The Surface Design Immersion Course is a 8-week online training program for creatives who want to learn Adobe Illustrator, pattern design and the business of how to become a licensing artist.
Whether you’re brand new or established and ready to soar, this course will meet you where you’re at and help you accomplish your BIG goals. You know the ones because they're scary and vulnerable to say out loud. I believe it’s important to set BIG goals and then ACHIEVE them.
The best way to accomplish your big goals is to immerse yourself in the learning, the industry and in the community.
The Immersion course is taught in a semi-live fashion through 8 modules with lessons, actionable assignments and live Q&A sessions. Bonnie is fully accessible and active in the private student portal, answering questions, providing feedback and sharing her knowledge and inspiration along the way.
"There are a few experiences in my career as an illustrator and surface pattern designer that I can consider life changing. One of those experiences is coming across Bonnie Christine. As an artist I have come across many workshops and courses but not all have been as valuable as Bonnie's. The knowledge and skills that she shares is far from being generic. Not only does she share her experiences, she teaches the necessary tools you need to grow and blossom in your career. She has been an important mentor in my career, and a beautiful kindred spirit!"
"2 years ago, I quit my C-suite job as a banker and moved the South of France and started a stationery company with my 15 year-old daughter. Inside the Immersion Course, Bonnie not only taught me EVERYTHING I needed to know about creating a beautiful portfolio of designs, but she also gave me confidence and a whole new perspective on how to pursue and market our business. Bonnie is much more than a teacher; she’s a coach and savvy business woman. Now we have a thriving company with a full line of notebooks, bags, and cards, all with our own artwork. "
"When I discovered Bonnie’s courses, I honestly felt like my mind was going to explode. My heart yearned for a career in Surface Pattern Design and Bonnie created a clear path for me to get there. Bonnie’s encouraging and comprehensive style of teaching made the intimidating technical side of SPD seem easy. Because of her, my dreams have come true and my first fabric line will be launching this spring! I will forever be grateful for Bonnie and her willingness to share her gifts with the world."
Once you become an Immersion student, you’re in for life. You're invited back to retake the course each year and stay up to date with the latest training.
Join students from all over the world as Bonnie personally guides you through the depths of this course. Share your work, your struggles and... your SUCCESSES! Bonnie is fully accessible and the community is ready to support you.
Get all your questions answered with LIVE interactive calls, a place to share your work and a way to connect with other students. You'll have full access to Bonnie and a wealth of information.
Follow the curriculum, or work at your own pace. Either way, you’ll have prompts, actionable assignments and an approachable curriculum to help keep you on track.
Learn as Bonnie teaches on new topics like how to create residual income, how to publish your best self online and new illustrating techniques. When you're ready, upload your work to get personalized feedback, straight from Bonnie.
The course is backed by a 30 day 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. You can invest in your future absolutely risk free. Show me your completed coursework (proof that you tried), and I’ll happily refund your money if you’re not happy with the course content.
As a completely self-taught designer, I know the value of shared information. I have developed the ultimate Immersion course; something that I could have only dreamed of taking when I was starting. After 10 years of experience, let me save you years of learning on your own. Yup. Years!
So many times people hold tightly the things that they’ve learned, but I'm here to share it all with you. Because I believe there's room for you.
The Immersion Course is an online training school for surface pattern design, delivered to students through a private course portal. The training is broken up into eight modules, delivered to students over the course of 8 weeks.
Class begins on March 4th, 2019
EIGHT COMPREHENSIVE MODULES THAT GIVE YOU AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE INTO THE WORLD OF SURFACE DESIGN
Master Adobe Illustrator once and for all. We’ll start with the basics and progress to the most advanced techniques and tools you’ll need as we work through the entire program in an approachable, easy to learn format.
Learn how to take your advanced illustrator skills and begin making art. Discover how to create artwork from sketches, photos, paintings, foraged items, lettering and more. Learn the art of colors in Adobe and master all of the colors tools available to you.
Begin to explore or hone your signature style, then move on to learning how to build every type of complex repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn how to create tossed, geometric, layered, textured, striped, diagonal and border patterns.
Learn the art of creating complete surface pattern design collections. Discover ways to weave a story into your designs and gather inspiration to create a heartfelt consistent and balanced approach to each collection.
Learn the key components of a portfolio, how to take your pattern collections and turn them into a show stopping presentation and how to get them into the hands of the right people. You'll learn how to design the pages of your portfolio, publish it and gain all my tips on delivery along the way.
Captivate your audience with a presentation that will stop them in their tracks. Create a consistent online presence and learn about all the components that will help you build your brand, refine your message and grow a business that will reward you for years to come.
Learn how to promote your work, choose an industry, make a list of contacts and start reaching out to art directors. We’ll discuss best practices on communicating with companies, connecting through email, social media strategy and how you can truly stand out from the crowd.
Build the confidence you need to work as a professional as you learn the ins and outs of contracts, copyrights, the legal side of setting up your business and how to keep track of your accounting and finances. We’ll dive into creating multiple streams of income and what it looks like to work with a client in real life.
"New opportunities have opened up for my business, and I feel confident enough to pursue them all because of Bonnie and the beautiful community she has built."
Putting yourself out there is a scary thing, but within a month of taking Bonnie’s class I had learned Adobe Illustrator and created my first fabric collection. But most important of all I had confidence in myself and my abilities.”
"Bonnie keeps alive and re-ignites my love for creating, and her words have inspired and helped me push through imaginary or very real boundaries, failures and fears, time and time again."
90+ Video Training Lessons
Audio for Text Based Lessons
Downloadable Worksheets + Exercises
Support, feedback and guidance from a community of like-minded BIG hearted creatives.
Interactive Lesson Comments
Live Q&A Calls
Internationally renowned Surface Pattern Designer, Entrepreneur and Award Winning Online Educator.
Bonnie has been creating artwork for brands and products around the world since 2009.
Her journey of being a completely self-taught designer and learning 'the hard way' is exactly what drives her passion for teaching. Over the past 7 years, she’s taught over 50,000 students the art of surface pattern design and the business side of being a successful creative entrepreneur.
She’s watched countless students accomplish their biggest goals and begin the career of their dreams. Stories of students being able to finally leave their day job to work creatively full time, women who have retired their husbands or been able to stay at home with their children. Students have gone on to become fabric designers, launch their own manufacturing companies, release clothing lines and so much more.
Inside Immersion, you’ll learn directly from Bonnie both the technical and business side of becoming a successful surface pattern designer. After you learn the essential skills, her beloved training will also teach you how to grow your business, establish a reliable income, connect with your audience from the heart and embrace the freedom of working for yourself. Working for yourself provides the ultimate freedom - work anytime you want and from anywhere you want in the world.
I would be honored to have you join us at the annual in-person Immersion Retreat. We gather to share our hearts, our dreams and to hone our craft.
This weekend is all about basking in creativity and making connections that will last a lifetime. It's an enriching and inspiring experience that will leave you feeling empowered and connected.RETREAT DETAILS + TICKET INFO
Do one small thing every day. When big dreams seem overwhelming, begin reaching towards them by doing just one small thing each day. At the end of a week, a month and a year you will have made giant leaps towards accomplishing them. These will be the steps that will lead you to living your dream!
Some of life's biggest choices need only a few seconds of courage to make.
You can do this. You really really can!
All you have to do is decide to do it.
It will take sacrifice, dedication and hard work but you CAN do it.
I'm here to guide you the entire way.
February 19th - 26th, 2019
Enrollment for the 2019 Immersion Course will be open from Tuesday, February 19th at 10am EST to Tuesday, February 26th at 10pm EST.
Enrollment only opens once a year.
The Immersion Course begins on March 4th and lasts for 8 weeks.
Students have unlimited + lifetime access to the course and can go through it at their own pace.
The Immersion Course is an 8 week course that takes students through mastering Adobe Illustrator from the ground up and exploring all the different ways we can create artwork. We then move on to learning how to create a career in surface design. We focus on creating patterns, cohesive collections, a portfolio and online presence and then move on to the business side of surface design with topics on licensing, contracts, tradeshows, working with an agent and creating multiple income streams.
One module gets released each week with a live Q&A call held at the end of each module.
There are over 150 lessons, 16+ hours of video content and audio versions of the written content.
The time commitment varies a bit for everyone, but women in all walks of life (full time workers, college students, new mommas, recently retired, etc!) have taken the course and worked through it at their own pace.
If you hope to work through it 'live' (meaning, as it's released), plan on dedicating 1-3 hours each day or 1-2 full days each week.
Students have lifetime access to the course and the content never expires. You can truly go through it as slowly as you like! You can always join the live calls and stay in touch with the private community by committing just a few minutes each day.
There are two payment options for the 2019 Immersion Course:
1) A one time payment of $997
2) A 3 month payment plan of $397/month.
If you choose the payment plan, your first payment will be made the day you enroll, with two follow up payments automatically made on the same day of the month for the following two months.
The Immersion Course is only offered one time a year. Students gain lifetime access to the course and are invited back to retake the course each year at no additional cost.
To ensure a solid foundation and build community, the Immersion Course is only offered as a full 8 week course. Anyone proficient in Illustrator will be encouraged to work through the lessons and spend any extra time on sketching and gathering inspiration for the coming modules.
The minimum requirement for this course is:
You can see the student's full list of recommendations here.
The Immersion Course is similar to a college semester - an 8 week course that contains over 150 lessons, 16+ hours of video and audio versions of the written content. It's a commitment for those who are serious about turning their passion of design into a career.
Bonnie's other classes are lighter in context (usually 1-2 hours long) and are a great fit for someone who wants to dip their toes into surface design to see what it's all about.
The Immersion Course is taught in Illustrator CC and students have continued access to retake the new course each year. Students also get 1:1 feedback from Bonnie and access to ask quesiotns each week.
PLUS, the community is simply magical. There's no other way to put it!
Alumni Heather Schwarm says: "I had already taken all of Bonnie’s other classes when I signed up for her Immersion Course and wasn’t’ sure if there was that much more she could teach me. Boy, was I wrong." You can hear from more alumni here.
One of our favorite questions, because the truth is you really don't have to be able to draw like one might think. There are many professionals who are famous for their doodles and scribbles and others who have learned to solely work within illustrator.
Bonnie teaches ways to also reference photographs and use foraged and scanned items in your work, as well.
The course will teach you how to begin making marks and establish a routine art practice. We're betting you'll be surprised at how well you can draw with a bit of practice!
Students from all over the world have taken the Immersion Course and gained amazing accomplishments (meet some of them here). About 90% of the Immersion Course is universal, but the legal topics will only address US topics. That said, the goal will be to help international students understand what questions they need to ask professionals in their own country to learn the same principles.
The Immersion Course has a 30 day 100% money back guarantee.
Here are the details:
Participate in first 2 Modules of the course, and if you're not satisfied, send me an email. Show me your completed assignments (proof that you tried) and tell me why the course didn't work for you. Once I receive your completed course work, you'll get a complete refund.
The refund deadline is March 18th, 2019. Make sure this is the right investment for you as the refund period does have a firm deadline.
The live Immersion Course begins on March 4, 2019. No refunds will be offered before the start of the Program. No exceptions.