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Welcome! My name is Juna Biagioni, I’m a mixed media artist & online art teacher.
Art is my biggest passion! I love to help people discover their own creativity and become more confident in making art. So come and join me to learn art, make art, and enjoy art!
What students say
I loved every lesson in The Many Faces of Charcoal. I have learned new techniques like to "draw" with an eraser, doing an underpaint with gesso to create texture, and being loose with charcoal powder. Juna is such a great teacher and her lessons are easy to follow and she gives always step-by-step instructions. I highly recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal – for everyone!
Juna is a fantastic teacher, her classes are very well structured, and she explains step by step every detail and in a very patient way. The Many Faces of Charcoal is my fourth course with her and I would take another new course with her.
I really enjoyed Juna's course, The Many Faces of Charcoal, and I learned so much from her. I didn't have much previous experience with charcoal but through this course, it quickly has become one of my favorite mediums. I like it that her lessons involve very light layers of charcoal on top of each other... That allows the portrait to emerge slowly, layer by layer. It's easier for me to learn that way, plus it gives a beautiful look to the portrait. Juna's video lessons are easy to follow along with and very thorough, and she has such a warm,…Read More→
I just finished the course The Many Faces of Charcoal and it was a delight to be guided by Juna through each of the six weeks. Her teaching and video-documented step by step approach is for the beginner and experienced alike, very motivating and encouraging and I learned so much. I never knew there were so many different ways to draw with charcoal. Each week was different. The most fun for me was painting with charcoal, water and gesso, staying loose. I also liked the reference photos we used and the freedom to choose our own if we preferred. Sharing…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul is a course jam-packed with techniques and art theory that has helped me improve my skills greatly. My art has evolved to a higher level and the course has helped me to loosen up and create more meaningful portraits. Juna covers many mediums from collage, charcoal, and paint. Well worth the money spent!
Juna runs the very best courses there are online and I wait with absolute longing for every new course she offers. Once again I have learned SO much in The Many Faces of Charcoal. Working with a gesso base before applying charcoal was a wonderful discovery and painting with charcoal... Well what can I say?! I couldn't believe how much I learned. And... that applies to every single lesson. I have enrolled in all of Juna's courses and nowadays they are the only courses I would enrol in. Juna's way of teaching is incredibly supportive and helpful and the cameraderie…Read More→
The Many Faces of Charcoal is the second class I have taken with Juna. How could I resist? She is a brilliant, generous, and inspiring teacher, and I am so grateful to have found her. In her classes I have learned a huge amount of technique - who knew you could do that with charcoal? - but the value of her teaching goes far beyond technical skills. She creates a safe, supportive, and adventurous atmosphere, in which artists of all levels of experience are inspired to take risks, work hard, share, and grow. I know I will return to her…Read More→
I am extremely grateful to Juna for this course, The Many Faces of Charcoal! A rich addition to what I had already learned regarding portrait drawing and for the first time in my life with charcoal! It was a shock to experience how deeply this touched me and did the course with me along the way! I have come to love this medium immensely and in the first place, through her way of education and patient clear teaching, Juna has made it so special for me. Again, thank you for your positivity and your help in this charcoal process... It…Read More→
Being relatively new to the medium when I took these classes, I was a bit nervous and unsure that I could make lovely portraits. Juna’s instruction videos are interesting and thorough, and her teaching style is suited to beginners as well as more advanced students. I learned so many skills and techniques that have elevated my enjoyment and improved my art. I also learned how to use products that had previously intimidated me. I highly recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal to anyone, especially those who are unfamiliar with the diversity and pleasures of working with charcoal.
Good explanation, good guidance. Fun atmosphere in the Facebook group, always feedback. I definitely recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal.
The lessons in The Many Faces of Charcoal were fun, educational, inviting and inspiring. With good quality videos, at a calm pace and offering clear explanations.
Juna is a very good teacher. I love the fact that she took a lot of time to explain the materials we would be using in the class. She explains and demonstrates wonderfully. My object for this class, The Many Faces of Charcoal, was to have fun, learn and try to become looser as a painter. I still have work today on being looser, but I did learn and had fun doing it. What more can you ask for.
I am so delighted to write this testimonial on Juna's course Drawing in the Soul. It was an utter joy participating in this wonderfully designed and constructed series of lessons. Juna is an amazing teacher, enabling me to relax and produce work I truly never thought I was capable of. I would do another of her courses or tutorials in a heartbeat. I hope there will be! Simply: the incredible content, structure, the sharing of techniques and resources is invaluable for complete beginners to more accomlished artists. Heartfelt thanks for this wonderful opportunity.
Drawing in the Soul was such an excellent course and I'm so very glad I took it! Juna presented everything very thoroughly and it was all so interesting. I gained a much better understanding of correct proportions in portraiture and also learned a lot about value, both things I had really wanted to learn. We got to experiment with several different mediums – charcoal, soft pastels, pastel pencils, acrylic paints, oil pastels and more. I had never used charcoal before and found a new love! There's not a doubt in my mind that my portraits have greatly improved, thanks to Juna.…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul has been one of the most enriching experiences of my creative life. Juna's gentle and remarkable way of teaching enters through the heart and soul. I am truly amazed in what has been opened within my art practice by Juna's exceptional method of generous soul centred teaching.
Drawing in the Soul was an excellent and very intense course. I enjoyed it very much and I learnt a lot. I am an absolute beginner in the field of portrait drawing. The study materials are very well stuctured, and Juna is an excellent artist and art teacher. She dedicated her time to this course and was ready to help any time. Juna's feedbacks on our work are extremely useful and detailed. These feedbacks were the most valuable part of the course. Thanks, Juna!
I learned so very much in Drawing in the Soul. The lessons were very good. Even though I couldn’t keep up with the weekly schedule it's comforting to know that I can follow each lesson again because of the lifetime access of the course. Juna is a wonderful teacher and a very talented artist.
Juna Biagioni is a talented artist and masterful teacher. In her class Drawing in the Soul she exceeded all my expectations. I was challenged, which is what I wanted, but because her feedback was so instructive and graciously delivered, I could understand how to quickly improve my art. She is the best online teacher I have come across and I am so grateful I got to be one of her students!
I am forever changed by this class. I came in as a true beginner only knowing how to make stick figures and a cube. I am so thrilled with what I have learned in Drawing in the Soul and what I now can do. Juna is a magnificent artist and shares so many wonderful techniques in this class. I want to repeat the lessons over and over because there is something so special in each lesson. I will forever be grateful that I had the honor to study with such a powerful and tender mentor. A lifechanger she is and…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul is a truly wonderful portrait art course. What I appreciated about it was the fact that it successfullly blended together serious drawing and painting teckniques with loads of fun. I entered the course never having used acrylic paint or pastels and with Juna's clear instructions this was no problem. The course is geared in such a manner that whether one is highly talented and wanting to hone ones skills or one is doing it purely out of interest one will by the end of the course have improved immensely. Juna's lessons are comprehensive and stimulating, the…Read More→
I can’t say enough good about this course. Juna is a very wise, kind, and generous teacher. I was new to portraiture, and to painting when I started Drawing in the Soul. Now when I look at what I accomplished it seems like magic. Juna provided lots of technical information, and feed back that was spot on, but she also created a safe, warm, and friendly environment that gave us the courage to take risks, to make mistakes, and to share our work and learn from each other. Her video demonstrations are great, because they show not only the physical…Read More→
Juna Biagioni's course Drawing in the Soul is an incredible three month learning experience. Her weekly lessons include hours of videos, PDFs, files with reference photos and supply lists. Just as valuable is Juna's presence on the private class Facebook page. Questions are answered promptly (considering the time zones). But the most amazing aspect of the course is Juna's supportive, detailed critiques of each student's weekly project. And she even includes photos of each change that she suggests. I think it would be impossible to take this course and not improve! Also, Juna is very organized and very good at gently…Read More→
Juna's class Drawing in the Soul was everything I hoped for and so much more! Discovering techniques to draw viewers in emotionally has been so interesting and fun at the same time! I love Juna's teaching methods, it has been like learning and growing with a dear friend! Thank you Juna for inspiring me to bring 'soul' into my portraits!
Juna Biagioni's course Drawing in the Soul and my partaking of it, was the best possible thing I could have done for myself this year! It was more than I expected, and I learned a LOT from this course: different methods, materials, about line, colour and so much more! Juna is an excellent teacher, patient, extremely professional, and very thorough in her feedback. She is totally committed to her students and goes out of her way for them on a regular basis, always ready to answer any questions related to the course. I enjoyed the course so much that I…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul is truly an amazing online experience for all level of portrait artists. Juna really put her 'art and soul' into creating this course. I really looked forward to Monday's email and new lessons. Thank you again Juna for creating and sharing this fabulous journey!
Juna, your teaching technique is superior to those I've received during my fine arts degree. Thank you & do not change your ways. The feedbacks in Drawing in the Soul were very important for the progress. I've enjoyed following you and did learn some more.
Drawing in the Soul has been such an amazing learning experience. I would recommend this course to anyone who is yearning to find their artist voice. This class is both for the beginner through to the more advanced artist. Juna is a very generous teacher who shares her knowledge so openly. She has such a gentle and calming way of approaching each subject and that has been the key for me to find my confidence and develop my skills even further. Thank you so much for creating such an enjoyable learning and soul enriching course.
Drawing in the Soul is a course I wish everyone could take. The knowledge that Juna shares, in text, in her step by step videos, in personal messages and in her gentle and generous feedback is un-paralleled, and to be able to download the course and keep it forever is something I never anticipated. I've never witnessed anything even similar to this in any class I've ever taken – online or in person. The scope of the course may at first seem daunting, but each week focuses on a very clearly defined goal, and those one or two weeks designed…Read More→
I have taken many online art courses through the years, and Juna Biagioni is the one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure to study with. In her class Drawing In the Soul I learned many technical skills in order to compose a portrait. But perhaps most importantly I learned how to let a portrait develop and come forth. I learned how not to force my developing work, to truly let its soul unfold on the paper. Juna is an incredible teacher. I loved every minute of this class and look forward to taking another course with her.
Before this online course Drawing in the Soul I didn't know how to use any of the materials. I was a complete novice. I knew I could draw and that I had an eye for art, but I didn't know how to start and how to express myself. With Juna's course we learnt to use different mediums. How to apply them and how to make them ‘speak’, how to give them soul. The very gentle and very constructive feedback was given with empathy and sensitivity. This gave us all confidence to move forward to our next project. I feel now…Read More→
I fell in love with a course named Drawing in the Soul. It was the word ‘soul’ that drew my attention. I had the WOW-effect from the very start. It felt so inspiring. This course was beyond my expectations. It felt as a warm cradle of artistic love and energy. I became more confident in my drawing skills and learned a lot – and not only on an artistic level. So thank you Juna for your art, for this course, and for inspiring us all and giving us those gentle pushes to step out from our comfort zone. You are…Read More→
From the first moment I saw Juna Biagoni's work I was mezmerized. She seemed to me a sculptor, where beautiful faces and features appeared from nowhere. I signed up immediately for Drawing in the Soul and counted the days until the class began. I have not been disappointed. I now can, even as a beginner, have faces appear that surprise and delight me. Juna's ability to teach is superb. She is thorough, generous in her sharing and the range of projects in the class is fantastic. The best part is her gentleness and support in her feedback. I know of…Read More→
Totally loved Juna's class Drawing in the Soul. I learned how to draw faces. I highly recommend this on-line class!
I saw one of Juna's videos on YouTube and my gut feeling said: YES!!! Drawing in the Soul is so awesome and highly recommendable. The structure of the course teaches you all you ever wanted to know about drawing & painting faces: all about different profiles, the features, and how to use different art supplies. A mixture of playful and challenging lessons. I learned a lot, especially via the direct feedback. Thank you so much, Juna, for this incredible course!!
Juna's online class Drawing in the Soul is very thorough and well organized. I enjoyed learning about new mediums and watching Juna do her magic. The thing I appreciated the most, though, was how Juna viewed and critiqued our work so we could learn from our mistakes. I do not know of any other online class where this occurs, and look forward to taking future classes.
I would highly recommend this class, Drawing in the Soul! The material is very comprehensive about drawing, painting, color etc. The videos and pdfs are very professionally done and Juna is a great teacher! Her feedback is always kind but very insightful too, another lesson in itself. It was an excellent enjoyable learning experience and I look forward to her offering other classes as well.
I cannot thank you enough Juna for this wonderful course, Drawing in the Soul. I have learned so much and I feel so much more confident about my own work. Your teaching style is wonderful. Detailed yet concise, so learning is made clear and accessible. But above all your warmth and support have inspired and encouraged me throughout every week. I am still astounded by how much detailed and helpful feedback you have given to each one of us. The feedback you gave me opened my eyes – not just to errors I was unaware of, but also to countless ways…Read More→
I could not have imagined nor grasped the depth of Juna's ability to teach so completely the skills of drawing and painting that I have gleaned from Drawing in the Soul. As I watch the video's and follow along with the abundant pdf's, I continue to learn more and more each time. Because the entire series is downloadable, I will continue to perfect a skill I thought I could never have. Juna's artistic talent is shadowed by no one, other than herself, as her organizational skills in presenting the material are the best I have ever encountered. Easy to follow instructions…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul is a great course for everyone! Learning step by step with each module. In-depth-lessons and videos, very good explanations and detailed handouts. I love and enjoy this course – Juna is a great teacher and I highly recommend this course!
Having never done anything like portraits but loving Juna's, I was delighted to try Drawing in the Soul. I have learned many things and also to step outside the box. By using so many different materials in one project the outcome is amazing. Love the fact you can do this at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Big thank you Juna, loved it all, xxx
In the vein of “teach a man to fish & he can feed himself for life”, Juna teaches her students how to SEE and how to EVALUATE their own work through her thoughtfully constructed lesson plan and detailed individual feedback. The skills and theory learned in Drawing in the Soul are easily transferable to other media and subject matter. I would instantly and without hesitation, recommend this class to anyone interested in learning how to draw more realistic portraits.
I would like to commend Juna for the beautifully crafted course she has created. Drawing in the Soul was easy to follow, the feedback on your progress is great and the feeling you get from being part of the class makes this an unusually rich web experience. The beautiful mark making style and diversity of materials are as challenging as you want them to be. There is no pressure to achieve, this is a course to enjoy at your own speed and explore artistic possibilities. Highly recommended! I am suggesting it to members of our pastel society!
Drawing in the Soul is the best portrait class anyone could ever take. The amount of content is enormous and Juna's very detailed and gentle style of teaching – not to mention her critiques on Facebook – are unbelievable. I have learned so much. When looking at someone's face now whether on TV or in person, I can't help but notice their features and the way the light falls casting shadows. We also learnt different techniques, ones I'd never heard of. This course will stay with me for ever. Thank you Juna x
Drawing in the Soul is a fabulous course. Well organised, inspiring lessons, lots of feedback, a very safe and positive group atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised by the videos that provided explanations of the different materials we worked with, and learned a lot about how to handle them and work with them.
Drawing in the Soul is jam-packed with videos and prompts to help you paint & draw soulful portraits in lots of various techniques. It was such fun to follow along, always supported by Juna's detailed feedback. She is a such a generous and extraordinary teacher!
Juna is both an amazing artist and teacher. Both the video lessons and written instruction in Drawing in the Soul were so well thought out and helpful. She was so generous in sharing her knowledge and technique and letting her students in on her process. A wonderful blend of technical skill and ‘soul’. Just look at her art and you will see. You will not be disappointed if you take this class, no matter what level artist you are!
Drawing in the Soul was one of the best portrait classes I have taken online. Learning the full front view, side view, and 3/4 view were tough but through Juna's very detailed critique it was so easy to fix what wasn't quite right. I have gained so much from this 12 week course. The awesome artists in the Facebook group were there to help too or just encourage us. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn portraits.
I am blown away by how simple and well structured Drawing in the Soul is. I have learned so much about drawing and painting portraits. The lessons are clear and well explained. Juna Biagioni is one incredible person, she really has put her heart into this class. The feedback she provides is detailed and really makes you ‘see’. I would recommend this course 100%.
Drawing in the Soul is by far the best class I've ever taken. The professional videos, PDFs and critiques have been incredible! This will be a class I go back to over and over again. You have given my eyes the training that they were longing for. I may not draw perfectly (yet... lol) but I can now ‘see’ portraits more accurately! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Drawing in the Soul was the finest on-line art class I have taken. Juna Biagioni carefully developed this portrait class so that one lesson builds upon the other. Her class environment is extremely organized, easy to navigate and detailed with downloadable videos for further viewing. She limits the amount of students enrolled as to give them enormous attention with critiques, which was so welcomed. Her critiques are superb. She is so technically knowledgeable that she can draw & paint on top of your photo for suggested improvements. An incredible learning tool for all participants. It was 12 weeks of challenge,…Read More→
Drawing in the Soul is a wonderful 12 week online workshop that is packed with lessons. I can highly recommend anyone who loves drawing and painting portraits to join. Not only is Juna's work beautiful, expressive and soulful, it is mesmerizing! Juna has a soothing voice and a calm and beautiful way of teaching art. You will love her personality and teaching style so much that it will keep making you look forward to each new week. You will not regret joining Drawing in the Soul.
Drawing in the Soul is a great course. Juna is a very good teacher who knows how to cut all the info in pieces that look doable. Her constructive criticism helps to look at your own work and see. Although this is a portrait course, I find it helped me with all my drawings and paintings and I am now really excited about color theory.
Excellent class! I learned more in the first week of Drawing in the Soul than in all the other art classes I have taken – and that includes college classes as well. Juna's easy to follow directions and her helpful critiques have made me a better artist and I thank her for that!
Drawing in the Soul is the most well done course ever. Juna is the most perfect teacher and so brilliant and kind and so talent. This is the best course I have taken, and I have taken many. So I recommend you to sign up for this. It is like a dream and you will just be there and never wake up. Thank you Juna Biagioni for this time. I will take more classes/courses from you in the future. You are the BEST. A real Deal.
Impossible for me to determine what lesson of Drawing in the Soul I've enjoyed more. Each lesson was a wonderful discovery that taught me a lot and is still teaching me. I discovered that I adore the charcoal! Juna, thanks for helping me to overcome some emotional blocks (it was not easy, and yet I'm working on). This course has meant a lot to me. I recommend it to everybody.
On Drawing in the Soul: I've done many courses, but this was the first time I've learned so much! Not only techniques, but also the way of looking at your art. Not just ‘oh and ah's’, but so much constructive criticism, with clear explanations. Juna is a very good and clear teacher, with a warm heart. I'm going to miss these lessons and mentor!