Online Classes
Online classes are an awesome way to learn: video lessons with supporting photos and text. You get to work at your own pace: pause, rewind, and fast forward the video lessons as necessary. You can even do what I do and learn in your pajamas!

Once you purchase an online class from me:

  • You will have access to all of your classes using one url, one username (which you choose), and one password (which you can reset yourself).  
  • As with all Balzer Designs online classes, you never lose access to the class once you purchase it.
  • There are some super cool social aspects to the online classroom.  You have a profile page with a photo, information about yourself, links to your places on the web, a gallery, and a Facebook style wall where you can post updates and images that people can like and comment on.  
  • In addition, each class has its own private group where there's a message board and a photo gallery.
  • You can "friend" people on the site and gather a great little network of art-loving folks!
  • Payments will be processed automatically -- get your class login information right away.  
Visit the Balzer Designs Online Classroom HERE.
Visit the Balzer Designs Online Classroom to see the classes currently being offered, read student reviews, and sign up for whatever interests you! You can try out the classroom for FREE with the online class "Stencil 101." Check it out!
In-Person Classes

I am teaching a limited number of in-person classes these days. My classes do tend to sell out, so I encourage you to sign up early and often! If you have any questions about the classes or the supply list, please feel free to e-mail me.

I'll be teaching 1 class in New York City on November 9, 2014, at The Ink Pad.

Art Journal Playground

Date: November 9, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: $120
Info: 212·463·9876
click here for more information

Come and spend the day creating in your art journal. We’ll create colorful backgrounds, do some fancy lettering, explore pattern, and work on bringing a page together to make it sing! Whether you’re a beginning art journaler or a seasoned veteran, there will be plenty of techniques and ideas to explore in a relaxed and playful environment.

Students Should Bring:

  • Art Journal (any kind)
  • Paintbrushes (bristle brushes in various sizes)
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors, including black and white)
  • Paint Palette
  • Water Jar
  • Permanent Black Pen
  • White Pen
  • Matte Medium
  • Paper for Collage (thinner papers are easier – ex. deli paper, wrapping paper, book pages, tissue paper, etc.)
  • Manila Shipping Tags – any size or multiple sizes
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Heat Gun & Extension Cord/Power Strip, Apron, Stencils & Cosmetic Sponges, Stamps & Stamp Ink, Embossing Powder, Masking Tape (Pro Brand recommended), White Gesso, Scrapbooking Paper, Stabilo Marks All Pencil, India Ink, Ruler, Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat, Gelli Plate & Brayer, Your favorite art journaling supplies
I'll be teaching two classes January 4-5, 2015 at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA
Date: January 3, 2015 • Time: 6-9pm
Price: $75 • Info: 408.266.1005 • click here for more information
The Stenciled Face
Learn just how easy it is to create fabulous faces using the help of some Balzer Designs stencils! If you think you can't draw faces, this is the class for you!

Students Should Bring:

  • Several sheets of Heavy Paper (can be any size you want to work with)
  • Patterned Papers -- book pages, scrapbook paper, painted papers, wrapping paper, etc.
  • Bristle Brushes (in several sizes: small round, medium round, large flat)
  • Heavy Bodied Acrylic Paint - opaque paints are better (several colors, including white and black)
  • Cosmetic Wedge Sponges
  • Paint Palette
  • Jar or container for Water
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Optional: Heat Gun & Extension Cord/Power Strip, Apron, favorite stencils, favorite stamps & stamping ink
Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw
Date: January 4, 2015 • Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: $150 • Info: 408.266.1005 • click here for more information
Everyone can draw. In this class we're going to leave behind the fear associated with drawing photo-realistically and embrace our own funky interpretations of the world around us. Keeping a sketchbook is a wonderful way to record your life, your travels, and the objects around you. Milton Glaser once said that you never really see something until you draw it. I agree! This class offers a laid back approach to launching your sketchbook practice!

Students Should Bring:

  • sketchbook -- I prefer a watercolor book, but anything will do
  • mechanical pencil
  • large eraser
  • watercolor paints
  • bristle brushes (small and medium round brushes are best)
  • waterproof black pen -- I like the Sakura Pigma Micron or Faber Castell Pitt Pens
  • spray bottle of water
  • jar or container for water
  • a few objects from nature: shells, leaves, flowers, sticks, stones, etc.
  • optional: rag or paper towel, apron, heat gun and extension cord
SAVE THE DATES: January 17-18, 2015 at Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, CA
Date: January 17-18, 2015Time: TBA
TBAclick here for more information
Magazine Magic: a two-day art adventure

One of the supplies I must always have on hand in my art studio is magazines.  Believe it or not, magazines are an incredibly versatile and helpful tool for any artist.  In this class we’ll be exploring some of the myriad ways in which you can use magazines to create art, including: as reference images, as collage fodder, as the basis for image transfers, as underpaintings, as canvases, as stencils, and so much more!  This class is packed with techniques for you try out!  You will go home with an arsenal of new ideas and lots of finished samples!


  • Any of the following types of magazines: fashion magazines, catalogs with great photos, art and craft magazines, National Geographic, etc.  Be prepared to share your magazines with the class.
  • Scissors
  • Pens & Paint Markers: You will need a variety of pens and paint markers.  Definitely bring black (in several tip sizes), white (in several tip sizes) and then any additional colors you want.
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • White Gesso
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrushes: Bristle brushes: at minimum one large flat, one medium round, one small round
  • Packing Tape or clear contact paper
  • 2 Containers for Water – one for brushes and a larger one for washing transfers
  • Wax paper
  • Acrylic paint – black, red, blue, yellow, and any other colors you’d like to use
  • Art Journal and/or loose paper for working on
  • Credit card or hotel room key
  • Paint palette (palette paper or paper plate)
  • Optional: bone folder, heat gun & extension cord, spray ink, craft knife & cutting mat, apron

Teacher will provide: Deli Paper, collage starting images

SAVE THE DATE: I'll be teaching 1 class in New York City on February 21, 2015, at The Ink Pad.

I'll be returning to the Ink Pad for an awesome class in February! I'll have all my new stencils and stamps with me! :)

SAVE THE DATES: May 1-3, 2015 in Colorado

Ronda Palazzari and I are planning a 3-day art retreat in Colorado. Details to come ASAP!

You can contact Julie at