the first layer of paint on both paintings to get your imagery started. Panel #1: black & blue. Panel #2: red, blue, yellow harmonious colors

Lesson 8:  Adding Layers: First Wood Panel with Theme Patterns
Add painted doodles to the composition with the theme of your choice, paying particular attention to contrasts between lights and darks and working with multiple tints. Diane’s Theme Choice for Painting #1: Lines & Triangles.

Lesson 9: Adding Layers: Second Wood Panel with Color Harmony
Add themed doodles to your composition and keep working on adding contrasts with lights and darks, continuing with primarily red, blue and yellow. Diane’s Theme Choice for Painting #2: Botanical Plant Life.

Diane’s Demonstration Painting #1

Week 4

Lesson: 10:  Completing Two Wood Panel Paintings
This week is a huge painting week! Go to your studios, shut the doors and paint. You will receive one two-part lesson on Tuesday, and will be set free to just paint the rest of the week. Diane will take her two paintings start to finish.

Diane’s Demonstration Painting #2

Week 5

Lesson 11: Overview: Thinking Back and Thinking Foreword
When do you know if your painting is finished? Dive into your inquiry of composition. Celebrate where we are, where we have been, and where we are going.


Sign up today!

Price: $165.00

Payment Plan Option (Two $80 payments 30 days apart, plus one-time $7)

$7.00 (one time) + $80.00 / 30 days


dianebiosmallDiane 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

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

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Here’s how this online class works:

• During the 5 weeks of class, you will receive emails on each teaching day from Diane with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.

• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.

• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Diane is always available to look at your work via email.)

• The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).

• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes.

• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.


FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our online classes, click HERE.