The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology is a spectacular workshop center on the Oregon Coast, and it is sheer delight to take a workshop. It is such an honor to be returning for my third year as a workshop instructor at the Sitka Center. I am so looking forward to making art again with a group of you in this most incredible natural place!
LAYERS OF THE FOREST: A MIXED MEDIA PAINTING WORKSHOP on the Oregon Coast
Instructor: Annamieka Davidson
06/23/2017 – 06/25/2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$250 Tuition, plus $60 Material Fee
Total Cost: $310
Minimum Age Level: 16+
Skill Level: All
You must provide your own lodging near the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Check their website for excellent recommendations of places to stay near the Sitka Center.
Mixed media painting is a fun and approachable technique. In this workshop, learn to layer acrylic paint with collage to build a painting that has depth and beauty. We will spend time drawing outside and gathering natural materials as we incorporate this imagery into our lushly layered paintings.
In this workshop, we will be working with mixed media, including drawing, painting and collage. We will begin work on our artistic creations outside in the forest, and then continue our work inside the studio.
Please come prepared to get messy. I will encourage you to get your hands into your work. Bring a smock or an apron, a sketchbook, and a backpack to carry your sketchbook in. Also a lightweight chair if that will help you be more comfortable sitting & sketching outside. See the supply list below for details.
I will be providing the basic art supplies, including substrates for you to paint on, acrylic paints, collage papers, collage medium, and brushes. If you have a favorite art supply or tool you like to use for painting, you are of course welcome to bring it but you are not required to. I will be guiding you through a series of painting, drawing and collage techniques that you can use to build up lushly layered paintings. Mixed-media painting can incorporate just about anything so be prepared to experiment and make new discoveries.
If you have any questions about the workshop or materials, please do not hesitate to contact me. For this workshop, you can register online via the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Class size will be limited to 12 students and this did fill up fast the past two years, so do register ahead of time to ensure your spot!
Annamieka Hopps Davidson
• Apron or a smock, because we will be getting messy!
• Sketchbook: You’ll need a sketchbook since we will be making drawings out in the field, to later cut out and use in our paintings in the studio. Choose a medium weight paper suitable for sketching. 70 lb to 80 lb paper is ideal. 9″ x12″ is a nice size for a sketchbook.
• Good shoes for a walk in the woods on uneven ground. We will assess the mobility of the group as a whole to decide on a good location for our class outing.
• Lightweight comfortable folding chair for sitting and sketching outside
• Backpack to carry your sketchbook in while we go on a walk to a sketching location.
• Gloves – nitrile or latex gloves if you prefer to keep your hands clean, since many of the techniques I demonstrate get paint on your fingers & hands.
• Collage papers: You’ll enjoy using a variety of papers. I will have some to share but if you bring your own it will help lend your own unique voice to your work. I suggest that you collect at least 10-15 sheets/scraps of paper from your life. Choose what makes you happy! You don’t need all of the following but here are some ideas of where to find good collage papers:
• Sewing pattern paper
• Vintage wallpaper scraps
• Book pages
• Old letters
• Pages from your old sketchbooks
• Acrylic paint
• Substrates to paint on
• Spray bottles
• Painting Palettes
• Gel Medium
• A variety of stamps, stencils, stickers, ink, watercolor pencils, paint pens and other mixed-media supplies for you to try
• Additional collage papers