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workshops i teach (on the road)



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.

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"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"

  (3) 12 x12" Pastelbord - 5 hour workshop - "Explore the Artist within in a whole NEW way" 

Whether you are currently using PanPastels, or have just begun to think about doing so, this class will teach you a few tricks. All you need is a desire to create and play and you'll leave with a beautiful finished painting ready to be displayed. Students will learn about PanPastel ready surfaces and mediums, explore basic sketching and image transfer techniques, color blending, building shape, sofft tools and application of PanPastel color as I demo all my favorite tools and products and tell you why I love them.  Samples of my PanPastel art will be provided to use as a models, as well as demonstration on how to sketch, draw and transform simple designs into dynamic and colorful pieces of art. Ask any questions about what materials and methods i use throughout the day as I help you build your own unique PanPastel paintings. no previous PanPastel experience is required.

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"Paint like an Artist - STENCIL ART"