Instructor: Donna Zagotta, Painter

Date: September 12-14 10am – 4pm

Location: Grand Haven Community Center

Cost: $550 

Early Registration: $495 (must be paid in full by June 30, 2019)

Maximum participants: 15

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(upon registration, we will send you more information regarding suggested lodging, suggested tools and supplies that you will need to bring with you to the workshop.)



Donna Zagotta Workshop

Adding the “You Factor” to Paintings

The emphasis of this lively workshop is getting past the “explanation factor” and zeroing in on the most important factor of all in your work – you! You will learn how to create and rely on a personal, rather than a rule-based, approach to composition, design, and the formal elements. This is a key ingredient in turning everyday subjects into creative, imaginative, and expressive paintings. Each day’s lesson will focus on an individual aspect for getting there: seeing and personalizing shapes; abstract understructures; non-representational value patterns; creative color schemes; and more. Donna will also discuss the advantages of using a medium that allows for spontaneity, improvisation, correction, and revision. She will be using watercolor and white gouache in her demonstrations, but students are free to work in any media. Participants will bring reference materials to work on during the week – sketches, still life set-ups, or personal photos.

Specifically, this workshop will cover:
• How to organize the visual elements for successful composition
• The importance of seeing subject matter as flat shapes
• The construction of a painting: How to build it from the ground up.
• Achieving depth and atmosphere: What works and what doesn’t.
• Colors and intensities and how they relate to values.

  • Student Level: Advanced Beginner and up. Students should have a basic
    understanding of how to work with their materials, plus some paint mixing experience.
    You should also have a knowledge of perspective and a capable drawing ability.
  • Location: Beautiful downtown Grand Haven’s Community Center, located close to
    coffee shops; restaurants; micro-breweries; and retail shopping. We can assist you with
    renting an apartment, condo, or hotel room.
  • Workshop Fee: Early Registration by July 1: $495. July 2 on: $550. (No refunds after
    July 1) You need to bring your own paint brushes and other tools. A smock, painting
    shirt, or apron is also suggested. Maximum 15 participants.
  • Hours: 10-4pm daily. We will break for lunch each day. You will be able to visit our
    varied restaurants. On Friday evening, from 4:30-6pm, we will host a wine and cheese
    event at C2C Gallery, where you will be able to view more of Donna’s paintings.

And much more! We will cover the entire painting process from concept to completion. Don’t miss out!

Information about Donna:

Active professional for more than 20 years, Donna Zagotta is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, and juror. She has accumulated numerous awards including the first place awards in the 2005 Arizona Watercolor Association Exhibition and the 1997 Watercolor West Exhibition, the second place award in the 1999 National Watercolor Society Exhibition, and the Samuel Leitman Award in the 2008 and the Ogden and Mary Pleissner Award in the 2000 American Watercolor Society Exhibitions. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Midwest Watercolor Society. Her work appears in numerous publications and can be seen on the cover of Watercolor Expressions and The Artist’s Magazine. She was selected as Watercolor Magic Yearbook 2001’s “Ones to Watch”, and she was featured in Watermedia Focus magazine as “An Artist Worth Noting”. Donna has been teaching classes and workshops since 1990 and she served as one of
the jurors for the 2002 National Watercolor Society Exhibition.

Donna Zagotta’s paintings have evolved from an early emphasis on traditional watercolor techniques and traditionally influenced realism to an unconventional use of the watercolor medium and the exploration of the area that lies between realism and abstraction. Donna has a passion for art history with a special interest in Modernism and finds inspiration in the work of Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and Richard Diebenkorn, master painters who were more focused on expressing color and spatial
ideas than in rendering the particulars of subject matter.


Joan on Mar 12, 2019
Extremely informative class. Better than most workshops I have attended. Donna is a great, creative artist.

Mary on Mar 14, 2019
Love the way she explains each movement of her brush in using color: all colors in every color is her mantra. I am very intrigued by the look she achieves through careful choice of composition and integrated use of color…I think the concepts will transfer to other media as they are universal concepts.

Excellent Workshop!
November 6, 2012
If you have admired Donna Zagottas paintings, and wondered how you, too, could learn to paint that way, then this is the workshop for you!  Donna takes you through every step of her process, from selecting a subject and carefully simplifying and refining the design to choosing your colors, applying them in many layers, until you like what you see! Donnas paintings are representational, but not ‘realistic’. Donnas palette consists of transparent watercolors with the addition of Permanent White Gouache. Her process however resembles that of an oil painter, as she works up to a thick layer of paint the consistency of
toothpaste. The advantage of this technique is that you can change your mind as many times as you need to, as you explore where you want to go. While the carefully worked-out design provides the framework of which only minor details are changed or eliminated, choosing and applying the paint is a seemingly endless process of discovery. This is at times frustrating to watch, but actually fun to do, as it takes much of the anxiety out of painting with watercolor. The quality and detail of instruction, complemented by a generous gallery of Donnas paintings, make this a very worthwhile investment.

Contemporary Flower Painting Class

Instructor: Christi Dreese, painter

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019: 12pm – 2pm

Location: C2C Gallery, 104 Washington Ave Grand Haven, MI 49417

 Cost: $49 for 1 or $80 for 2

Maximum participants: 10

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Looking for something to do with your Daughter or Son? Granddaughter or Grandson? Niece or Nephew? Brother or Sister? Join local painter, Christi Dreese, for a Mother’s Day Special on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 12pm – 2pm. You will be creating some of Christi’s favorites inspired by her grandmothers flower garden. You will be able to select from a variety of sizes ranging from 8×8 to 11×14 in either canvas or paper using acrylic paints. Be inspired to create on your own or let Christi walk you step by step through her process.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Seating limited to 10, must be pre-registered/paid, no refunds.
  • Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Please contact the gallery with questions or for additional information: 616-935-7337.



Abstract & Wine Evening with Christi Dreese

Instructor: Christi Dreese, painter

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019: 6pm – 8pm

Location: C2C Gallery, 104 Washington Ave Grand Haven, MI 49417

 Cost: $49

Maximum participants: 10

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Join local painter, Christi Dreese, for a painting session using mixed media techniques on board. Acrylics, colored pencils, acrylic gel medium and more will be used to create your own contemporary art. Printing techniques with layered paint and gel to give your painting depth along with graphite and colored pencil layered on top. Join the class to learn some fresh new techniques for your art. This class is suitable for beginners as well as painters who want to take the journey within. Follow along with Christi or do your own piece.

Seating limited to 10, must be pre-registered/paid, no refunds. Please contact the gallery for more information: 616-935-7337.


Paint Your Word for 2019 Workshop with Denise LeClaire

(January 9 & February 18, 2019)

Instructor: Denise LeClaire

Date: January 9, 2019 6pm – 9pm & February 18, 2019 6pm-9pm

Location: C2C Gallery (104 Washington Ave Grand Haven, MI 49417)





Paint Your Word for 2019!

Intuitive Painting and Bracelet Workshop with Denise LeClaire.

You will choose your Word for the Year; make a bracelet imprinting that word; and create an intuitive collage painting. Cost: $49. 10 spots available. Call today to reserve.

Lose the long list of New Year’s Resolutions. Drop the sweeping promises to change this or that, trash the concrete goals that involve either failure or success…. and do something about ONE thing rather than nothing about a bunch of things.

This is the essence of identifying ONE word as a guide for your year. Choosing one word is all about choosing to live with intention and purpose. Your one word can serve as a guide, a compass, or a mantra, and can provide focus and direction, clarity and
power, mission and meaning.

Join this art workshop and create a canvas with your word for 2019! We’ll be using acrylic paint, collage techniques and stencils. All materials will be provided but you may bring any collage items you wish to use. You’ll also be creating a bracelet that displays
your word!

When you register for this workshop and provide your email address, You will be sent some guidelines to help you choose your word for 2019. This process can also be done the night of the workshop, but choosing ahead of time allows for more time to plan your canvas and paint!


About the Artist:
Denise LeClaire is an artist and psychologist in Grand Haven Michigan. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of both words and art, particularly when used together, and thinks that the deliberate use of positive language can literally change your brain and how you think and feel. She often uses words and other forms of language in her artwork. She has chosen a guiding word every year since 2013.

Call the gallery: 616-935-7337, or email: Sarah at to pay for your seat. $49. Sorry, No refunds.




The Paper Clay Revolution Workshop (October 2018)

graham Hay next to a sculpture

Instructor: Graham Hay, Australian Sculptor

Date: October 26-28: 10am – 4pm

Location: Muskegon Community College Ceramics Department

 Cost: $325

Maximum participants: 16

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(upon registration, we will send you more information regarding suggested lodging, suggested tools and supplies that you will need to bring with you to the workshop.)



Sculpture by Graham Hay

C2C Gallery is excited to host West Australian sculptural artist, Graham Hay. Graham has been quietly leading a revolution using a new, but not so new, material – paper clay. Paper clay is now a third of all clay used in studios and classrooms in Western Australia, a quarter in New Zealand. It’s use is doubling every year in the US.

Join us on October 26 – 28, 2018, for three days of a hands on, information packed but fun workshop on using paper clay.

  • Demonstrations will include clay preparation, building techniques for using paper clay, surface, and color, firing and non-firing options.
  • Adding natural and synthetic fiber, metals and other additives to clay will be explored.
  • Unconventional methods such as incremental mass and surface construction, wet to dry and dry to dry joining, as well as variations to traditional clay techniques will be fully explored.
  • Participants will be encouraged to develop individual ideas and conceptual directions. The workshop will be balanced between demonstrations; slide talks; and studio construction time. All skill levels welcome.

images at a workshop

  • We will make and use our own and pre-made paper clay, to explore its radical creative properties.
  • You will explore new shortcuts to traditional techniques as well as radical wet-to-dry; “ dipstick”; “pour-join”; “dip-joins”; speed lattice; and; upside down building techniques.
  • Plus new combinations of wet; soft and dry casting; speed casting; and additions of yarn, wadding, and wire.
  • We will discuss how to use paper clay in your own studio production; plus possible new working methods will be explored.

Sculpture by Graham hay

Common fallacies about paper clay and the emerging paper clay aesthetics will be discussed. “Short and sharp” slideshows showing art from around the world will be used to quickly answer your individual questions. They are sure to stimulate discussion and illustrate techniques. This workshop will be customized through your individual input, to cater to both beginners and those seeking new challenges.

A simple lunch will be included each day. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. No Refunds.

Graham Hay image of artist

About the instructor: Graham Hay

Born in New Zealand, artist Graham Hay is based in Western Australia.

sculpture by Graham Hay
“I have been a ‘clay-aholic’ since childhood, transferring my enthusiasm to the new material paper clay in 1992. This was after being introduced to it as a way to make tiles that don’t warp, by Ceramic Chemist Mike Kusnik.
I immensely enjoy sharing my studio discoveries and unique techniques developed with others, particularly when I see their eye light up, when they realize the creative potential the new material offers in their own work.”

Graham has participated in over 160 exhibitions in a dozen countries, with his artwork in textbooks and public collections in many of these countries. This sculptor has participated in ceramic, paper and art biennales in Australia, Holland, Argentina, Romania and Italy(3). In 2017, Graham presented a 500 kg vessel based sculpture and performance piece in Personal Structures, a Venice Biennale Parallel Event.

Generous by nature, he has written over 20 journal articles on paper clay, paper and art, and provides a huge, information packed website on art and techniques, while running small studio-based classes from Robertson Park Artists Studio in Perth, Western Australia.


A list and links from past workshops is at:
Past participants reviews (both good and bad):


Generously sponsored by Muskegon Community College, West Michigan Clay, and C2C Gallery.


sponsors for workshop