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Fine Art Department

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Donna Watson

Instructor: Donna Watson
July 9–10, 2016 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

To register for this class, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar at 707.937.5818 x10.
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Wabi sabi is a Japanese aesthetic. This Japanese aesthetic is 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 (rice) papers.

On the first day, there will be demonstrations on how to paint these papers. Participants will then make their own collage papers using paint, rubber stamps, stencils and mark making tools. On the second day, the artist will learn simple compositions and design elements and principles based on Zen tenets like balance and harmony. Participants will place their own papers on to cards, tags, boxes, journals or small collages of their choice. They will return home blessed by Buddha.


DONNA WATSON is a mixed media painter and collage artist. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried national and international exhibitions and she has received many awards. She has signature membership in the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Donna has extensive experience as a workshop instructor and juror all over the United States and Canada. Her works have been published in numerous 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). Most recently her works were published in 100 Artists of the Northwest (Schiffer).

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

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Materials List
Instructor materials fee: $15, includes a packet of Japanese Sashi papers.


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