The Intuitive Figure: Mixed Media Acrylic

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The Intuitive Figure: Mixed Media Acrylic
with Donna Downey

September 20-21, 2024  |  Friday – Saturday

Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm  

  • Medium: Mixed Media and Acrylic
  • Experience: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Materials: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of supplies students need to bring with them.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

The Intuitive process gives creatives the unique opportunity to stretch beyond their boundaries, to express emotion and discover the unexpected.

We will create artwork that has something to say, whether it is in the literal sense of using words or simply knowing how to place color and textures so that your work lures the viewer in to seek and enjoy more. We will focus on abstracting the human figure and will use different mediums to create a powerful, expressive composition that is deeply personal.

Art speaks volumes. In this workshop I will guide you in harnessing your intuitive creativity and creating visual storylines that uncover the power to express in your own unique voice.

The course will focus on:

  • Building a background by layering acrylics, pattern and color
  • Developing a figure(s) that helps express your concept
  • Exploring paint applications that change the expressiveness of your work
  • ● Shading and color development for building value


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Donna Downey

Donna Downey

Empowering artists to take creative risks and realize their creative potential.

I consider myself to be on a creative journey that continues to surprise me every time I step in front of my canvas. My paintings continue to evolve in style and technique, but one thing stays constant: I am in love with painting the human figure.  I use unfinished lines and painterly strokes to express the emotional vulnerability of human existence in everyday life. The impermanence and fragility of life is the essential focus of my work.

I love to experiment with either a monochromatic palette or an explosion of vibrant colors, depending on my mood.  The process of applying paint to canvas is an emotional experience for me and I even find it a bit sexy.  Exploring the use of shadow and light as a push and pull of interest for the viewer is a constant theme in my art.  I often start each painting with a simple concept or idea in mind then I start placing color throughout the canvas, letting the colors intuitively reveal the composition.  The paintings develop in response to the energy created between myself and the paint.  I use painting as a meditation and I deeply enjoy the never ending challenge to evoke a particular mood or emotion for the viewer.

Materials List

Students will need the following supplies for class:

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Two 16 x 20 or larger canvases. (I prefer 18×24 but for travel and cost 16 x20 may better accommodate students needs)

Stencils in a variety of pattern (Just in case you love stencils like me, i will share list my personal favorites below)

Palette or Palette Pad or STA-WET Palette (i prefer to use a sta-wet so my acrylic stays workable longer)

Heavy Body Acrylic Paints. Any and all colors that you want to work with.

(This is my favorite Color palette to work with.)

Paintbrushes. Bring your favorites, in a range of sizes. (don’t forget a big one or 2)

Spray Bottle

Old towel or drop cloth. I like to spray a lot of water on my work to make the paint drip. Having a towel to catch the water helps to not make a mess.

Palette Knife or Wedge

 Willow Charcoal

Brush Bucket. To clean your brushes.

Paper Towels

Baby Wipes

 NOTE: If you are into collage, consider bringing some + Matte Medium. I have seen some really awesome additions of collage on student work.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before August 20, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after August 20, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.