Workshops
Don Trout
Workshops offered
One of my workshops in progress at VIVA gallery in
Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley
My typical packet of #300 Arches watercolor paper,
rice papers, glue cup, and brush.
WATERCOLOR AND COLLAGED RICE PAPER WORKSHOP
Watercolor underpainting
Rice paper collage added
A SAMPLING OF MY FINISHED COLLAGE SQUARES
Discover design shapes for larger paintings
Add texture in a traditional painting
Experimenting with collage is a wonderful way to play with design and color
WATERCOLOR & COLLAGED FOUND PAPERS & "APPROPRIATED
IMAGES" WORKSHOP
This workshop requires the usual watercolor paints
and brushes, a couple of loose sheets of watercolor
paper, preferably #300, Elmer's glue or acrylic matte
medium, and favorite magazines, newspapers or other
printed material from which to clip text, photos, or items
of interest. Headlines may be used for a theme or
merely for contrast and color. In my collages I use them
both ways.
In my demonstration wash, I used color, based on the
photos I had clipped, laid in  an angular pattern to avoid
a static alignment with the frame. I had planned to leave
some of the background texture and color showing. As I
got along in the composition I wound up covering
almost all of it.
The demo
background wash
The finished
demo collage
Finishing the painting
"Canyon Symbols"
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Shades of Blue"
"Chaos Controlled"
"In Bloom"
"Endangered Species"
"How Much Time Left?
"Toxic Earth"
"What's Up"
Found papers added to a Traditional painting
Sometimes, a scrap of newspaper text, a clipped cigarette ad, or a
corporate logo, add just the right statement
These workshops may be given for art clubs at a location of their choosing
or for small groups of up to six people at my studio in Cathedral City.
email: donald@dontroutsart.com for cost information
For this workshop, watercolor container, paints, brushes, and paper towel are required. Packets of #300
Arches paper 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", rice papers, glue, glue  brush and glue cups will be available at cost.
A SAMPLING OF SOME OF MY FOUND PAPER COLLAGES
For these collages, 11" x 14" quarter sheet seems to be a good working size.
I look at these collages as a three step process; a watercolor under-painting, collage tissues added using white glue or
matte medium, and final glazes of color and accents to finish the painting.  I don't always adhere to this formula.
Re-collaging and repainting may often be needed to change direction, texture, or composition.
This selection, Allegro by Joaquin Turina, as well as
all others on this website, is from Darryl Denning's CD:
Classical Guitar Artistry. His website:
www.denningguitarist.com