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Next Up…Watercolor, Mono Print Painting & Art Journaling

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Artist Danielle Donaldson has walked a creative path for as long as she can remember. Her love of art began, as most young souls do, with a big box of crayons and a stack of coloring books. Over time, she focused her artistic efforts in watercolor and graphite drawing techniques and eventually received her degree in Graphic Design. Her love of fine art paired with her skills as a graphic designer have provided her with an uncommon pairing of intuition and practicality. Her use of big color palettes and delicately drawn details allow her to spin the ordinary into imaginative and balanced compositions. She continues to grow as an artist by fully embracing the creative process in all she does and with each story she tells. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her process and imagination through online classes, in-person workshops, social media and in her book, creativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an artful life. She is currently preparing for the release of her second book, The Art of Creative Watercolor, available for pre-order on Amazon in late summer-2018.

Danielle will share her experience with watercolor in this charming painting featuring an illustrated bloom-filled Mama Cat.  Danielle is always super generous with her sharing of techniques and expertise.  Click below to register

12/03/2017
Mama Cat Illustrated Watercolor Workshop with Danielle Donaldson
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

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Next up  and first Guest Artist of 2018 is Nathalie Kalbach.

 

Last year Nathalie visited and we had a blast!  Her teaching style is so relaxed and informative.  I was first recommended to Nat by mutual friend Julie Balzer.  She was a great fit for the studio and I can’t wait to have her back.  This year she is offering 2 workshops.

  1. Mono Print Painting

Join me for a day long class in Mono Print Painting.

We will dive into the basics of mixed media mono printing first and I will introduce you to

the Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman. I will show you different

ways to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings using self made tools as

well as stamps and stencils. I will share with you my thinking process on developing the

technique and how you can put your own personal spin on it, so that you can take this

even further.

1/17/2018
Mono Print Painting with Nathalie Kalbach
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2. Art Rules – Art in Translation Art Journaling

Let’s explore several master artists and get inspired by their artwork and

techniques to create wonderful and unique art journal pages.

Whether it be the Impressionist’s amazing color combinations or some of the

Surrealist’s fun collage techniques, there are many different Master Artists whose skills

can serve as a starting point for your own artwork. Find out what you like and what

works for you. Learn about opacity and layering, colors, troubleshooting, mixing

materials, making your own tools, creating backgrounds and patterns. We will work with

acrylic paints, inks, markers, wax bars and other paint media to create dimension and

texture. We will make the most of stencils, stamps, mono printing plates and generic

tools to make our own mark.

Get ready to Rule Your Art Journal!

1/18/2018
Art Rules – Art in Translation with Nathalie Kalbach
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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April 2017 Guest Teachers

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April 2017 Guest Teachers

Coming up in April we have  Modern Calligraphy,  Encaustic Painting, Watercolor & Mixed Media

  1. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – Sunday, April 2 (10am-12pm)

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  2. Introduction to Encaustic painting with Naomi Haskell – Sunday, April 2 (2-5pm)

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  3. Whatnots Illustrated with Danielle Donaldson – April 9 (11am-6pm)

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  4. Abstract Collage Backgrounds with Nicole Austin – April 28 (10am-3pm)

  5. Luscious Layered Portraits with Nicole Austin – April 30 (10am-3pm)

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  6. Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Andrea Comenta – April 30 (3pm-5pm)

As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to pick from.  Don’t wait to register.  (it truly drives me insane!) We appreciate knowing if a class will make the minimum numbers so we can plan our schedules accordingly.

All classes take place in our San Jose studio at 2196 Lincoln Avenue and represent the final guest teachers of the season.  We will not be hosting guest teachers again until August.

Recap 2016 – Day 9

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Recap 2016 – Day 9

Today we feature a Bay Area artist, Danielle Donaldson.

If you are not familiar, go…right now, yes go!…and check her out.

Follow her on Instagram here.

This is her book, CreativeGirl, which we have covered in the past for book club AND will be covering again starting January 11.

Here are some of the lovely things we made in class with Danielle when she came to teach in the studio July 31/Aug 1

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The GREAT news is that Danielle will be back teaching in the studio again this April!

4/09/2017
Save the Date – Danielle Donaldson
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

We are still hammering out the details but you can either RSVP to be in the loop when we do know all the details OR go ahead and register, knowing that the class will be fantastic!

All Things Soft & Gentle with Danielle Donaldson (day 2)

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All Things Soft & Gentle with Danielle Donaldson (day 2)

It was another amazing day learning from Danielle Donaldson

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Today we learned a bit about perspective drawing and watercolor illustration.

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The subject matter was my very favorite…

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..kittens!

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Such fun. It was a small class and still I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I should have because I was busy learning!

I can’t wait to sit with my supplies and play some more.

I was also  privileged to meet Danielle’s sidekick/class assistant/friend Marilyn who asked me to make her something out of the etched metal strip and leather cuffs we have in the shop.  A good reminder for us all don’t you think?

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It was a pure joy having Danielle (and Marilyn!) here for 2 days.  I can’t wait book her again so we can learn more from her.

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You can find more of Danielle here.

Her book is “Creative Girl” and can be found on her website or here in our shop ( I happen to have a nice stack of signed copies!)

“Be Still” with Danielle Donaldson – Day 1

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“Be Still” with Danielle Donaldson – Day 1

One of my favorite part of having the studio is inviting amazing guest artists in to teach.  It is a huge perk to get to learn from my industry’s most inspiring artists.  I especially LOVE to have artist who have written a book that we’ve covered in our book club.  That is the case with Danielle Donaldson.  It is always great to spend time learning from an artist in person after learning from their book over a period of time.  (usually 7 weeks)

My great takeaway from today was the joy that is found in dirty watercolor water!  More on that later.

Now for some shots of today’s workshop.

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It was a fantastic class and I can’t wait for tomorrow’s class.  (now officially “today’s” class since it is after midnight!)

New Book Club – April 14th

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Spring 2016 Book Club

“Find your artistic creativity with delicate doodles, big colors and lavish layers! CreativeGIRL features art projects that teach you how to draw and paint your story using pencils, watercolor paints and simple mixed-media supplies. Danielle Donaldson shows you how to draw the pretty pictures from your imagination, infuse your art with delightful color combinations and work through creative frustration with simple fixes. You’ll learn how to paint with watercolor, tell visual stories with and without words and add depth with layers using mixed-media techniques and little details–all while finding inspiration and gaining confidence in your own artistic style. Draw, paint, layer and create!”
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All sessions take place at A Work of Heart Studio, 2196 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California.

Sessions are facilitated by studio owner, Andrea Chebeleu.
Sessions Start Thursday, April 14th and run through Monday, June 6th

There will be a Monday Morning (10am-12pm), Thursday Afternoon (1pm-3pm) or Thursday Night (7pm-9pm) option.

All supplies provided though you may want to bring your own watercolor and paint brushes if you have them.
$35 per session or $220 for all 7 sessions (click here for the paypal button)

Here is a listing of the Thursday Afternoon sessions so you can see what we plan to cover each week.

4/14/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 1 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

4/21/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 2 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
4/28/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 3 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/05/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 4 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/12/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 5 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5/26/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 6 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
6/02/2016
Book Club: creativeGIRL (Week 7 of 7)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PMEven better news is that we will be having Danielle Donaldson (the author of this book) teach at the studio on July 31st (be still)  and August 1st (all things soft and gentle) which will be a huge treat!