Don Fritz

Collage and Mixed Media Painting: Works On Paper

June 26th – 30th, 2017

In this work shop students will learn to work with mixed media processes on paper. This covers various transfer techniques, including: digital dye and ink transfers using polymer emulsion and chart pack blenders. Students will learn to use image projection devices such as digital and opaque projectors. Drawing and water based Painting Materials applied to transfers and paper , including prismacolor pencils, charcoal pencils, Reeves gouache paint(opaque water color) nupastels, gesso, and pva (book binders glue). The course will also include collage, cyanotype, bees wax and paper making. The goal of the course is to complete a series of small mixed media works on paper attached to individually made supports using door-skin (thin veneer plywood) and ½”pine bracing. Theses individual works can be thought of as cells to be arranged into a group towards the end of the week. The course promotes individual experimentation and focuses on process in creating mixed media works on paper.

This is a dynamic and fast moving course, and we move at a fast clip. In order to do well you have to commit to being here on time every class, to having an open mind, to making mistakes, to taking criticism, to offering criticism, to working hard and to having fun.

There will be daily demonstrations and power point lectures throughout the week. Students will become familiar with the history of collage, transfer techniques combined with painting and drawing through these lectures.


Don received his BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1976, and his MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1978. Since graduation he has taught drawing, painting, and ceramic courses at numerous colleges and universities in California. Don has been teaching full time at Santa Clara University since 2004 and was added to the tenure stream faculty in 2007. He has also been a featured instructor at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota. Recently he was awarded the Artist Laureate award by the Silicon Valley Arts council for 2013.In the past he has been awarded numerous grants including a Japanese Cultural Exchange travel grant, and two Pollock Krasner Artist’s Grants. He exhibits nationally and internationally, with work included in many public collections, including the Otaru Museum in Hokkaido Japan, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Microsoft Corporation in Washington. His work is also in the private collections of actors Jim Carey, Nicolas Cage and Cheech Martin among others.