Radical Layering

Jane Davies
Jane Davies


Radical Layering
4-day workshop with Jane Davies

April 11 – 14, 2023 | Tuesday – Friday

Tues 10 am – 5 pm | Wed – Fri 9 am – 4 pm

If you feel like you’ve been playing it safe in your art, or that you are in a rut with predictable paintings, this workshop will shake up your practice and get you well out of your comfort zone. You will gain the courage to make bold moves and dramatic shifts in your pieces as you let go of the preciousness of each mark. In addition to the new techniques in collage and painting, this workshop offers a radically freeing approach to composition.

We begin each piece with multiple layers of collage, which in itself is an exciting visual journey. Then we sand through the layers (by hand and with a power sander), peel back the papers, rub away paint with alcohol, and generally excavate the surface revealing the complexity beneath. We repeat the collage layering, including applications of paint, gesso, marks, splatters, drips and scribbles.  And then excavate… continuing to build up and tear down layers as the images gradually emerge. This process encourages you to let go of judgement and become attuned to the visual interplay between color and surface, line and form, texture and pattern. Working on multiple pieces at once allows time for the layers to dry and the ideas to blossom.

Class meets 10 – 5 on the first day, 9 – 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Jane Davies

Jane Davies

Jane Davies is a full time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustic. She offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art.

Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, selling her colorful hand-painted ceramics at craft shows, Davies gradually transitioned into freelance art, designing tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery, and other products, using painting and collage as her medium. For the past several years, Davies has put most of her efforts towards teaching, writing, and making art.

I believe that making art is a journey with very few hand-holds and only a general road map. Each participant has to find his or her own way, while at the same time remain open to learning from others.While I may teach a multitude of techniques, my focus is on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process. I try to pave the way into that precarious I-don’t-know-what-to-do-next zone, where you are challenged to forge a personal path, with guidance, to discover the satisfaction of making art that is truly your own. Cultivating a degree of comfort, or at least willingness, with that awkward territory of not-knowing, is one of the keys to finding your creative edge.



  • Blick (or other brand) Bristol Pad, 11”x14”
  • Optional: larger Bristol paper or wood panels
  • Discarded or never-finished art work on paper or wood panel (we’ll use these as substrates; it’s a great way to use up old work)
  • Acrylic paints: good quality paints, such as Golden, Holbein, Sennelier, Liqitex, supplemented by student grade paints if you like.
  • Sandpaper in several different grits, from coarse to fine
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle of water
  • X-acto or craft knife, with several spare blades
  • Palette knives – a couple
  • Brushes
  • Palette
  • Scissors
  • Drawing materials such as water-soluble crayons, graphite, paint pens and paint markers, etc.
  • Large roll of paper towels
  • Bucket for water (think yoghurt container)
  • Loads of collage papers. Please include: magazine pages, hand-painted papers (painted with acrylics; solid colors are useful), book pages, typography. Do not include plastics, transparencies, fabrics, or heavily textured papers.
  • Acrylic Matte Medium: Utrecht brand, at least one pint
  • Glazing liquid or retarder gel to help keep your paints wet longer
  • Credit card for scraping paint, or squeegee
  • Dust masks
  • Electric palm sander: if you have one. If we have three or four to share in the class, that should be sufficient.

I supply

Loads of cheap drawing paper to make collage papers

Palm Sander to share

Extra sandable gesso

Wetting agent

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

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 March 11, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after March 11, 2023.
  • 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.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.