Jennifer Mercede – Doodle Draw

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Drawing + Painting // Skill Level: All


Create beautiful sketches which combine doodling and painting as only Portland, Oregon based artist, Jennifer Mercede can inspire you to do! A big part of drawing is looking at your subject. In this class you will have an opportunity to develop your drawing skills as well as relax, let go and be free. You will spend time in what Jennifer calls the ‘BC Zone’ or doing blind contour drawings. Your subjects will be inspired by the nature and city of Denver. You will explore mindless scribbling and doodling (what does your doodle voice look like?). By letting go of the final outcome, you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist. A small bit of color instruction will also be provided.

Both of my classes will be unique experiences, with a few overlapping ideas and activities. If you are so inclined, feel free to take Doodle Draw as well as Expressive Painting. The fundamentals from day one will be a great resource for the layering techniques explored on day two, though definitely not necessary.

Please note:
I work and teach very organically, so be prepared to go with the flow!
My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.


On this day in my class you can expect to:
• draw from life & photographs
• blind contour (draw, but don’t look at your paper)
• get into ‘the zone’
• scribble to loosen up
• let go of outcome
• use a pen
• illustrate
• draw lots of lines
• color outside your lines
• doodle inside your lines
• be blindfolded
• scribble fast
• scribble slow
• let your mind wander
• have fun


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Day 1 (9/28/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 4
Max # of students: 20

Supply List

Please make use of what you have, no need to run out to the store and buy all new stuff. Check with me if you have any questions!
  • 6–8 colors of acrylic paint (any brand). Make sure you bring your favorite variation of yellow, blue, red, and white. (Try to include a neon color as well.)
  • 2-3 paintbrushes in small to medium size
  • some type of mark makers: colored pencils/ markers/ watercolor crayons
  • painting clothes/smock
  • rag/ paper towel
  • medium sized sketchbook: nothing fancy (we will be making quick drawings & journaling throughout the day. If you have an old and cheap sketchbook, that would be best. A handful of computer paper will work just as well.)
  • Kit Fee: $10 per student (payable to instructor at class time) for necessary drawing surface & some of Jennifer’s favorite drawing tools
I encourage sharing materials in my class. I will be bringing some of mine to share. While it is definitely not expected, it is fun to provide the opportunity for each other to try something new. You might just discover your new favorite tool!

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