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Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Instructor: Donna Watson
September 14–15, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic: a beauty of things imperfect, incomplete and impermanent… rustic, earthy, simple, textured, and organic. Boro is a Japanese word meaning ‘tattered rags’ and used to describe patched clothing and bedding. Many years ago, the poor Japanese workers patched and repaired their clothing so much they looked like tattered quilts. Today, boro articles of clothing are considered national treasures. Boro embodies the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi. Instead of fabrics we will use hand painted Japanese washi papers. On the first day, I will demonstrate how to paint on these papers. Artists will then make their own collage papers in the tradition of boro, using paint, papers, rubber stamps, stamping tools and stencils. On the second day, the artist will learn simple compositions and design elements based on Zen tenets like balance and harmony. Artists will re-create this “boro” effect by placing their own papers ‘quilt-like’ on to cards, tags, boxes, journals or small collages. They will return home feeling blessed by Buddha.


DONNA WATSON has been a mixed media painter and collage artist for 35 years. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried national and international exhibitions and she has received many awards. Donna is president emeritus of the National Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. She has signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Donna has extensive experience as a juror and workshop instructor all over the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Her works have been widely published in art magazines like American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Her works have also been published in books including Masters Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists (Lark) and The Pulse of Mixed Media (Northlight Books) in which her paintings and words were included. Her works have also been published in 100 Artists of the Northwest (Schiffer) and Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout. Most recently, her paintings have been included in the book Cold Wax Medium by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $15 for a packet of Japanese washi papers.

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