Grow as an Artist

Donna is sharing her extensive knowledge through Skillshare on-line classes.
Once you register, all classes will be available to you.

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6 Tools to create depth in your work

About This Class:

This class will show you how 6 simple tools will improve the depth and perspective in your drawings and paintings.


What You Will You Learn?

  • How to use each tool successfully. Use each tool in your own drawings.
  • View famous artist's work.  You will see the tools in action.
  • How to incorporate a few tools at a time.  No overwhelm, you will get a chance to use what you learn.
  • Create dynamic compositions.  Lots of tips on arranging elements on your surface.
  • Enhance depth and perspective. Use size, placement, overlapping, converging lines, detail, and color to draw a landscape from start to finish.
  • Create a drawing in three stages. Follow along with my demos to create at each stage.
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color confidence

Always mix just the right color.

No more piles of ugly 'what color is THAT?' We will work through some color theory together so you feel confident in knowing how to achieve just the right color mix for your painting.

I studied color mixing for almost three years and know exactly what color I will get when mixing my paint. That knowledge allows me to concentrate on other areas of my painting practice, like composition. In this class I am going to share what I learned with you.

If Monet had issues, we need all the help we can get!

What You Will Learn:

  • About paint quality.
  • Which paints to use to get 'clean' color mixes.
  • Understand why you sometimes mix 'mud'.
  • How to use complimentary colors.
  • Warm and Cool colors and why they are important.
  • How to mix neutrals and grays that sparkle.
  • How to use value successfully.
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Visual Texture

About this class:

This class is all about Visual Texture, which is the illusion of physical or actual texture in a painting. That means you can create the look of texture on your surface while the surface remains flat.

Texture, like any of the elements of art, can enhance and support the concept behind your work. Some artists use texture to influence our response to their work. In any work of art, however, texture can draw us in so we spend more time with the wor

Texture can be visual or actual. Because this is such an in-depth subject, there are three classes on texture in order to keep the information bit size and digestible for you. The next two classes will cover actual or physical texture.

What Will You Learn?

  • To make your paintings even more dynamic - no hummers.
  • What type of 'tools' needed to create visual texture.
  • How to create visual texture in many different ways.
  • How to incorporate visual texture into your work to add interest and depth.
  • How to create visual texture by watching my demonstrations.
  • The techniques covered can be used with acrylic, watercolor or oil paint.


Texture is an important element of art. It gives your work movement and interest. Grow your art practice by experimenting with actual texture.  Use gesso to create subtle texture to your surface and liven up your work.

What You Will Learn:

  • Discover how to use simple tools to create actual texture with the gesso
  • Create a mirror image design
  • Add interest to a piece by drawing into the gesso
  • How cheesecloth can add dynamic texture
  • What happens when you use wax paper and plastic wrap in a new way
  • How to use gesso to provide interest to your art


Whether you are a beginner or more experienced art maker, this class is a great exploration of the properties and use of gesso in your work.