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Workshops I Teach (ONLINE)

48 Weeks

"48 Weeks" is online course experience like none other

Have you ever wanted to spent the weekend at an event, immersed yourself in an artists creative process, soaked in the passion that the artist puts into her work and leave so inspired that you want to create all day everyday? But then as that experience gains distance from the present you loose that passion that so inspired you during that weekend because the muse, the Artist, is no longer there encouraging you and pushing you to feel the urge to create with the same freedoms.

48 weeks in an ongoing ever-present event that will envelop you in the creative process and allow you to rewind, revisit and recapture that passion for art on your own terms. It is a full immersion weekend times 12 months.

Learn to hone in on your personal style and channel your intuitive truth by trusting the process. Develop a working repertoire of tricks, product knowledge and skills while creating a years worth of art solidifying yourself as a master of your own artistic domain

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CANVAS CREATE series 2013

CANVAS CREATE series 2012

"CANVAS CREATE" is a monthly mixed-media video series that takes you step by step through the process of creating art canvases. each month's canvas will be a little different highlighting new techniques, tools, and products. video workshops are downloadable and yours to view and keep forever...NO TIME LIMITS! from beginners to seasoned artists this series is both instructional and guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing!

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PanPastel : ONLINE video series 

build a basic understanding and working knowledge of this new exciting medium. this self-paced series is structured so that you can build your skill level, color palette and technique as you progress through each video.

PanPastel 101: introduction to PanPastels (part 1) - this wokshop is an introduction to PanPastels as a medium of color and will walk you through step by step as we explore the following key concepts: palettes of color, tools, aplication, layering techniques, shading, blending and fixing

PanPastel 102: Introduction to PanPastels (part 2) - is the second workshop of the 2-part beginner series. PanPastel 102 is an introduction to building and laying backgrounds by exploring how PanPastels react to surfaces, textures and mediums.

PanPastel 201: creative "HEART" - the third workshop of the in the creative series. Centered around a basic heart shape, you will build your working knowledge through practices, demos, composition and techniques for applying and using PanPastels in your mixed-media art applications. Techniques include: shading, design and composition building, collage, laying color, and building dimension.

PanPastel 202: "a study in poppies" - the fourth workshop of the in the creative series. creative focus is centered around flowering poppies, you will build your working knowledge through practices, demos, composition and techniques for applying and using PanPastels in your mixed-media art applications. Techniques include: shading, design and composition building, collage, laying color, and surface preparation.

PanPastel 203: "pretty little houses" NEW!! - a mixed media journey through PanPastels utilizing the principles of positive and negative space, stencils, collage, versamark stamping, fabric applications and dimensional color building. Each session builds on the one before it as you gain a working knowledge, practice and understanding of PanPastels around the common design theme of houses. As with all my other workshops, once you download the video it is yours to keep and watch over and over again.


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workshops i teach (on the road)

 

"Metamorphosis" 

2 - day Mixed-Media/fabric ARTbooking EVENT 

As the title suggests, this workshop is about transformation; the literal transformation of the medias and surfaces as we work in layers, but also the adaptations you as the Artist will bring and incorporate into your pieces.

Using muslin fabric as your substrate, you will begin building structural layers by adding thin layers of joint compound and wet mediums giving your pages a textural, sculpted feel. In class, i will work along with you modeling the processes and demonstrating how blendability and color can play into your overall designs.

We will discuss the significance of "mark-making" and use this skill as a means to incorporate each Artist's own signature into their work and build upon that style by identifying the theme of your ARTbook using image transfers.

By further understanding glazes and finishes your books' transformation from fabric to ART will emerge. Lastly, we will finish by binding your completed ARTbooking pieces.

student supplies list

"Mixed-Media Academy" 

Mixed-Media/Collage Book - 5-hour workshop

Join me in this workshop where you WILL get your hands dirty as you learn start-to-finish how to create layered mixed-media/collage books in a signature donna downey style. Explore techniques for creating embedded backgrounds, building a mixed-media color palette (using acrylic paints, oil pastels & india ink), adding dimensional design and texture, blending fabrics, papers, images and a simple bit of bookbinding to create a unique book from scratch giving your finished piece a uniform look.

This workshop also provides you with your own artbin filled with the basic tool kit to get you started working in mixed-media and collage.

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"PanPastel Painting"