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Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time 😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  


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 donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz 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

BOOK NOW for your spot in my latest Art Workshop!

LATEST WORKSHOP – Saturday 6th November 10am to 2pm

Book Now – Please note limited places available




Explore a wide range of GOLDEN Products, Open Acrylic, Heavy Body, Fluid and Airbrush Paints, Soft Gel Gloss Medium, Regular Gel Medium, Clear Tar Gel, Glass Bead, Coarse Pumice Gel, Fibre Paste and Crackle Paste.

We will look at and experiment with the differences between paints, mediums, additives, gesso and grounds, and experiment with colour.

Learn how to create acrylic skins and transfers while working with different mediums and grounds, plus learn a whole new range of exciting techniques.

You will grow in confidence as yu learn product knowledge and different techniques to create your own unique works of art!

VENUE:  Avice Hill Arts & Crafts Centre, Avice Hill Reserve,      395 Memorial Avenue, Avonhead, Christchurch

DATE & TIME:  Saturday 6th November 2010, 10am to 2pm (Please bring lunch, Tea and Coffee provided)

WORKSHOP FEE:  $40.00 (Material list available on enrolment) (Limited numbers)

For Bookings or more Information

Please contact me here : donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz or ph:03 3599125  Mobile: 027 5070 426

Art Workshop Venue & a little insight into what we will be experimenting with

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 donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz or Phone me on 027 5070426 www.donnasteel.co.nz

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

What you can do with Acrylic Transfers…



This artwork is still in the early stages… just wanted to show you, what the acrylic skin looks like once placed on a substrate like a canvas… 😉 will finish this artwork and let you see the changes that it goes through 🙂