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Art Classes 2012

Art Classes 2012

Art Classes with Donna Steel Contemporary Artist.

Class Mission Statement

LEARN* GROW* CREATE * while having fun discovering your “Creative Self” and unearthing your own “Artistic Voice”.

Explore various forms of Contemporary Art and Mixed Media in a fun and relaxed environment.

Grow in confidence as you learn product knowledge and different techniques to create your own unique works of art.

Things are a little different at the moment, the venue I normally use for my classes is out of use at the moment because of the Quakes, so I have started to teach from home.

Classes are for 3 hours at a time and class numbers will not exceed 7 Students.

For Bookings or more information please contact me here or please feel free to phone me to have a chat about the classes  and what we do Ph 033599125 or Mobile:  027 5070426

Monday Classes – 10am to 1pm – –  Next Classes Start Monday 23rd January 2012  10am to 1pm

Tuesday Classes – 10am to 1pm – Next Classes Start Tuesday 24th January 2012 10am to 1pm

Friday Classes – 10 am to 1pm – – Next Classes Start  Friday 27th January 2012 10am to 1pm

For those of you that cannot make it to a day art class I do teach on a Monday and Thursday Night at Papanui High continuing education Art Classes !

(Monday Classes) Art and Painting  and Mixed Media –  7- 9pm  13th February 2012

Here is a little insight into what we weill be doing in this class…

Ground Work – COMPOSITION! Looking at the differences between Paint- Mediums- Gels – Pastes and Pigments.

  Preparation Of Artwork- Prepare your substrate that you will be creating your artwork on. Learning how to Paint – learning some tried and true painting  techniques – Washes  and learning how to Blend,  layering, using correct pigments and looking at gesso as a great fix it! Looking at Feathering,  Scumbling, scragfitto, and impasto techniques,  . Looking at ways to prepare your substrate, (Gesso) and looking at what mediums and how to use them in your artwork.

  Getting your painting Dressed!  Layering  starting with under painting starting to experiment with washes and blending paints or impasto depending on what style of artwork you are painting and layering with colour texture and detail.

How to paint from photos, images and getting composition correct – graphing etc…  Painting  Landscapes –  hills – trees – sky – water – stones – rocks and looking more closely at blending and shading adding light and highlight effects.

Looking at different types of mixed media ideas – Skins, Transfers, Layering, Embedding and experimenting with different collage ideas.

(Thursday Classes) Art the Next Step- Painting and Mixed Media for Teens – 6-8pm 9th February 2012

To enquire about Term 1 classes for  2012 –  contact Papanui High Continuing Education (03) 3520701


A Small Selection of Artwork created by Students in my Art Classes.


A few things you can do with Golden…

Hi folks I have been busy creating some small artworks with a variety of Golden Products and thought you may like to have a sneak peek…   We will be exploring lots of awesome products on my half day workshop in November…
Using Golden Interference Colours …

Art Class – Art Using Mixed Media 3 more people needed !!

Hi all 🙂 my  Art – Using Mixed Media Class starts  Tuesday Night 26th October at Papanui High 7 to 9pm. 

 If you are thinking about joining an art class , learn about colour – tecture and different styles to paint in …then this is the class for you, phone Papanui High continuing education to book your place! 

 To enrol contact Papanui High Continuing Education (03) 3520701

 Because this class is run through Papanui High School and is a community based class it must have 10 students to go ahead!

We have 3 SPACES AVAILABLE! and then the class can run next week, please spread the word if you know anyone that is interested in coming 🙂

cheers Donna

Art Classes and Workshops

Hi everyone, I thought I would keep you updated with what I have been up to since I have come back from Auckland!

I have been busy sorting out the curriculum  and venues for my upcoming Workshops and Classes!

Hopefully dates will be confirmed shortly!

cheers Donna 🙂

A little Golden … light relief…

Art – Using Mixed Media Course Term 4 Enrolling Now !

 Join  me have fun and discover your “creative self” by exploring various forms of mixed media.

 We will explore a wide range of acrylic paints, materials, textures and products.

 Learn how to create a wide range of Acrylic Transfers and Skins, experimenting with colour and working with different mediums and grounds, plus learn a whole new range of exciting techniques.

 Hi everybody, I have just about recovered after my Massive Training week in Auckland ! and really wanted to show you some of the things I will be teaching in my Art-Using Mixed Media course starting on the 19th October!

 Bookings are now Open!

Look how easy it is to produce lovely Abstracts !!! Clear Tar Gel,Fluid Acrylics and Airbrush Acrylic
Skin- made up from using Cheese Cloth, Coarse Molding Paste and digital ground with a photocopied image





Lots of different texture to experiment with !


Golden Airbrush Acrylic colours


A small selection …. So Much Product !! Now time to Play!!!


 (Adult and Community Education Courses) – PAPANUI HIGH SCHOOL

Venue Papanui High School  Time: Tuesday 7-9 pm
Course Fee $110
Course Length 7 weeks
Starting Date 19 October
Requirements Nil
Additional Costs Some extra cost for materials

You can also contact me direct if you have any questions.

 For more information please contact Donna Steel or Phone me on 027 5070426

 To enroll contact Papanui High Continuing Education on (03) 3520701