College of the Redwoods, Ft. Bragg, CA (Painting)
Mendocino College, Ukiah Ca (Other)
Dana was a student art assistant at High School in Concord, CA, helping other students with their work. After College Art Classes and exhibiting in galleries in California, Dana went on to teach watercolors in small galleries in Mendocino County, CA and Tehama County, CA. Dana has written articles on art for the Daily News in Red Bluff, CA. She teaches privately from her home in Green Valley, AZ along with selling art online.
She earned degrees in Commercial Art at Shasta College in Redding, CA, Acrylic Painting at College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, CA, and Watercolors, Drawing and Acrylics at Mendocino College in Laytonville, CA.
Dana teaches how to create depth using light and shadow. Perspective also aids in creating realism so the student feels a sense of accomplishment. See something in nature, snap a photo to create a painting from, then reorganize the subject for the best composition. With Photoshop changes are made, cropped, and colors enhanced to print cards or other useful objects with online companies.
Dana has been commended for her patience. Realizing that everyone was a budding artist in grade school, yet most grade school teachers don't have the resources to teach fine art, so students give up before they reach High School and a serious art class. Sadly the student feels they have failed and went on to some other interest. Dana encourages all back to the basics and learn those basic steps, to develop the student's own style. Dana was a student art assistant at High School in Concord, CA, helping other students with their work. After College Art Classes and exhibiting in galleries in California, Dana went on to teach watercolors in small galleries in Mendocino County, CA and Tehama County, CA. Dana has written articles on art for the Daily News in Red Bluff, CA. She
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Pencil is my first love in art. As a young child I drew whatever was in front of me for hours. In school I learned perspective, shading and highlighting to give an object dimension. In high School I learned to draw people and give clothing texture, in this class I was a student teacher and was awarded the ART AWARD for my senior year. In college I learned more on showing texture and giving impression of texture without too much detail. I give students the knowledge to sketch first the composition, firm up the shapes being used and UTMOST save the dark shadows for last. Too many students start with a firm black pencil digging into the paper and try to erase it out. Many students are surprised there exist different degrees of hardness in pencils for different purposes.