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Invest in Art, Invest in the Future

Robin Douglas

 

Current Events

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

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Workshop: Art and Context, The Environment

July 11th and 13th 1-4 pm

Table top landscapes: sculpture on a smaller scale using natural materials.  Join Robin Douglas to create a metamorphosis of imagery presenting your own natural Utopia. In book-like form, a triptych or another series of images in your choice of media, design a multi-layered environment inspired by artists like Robert Smithson, Andy Goldsworthy, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided and artists of all levels are welcome.

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Taste of Art: Metamorphosis

July 21st 6-8 pm

Do you love to look at things that change and grow? Join Robin Douglas as we explore growth and maturity captured by the creative process. Inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso, chart the stages of transformation with quick sketches and final paintings in a variety of media. Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation before creating an original work of art. All materials provided.

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Workshop: Painting the Colors of Florence, Italy

August 8th and 10th 1-4 pm

As part of our Two-Day Workshop series, be inspired by Richard Mayhew and his spirited and imaginative landscapes. Explore the unique and iridescent colors that he uses in his focus on background, middle ground and foreground. Due to his studies at the Academy of Florence, Italy, his use of vibrating contrasting colors will evoke the essence of Tuscany in your works. Join Robin Douglas to use a variety of materials including pastels, watercolor and acrylics to create your own work. All supplies included.

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Taste of Art: Expressive Watercolors

August 18th 6-8 pm @ OMA

Join Robin Douglas for an evening of creative expression as we explore large, expressive watercolor paintings reflecting the sea and the sky. For sunrises to sunsets and everything in between, paint with large brushes and sponges to create the natural attributes of Southern California. Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation on California Impressionism before creating an original work of art. All materials provided.

  

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Workshop: Autobiographical/Biographical Portraits

September 12th and 14th 1-4 pm

Be inspired by a combination of ideal, real and surreal imagery to create unique portraits using objects and symbols in place of facial features. Join Robin Douglas to design works that are large scale and bold or petite and precious, with an emphasis on acrylic paint, collage and watercolors as expedient materials. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided and artists of all levels are welcome.

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Taste of Art: Animals in Art

September 22nd 6-8 pm

Over the centuries, animals have been a main feature or supporting player in artwork from across the globe. Join Robin Douglas for an artful evening celebrating the variety and dynamism of all wildlife. Drawing inspiration from artists such as LeRoy Neiman, Frida Kahlo and Edward Hicks, create your own painting based on any real, abstract or imagined images of animals from around the world with an emphasis on texture, color and composition. Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation before creating an original work of art. All materials provided.

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Workshop: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

October 3rd and 5th 1-4 pm

As part of our Two-Day Workshop series, create your very own assemblage sculpture using upcycled, 3-D materials. Join Robin Douglas to explore the work of artists like Ruth Asawa, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, and see the creative potential in ordinary objects. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided but feel free to bring in a variety of materials you would enjoy working with. Artists of all levels are welcome.

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Taste of Art: Upcycled 3D Sculptures

October 13th 6-8 pm

Find the extraordinary in ordinary everyday objects and creatively construct your own 3D sculpture. Join Robin Douglas to explore the work of artists like Ruth Asawa, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, and adopt upcycling as your next creative habit. While extra materials will be available to augment your creation, we encourage you to bring in any materials such as wood, electronic pieces, cardboard packing, clothing, and more! Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation before creating an original work of art.

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Workshop: Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights

November 7th and 9th 1-4 pm

How do artists get their ideas? Thinking creatively is a talent for some while others have to work at it. Join Robin Douglas to unpack intuitive decision making as a creative skill and a jumping off point for sketching, painting and building. Diving deep into the work of groundbreaking artists through the ages, like Mark Bradford, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse, and Louise Nevelson, all supplies for your original artwork will be provided and artists of all levels are welcome.

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Taste of Art: Thinking Creatively

November 17th 6-8 pm

How do artists come up with unique perspectives, subject matter and color combinations to intrigue the viewer? Join Robin Douglas to study masterful artists such as Gustav Klimt, Hilma Af Klint, Edvard Munch and Wassily Kandinsky, and learn to translate a big idea into a new and exciting work of art. Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation before creating an original work of art. All materials provided.

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Workshop: A Feast for your Eyes

December 5th and 7th 1-4 pm 

Artists throughout time have used food as a source for inspiration and storytelling. Join Robin Douglas for a presentation of gourmet still lifes and sumptuous paintings featuring artists like Judy Chicago, Audrey Flack, Wayne Thiebaud and Georgia O’Keeffe. Create your own mouth-watering work of art in a variety of styles. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided and artists of all levels are welcome.

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Taste of Art: Art and Food for Thought

December 15th 6-8 pm 

With an endless amount of variety and flavor, food and art serve as the perfect pairing, bringing people together and providing nourishment for the soul. From Dutch masters like Clara Peeters, Wayne Thiebaud, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Frida Kahlo, to the artists of today, join Robin Douglas for a focus on beautifully presented food as the inspiration for enticingly created works of art. Enjoy appetizers and drinks during a brief presentation before creating an original work of art. All materials provided.

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Enjoy programs with Robin through her partner organizations

In peron and virtually

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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About

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.

Art and Activities

Come join Robin Douglas for lectures, excursions, classes and workshops.

 
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Personal Art

Available for Commission

Lectures and Excursions

Making Art Come to Life

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Dreamscapes

Classes and Workshops

Getting Hands On

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.