Mixed Media

With or Without Collage

Instructor: Deanna Thibault

Deanna’s classes include instruction and demonstration. A sampling of the topics covered include:

  • Understanding the power of drawing to get your ideas onto the paper or to help you reformat your
  • Adding some new materials to your work
  • Creating unique, hand painted, paste papers to add design, texture or color to your painting
  • Using CITRASOLV and National Geographic Magazine pages as another way to create unique collage
  • Using line as both a beginning and ending technique in your work
  • Working on developing a personal style
  • Helping you find time for art in your life!

Deanna has taught art to adults for more than 35 years, including teaching classes in Europe and the Cook Islands. Currently she teaches in her Tucson, Arizona home studio, the Southern AZ Watercolor Gallery in Tucson, and the Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. Deanna also teaches workshops for groups anywhere in North America.

Deanna has received numerous awards and honors, and has had work accepted in many prestigious national and international shows. These have included the highly competitive Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and the Arizona Aqueous. In 2009, she received the Dana Bartlett award at the National Watercolor Society All Member Show.

Dates: FAll Session 3: Tuesdays, December 3, 10 ($50 for 2 weeks)

Winter Session 1: January 7, 14, 21, 28

Winter Session 2: February 4, 11, 18, 25

Winter Session 3: March 4, 11, 18, 25

Spring Session 1: April 1, 8, 15, 22

Location: CPAC

Fee: $100/month

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, bring a sack lunch

Supplies: Please bring canvas or a good paper that you usually paint or collage on, watercolor or acrylic paints, brushes, paper towels, water container, collage papers and Liquitex gloss medium & varnish if you want to collage, and plastic to cover the table. If you want to talk to Deanna about supplies and/or your questions, call her at 907-6108.

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The Wonderful World of Color

Instructor: Susan Ettl


Explore the wonderful world of color using watercolors or acrylic paints! Students will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of color, its subtleties, and its beauty. In this course, students will learn about the four characteristics of color (hue, temperature, value, and intensity), how they are used to describe different colors, and how they are used by artists. This course focuses on learning how to mix vibrant secondary and intermediate hues and rich, low-intensity colors, as well as tints, shades, and tones. The information gained from these paint mixing exercises will be invaluable regardless of the student’s art medium.

Then students will explore how a color is influenced by the others around it and learn how to modify these effects. This will be followed by a discussion of using color as a design element to create a unified composition and how to use minor and major value keys to evoke specific emotional responses to art work. At the end of this course, students will design minor and major value key compositions and translate them into different color harmonies.

Susan Ettl is an artist and instructor who creates vibrant collages and art cloth, which focus on the interplay of color and texture. In her recent work, she has begun to explore painting on canvas and creating mixed media compositions.

Throughout the year you can find Susan traveling the roads and highways to various teaching venues in Pima and Santa Cruz counties, teaching children and adults. She offers a variety of stimulating fiber arts classes for adults in Green Valley and Tucson and she has taught both adults and children at Tubac Center of the Arts.

In 2002, she completed a two-year correspondence teaching certification in color sponsored by the National Academy of Needlearts. During these two years, she studied color and developed two and four day color workshops. This was followed by writing two 9-month correspondence courses – one on color and the other on design elements and principles.

Susan’s work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Needlearts’ exhibit in Virginia, Fine Art of Fiber in Chicago, Tubac Center of the Arts, Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, CPAC and Davis Dominguez Gallery. She was the artist of the month at Tohono Chul Park in February 2010. In 2009, her entry in Tohono Chul’s Wish You Were Here exhibit was featured on their postcard announcing this event. In September 2008, she was presented at the Members Open Exhibit at Tubac Center of the Arts with the Judge’s Purchase Award for her wood collage, Color Dreams. In 2007, The Devil’s Highway, an art cloth piece, was juried into a two-year traveling exhibition, with venues in AZ, FL, and IL.

Dates: Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014 March 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2014

Location: CPAC

Fee: $160

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Last Day to Register: January 31, 2014

Material Fee: $40 for an extensive workbook (over 60 pages), Color-Aid and other colored papers.

Supplies List will be provided upon registration.
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