The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology is a spectacular workshop center on the Oregon Coast, and it is sheer delight to take a workshop.  It is such an honor to be returning for my third year as a workshop instructor at the Sitka Center. I am so looking forward to making art again with a group of you in this most incredible natural place!


Instructor: Annamieka Davidson
06/29/2018 – 07/01/2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$250 Tuition, plus $60 Material Fee
Total Cost: $310
Minimum Age Level: 16+
Skill Level: All

Specific details about this workshop will be live on February 12th on their website.

NOTE: Members-only registration opens on February 27th. You have to become a member of the Sitka Center to qualify for priority registration. My workshop typically fills during the members-only registration period. Registration for the general public opens on March 11.

You must provide your own lodging near the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Check their website for excellent recommendations of places to stay near the Sitka Center.

Mixed media painting is a fun and approachable technique. In this workshop, learn to layer acrylic paint with collage to build a painting that has depth and beauty. We will spend time drawing outside and gathering natural materials as we incorporate this imagery into our lushly layered paintings.

In this workshop, we will be working with mixed media, including drawing, painting and collage. We will begin work on our artistic creations outside in the forest, and then continue our work inside the studio.

Please come prepared to get messy. I will encourage you to get your hands into your work. Bring a smock or an apron, a sketchbook, and a backpack to carry your sketchbook in. Also a lightweight chair if that will help you be more comfortable sitting & sketching outside. See the supply list below for details.
I will be providing the basic art supplies, including substrates for you to paint on, acrylic paints, collage papers, collage medium, and brushes. If you have a favorite art supply or tool you like to use for painting, you are of course welcome to bring it but you are not required to. I will be guiding you through a series of painting, drawing and collage techniques that you can use to build up lushly layered paintings. Mixed-media painting can incorporate just about anything so be prepared to experiment and make new discoveries.

If you have any questions about the workshop or materials, please do not hesitate to contact me.  For this workshop, you can register online via the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Class size will be limited to 12 students and this did fill up fast the past two years, so do register ahead of time to ensure your spot!

Annamieka Hopps Davidson

Materials List (Students to bring)

  • Apron or a smock, because we will be getting messy!
  • Sketchbook: You’ll need a sketchbook since we will be making drawings out in the field, to later cut out and use in our paintings in the studio. Choose a medium weight paper suitable for sketching. 70 lb to 80 lb paper is ideal. 9″ x12″ is a nice size for a sketchbook.
  • Good shoes for a walk in the woods on uneven ground. We will assess the mobility of the group as a whole to decide on a good location for our class outing.


  • Lightweight comfortable folding chair for sitting and sketching outside
  • Backpack to carry your sketchbook in while we go on a walk to a sketching location.
  • Gloves – nitrile or latex gloves if you prefer to keep your hands clean, since many of the techniques I demonstrate get paint on your fingers & hands.
  • Collage papers: You’ll enjoy using a variety of papers. I will have some to share but if you bring your own it will help lend your own unique voice to your work. I suggest that you collect at least 10-15 sheets/scraps of paper from your life. Choose what makes you happy! You don’t need all of the following but here are some ideas of where to find good collage papers:
    • Sewing pattern paper
    • Vintage wallpaper scraps
    • Book pages
    • Maps
    • Old letters
    • Pages from your old sketchbooks
  • Paint - any colors of acrylic paint that you especially love. If you don't own any paint, do not worry! I will have plenty of acrylic paints for everyone to share and you are welcome to just use the class paints the whole time. I have found over the years that each and every tube or bottle of paint has its own personality and so if you have certain paints that you already own and really love to work with, absolutely bring them as they will be like your familiar pals while you work and help lend your known colors and style to your work. 
  • Favorite Paint Brushes. If you have brushes that you are familiar with and love to use, by all means bring them. If you don't own paint brushes, I will be providing plenty of brushes for everyone to share so no need to go buy new brushes if you don't have them already. 
  • Rags - if you have a few on hand, bring them! Rags can be very handy with mixed media!


Instructor Provides

Your materials fee covers everything you need to paint in the workshop for three days, including:

  • 2 large canvases
  • Paint
  • Brushes 
  • Collage materials
  • Palettes
  • Water cups
  • Sprayer bottles
  • Drawing paper
  • Scissors
  • Collage medium

In addition, I will bring a large assortment of mixed-media art supplies for you to try, including:

  • Texture tools
  • Watersoluble pencils
  • Art pens
  • Paint markers
  • Stamps
  • Stencils
  • Sandpapers
  • Scissors
  • And more!