Portland, OR 2020 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Jane Davies
9:00 - 4:30

Working in a Series

$ 150  


What is a Series? Simply put, it is a group of pieces based on a common element or group of elements. You can base a series on subject matter, technique, a particular set of materials, a group of visual elements, or a compositional format. A series can be created in an afternoon – as in a group of quick collage studies – or last a lifetime. Many artists keep several series going throughout their careers.

To some, the idea of "Creating a Series" can be intimidating. It sounds so serious, and perhaps monumental. So I thought I would offer this workshop to clarify that “Working In Series” is a process, a way of formatting your art practice, rather than a goal or a finished product.

• Working in series allows you to explore ideas more thoroughly, give them some breathing room.
• Working in series gives you the opportunity to try out different solutions to visual “problems”, and explore multiple possibilities.
• Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum. Rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of your series create clarity of intention.
• By considering the series the basic unit of art making, you lose the preciousness of the individual piece, the fear of “ruining” it, which can keep you stuck. Get un-stuck by working in multiples.
• Committing to a quantity of pieces allows you to push through blocks and discover new solutions.

In this one-day workshop we will create several small series, using primarily acrylic paint and collage. Most importantly you will learn the practice of working in series as a way to keep your creativity alive and thriving!

Supply List

• Acrylic paints: bring some artist grade acrylics as well as craft paints
• Brushes
• Acrylic matte medium
• Acrylic glazing medium (optional – for diluting your paints and keeping them wet longer)
• Collage papers (your own painted papers as well as others)
• Brush for matte medium
• Scissors
• Disposable palette (pad of paper style)
• Drawing materials, such as pens, markers, pencils, crayons, etc. (optional)
• Stamps and stencils (optional)

$5 materials fee includes:

Printmaking paper for substrate
Some collage papers
Various drawing tools