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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.


Here is my interview from Nor’West News

GOLDEN – Certified Educator

GOLDEN – Certified Educator

7 Artists throughout NZ have been selected to be part of the  Golden Artist Colors “Artist Educator Program” and I am really happy to announce that I am one of these artists.   We have all gone through intensive acrylic media training and were very fortunate to be taught by GOLDEN Working Artist Program Director and author of “rethinking acrylic”, Patti Brady.

Check out Golden Artist Colors  Website for  here –

I will be involved in teaching Art Workshops/Classes and demonstrations  throughout Christchurch and  through the  Christchurch Gordon Harris Art Shop. 

Please keep an eye out on my site for upcoming Classes/Workshops or Demonstrations.


Check here for more information of upcoming classes/ workshops and demonstrations here –

Contact me here for further enquiries: 

Phone: 033599125  or Mobile: 027 50 70 426

A “GOLDEN” opportunity!!

OMG !!!

I have had a Week like no other !!!

I have just gotten back from a weeks training in Auckland with Golden Artists products USA Artist Patti Brady and NZ Artist Evan Woodruffe.

 I have had the absolute  pleasure of spending the last week in Auckland alongside these Incredible Artists …

Michael Shepherd, Bronwyn Shimmin,Brendon McGorry, Fiona Sullivan, Mark Curtis, Morag Stokes and Wendy Walls !

We have been selected to be part of the Golden Artists Tutor program!

A BIG THANKS  to Gordon Harris and Golden Artist Products… for this amazing opportunity!