Teaching is one of my favorite things to do. My book Paint Me A Monster addresses many of life’s challenges that most of us experience. As a follow up to the novel or independently, I am available for school visits, parent groups, women’s forums, and  for those interested in exploring expression through creative art.

My presentations may focus on  the following subjects:

Creative Journaling Through Writing and or Art

The purpose of this workshop is to create a map of where you’ve been where you are and where you want to go by constructing our own journals and drawing roads with words and individual prompts. This program is designed for ages 13 and up.  (1-4 hours or 2 sessions)

Creative Self Expression as a Healing Tool

The purpose of this workshop is to discover the positive physical, emotional and mental  effects that occur when you are engaged in the “Art Zone”.  (90 minutes to 3 hours)

Food: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The purpose of this workshop is to look at Rinnie’s story as a way to understand that binging, starving, and purging are not the keys that open the doors of opportunity,  connection, self worth, or self punishment; and to look at what the keys might be.  (1 Hour)

Painting Images With Words

The purpose of this workshop is to teach writers to paint word images that do double duty—craft a strong story and a visual dialogue.

This workshop is designed for ages 14 and up. (2 hours)


The purpose of my classes is to inform students about a specific technique while providing an adventure that rejuvenates the physical and inner self and sparks both the imagination and a “can do” attitude.  If there is a class you would like to take that isn’t listed, go to my contact page and let me know.

What Others Have To Say:

“As a pioneer in the art therapy profession who has attended a number of art workshops conducted by Janie Baskin, I can attest that she is an inspiring art teacher.  She is always very well-prepared, bringing with her many tantalizing materials and ideas for her students to explore.  Her knowledge of materials and techniques is vast, and she is very well able to tailor them to the ability level of her students.  She relates warmly to students and stimulates in them her own love of art. Janie’s own artwork is remarkable, much of it very clever, and all of it delightful.  In sum, I heartily recommend Janie Baskin as an artist and art teacher.”

Harriet Claire Wadeson, Ph.D., LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM
Director, Art Therapy Program
Northwestern University