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Fine Art Department

Debbie Abshear

Debbie Abshear

Debbie Abshear

Debbie Abshear

Debbie Abshear

Instructor: Debbie Abshear

August 5–6, 2017 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This class is for beginning to experienced artists in all media. In this class, you will learn how to create value studies for future paintings, in an accordion book.

These studies will allow you to work out the composition, values, and direction of your shadows before committing to painting. By preplanning, you will be more successful and have a roadmap for your paintings.

Not only will these sketches become your inspiration for paintings but they will also become a visual documentation of your journey as an artist.


DEBBIE ABSHEAR is a watercolor artist specializing in plein air landscapes. She is currently exhibiting at the Santa Paula Museum of Art, and has previously exhibited at California State University of Dominguez Hills, the Muckenthaler Cultural Arts Center, and Watercolor West where she earned Signature Membership. Debbie was honored to have been included in the Northlight Publishers book, Splash 15, featuring the best watercolor artists of the year.

Debbie is currently a Governing Board Member of the National Watercolor Society and has been a board member for the past six years. She holds membership in the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society, South Bay Watercolor Society, and Pacific Art Guild.

Debbie currently teaches weekly Watercolor Classes for the City of El Segundo, CA. She regularly demonstrates for art groups in the Los Angeles area with the subject matter focusing on plein air landscape painting, sketching and value studies.

In 2016, Debbie painted extended plein air trips to Calico, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Manzanar and has participated in the Mendocino Open Paint Out competition at the Mendocino Art Center for the past three years. She regularly paints plein air in and around her home in Southern California as well as daily studio painting.

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

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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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.

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