Donna Swain Mixed Media paintings
Experimental and expressionist art in collage, acrylic,mixed media, ink, and oils

New Workshops

30 Jan 2017 -
1 Feb 2017

"Watercolours for Absolute Beginners" with Donna Swain

Date: January, 30,31, and February 1st/2017 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Time: 10:00 am - 3:30pm Location: "Zocalo" 441 Marine Dr. Gibsons, BC, CA

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint with Water Colours? This workshop is for Absolute Beginners with this magic medium. It will answer the questions that you didn't know you had. We begin with what tools you need and why. How to choose your brushes, paper, and water colour pigments to keep it easy on your pocket book. This course covers all the basic techniques and ...what are all the things I wish I could have known when I started. There are many acrylic artists who can use these techniques as well to widen their skill set.

Plenty of one on one, demonstrations, tips on how you can learn faster by focusing on a few key areas. And you will get time to practice. By day three you will be painting images that you can recognize and feel the true joy of the process. Bring your lunch and your favourite mug.

Fee: $185.00

If you are a true starter and you do not have any supplies I have a few excellent value Starter Packs (paint palette with 6 starter W/C pigments already inserted and dried, several brushes we will need for course, and W/C papers for the exercises and your paintings.) Register: or through my contact here on website

30 Jan 2017 -
1 Feb 2017
6 Feb 2017 -
8 Feb 2017

"Water Colour the Next Step" Level 2 with Donna Swain

Date; February 6,7,8/2017 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Time: 10;00 am - 3:30:pm

Location: Zocalo 441 Marine Dr. Gibsons, BC, CA

Creative and juicy water colour play, working experimentally with the water colour medium. How to ease into play and response in getting to know how versatile Water Colours can be. We will be introducing mixed media to enhance our images, w/c crayons, Inktense pencils. was, and inks. Ideas and starts to keep you painting when you get back to your own creative space. Bring your lunch and favourite mug.

Fee: $200. Register: donna.swain/ca or through contact me here through website

13 Feb 2017 -
15 Feb 2017

"Gelli-Arts Printing, Collage and Design" with Donna Swain

Date: February 13,14, and 15th. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Time: 10am-4pm

This course is hugely productive as we will be exploring new ways to make textural Collage with the Gelli-Plate. an extremely addictive process. As we keep expanding choices the work pace quickens. You will have an expansive 4 ft. table to work on for the full three days. So much easier to enhance your focusing skill and spread your work out. We will be pushing boundaries in basic Design and doing extraordinary stretching of our current process. If you love learning and pushing yourself further this is the course for you. This class has been created for a level 2 painter, if you are an intermediate or even a very very curious creative spirit you will love this challenge. Bring your lunch and your favourite mug.

Fee: $220. Gelli-Plate and Rubber Brayer $18./25. Conact: Donna Swain 885-5047 or through website contact here.

19 Feb 2017 -
21 Feb 2017

"BIG Art" with Donna Swain

Date: February 19,20,21. Sunday Monday, and Tuesday Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Zocalo 441 Marine Dr. Gibsons, BC, CA

Big loose Art, staying loose from the start, using methods to stay this way throughout the painting. Breaking boundaries and using your skill in Colour, shape, placement, and how to unleash expressiveness. Our focus is transitions from known images to non objective abstraction, and our mediums will include: acrylic, charcoal, crayons, pastels, and water soluble materials. It's mixed media on Canvas!

Bring your lunch and your favourite mug.

Please ensure you have an easel to bring for this experience.

Fee:220. Register: with Donna 604-885-5047 or email