Diane S. Dean, Fine Art








No workshops are scheduled currently.  Following is a description of workshops offered.  Private instruction is also available.  Please contact me for more information



PhotoShop for Artists Part I

Diane spent 15 years with Adobe Systems and worked with Photoshop before it was even a product.  She spent her Adobe career demonstrating Adobe products to non-technical customers and will translate “techno-speak” into the language of artists.

Students will learn through lecture/demonstration how to use the features of Photoshop in the painting process.  Part I will introduce the concepts of digital images and will include topics like basic  tools for changing an image and an introduction to advanced techniques for creating value studies, representational abstract compositions, color studies.  Topics will include using brushes and colorsizing, building composite images, “color management” and where to get free reference images.  This class is designed for those considering using PhotoShop or as a refresher for those with limited experience.  No computer is required and students aren’t required to take Part II.

Prerequisites:  No PhotoShop experience is necessary.  Open to all mediums.



PhotoShop for Artists Part II

This class is designed for artists interested in an in-depth look at the advanced capabilities of PhotoShop for analyzing their photos or “inspiration” images to develop a concept for a painting or to revise an existing painting.  The goal is to create a “mock up” of a composition to use as a reference.  Photoshop filters and editing tools will be demonstrated.  Students will see how to convert color images for value studies, reverse negative for identifying negative space, masking, fine art filtering, color replacement, using layers and history.  A demonstration will also be done on using Golden’s new “Digital Grounds” for making Acrylic image transfers on ink jet printers.  The course is designed as a lecture/demonstration.  A laptop is not required.  Those students wishing to bring laptops may do so.  Students should keep in mind that different versions of PhotoShop and PhotoShop Elements will have tools in different locations on the screen.  PhotoShop Elements Version 7 will be used in the classroom, but most tools are available in older versions and in full PhotoShop. Students are encouraged to bring their photos, images on CD and/or unfinished paintings to class.

Prerequisites:  Part I is recommended for students new to Photoshop of those who need a refresher or review of basic tools.  Demonstrations will be with Acrylics, but the class is open to all mediums.


Big, Loose and Abstract Painting with Diane Dean

dates to be announced


Have you always wanted to try abstract painting, but don’t know where to begin? This fun class emphasizes intuitive painting in a large format. Learn to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and bigger through action-filled painting exercises. This liberating class is a serious approach for those who have a great sense of humor and a positive attitude and want to try their hand - actually using their whole body – to create abstract art. Paintings will be done on large mat board and canvas (provided) using acrylic paints. Working in a free and easy manner, students will use a limited palette to explore mark making, paint application, shapes, textures, colors and design. Explore your inner voice, develop new techniques and express yourself in a large format.

Be sure to bring your biggest brushes, your imagination and a desire to experiment. Beginners to advanced, all levels are welcome.


Representational Abstract Acrylic Painting

dates to be announced

Mixed Media artist Diane Dean will teach her techniques which combine collage, acrylic and watercolor to create “representational

abstract” paintings.


Each day Diane will present a brief presentation and demonstration.  Students will receive a pre-gessoed board on the first day of class

To experiment with.  Diane will bring mediums and materials and  will discuss their application. Students will begin with a stretched canvas or  canvas boards; add layers of acrylic gesso medium, embedding  papers, cloth, natural fibers and found objects to create a sculpted  texture. Once dry, layers of pigment are  applied, smudged, partially removed and polished. The end result, always unpredictable, is a highly textured painting combining both bold and muted colors.

Workshops are held in the following locations:

Hilton Head Art Academy

Society of Bluffton Artists SoBA Studio

ARTworks - Arts Council of Beaufort County

Michaels Bluffton, SC

Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs