About the Project

Your project for this course will be to create your own bookshelf illustration inspired by things you personally enjoy or resonate with.

Keep in mind your project should be unique to you. While I'll give you plenty of ideas, inspiration, and tips, take the information and run with it. You will learn to compose, draw, and illustrate your own scene of joyful objects. 

About the Course


Improve and develop your art style by creating your own bookshelf illustration in pen and watercolor. Through this course, you will become familiar with your supplies, learn to find references for your painting, and practice simple drawing and watercolor techniques. By the end of this course, you will have a completed illustration of a bookshelf full of joyful moments curated and created by you. 


Who this course is for

This course is valuable for beginners in both drawing and watercolor, but will also include valuable lessons for those looking to deepen their already-developed skills and understanding.


Why you should take this class

You will learn to apply techniques around color theory, arrange your composition and many more far-reaching concepts in this lesson. Using ink and watercolor, you will bring simple moments to life as you loosen up your art muscles and practice important techniques. Whether you are taking this class just for fun or you’re looking to make a career out of your art, you will improve vital skills so you can make quality art that is unique to your artistic voice. 



Learn to Find Inspiration

Learn where and how to look for inspiration in your composition. I'll even give you a good excuse to go shopping if you want!

Prepare your Supplies

Learn how to pick your supplies and what you'll need to complete the course. Hint: It's not the fancy expensive stuff!

Master New Techniques

I'll show you step by step how I make my own artwork, all while teaching you ways to create yours.

Example Curriculum

  Introduction
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  Getting Prepared
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  The Project
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  Reflection
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Meet the Teacher


Alyssa Whetstone is an artist and art teacher who has been teaching elementary artists in public schools since 2019. In 2023 she began expanding her teaching to people of all ages and experiences online through social media like instagram and youtube.

Alyssa excels in breaking down large concepts into manageable chunks and making art fun for everyone. You'll find an approachable and friendly teacher guiding you along toward success in this course.

Join an Exclusive Community


With the purchase of any class in The Joy of Watercolor Academy, you get access to a private community group where you can share your art, see what other creatives are up to, ask questions, and grow as an artist! Look for an email invite within a week of enrolling.

This group is run by Alyssa Whetstone and a great place to get personal advice from your teacher as well as connect with other like minded creatives.