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Online Workshops

Abstract Art with orange and green by Jane Davies
Abstract collage by Jane Davies
Abstract piece in red, black and pink by Jane Davies
Art piece by teacher Jane Davies of Vermont
Art in red, orange, yellow by Jane Davies
Black and white abstract art by Jane Davies, Vermont artist
Original abstract art in reds, yellow, black and pink by Jane Davies
Painted image of a sketchbook by Jane Davies

I offer 2 kinds of online workshop. Please read about how they work.  Really. Read no further until you have done that.  Or at least read About Online Workshops before you buy a workshop and before you e-mail me asking how they work.  You do not need to be at your computer at a specific time, but work at your own pace within the timeframe of the Online Interactive Wordpress Workshop with Jane Davies class.  For the Downloadable "Work at Your Own Pace" Workshops below there is no particular time frame; you are completely independent. Downloadable Workshops are digital downloads.

This series of videos is like taking a live workshop with me, in terms of technique demonstrations. Each video focuses on a specific type of visual vocabulary – line, shape, mass, pattern, and texture – and they follow the structure of “The Elements of Visual Language.” I demonstrate many of the techniques on works in process, so you get some idea of how they might be used.

These videos are professionally shot and edited. Each one is all new, original material. If you have taken a live workshop with me or purchased my book, these videos will give you more detail and insight on techniques and how to apply them. If you are new to painting or new to my workshops, they will serve as an introduction to my techniques and teaching style.

5 Videos - 1 hour 27 minutes - $29.95

Buy the videos here.

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Monoprint Collage

Discover a whole new world of artistic possibility when you combine collage and paint with monoprinting techniques. First we will layer colors, patterns, and textures on the GelliArts gel plate to create gorgeously printed collage papers.

Then we will integrate monoprint and collage techniques using masks and stencils, to build images directly on a paper substrate.  The boundaries between painting, monoprinting, and collage disappear as you gain a fluidity of process and an exciting new means of creative expression.

Download the supply list here.

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration. Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 7 Videos $48

Buy Monoprint Collage here.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Color

Color is one of the most immediate and emotionally affecting elements in visual art, packed with symbolic and cultural associations, personal meaning, and expressive potential. Your choice of colors can make or break a collage, painting, or mixed media piece; even a small change in color can be the key to transforming an otherwise so-so piece into a stunning work of art.

In this workshop we will explore color through hands on exercises, learning how to mix them, and how they interact and relate to one another, and how they work in composition. After taking this workshop you will be on your way to making confident color choices and developing your personal color style.

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration. You will find access to the videos in the document called "Downloadable Workshops" in the zip file.  Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 7 Videos $48

Purchase Unlocking the Secrets of Color here.

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Extreme Composition

This class is for those who want to try a non-traditional approach to visual composition. If you have some familiarity with basic principles of composition but would like to take your work in a more personal direction, this class will get you on your way.

We will intentionally throw compositions off balance, obliterate focal points, create pieces that do not hang together in a unified way, and ones that are as uninteresting as possible. This class includes an extensive handout (downloadable upon registration) that outlines the basic principles of composition, a few “rules” in the form of a check-list, examples of compositional types, and several approaches to coming up with compositional ideas.

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration. You will find access to the videos in the document called "Downloadable Workshops" in the zip file.  Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 5 Videos $48

Purchase Extreme Composition here.

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Text and Image

Did you ever want to express yourself in words and images to make beautifully expressive collage? In this workshop we will explore the power of image-word relationships by pushing beyond traditional “illustrated text” or “photo with caption” formats into a world of complex layers of meaning, exciting surprises, and personal expression.  We will use found text as well as learn many ways of creating our own text.  

Likewise, we’ll incorporate found images, personal photos, altered imagery (including transfers), and our own artwork. We’ll play with fanciful juxtapositions, create mood and atmosphere with color, explore new narrative possibilities, as well as learn basic techniques and principles of collage composition.

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration. You will find access to the videos in the document called "Downloadable Workshops" in the zip file.  Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 8 Videos $48

Purchase Text and Image here.

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Keys to Dynamic Compositon

Composition means the arrangements of elements and their relationships to one another within the frame of your painting or collage (or any art form). You can have all the drawing or painting skill in the world, great subject matter and a fantastic sense of color, but a piece lacking in compositional integrity falls short of its full potential. In this six-session workshop you will explore the elements of composition, such as shape, line, color, value, symmetry, repetition, etc., in the context of abstract collage-painting.

You will engage in creative exercises to discover how to use these elements to create balance and variety within a unified whole. You will be using acrylic paint and collage papers/fabrics primarily, but all the same principles apply to watercolor, fiber arts, and mixed media, and so forth, but to keep it simple, all the demonstrations are done in acrylic and collage. Download the supply list.

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration. You will find access to the videos in the document called "Downloadable Workshops" in the zip file.  Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 9 Videos $48

Buy Dynamic Composition here.

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Sketchbook Practice

A sketchbook can have many roles in an artist’s practice. In this workshop we are using it as a playground of visual ideas, a place to let your muse take over, and a workhorse for developing drawing, painting, and collage skills. It is for nobody else’s eyes but your own, unless you choose to share. No matter what your level of experience is, give your inner artist a little breathing room beginning with The Sketchbook Practice Workshop. You will get a creative workout, but in a relaxed, supportive setting, where experimentation and play are encouraged.

Each of the six lessons offers drawing practice exercises, introduces a new material or technique, and challenges you to work in an open-ended way. The Sketchbook Practice Workshop will give you the tools and the confidence you need to keep creativity in your life!

This workshop is six lessons, each consisting of of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and a video demonstration for all but one week. You will find access to the videos in the document called "Downloadable Workshops" in the zip file.  Download the lessons; find the videos on a web page.  Enjoy!

6 Lessons, 5 Videos $48

Purchase Sketchbook Practice here.

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Mark Making Workshop

Six Sessons, To Be Scheduled - $225

We all make marks of one kind of another, whether doodling while on the phone, drawing a map or diagram, or making art.

In this workshop you will explore a wide variety of materials, and discover techniques through which you can express your unique voice. Instead of going on autopilot when making marks, become conscious of their character, their expressive qualities, and then expand your vocabulary beyond the defaults.

Each of the first five lessons we will explore several materials and techniques, and combine them in various ways. In the final lesson you will choose your own combinations to explore, and create a series of abstract studies.

As usual for an interactive class, I will comment on any work that you post, but the emphasis is on materials and techniques, not making compositions. I will not be “critiquing” your work as much as answering questions suggesting ways of exploring further.

You can find the supply list here. Please read About Online Workshops before purchasing this workshop.

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Working in Black and White

To Be Scheduled, Six Sessions - $225

I am very much drawn to the simplicity and austerity of black and white, neutrals, and shades of gray, even though much of my own work relies on color. Color is a powerful language, and it’s often the element we relate to most immediately in a painting. Because it is such a strong element, we sometimes neglect other possibilities of richness and subtlety in our visual expression.

In this course we’ll explore a variety of techniques using only black and white and shades of gray. Each lesson focuses on specific aspects of painting, such as shape, depth, line, pattern, value, etc. This workshop offers the opportunity to develop your sensibilities in the more subtle aspects of painting, which you can then bring to your own art practice. I recommend that you have some experience painting in acrylics before taking this class. It is not a beginner-level class, though the techniques are very accessible.

You can find the supply list here. Please read About Online Workshops before purchasing this workshop.

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100 Drawings on Cheap Paper (or paintings)

Ten sessions - $275 to be scheduled

How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? My view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist.

Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. That is a big ‘if’, and the key is practice. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces (ten each week) from a given starting point.

The pieces don’t have to be “good”; they don’t even have to be finished. By focusing on particular elements each week, and creating quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation that can get you stuck, and you get the practice you need to move through the ordinary frustrations of making art.

Loosen up, be expansive and generous with yourself, and have fun! We use drawing and painting media, as well as collage (optional) in some lessons.  

This is an intermediate course, open to those with familiarity with acrylic painting materials and basic understanding of color. If you have taken any courses in painting, or had at least some experience with the medium, you qualify.

This workshop is ten sessions, one per week, each consisting of illustrated instructions in pdf format, and some including a video demonstration. For the duration of the workshop you will have access to a group blog in which you can post your work, comments, questions, etc. Please familiarize yourself with how to use the Wordpress blog with this PDF or with this video. Please read About Online Workshops before purchasing this workshop. Download the supply list.

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Beyond the Color Wheel: Advanced Color Studies

Six Sessions - $225. to be scheduled

This is a workshop for those wanting to do more in-depth work that focuses on color. We will use fairly simple formats - color field, grid, stripes, for example - in order to keep the focus on color. We'll explore not only color relationships but the expressive capacity of color and personal affinities.

You must have an understanding of basic color relationships (primary, secondary, tertiary, for example), terminology, and experience mixing colors in your work.

This workshop is six sessions, one each week, each consisting of illustrated instructions in PDF format, and each lesson includes a video demonstration. For the duration of the workshop, you will have access to a group blog in which you can post your work, comments, questions, etc. Please familiarize yourself with the blogging process before beginning the course.

Click here for the supply list. Please read About Online Workshops before purchasing this workshop.

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Abstract art focusing on composition by Jane Davies
Art piece in shades of green by Jane Davies
combining text, paint, images in abstract art collage

Downloadable "Work at Your Own Pace" Workshops

Elements of Visual Language Technique Demonstration Video Series

Online Interactive Workshops with Jane Davies

Brand New -Now offered in downloadable format!

I am very much drawn to the simplicity and austerity of black and white, neutrals, and shades of gray, even though much of my own work relies on color. Color is a powerful language, and it’s often the element we relate to most immediately in a painting. Because it is such a strong element, we sometimes neglect other possibilities of richness and subtlety in our visual expression.

In this course we’ll explore a variety of techniques using only black and white and shades of gray. Each lesson focuses on specific aspects of painting, such as shape, depth, line, pattern, value, etc. This workshop offers the opportunity to develop your sensibilities in the more subtle aspects of painting, which you can then bring to your own art practice. I recommend that you have some experience painting in acrylics before taking this class. It is not a beginner-level class, though the techniques are very accessible.

6 Lessons and 6 videos - $48

Purchase Working in Black and White here.

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Working in Black and White

De-Stress with Art

Five Sessions - $100. starting April 1, 2020

Slow down, focus, relax.

This workshop will engage you in a series of art practices that relieve stress by helping you slow down, declutter the mind, and focus. Each lesson invites you to take a deep dive into subtle variation within a soothing repetition. The repetition gives you painting practice, while the variations focus your mind and train your eye. All of the techniques are accessible to the beginner, though each practice offers challenges and learning points for artists of every level.

Join me for this journey, starting on April 1. I will introduce one project each week, with videos and handouts, on a dedicated blog, for 5 weeks. There won’t be any critiques; instead, we’ll all be having fun, making art, commenting, and sharing.

Purchase De-Stress with Art here.

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