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Jacki Kellum Announces Beginning Cartooning Class Wednesdays at 3:30

This week, an 8-year-old boy took his first-ever art class with me. For his class, we began by learning to draw basic cartoon heads and by placing guidelines to help accurately place the features.

Whether you want to draw cartoon faces, fashion models, or more realistic portraits, the first step is that of learning how to place guidelines and then by drawing the facial features according to those lines,and cartooning is a great way to learn how to draw any kind of face.

Jacki Kellum Pencil Drawing of a Dog

Even when I drew the dog’s head, I began by drawing simple shapes and by adding guidelines to help place the features.



Week 1:  Draw Cartoons Facing Front

On the first day of class, my new student drew 2 of the cartoons from the following sheet, and he drew an alien and shaded it with colored pencils :

During Lesson 2, the Students will learn how to draw Angry Bird and to color-shade him with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.

During the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Classes, the Students Will Learn How to Draw and Color-Shade Cartoon Halloween Figures.

The students will be drawing with pencil and paper some figures that Jacki designed and created with Photoshop. The will be taught to color-shade the figures with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.

In order to draw the witch, the students will learn to draw patterns and will learn to draw with radiating lines.

In November, the Students Will Learn to Draw A Simple Turkey and an Owl with Radiating Lines.

They Will Also Begin Drawing and Shading Turning Heads and Bodies.

The students will draw and color-shade Sponge Bob and Angry Bird in 3-d, using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.

Next, the Students Will Learn How to Add Emotions to Their Faces.

By December or January, the Students Will Begin Drawing in 3-D, Shading, and Color-Shading with Colored Pencils More Complex Forms From Mark Kistler’s Book Imagination Station.

By spring, the class will be ready to learn to draw houses in 3-d, and I want them to learn how to architecturally draw some simple, little bird houses and to actually build them and paint them in class.

Jacki Kellum Cartooning Class Wednesdays at 3:30

We have set Wednesdays at 3:30 as the class time for this beginning cartooning and drawing class, and I can accept 3 or 4 more students in that class.  If 4 children are in the class, the cost of the class is $20 per hour, and if 2 or 3 children are in the class, the cost of the class is $25 per hour. If a two siblings take group classes, the cost of the second sibling’s class is reduced 20%.  If any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader wants to join the Wednesday at 3:30 class, beginning this Wednesday, October 4, 2017, they need to meet with me this weekend and to catch up with the student who has already begun.If you want to arrange your own group of 4 call Jacki to set up a time.

609-204-9528 Call or text Jacki Kellum now to get into a fall art class and to learn how to Draw Simple Cartoons. Email: jackikellum@gmail.com

Prices for Art Classes with Jacki Kellum:

  • The cost of a private class is $30 per hour

  • The cost of a semi-private class is $25 per hour

  • The cost of a class with 4 – 6 students is $20 per hour. Classes Are Limited to  6 Students

  • If siblings take group classes, the second sibling’s tuition is reduced 20%

Jacki Kellum has 3 Masters Degrees and while she was teaching art in schools, she was named National Teacher of the Year.

©Jacki Kellum September 29, 2017

Learn to Draw, Shade, & Paint a Simple Forest at Jacki Kellum Studios

One of the first things that I teach new students is how to draw and shade in color. I use Prismacolor Premiere or professional colored pencils to teach shading in color, and after a student grasps that simple concept, painting is a cinch.

Michelangelo said: Painting is Colored Drawing

I begin to teach shading with simple exercises, and with younger kids, I use Mark Kistler’s book Imagination Station.

On the first day of class, the students will draw and shade this furry creature with pencil.


During the second class, we’ll draw the Knight that is comprised of shaded spheres and cylinders.

Drawing trees is nothing more than drawing cylinders, pyramids, and spheres, and shading trees is no more difficult than shading the Knight of the Drawing Table.

This is the first class group of classes for the Jacki Kellum Create a Magical Kingdom Series.

Session Two of the Jacki Kellum Create A Magical Kingdom Series: Draw, Shade, and Paint a Cottage for the Kingdom.

In the second session, students will be taught how to draw houses in perspective.



In Session 3, the students will draw and paint a castle.

Each session will require about 6 weeks of study.

The cost for private study with Jacki Kellum is $30 per hour. For classes with 4 students, the cost is $20 per hour per student.

For more information or to reserve a spot in one of these classes, call Jacki Kellum at 609-204-9528

©Jacki Kellum September 24, 2017

When What You See Is Not What You Get – Symbolism in Art and Writing

Symbolism is a peculiar game. You say or paint one thing, but you mean another, and the odd thing is that you really want people to figure what that other thing is all about and yet, you camouflage your meaning. It is rather like the silly game that is played by petty wives.  When their husbands hurt their feelings or if their husbands forget birthdays or anniversaries, the wives sulk.

The husband asks, “What’s wrong?”


“But I know something is wrong.”

Even though the woman protests that something has upset her, she behaves as though something has, and she wants the husband to guess what that something is. It is as though the true test of love is clairvoyance. If another person can see deep into my soul, he wins.

When I was married, I wanted nothing more than for my husband to stop on his way home, even if it was on a deserted lot, and to pick me bunches of wildflowers or daisies or red clover or whatever else that he could find. But he never did. A smarter wife would have simply said, “I need flowers from you at least once per month.” But that would have ruined the whole thing for me. I needed for my ex-husband to intuitively know that I needed flowers–even free flowers–at least once per month. I seemed to believe that if another person could read my mind, and if he could decipher all of my wants and my needs, he would be my one, true love. No doubt, that is a reason that I am divorced.

But I play that same kind of game with my art. Allow me to illustrate my point:


Thanksgiving Across the Lake – Watercolor by Jacki Kellum

A couple of years ago, I was home alone for Thanksgiving, and I was remembering Thanksgivings of my past–a time when family, hearth, and home seemed to glow a great deal more than they do for me now. I was a little bit depressed, and  I painted Thanksgiving Across the Lake.  I could write the long version of this post, explaining in detail that the painting and its meaning grew AS I painted it; but I’ll summarize by assuring you that I did not realize exactly what I was painting nor why until I completed the work.   By the end of the painting session [not before then], I knew how the final painting would look; I knew what the title would be; and I knew what the painting would mean.  Notice that the “evergreen” trees are hardly green at all. They are dark and bluish.  The Thanksgiving colors dance around my painting; but the most warmth–the greatest glow is not in the center of attention–not in the main grove of trees that are in the foreground. That was where I was standing in this piece, and that was a dark and foreboding place. The golden and glowing warmth of Thanksgiving was within sight but not where I was standing. It was across the lake, somewhere that I could not reach. In a symbolic way, my painting says that happiness and home were in a place that I could not trouch or access in any way.


December River – Watercolor Painted by Jacki Kellum

As I painted the creek or the river that is snaking its way across the snow in the above painting, I thought about Joni Mitchell’s song River.  I consider Joni Mitchell to be the greatest poet of my generation; and every time that I hear her sing River, tears well in my eyes.

Not wanting to try to ride on Joni’s coat tail, I initially decided to just name my painting December 1, but in writing this post, I decided to be totally honest.  My painting means more than December 1.  I am not Kandinsky, and my paintings are more than mere numbers.  My painting December River means that I, too, wish that I had a River I could skate away on……Thank you, Joni Mitchell.  No one has said it better than you.

I do not want to be the prophet of doom; but both of the paintings that I have shared today have been a reaction to the holidays and to my own feelings of aloneness during this time.  Yet, on a more positive level–on an art-as-therapy level–perhaps my art [both my visual art and my writing] are my River that I do skate away on. I do that through symbols.

I often write in symbols, too. At least 15 years ago, I wrote a group of short verses about flowers. My idea was to illustrate each flower and to publish the book of paintings and verses together, and I would call the volume Garden Songs. [Shhhh! I didn’t just tell you that. I still plan to do it. But like so many other things, I simply haven’t gotten it done yet].

Keep in mind that I want all of the poems to be very short so that they don’t detract from the paintings that will be the true focus of the page. Even though the verses are short, however, I want them to have greater meaning. I want the verses and the images to be symbols for greater truths. Here is the poem that I wrote about Snapdragons:

The Painted Parade
by Jacki Kellum

Watch the painted parade,
With bold and biting dragons,
Teasing all the toddlers—even me!

They’re really just pretending.
Everyday’s a New Year,
A fun and festive firework jamboree.

© Painted Parade Jacki Kellum October 19, 2015

My grandmother always had snapdragons in her garden, and I used to love to pinch the snapdragons and allow them to bite me or to at least close around the tip of my finger and nibble. When I heard the dragon part of the word “snapdragon,” I thought about the Dragon Dance in the Chinese New Year’s Parade, and that provided me a springboard into what would become part of my greater meaning.

Therefore, on one level, the poem is simply about a colorful bed of flowers that have the capacity to nibble at my fingertips–like a biting dragon. On another level, the parade is talking about the non-scary, scary dragon in a Chinese parade. But on the deepest level, my poem is about something entirely different.

When I said, “Watch the Painted Parade,” I was actually chastising all of the people around me that I thought were being pretentious, wearing masks, and playing games.

My simple, little ditty about Snapdragons was actually a symbol for the way that I felt deep within myself about people who are fake. I do this type of thing all of the time. In other words, what you think that you see in my art and in my writing, is not all that there actually is. My art and my writing are only the tips of an iceberg that lies deeply within me.

Now, here is the silly part: I actually want my viewer and my reader to know what I am thinking, but just like a silly wife, I want you to guess what that is. As I pointed out yesterday, in writing and painting in symbols and metaphors, I may be playing a bigger game than the people in the Painted Parade, but at least, I do dare to look inside myself.

Too many people are nothing more than the surfaces that they reflect to everyone around themselves. Although I am lacking in many ways, I know that I am much, much more than a shallow image, and my art and my writing are keys to some of the gems that I keep locked inside.

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. – George Bernard Shaw

©Jacki Kellum September 10, 2017


Jacki Kellum Art Classes in Linwood, NJ 08221

Jacki Kellum is accepting new art students to teach art and design in her Linwood studio.

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Jacki Kellum is a proponent of the philosophy that everyone should paint according to their ages and their levels of emotional maturity.

The above drawing was done by Jacki’s 13-year-old student, but the student has been studying with Jacki Kellum for 7 years. She has painted and drawn through every arts maturity level.


The student in the photo above is 12 years old, and she has also been studying art for 7 years with Jacki Kellum. In the preceding photo, you see this student’s study of a fashion model’s face.

Jacki Kellum teaches Drawing, Painting, Fashion Illustration, and Sewing for Textile Art. To teach sewing to children, she teaches how to sew for American Girl Dolls.

Jacki Kellum is currently illustrating a book for former pro baseball player Mark Littell.

White Goose Drawing by Jacki Kellum

Sunflower Painted in Watercolor by Jacki Kellum

Jacki Kellum’s signature watercolor style is highly colorful and free, but her pencil work is detailed and realistic. Jacki teaches students to understand the real before they begin to take freedoms and to try things more abstractly.

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To set up an appointment, call or text Jacki Kellum at 609204-9528 or email: jackikellum@gmail.com

Jacki Kellum Has 3 Master’s Degrees
While she was teaching art in schools, Jacki Kellum was named National Teacher of the Year

Fees for Jacki Kellum Art Classes

Private Class: $30 per Hour

Group Class with 4 Students: $20 per Hour

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Jacki Kellum Also Designs and Sells Patterns to Sew for American Girl Dolls. The outfit in the above photo was Designed and Sewn by Jacki Kellum.

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