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Adding the You Factor to Paintings with Donna Zagotta

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August 14, 2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Traverse City, MI United States
(231) 941-9488


Artcenter Traverse City

The theme of this workshop is make your own paintings more personal and creative by plugging your subjects into design.  Donna will demonstrate and discuss methods and ideas that will help you turn ordinary subjects into creative and imaginative paintings.  We will focus on composition, color, and a personal and creative use of the elements and principles of design.

All levels are welcome, and this workshop is open to all media.  Donna will be using watercolor and white gouache in her classroom demonstrations.  Students will work from their own reference materials (photos, sketches, etc.), and can bring paintings in progress to work on or begin new paintings in class.

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Active professionally for more than 20 years, Donna Zagotta is a nationally-recognized artist, teacher, and juror.  She has accumulated numerous awards, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Midwest Watercolor Society.  Her work appears in numerous publications, including covers on Watercolor Expressions and The Artist’s Magazine.  Donna has been teaching workshops since 1990.

Donna’s paintings have evolved from an early emphasis on traditional watercolor techniques and traditionally-influenced realism to an  unconventional use of the watercolor medium and the exploration of the area that lies between realism and abstraction.  She has a passion for art history, with a special interest in Modernism, and finds inspiration in the work of Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and Richard Diebenkorn – master painters who were more focused on expressing color and spatial ideas than in rendering the particulars of subject matter.  www.donnazagotta.com

Aug 11 – Aug 14
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Artcenter Member – $400
Non-Member – $420
Early Bird/Artcenter Member – $370
Early Bird/Non-Member – $390
Now thru May 29