Big Fat Art with Jane Davies


Big Fat Art is a state of mind rather than a specific kind of art. It is all about loosening up and getting past the thinking/evaluating zone and into the creative spontaneous one, where you can be freely expressive.

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  • DATE: March 12 to 14, 2021
  • TIME:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • FEE: $640 – daily catered lunch by Sucre&Sel is included in the fee
  • SUPPLIES LIST: Below, keep reading. You’ll find it under cancellation policy.
  • LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth St., Raleigh, NC 27610
  • MEDIUM: Acrylics
  • LEVEL: intermediate | STUDENTS: Max 15, min. 14
  • MATERIALS FEE for paper provided by Jane: $5 (paid in cash to Jane on first workshop day)


Big Fat Art is a state of mind rather than a specific kind of art. It is all about loosening up and getting past the thinking/evaluating zone and into the creative spontaneous one, where you can be freely expressive. We start Big Fat Art on big fat cheap paper (18”x24”), with process-oriented exercises using inexpensive paints and drawing materials. After dozens of expressive and exploratory pieces, we work on heavier paper, slowing down the process, and using the cheap drawing papers as collage components as well as inspiration. This workshop gives you the tools to get un-stuck by focusing on process, working in multiples, and having more fun.

This workshop is open to intermediate level painters; you must be familiar with acrylic paint, basic color mixing, and color vocabulary.


Jane Davies is a full time artist working in painting and collage. She offers workshops nationwide, focusing on developing a personal and playful approach to art making. After graduating Bennington College and attending the School for American Crafts, Davies began as a potter in the early nineties. She transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium. Since 2010 she has been teaching, writing, and making art. She participated in a residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2015. In addition to The Elements of Visual Language, Davies is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, has one DVD on painting and collage techniques. Her work is available at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.


If a month before the workshop we haven’t reached the minimum amount of students for the workshop to happen the workshop will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 60 DAYS prior to the start of a workshop you will receive half of your registration fee, If you cancel less than 30 DAYS prior the start of the workshop you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel in this time frame we encourage you to find a replacement, and your replacement can reimburse you for your course fee. If you cancel before the 60-day limit you will receive a full refund minus 3% processing fee.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.


Workshop will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast or unexpected circumstances (pandemic or similar) arise. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If the workshop is canceled due to any of these, all registration money will be returned to the students minus 3% processing fee.  The workshop will be rescheduled if possible for both parties.


• 1 pad of Blick Bristol paper, 19”x24” or comparable. Smooth surface, 250 – 270 gsm weight.

• Acrylic Matte Medium: one pint. I recommend Utrecht. Other brands may be great for mixing with paint, but Utrecht is the best I’ve found for use as a collage adhesive.

• Acrylic glazing liquid: one small bottle

• Acrylic paint: you’ll need both inexpensive student-grade or craft paints, and your good artist-quality paints. All the colors you can get.

• 1 8-oz bottle of Blick Matte Acrylic White, or comparable

• Drawing Materials: markers (Posca Paint Markers), graphite, pencils, Pitt Pens, colored pencils – bring what you have. Do not bring Sharpie or other markers with volatile organic compounds (if they smell, don’t bring them).

• Water soluble crayons (such as Caran d’Ache) or oil pastels

• Brushes, including big ones (1” wide or more). Bring a variety of good brushes AND cheap hardware store brushes.

• Palette knife, any other painting tools you ordinarily use

• Brayer – 2” or 3”, (soft rubber, not hard acrylic)

• Spray bottle for water

• Small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

• Stash of collage papers – think pattern and color, not images and texture

• Rubber stamps, stencils (optional)

• Disposable Palette (12”x18” or 9”x12”)

• Container for water

• Big Fat Roll of Paper Towels (Bounty or Viva)

Jane provides:

• Big Fat Art paper (18”x24” drawing paper)
• Smaller drawing paper for lifting paint


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