Testimonials

Happy messages from my awesome students! :-) 

Thousands of people have taken Tam’s art classes since 2008. This is what they have said about her and her classes:

ABOUT LIFE BOOK

✻ Pepi Valderrama, Spain says: “If you want to have fun, laugh, meditate, discover yourself, and find parts of you you didn’t know existed within you, you have to be part of the tribe! Life Book is more than just some art lessons, is a journey we make with people around the world, all together, with joy and creativity. We are like a family who shares art, life experiences and warmth. There is more than art in Life Book!

✻ Maryann Covington, Kent, UK says: “An amazing opportunity to learn loads of techniques from loads of different teachers within a really supportive lovely community, for an incredible price.”

✻ Kim McKinstry, Lumberton, Tx USA says: “An excellent opportunity to learn from a large variety of teachers, explore and connect with thousands of artist online, and the best thing I have found, so far, to give me the confidence I need to move forward with my own ideas.”

✻ Nicole Jones, Tennessee, USA: “Life Book is an incredible mixed media art course taught by an eclectic group of talented artists. You get to spend the year playing with all sorts of materials, working in different styles and learning new techniques. The Life Book community, teachers and students alike, is filled with warm, welcoming and supportive people who are always there to offer encouragement and guidance. It has been such a fun and rewarding experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone. I am a better artist and a happier person for having been part of Life Book!”

✻ Jill Holmes, Brunswick, GA USA says: “One of the best, year-long art motivations that one can purchase on the internet.  The variety of techniques and teachings are amazing and it is a very good value for the money involved to participate.”

✻ Nia Bennison Maple Ridge, BC USA says: “Life changing!”

✻ Sharon from Bristol UK says: “It is the best e-course I have ever taken (and I’ve taken a lot)…you sure can’t beat it anywhere!”

✻ Rosa from USA, Oroville, CA says: “Lifebook is a weekly commitment to art journaling. There are so many wonderful and varied teachers from around the world. You can work  at your on pace and on your own schedule. The Lifebook community is so supportive and encouraging of each other’s work. There is so much that can be learned technically and spiritually. You can participate as much or as little as you wish. But the more you put into Lifebook, the more you will get out of it. It’s absolutely the best online class I have ever taken!”

 Marsha Mees, California, CA. USA says: “Unbelievable!   An art lesson every week, 52 weeks of creativity!   Lifebook feeds my creative soul.  Meeting new people, new artists, making new friends, creating art, what more could you ask for.   All this for such a great price!!!   Who doesn’t want to create in their Jammie’s”

* Kim Margarit Canada says: “Be prepared to have your socks knocked off! It’s FUN, it’s so SELF-FULFILLING & GRATIFYING. You’ll grow as an artist & find that with all the fun stuff, that your heart is opened more as well.  That with all of Tam’s love & positive messages, it changes you little by little in such a delightful way.  I feel blessed to be a part of LifeBook & know of it’s magical powers to transform.”

✻ Amanda from Jackson MI, USA says: “I never dreamed that an on-line art class would make such a dramatic impact on my life! As long as Life Book is offered, I will be there!!!”

✻ Charmain from United States – Toney, AL says: “It has been a fantastic experience, I look forward to Monday mornings, so that I can see what I am going to experience this week. I’ve been exposed to so many teachers and different avenues of mixed media. It has just been GREAT!”
 
✻ Jan from Stratham, New Hampshire, USA says: “Just can’t thank you enough for the experience! Because of you and your class I was “brave” enough to sign up for a couple of other on line classes this summer and continue to grow in confidence. Would never have tried these classes without you and your wonderful Lifebook experience. You truly are amazing and thank you for touching so many of our lives!”
 
✻ Glenda from Henderson, NV, United States says: “One of the residuals of my childhood is not feeling loved or wanted. This experience has helped me to heal and as I write these words I am realizing just how much. I am thankful for Tam and all the teachers. I love them all and their teaching skills are just phenomenal. I am even overcoming my aversion to drawing the human body. Through Life book I have come to embrace the artist that lies deep inside and quieting the self talk that told me for years I was not an artist. Thank you Tam and teachers for helping me to grow.”
 
✻ Liezbeth from Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands says: “I love the fact that everything is downloadable. This way I can download my favorite lessons and do them another time, I can also take them on my Ipad and take them on holiday.”
 
✻ Carolyn from Queensland, Australia says: “Life Book has been my first experience of an online art course, and I love it- I’m sold on it!”
 
✻ Sharon from Bristol UK says: “I have loved it and have made some great stuff – am still looking forward to the book binding bit at the end. I think the course is an absolute bargain and even if I had only completed a couple of lessons, I would have been very happy. The content is massive, massive and I think on so many levels LB is a very generous offering. Hats off to you Tam cos you must have to work very hard to make it what it is. I have enjoyed the meditations and the artist interviews as well as the art making itself.”
 
✻ Rosa from USA, Oroville, CA says: “i will say it again…best investment for myself…enjoyable…knowledge is priceless and i have learned so much about myself and art techniques…especially without leaving home…in my pajamas…can’t get any better than that”
 
Cornelia from Washington State, USA says: “Life Book continues to amaze me. I am feeling more grounded and able to express feelings. I am becoming less judgmental towards myself and more accepting. I look forward to each Life Book lesson. My art ability is improving and I am developing strong preferences for material that I use in my projects. I am a quilter and a knitter, but have not had an art background. It did not matter. I now consider myself an artist. Loved the art angel lesson at the beginning. I was very critical of my artistic endeavors, but my art angel is there to express kindness and acceptance of my art. Thanks again to all of you, especially Tam, for all the hard work and love you contribute to this course.”

ABOUT ULTIMATE WORLD OF WHIMSY

“The best course on the web, if you really want to find yourself in your art. You will find healing and acceptance, and at some point you will discover that not only have you made art, you have made friends as well. By learning in this safe and supportive environment, it was easy to share my work, and to learn from other classmates, as well. I enjoyed this class so much, that I would love to take it again! I am hoping for a Whimsy Class # 2″. – Merry Sunny Faith

“This was a great course. I can’t believe I actually gained enough confidence and encouragement to put my art on the internet for anyone to see! Tam is so supportive and skilled, it is a great combination.” - Susan Koopmans

“Take Tam’s class if you can, you won’t be sorry. Your confidence and abilities will grow each week. Tam has a way of making art fun exciting and do-able. She shows you how to work through each and every step of the painting with ease. At the end of her course you will have paintings you will be proud of no matter what level you started from. It’s a small price to pay for something that just might enrich your life. It has mine.” -Sherree Givens

“Tam’s course was wonderful, and so enjoyable. She is so friendly and lovely. Her presentation is very good and she’s very clear with her instructions. She also leaves in her mistakes which makes us feel better when things don’t go quite according to plan.” -Lindsay Long

“It’s fun and will get you creating. Its non-competitive, relaxed, supportive.

Tam is incredibly generous with her time. Lessons consist of videos each week, PDFs, live upstream chat and critiques. This is where Tam really shines as she takes each persons uploaded drawings and gives very specific visual suggestions by manipulating the images in Photoshop. Can you imagine the time this must take?

I was super engaged and really enjoying the whole Group experience. There are some wonderful artists involved, lots of beginners and people rediscovering their artistic talents. It is a nurturing experience. The forum around the lessons is very active and Tam is completely involved. Having the course leader putting energy into the discussions makes such a huge difference. I have so much admiration for her. She really has created a happy place for making art.

What I got out of it: I am really having fun just being free and drawing whimsical characters! I have at least one that wants his own book! I have started experimenting with techniques incorporating my photography! I am having so much FUN!

Highly recommended!” -Jane Davenport, Byron Bay, Australia

“Very enjoyable, relaxing, friendly, and knowledgeable. I was really amazed at how much you care about the people who sign up, it is not all about the money. When you reached out to those of us who do not particapate, I am one of those, it made me feel that I wasn’t a number and that you are an angel!”- Alana Churchill, Columbus Montana US

“An artful, intuitive, wacky, fun, learning experience.” - Leesdy Medina

“This was the best art class I have ever taken. I loved the forum. I could work on my schedule, and still have interaction with the class. The video chats were also very helpful. Tam, this class really has encouraged me as an artist!” – Dina Cooper, USA

Watch a slideshow of the art work that students created on the world of whimsy course.->

ABOUT FABULOUS FACES

“I loved this class. Not only was the work presented in an easy to understand set of PDFs and, more importantly, wonderfully made videos…but Tam, as instructor, comes across as a truly caring and nurturing person. I’ve never before taken an on-line class where I felt as if I was in the same room as the instructor…and that she really wanted her students to succeed and feel good about themselves. Thanks Tam, for a wonderful learning experience.” – Irene Watts, Las Vegas, NV USA

“A very well put together course, covering many aspects of portraiture in an easy to understand way, with a direct line to the instructor for tips, tricks, and helpful critiques.” - Emily Earl, Chatsworth, CA”

“The course was the reason why a stayed awake till 1pm… to watch the new video ;)” - Nicole Walther, Germany

“You’re gonna learn to draw portraits easily and without stress because Tam is a lovely girl who takes time to explain and give all the details you need.” – Peggy Petit Paris, France”

“Fabulous Faces is a brilliant course, if you are interested in drawing and painting then you really should do this course.” - Julie Stenning, Forest of Dean, UK

“If you’ve never had ART training before but would like to try out to see if you can bring out that little artsy side of yourself, you’ll be amazed how far you can go with Willowing’s course. She runs this online Art workshops in a very safe and encouraging environment. She gives you extensive content full of information in her high quality videos and you get to network with students. She gives special attention to every single student in a caring manner. It’s really amazing and I highly recommend taking one of her workshop.” – Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“One of my biggest handicaps with drawing the human body has always been faces, so I have always stayed away from faces. This course has given me the freedom to try, make mistakes and try again, to the point where I am now comfortable to draw faces. The teaching was comprehensive, and very easy to understand. This was also the next best thing to being in a classroom. Learning at my own pace meant no pressure, and feedback always encouraging. A very pleasurable course.” - Kelly, Japan

ABOUT AWESOME ART JOURNAL

“This is a course that will help to ignite your journal creations through different and attractive techniques. Interspersed with some healing techniques that could be integrated, along with the techniques learnt, into your journaling by means of weekly exercises. Everything happens in a gentle and relaxing environment where you can get feedback and find even more inspiration through interaction with other participants.” - Tere Valenzuela, Mexico

“Tam offers a solid course in art journaling, presented in a playful way that invites participation.” - Alix North

“It was AWESOME!!!! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves art & journaling!!” -Debi Lowe

“All and all a very thorough walk through of most aspects of Art journaling, and in addition most of the techniques can also be used in paintings. The course guides you through enough techniques to keep you going for a long time. Willowing way of teaching is both fun and inspiring – so you better have your materials ready, because you will want to get started as soon as you here her first “Hallooooooo everyone” ;-).” – Mette Engell

ABOUT DIGITAL DREAMS

“I took a digital art course with Tamara LaPorte at Willowing.ning.com using Photoshop Elements. It was so much fun and I learned so much. Now I have the best of both worlds, computer art and material art and they can be mixed. You could call it mixed media digital art as we used lots of layers, brushes, clip art, our materially created art, etc. Our teacher was so clear and easy to understand. Her course was very well prepared and the videos & PDFs were excellent. She is fun and funny but very serious about her art and the way she teaches. She is encouraging, offers her critique but is never negative. The girls that took the course and posted their work were very kind, encouraging and helpful. Very well run class and totally worth the money invested.” Terry Carter, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

“A very motivating a easy to learn course, starting from the basics and getting very fast into fantastic results. And the best feedback ever! ” – Mari Carmen Puerta Melguizo – Netherlands

“I would say that Tam is an excellent teacher that is able to communicate the lessons very well in this format. I would also say that the value far exceeds the cost of the workshop. I learned more about PSE in the first 10 minutes of the first video than I had learned on my own in 6 months. ” – Sharon Benini – Delaware

“I am 100% newb with Photoshop. I found this course enjoyable and thought-provoking, and especially fun. Each session ran at a very relaxed pace, I never felt rushed. The very best part of this course was that Tam considered every person as being individually talented, no right…..no wrong way. I felt that she knew that “EVERYONE” has the ability to be artistic……it doesn’t get any better than that. Tam was always happy and very pleasant, which is very encouraging!” - Ellie Nelson, Lenox, MI USA

“Tam’s Digital Dreams eCourse was very informative and easy to follow. I was able to participate and create wonderful art even though I only had CS1. Tam’s an awesome teacher, compassionate and real, she’s right there with you every step of the way. Whether you are new to PS or have some knowledge you will walk away with some awesome tricks and tips after doing this eCourse.” – Allurynn Daugherty, Colorado USA

“I would recommend any course run by Tam, both for content and for the way in which they are presented and point out there is always lovely people at Willowing courses and you always feel comfortable and safe.” – Karen Hawkins, NSW, Australia

“I have taken several courses with Tammy. She is a very kind, encouraging and generous teacher. My painting skills have improved immensely as a result. She provides you with downloadable videos which cover the procecss(es) step by step. You can work at your own pace, pausing and re-winding as you wish. There isn’t a teacher over your shoulder taking over your picture.” – Julie Stenning, Forest of Dean, U.K.

Watch another slide show of art work created on one of my courses:

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2 Responses

  1. Sue svensen
    Sue svensen October 1, 2013 at 9:25 am · Reply

    Hello, I have just done the Summer Fae course. I am thrilled with the profile portrait that I created. It was the first portrait that I have done in colour. Tam’s videos and pdfs are really detailed and I was able to follow along as I did my portrait. It makes me happy when I look at it and i do a little happy dance!

    1. Tam
      Tam October 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm · Reply

      thank you for your wonderful feedback dear Sue!

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