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Please see the below virtual and in person offerings for you to enjoy!


Taste of Art: Soak and Stain Paintings Inspired by Helen Frankelthaler

Jan 19th 5:30-7:30 pm @ OMA

Group and individual paintings will be produced in this evening art experience, loos and colorful, energetic yet sublime work will be created unique to your choice of colors and organic shapes. Image: Nature Abhors a Vacuum, 1973 Helen Frankelthaler


Workshop: Life Drawing with Models and Exotic Costumes

Feb 12th 10-3 pm

Draw from a live model, first by concentrating on human proportions and then using a variety of materials to create a figure in an exotic costume-matisse style. Image: The Purple Coat, 1937 Henri Matisse


Taste of Art: Painterly mono printing inspired by Bonnard, Gauguin, Matisse

Feb 23rd 5:30-7:30 pm

Colorful, meaningful, beautiful, one of a kind prints will be created in this evening art experience. Bold or precious, expressive or simple, large or small, these prints will make a statement Image: The Garden, 1935 Pierre Bonnard


Workshop: Stenciled and textured paintings inspired by Juanita Perez

March 4th 10-3 pm at OMA

Thick, tactile, multi-leveled layers of paint will be used to construct a visually stunning painting. Shimmering contrasts with high and low relief in diptych form will be created Image: Balance lo ligero lo pesado, 2020, Juanita Perez


Taste of Art: Dynamic figure drawing, dry and wet media

March 22nd 5:30-7:30 pm

A live figure in motion will be the inspiration for this art experience. A variety of media will be provided to create movement and mood. Create a series of drawings with one or more to evolve into a finished work of art.Image: Three Studies of a Dancer, 1878-1880, Edward Degas


Workshop: Life sized self portraits

April 15th 10-3 pm at OMA

Create any part of yourself at any age, real or imaginary in this studio. Bring in photographs to work from for preliminary work Image: Self Portrait with Loose Hair, 1947 Frida Kahlo


Taste of Art: Subtractive Charcoal Drawing

April 26th 5:30-7:30

Da Vinci used a method to create very 3-D images. In this art making experience we will use this reverse method to bring about high and low contrast subject matter. Image: Heighten Toned Paper Charcoal Study 1 Print, 2019, Morgan Crotts

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Workshop: Aerial Views inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and Ricard Diebenkorn

May 6th 10-3 pm

Compose and paint mesmerizing unusual view of landscapes from a bird's eye view. Be inspired by plane rides like O'Keeffe and Diebenkorn to create aerial views in abstract styles Image: Cityscape (#1), 1963 Richard Diebenkorn


Taste of Art: Inspired Mexican fluorescent paintings on tree bark

May 10th 5:30-7:30 at OMA

The bright and vibrant colors of folkloric Mexico will be used on authentic tree bark to create images of whimsical plants and animals Image: Vintage Mexican Folk Art Amateur Paper Bark Painting


Workshop: Asian Art; Chinese brush painting, Ikebana, and Kimono design

June 10th 10-3 at OMA

Explore the aesthetic and process of brush painting, flower arranging, and designing a kimono. Paintings of our flower arrangements and kimonos will round out this studio. Special guest co-instructor Lisa Curry Image: Peonies, 1960, Chen Sigui


Taste of Art: White on White paintings and sculptures

June 28th 5:30-7:30 pm at OMA 

Only using white paint, paper, and other white materials. This art experience will explore the power of non color in art. The cast shadows, actual and implied textures, and material intersections, in these compositions will be the dynamic focal point Image: White Trumpet Flowers, 1932, Georgia O'Keeffe


Workshop: Redesigned book arts, manipulated manuscripts

July 8th 10-3 at OMA

Using existing books as the basis for our art making, we will reorganize, reconstruct, paint, and give new and exciting meaning to the original object. Bring in any book or printed material or select from our books Image: Webster Two Point Oh, 2008, Brian Dettmer


Taste of Art: Art making with Montagne/Collage/Assemblage

July 26th 5:30-7:30 at OMA

With a vast variety of materials, photographs, and accessories, eclectic yet cohesive art objects will be composed and constructed. Flat or 3-D, mobiles or stabiles, create your own unique work of art. Image: Southern Cross, 1963, Alexander Calder


Workshop: Paintings Inspired by the South of France

August 12th 10-3 pm at OMA

The sunny shores of the Mediterranean from Nice to Antibes were the inspiration and subject matter for Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, and Chagall. Compose and paint in the style of these masters from the 20th century Image: Mount Sainte-Victoire, 1902-1904 Paul Cezanne


Taste of Art: Textured Animal Portraits inspired by Leroy Neiman

August 30th 5:30-7:30 pm at OMA

Tactile and rich and vibrant colors, Neiman was a master at creating dynamic animal imagery. Bring in an image of your favorite beast and we will paint in his style Image: Portrait of a Tiger, 2001 Leroy Neiman

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Enjoy programs with Robin through her partner organizations

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Robin will be teaching at Oceanside Museum of Art, Osher's Lifelong Learning Program, and speaking at Rotaries and Book Clubs. To learn more about OMA or become a member click here. To become a member of Osher (to register for courses) click here

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Robin Douglas

Robin Douglas has taught art for 47+ years at every level and venue - including 36 years as an Art Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. She taught many studio and art history courses. Some of her service included the positions of the Associate Director of the School, the Graduate Coordinator and the Program Chair of Art Education, Study Abroad Coordinator, University Senator and a member of the Scholar’ Faculty and was titled a University Distinguished Faculty Member.

While at the university Robin was also a board member of the Spurlock museum, the Krannert art museum and the Urbana Arts Council. Her own art work is in many private and public collections. 

Currently she presents a variety of art studio workshops monthly and gives art related lectures at the Oceanside Museum of Art. She serves on the OMA museum board and several committees-including the Art Education and Art Auction committee. 

Robin also gives tours to adults, school and scouting groups and arranges tours to Los Angeles art museums.

She is a recurring lecturer at LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) a program focused on Senior learning at Mira Costa College, Osher Life Long Learning Institute, a UC San Diego Extension, San Diego Rotary Chapters, Beta Delta & Eta Eta, and the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA).  She received OMA's medal of distinction in 2018 for her outstanding contributions to art education at the Oceanside Museum of Art.


Robin, her husband, and family travel constantly to conduct research at several art museums keeping current with the art world.

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You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.

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Email Robin to request lectures, workshops, or to book a private tour or trip for your group. She is also available for individual or group critiques as well as serving as a juror for art shows. Her private commissions hang in private homes, hotels, universities, and corporate buildings.

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