Paper - hand made pulp and sheets

Three Stages of Landscape - images of demo with students in Cartersville GA. This progression shows charcoal line and tonal value as demonstrate methods for simplifying and rendering shapes in nature. 


I do, learn and begin again, creating work in charcoal, oil, ink and handmade paper. Each day is practice and action, trial and error to achieve a particular end; something that balances work reality with possibility. The challenges are endless.


My methods rely on classical teachings - building form using simple shapes. When I teach these disciplines, I help students simplify objects and associate what they see with basic shapes, circle, square, rectangle, triangle and so on. Together we can use these to build more complex forms seen in nature or the classroom. I work with all age groups, demonstrating how to establish line and tonal value to show the beginnings of an apple, tree or figure. From there we look, make adjustments, reveal details and further explore ideas of shape, tonal value and proportion.


I show work across the southeast and have been recognized by International Artist Magazine and North Light Books. Classes are available in my Woodstock home studio, or the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta GA. I teach as part of the education staff at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville GA, and work as resident artist alongside students in Cherokee and Cobb County Schools. I share ideas with students of elementary, middle and high school specialty camps. These opportunities allow me to innovate, watch and learn from students of all ages as we explore concepts of composition, line, color, form, shape, value and space. Fun stuff that is ever changing - 


Please contact me with questions. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Outdoor Sketch, oil on panel 

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Donna Shiver  Artist & Educator

404 483 5429

donna@paperandcanvas.com