Texture – Color – Feeling



Jan’s experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “raw” materials in the abstract painting we get surprising results. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space.

All of the paints used will be waterbased.

Jan is an internationally recognized art instructor and juror, and recently published an art book, TEXTURE|COLOR|FEELING.


Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

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

Jan Sitts

Jan Sitts

In Jan’s more than thirty years as an art instructor and professional painter, she continues her exploring and experimentation with many mediums. Her accomplishments in the art arena are many, working in commercial art, teaching in public schools, and teaching international workshops. Her studies include the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, Missouri), a B.A. degree at Western State College (Gunnison, Colorado), and ongoing workshops and seminars in the arts. Her latest book is TEXTURECOLORFEELING.

Artist’s Statement
My work is a reflection of who I am. I work in a spontaneous manner until I have built up a surface on a support by texturing, layering papers, and painting. Often repeating this process many times. As the work develops, this process becomes one with the satisfaction I feel with the final image.

    Supports W.C. Paper, 140 weight cold press pad. Two pre-stretched canvasses 16 x 20. Yupo pad 9 x 12.... If you are an experienced painter you might want to bring 2 sheets w.c. paper 300# in place of the 140 weight.
    1 pkg. (white only) Found in art catalog supply or in most art supply stores.
    Bring any acrylic paints, acrylic inks are optional. I prefer GOLDEN FLUID ACRYLIC PAINTS any size bottle. I will supply the class samples sponsored by GOLDEN.
    one & two inch synthetic Flats (Loew Cornell has a cheap set)....also some small synthetic round brushes (#4 and #6) for line and detail.
    Liquid bottle
    (jar) WHITE GESSO (bottle) 8 oz. or smaller. I prefer GOLDEN ACRYLIC brand.
    Anything you think would work in making texture.....any textured white paper, rubber faux stamps, bubble wrap, etc., house hold items for stamping, wax paper or saran wrap, Be creative in gathering a few tools for texturing. I will furnish some items for the class.
    Extra items for drawing: Caren d Arche, Lyra colored pencils or any soft watercolor pencils and/or charcoal pencil. You don't need all of the drawing tools suggested, but it's nice to have the choice while putting in detail work.
    non-latex rubber gloves, paper towels, plastic palette knives, Paper palette or freezer paper (Walmart) and Water container.

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:               

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  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 30 day 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.