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Creative Collage
An Online Workshop...Available Immediately.

Come join the creative fun...8 weekly lessons. Over 4 hours of video.

Register now & begin right away.

I'll send you an inspiring bonus video to get your creative juices flowing and the first 2 lessons within 24 hours. Then you'll receive one lesson every Friday evening until you have them all.

Online videos are available 24/7, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for at least 6 months after class ends.

Give yourself a creative treat.

Indulge your creative spirit. Register now and I'll ALSO send you
a huge package of vintage papers from my studio, as my GIFT to you, while supplies last.
I'll even pay the postage.

Watch the video clip below to preview the possibilities of Collage & Mixed Media. Then sign up to join the creative fun!


The 7 remaining weekly lessons will come to you each Friday evening for 7 weeks...

Creative Collage Online contains over 4 hours of video instruction.

You will be closer than you could be in a classroom.
The camera is within 3 feet of my work.

You watch as I paint, as if you were looking through my eyes.
I explain what I am doing, step by step. And I explain why.
I share my thought processes as well as my painting techniques.

The painting you see me doing is actually the way I work. I am doing each piece for the first time. I am deciding how I want it to look. I share my thought process, so you can understand why I make each choice. Sometimes I don't like an effect. Then you get to see how I make a change, without stress & without spoiling what I've already done.

  • You will learn how to design/paint your background so it supports & works with you as you make your collage...and why this is important.

  • You will learn how to tear paper: how to keep the surface color on top,
    how to expose the interior for an additional design element, how to control the shape as you tear, how to tear a perfectly straight edge, without a ruler, & when you might want a cut edge.

  • You will lean how to choose the best adhesive to use, based on the weight of your item, so that it stays put, without discoloring or loosening.

  • You will learn my Perfect-Every-Time Collage Technique, so your paper elements lie flat and stay where you put them. If you want to wrinkle paper, for texture, you will learn how to control your wrinkles.

  • You'll learn how to choose colors & mix colors to get any hue you want, and how to make the paint behave the way you want: flowing freely, staying put, thin veil or glaze, or completely cover, hide distracting pieces of an element with paint, while preserving its identity.

  • You will learn how to color elements that stand out from the rest because the color is wrong.

  • You'll learn how to work in layers. It's a lot of fun AND it adds a level of interest & sophistication to your work.

  • You'll learn guidelines (NOT rules!) for composing your collage/painting. I'll make it simple and easy, with a video where I show you how I decide where to put each item. Composition sounds mysterious, but it is simply the placement of individual items so that they work well together to keep the viewer's eye captured inside the painting. I'll show you how to use what you already know...but don't realize that you know...and I'll fill in the gaps in your understanding of composition.

  • You will learn how to make all of the elements fit together so that your finished collage is a real painting, NOT just a bunch of STUFF glued on a SURFACE.
    **This is a tricky challenge, even for  experienced artists.
    I'll show you how to do it, simply and easily, so that you'll understand how to do it.
    You'll be able to do it, even if THIS is your FIRST class. 

  • I show you 3 different integrations...3 different paintings...You can follow my thought processes AND how I adapt when an "accident" presents itself.

  • You'll learn and understand how to finish your your own pieces. Each one is different. Perhaps I could give you a formula, but that wouldn't be any fun AND it wouldn't be creative.

  • I will be showing you some painting techniques as I show you how to blend the collage elements into a finished work of art. For beginners, this means a LOT of extra painting knowledge that isn't part of a typical collage class. You could take classes for a log time without learning these easy, but not well known, techniques.

You can use the PayPal "Pay Now" button below to join the creative fun.

I'll be teaching you the same techniques that I teach in my studio. Since these videos will be online, and you can watch them separately, when you wish and as often as you wish, I'll be able to teach in more detail than I can in a 1 day studio class. In my studio, I have to limit my instruction & demo to 1 hour...time is limited & everyone is eager to get started painting. In this class you'll receive over 4 hours of expert instruction on video. Most art instruction DVDs contain less than 2 hours of instruction.

You will be able to watch the videos on Vimeo, as many times as you want to watch them. I'll protect them with a password. I'll send you the links and the password.   You'll be able to watch them for at least 6 months after the class ends.  You will NOT be able to download them.

You are on your honor NOT TO SHARE the links or password with anyone else. The only exception to this is that other FAMILY members living in your home with you can watch the videos. If you are a parent, home schooling your children, this class can provide art instruction for both you and your children.

If you are able to watch videos on Vimeo or YouTube, you will be able to watch these. There will be NO Refunds once I have sent the password.

BONUS: Sign up now, and I'll send you a free package of vintage papers from my studio.

If you are an artist...or an aspiring artist...who cannot come to my studio, this class is designed just for you!
You'll learn new techniques, rejuvenate your creative spirit and have lots of creative FUN. I'll also include tips for beginners, so you can feel comfortable taking this class, even if you haven't painted before. If you have painted, some of the tips STILL may be new for you.

If you have been visiting from afar and waiting, you can sign up now.

If you have questions, or requests, please email

The price of this class is only $85. 

If this class is speaking to your creative heart, I encourage you to sign up now,
so you don't go away and forget to come back.
And so you get the package of vintage papers free as my gift to you!

Payment is through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account.
When you click the button, a new page will open.
IF you DO have a Paypal account, click the link at top right that says "Have a PayPal account?"
IF you DON'T have an account, the boxes for your card info are on the page.

If you have a problem with checkout, please email me and tell me what is happening.


Supply List: Basically, you can use whatever you have in the area of watercolor or acrylics plus drawing supplies. Read through the description below for ideas.

We'll be using acrylic paint, your choice of colors. Minimum primary red, yellow, blue & white.
Artist quality works better than student grade because it is more richly pigmented, but you can use what you have.

Acrylic medium is our adhesive of choice. It is clear. Can also be used to extend paint and for final coat.
Matte or gloss.

Acrylic Glazing Medium (optional)
Round and flat brushes. Your choice. Probably small and large of each.

Paper (heavy enough to take wet paint), canvas, canvas board, or masonite panels (gessoed) for painting surface. I use student grade watercolor paper for demonstrations and in my studio classes.

Vintage or interesting papers, or magazines, scrap card board, miscellaneous interesting semi-flat or lightweight objects, discarded dictionaries, maps, etc

Collage is a great way to make wonderful art out of things that would otherwise be discarded.

I'm more interested in helping you develop your creativity and in showing you ways to make art than I am in specific supplies. For this reason, I don't give a supply list. I use papers, colors & images that inspire me. You can paint along using your own selections and following my processes...or you can watch and then create.

If you love to create, and have been using paint, you probably have everything you need.

I encourage you to watch the videos. If you decide you need something, you can purchase it.

Don't let the potential expense keep you away if the class is calling to you.

SINCE this class is ONLINE, I will not be providing supplies.

The lessons for this class will come to you weekly on Friday night.

  • I'll show you some of the different kinds of papers & other items I use in my collages. This will give you an idea of the types of items you can use. As you go through your treasures, things you saved because they were too pretty or too interesting to discard, & your junk, you'll gather items for your own projects.

  • The video clip above is a small piece of the video I made to share my excitement about collage & mixed media. You'll receive the entire video as part of your first lesson.

  • I'll teach you how to tear paper.

  • You'll learn my perfect-every-time collage technique. I'll send you instructions you can download & print and I'll demonstrate each step. And I'll demonstrate each step in a separate short video.

  • I'll explain how to place your collage elements so the viewer is enticed to keep enjoying your collage.

  • I'll teach you how to make all the elements look like they belong together, even if colors don't match.

  • One lesson will show easy, creative ways to apply paint for texture.

  • You'll learn how to use paint to transform the raw collage from "stuff glued on a surface" into a real painting.

  • You'll learn how to audition or "try out" changes without altering what you already have. If you don't like a change, you can try a different path.

  • You will watch as I create a collage painting step by step, from painting the background including mixing the color, to choosing the elements and placing them, through blending discordant pieces and transforming the raw collage into a finished painting.

  • You'll watch as I take another piece from the stuff-glued-on stage through the finishing touches.

  • You'll see that each piece is different. You'll begin to understand how to use the techniques you've learn in different ways, according to how you want your finised painting to look.

  • When we come to the end of the course, you'll realize that we have not done any drawing. If you cannot draw, don't let that prevent you from making art.

You will be able to watch the videos online on Vimeo. They will be password protected. I'll send you links to individual videos WITH the password every week. The password is the same. It will be in every email.

As we go through the class, I will be happy to respond to your questions about materials and techniques. This means you must be able to send and receive email.

I will not be able to help you with computer issues. If you can watch videos on YouTube or Vimeo, you'll be able to watch these class videos. If a video seems slow, stop the play so the video can load into your computer's memory. Then start the play again. If you can watch any online videos, you will be able to watch the ones for this class. There are no refunds.

People who have dial-up internet have told me that they can watch Vimeo videos by starting the play and then stopping it to let the video load and THEN playing it.

In this class you'll learn my Perfect-Every-Time collage technique.

Collage is an easy way to begin making art. It's an easy way to make personal art.

You can incorporate your own images, photos and words. I encourage you to begin with supplies you have, and add other items as you become inspired by the videos.

Join me online for Creative Collage Online Workshop.  You'll watch the videos, experiment & learn.
You'll have lots of fun as you learn new techniques for your creative play.

These comments were from a class in my studio. I'm offering Online classes for the first time.

"I feel like I've had 3 vacations today!" Rose Gallardo

"...and it's easy with the right instruction." Chris Noble @

Jeanne Matthews arranged for me to do a Mixed Media workshop for Conroe Art League in November, 2010. Jeanne  was the chairman of the workshop.  She & I have known each other for years. Jeanne said:

"Ann is a very outgoing, pleasant instructor who generously gives a great deal of information  to her students so that they leave the workshop with the knowledge they need to further their creative flow.   For any one who wants to glean great new techniques to add to their repertoire, this will be a great opportunity to do so." 

Online Creative Collage Workshop: For all levels from beginner to advanced.

Instructor: ANN BELL                281-330-3827

Where: where you are. No travel required.

Learn to make beautiful mixed-media paintings using materials you might have always wanted to try.
Perhaps you already have them but don't know how to use them.

You'll see with fresh eyes, create with new materials, and stretch your boundaries.

You'll be surprised at what you can do. And you'll have so much fun.

BREAK OUT OF THE MOLD. Add interest, texture & personal touch to your work with collage.

Whether you are an experienced painter or a beginner, you will have FUN and LEARN.
You'll leave this online class with a bag of NEW tricks for your creative play.

I design my classes to be fun and suitable and useful for both beginners and advanced artists.

Everyone will learn new techniques & new ways of working. I'll explain step by step in clear, short videos.

Beginners will be able to paint with confidence. Expert painters will be inspired as my ideas trigger your own new ideas.

Everyone will receive a new dose of creative inspiration.

Regardless of your level of art experience, I hope you will treat yourself to this content-rich, inspiring class.. 

This class comes to

Click here to see what others have said about my classes. Link opens in a new window.

Step-by-step demonstration & explanations in my videos will get you started.

Then you'll paint & collage...If you have questions you can send them to me and I'll answer.

I'll share my my knowledge in videos that you can watch as many times as you want. They will be available for at least 6 months...I expect them to be available longer, but it is hard to predict what the future holds.

I'll make this so simple that you'll have fun and you'll create beautiful art, even if you have never painted before.

For only $85, you'll have a complete creative mixed-media experience.

I hope you will join me.

This email came from one of my students, an experienced artist & art teacher, who came for both Creative Collage and Visual Magic with Mixed Media:


Thanks for such a great art experience.  It was such a pleasure to be allowed time to do art.  I'm still reaping the benefits of your 2-day class because I haven't lost my passion or let the weight of the world get in the way of "art time."  I couldn't sleep the other night.  Normally I would toss and turn and just hope to go back to sleep.  This time, I got up, went to my studio and worked on one of the paintings I started in your class.  I worked from 3:30 until 6:00 when I had to stop to get ready for work. I had so much positive energy that day and didn't feel the least bit tired, even though I'd been awake longer than usual.  I credit that energy from the positive influence you had on me and my development as an artist.  I'm getting a flood of ideas for new art pieces every day.  Everywhere I look there are possibilities for pictures as well as things to use in my collages.  I'm overwhelmed at the possibilities and excited beyond words.  I've kept the lid on my creativity for way too long, but being in your class somehow blew the door wide open.   It's hard to put into words, but I'm so grateful that I was able to meet you and benefit from your generosity.
Diane Bellissemo-Jones

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Houston artist Ann Bell is a painter whose tranquil landscapes encourage a closer connection with nature. Bell has a wealth of tools and techniques available to filter though her own experience and vision, enabling her to create memorably unique paintings. She has been a full-time professional artist for over 30 years, showing and selling her paintings through galleries, juried shows, festivals, and her own studio. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and worldwide. She is the author of the forthcoming book 101 Ways to Increase Your Creativity, Reduce Your Stress & Have More Fun

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"Gates of Enlightenment"

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"House of the Sun"


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My Original Collage/Painting "Imagine"                                                              "Unrestrained Joy" Mixed Media Collage

I'll make collage simple, so you'll have perfect results every time. And I'll share my secrets.
I hope you'll join me for this FUN
ONLINE class.”  ~Ann Bell  

Or email artist@AnnBell






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