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Egeli Workshop in Portrait & Figure

Marin Art School will be hosting and facilitating an incredible 6-day workshop with acclaimed instructors Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Workshop will begin on Wednesday Nov. 7 and continue every day until Monday Nov. 12. Hands on drawing and painting instruction, plus demonstrations, lectures and critiques. Cost is $695 for workshop, plus $10 per session model fee. If you are interested in attending, call to reserve your placement now. This workshop will fill quickly, and is geared towards intermediate to advanced painters.

MAS New Expanded Hours, Classes, and Instruction

Marin Art School, now into its 7th year of continuous instruction in the Impressionist/colorist tradition, is  proud to announce we our opening our doors 5 days a week with an addition of 3 very accomplished and respected Instructors/Artists: Carol Peek, Bernd Enders, and Kay Carlson.

Dorallen Davis and Jane Heaphy will continue/maintain their Monday evenings (6pm - 9pm), Wednesday (9am - 4pm), Thursdays (9am - 9pm) and Saturdays (9am - 4pm) classes. Please see schedules for New Instructors and their class descriptions/times/materials List.

Eastern Sierras Workshop

We are going to the Eastern Sierras in late summer / early fall of 2012. Complete information is forthcoming.

Marin Open Studios

May 5-6, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM each day
Dorallen and Jane will be participating in this year’s Marin Open Studios. Classes will be suspended this weekend only, and the classrooms will magically be converted into a gallery of artworks for sale. Please stop by and visit us during this exciting event.

Mondavi Winery Exhibit

Dorallen’s one-woman show at Mondavi Winery runs from July 8 to September 6, 2012. You are invited to attend the Artist’s Opening Gala held July 8 from 3 – 5 pm. The Winery is located at 7801 St. Helena Hwy in Oakville, CA 94558

Cedric and Joanette Egeli Drawing and Painting Workshop - Figure and Portrait

November 12-18, 2010 | Novato, CA

The Egeli Workshop will be indoors concentrating on drawing and painting the figure and portrait. Jane and Kit returned from the Egeli workshop in January with a renewed knowledge and excitement of drawing/painting. Cedric and Joanette Egeli will teach you to see the figure within as well as through. This is an excelerated version of what the Egelis teach for a full month in their January workshop. We will draw in the morning and paint the portrait in the afternoon. The 5-day workshop will begin November 12th. See the Egeli article in Artist Workshop Magazine, Summer 2010 or go to for more information. Tuition: $675 week and $100 model fee.

Please indicate as soon as possible if you plan on attending. Send in $200 deposit.

Marin Open Studios 2010

Dorallen Davis and Jane Heaphy
en plein air colorist impressionists
and owners of Marin Art School/Jane and Dorallen Studios

We are opening our Studio/Gallery once again to you...

Marin Open Studios
74 Digital Drive, #11
Novato, CA 94949

May 1-2, May 8-9,
11am -5 pm

Note: Two weekends this year!

Come and say hello...
a little talk, a little wine/beverage, a little food and "a lotta good art."

More info at:

Price Increase:

Into our 5th year, MAS must conform to our “fiscal” responsibilities and, for the first time since opening, raise our prices from $25.00 per class (six classes @ $150.00) to $27.50 per hour (six classes @ $165.00).  We will still offer a discount of $25.00 if you sign up for 12 classes.  This increase will begin on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

MAS and Marin Community Food Bank:

We have a Food Bank Barrel ready to take your food donations.  Please make sure the expiration date is current as “out of date” will be discarded.  Thank you.  

MAS Students “Spreading their Wings”

Currently enrolled students that are exhibiting, selling and marketing their “wares” dramatically increases each year.  This is our “yardstick” of success.  This is our driving force to continue teaching.  In alphabetical order:  Daniel Altman (current exhibit @ the Oakland Lakeview Library thru December 24th), Caroline Berry, Pat Bohm, Laura Culver (ongoing exhibitions’/shows), Bernd Enders (one man show @ Studio 24 in Petaluma 707-766-9545 thru January 15th) Joe Grenn, Jeremy Littman, Barbara Moffat, Tracy O’Neill, Sara Radke (ongoing exhibition), Linda Rosso, Manon Sanders (ongoing exhibition/shows), Kit Sheppard (ongoing exhibitions) and Elaine West.  Many more will be entering Marin Open Studios in May.  If we omitted anyone….please let us know.  

Student Show Pickup:

Feedback from the quality of student work at the Civic Center has been truly astounding and rewarding for all.  We will definitely make this an annual event.  Pickup for your artwork will be the middle of January (do not have an exact time as yet).  MAS needs each of you to pick up your own work.  Many of you have your boxes here waiting for you.  If you cannot pick up your work at the allotted time, please make every effort to have someone do it for you.  More information will follow.

Looking towards 2010:
New class to be added the third week of February. 

Jane Heaphy will be teaching a sculpture class, Wednesday evenings from 6-9, using a live model with ongoing poses estimated to take 8 weeks.  This class will be limited and will require a full commitment to enroll.  Once the pose begins, no other students may enroll. The cost of $165 and a $60 model fee must accompany the enrollment in class for the first six weeks. Jane will determine the time needed to complete the class and monies to continue will be collected at that time. Students must arrive no later than 15 minutes before each class and allow time to stay past the 9p.m. class for cleanup.  This is a first come bases and the students understanding of “form” will be considered.  MAS is investigating materials and clay for students, at our usual low cost, to purchase.  We are also in the process of building model stands for this, and future clay classes. 

Jove Wang Workshop:

Jove is coming…..a five day workshop beginning Friday April 16 through Tuesday, April 20th…..Jove will teach the figure in the Landscape for three days and bring you inside for 2.  As always, we will paint from the model.  MAS is indeed proud that Master Jove Wang is again teaching here in Northern California.  We feel it important to expose our students to “the best”.  The cost of this workshop will be the same…$950.00 and is limited to first come.  Please let us know of your intent as soon as possible with a $200.00 deposit.  More information to follow. 

Corsica in September:

We are planning a wonderful trip to Corsica and are firming up lodging, airlines and prices as we speak.  As always, we are keeping the price lowwww.  We are limiting the students to 12 this trip….and Jane and I are counting the days.  At this time we are shooting for the middle of September.  Again, first come, first serve. 

Jane and I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year to come and thank you for a wonderful year past. 


September 14, 2009 - January 18, 2010.

Now appearing on the walls of the Redwood Foyer of the Marin Veterans' Auditorium is the work of students who have traveled a path of learning drawing and painting in black and white, through line, mass and value, then translating that information into painting in the colorist tradition.

A reception for the artists will be hosted by the Friends of Marin Center and Marin Arts Council on Tuesday, November 17 from 4-7PM.

Please RSVP to or phone 415-499-6014.


The Marin Art School Student Show is up and Running with an “Gala Opening” on Friday, October 2, 2009 between 5pm and 7pm.  Please mark your calendars with more information to follow.


MAS will be closed for a semester break starting on Wednesday, September 30th thru Wednesday, October 14th and will open its’ doors on Thursday, October 15th.

4th Annual "Alameda En Plein Aire"

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts sponsored the July 2009 event in Alameda, California. This event was a juried, week-long paint-out with 40 painters, from all over the U.S. (as well as locally) participating.  All artists had their painting surface stamped to insure the paintings were produced, in plein air that week (July 13 through the 17th).  

"The Reader" by Dorallen Davis won the Bay View Award and was painted from Bay Farm Island.

"Path Over the Dunes" by Dorallen Davis won an award for the "quick draw" and was juried by the artists.

MAS April Workshop (a few spots left)

(posted 3/17/2009) - Soon we are heading to paint the beauty of Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. The 5 day workshop will begin on Monday April 6th continuing through Friday, April 10th for as little as $663.00 (double occupancy per student). Join Dorallen and Jane to paint 6 hours a day in some of the most beautiful land and sea vistas in the world and then, relax at Monterey’s’ Cypress Gardens Inn. So check your schedule and then call or email us at 415-884-9795 or email us at for more information.

Student MAS Show

(posted 3/17/2009) - MAS is proud to announce a major exhibit of its student’s work. September through December we will be exhibiting at the Marin Civic Center, Redwood Foyer Gallery. Besides “showcasing” our students work, this exhibit will afford the students an opportunity to learn from firsthand experience, how to market, present, frame and price their work. Although a juried show, each student will have a least one piece represented.

Cedric & Joanette Egeli Workshop

(posted 3/17/2009) - We are very excited to have these two exceptional artists/teachers,, lead a 5-day figurative/portrait workshop through MAS, Sept 28 through Oct. 2, 2009. This represents the very first time the Egelis have brought to California their exceptional renowned talents as artists and Master Instructors. In addition to the workshop, the Egelis will demo on the following Saturday. If you are interested please call us at 415-884-9795 or write to The cost of this workshop is $675 and includes all model fees. This is going to be 1st come 1st served. $100 will hold your spot.

Painting Outside

(posted 3/17/2009) - The sun is coming out and so should you. We’ve been honing our skills all winter….now let’s go out and paint in one of the most beautiful places on earth. MAS will take you out on Wed. morning and afternoon, Thur. Morning and sat. Morning and afternoon (

Open Studios - Spring 2009

(posted 3/17/2009) - MAS, as well as some of you fellow artists, will be throwing their doors open for Marin Open Studios on May 2nd and 3rd. Please know that Dorallen and Jane give special discounts to students and are always very proud when our students purchase work. CLICK HERE FOR MAP TO OUR STUDIOS

Semester Break: September 25 thru October 11th, 2008

(posted 9/14/2008) - Wednesday September 24 will be our last class with Wednesday October 11 being our first back to school.

News about our Thursday figure/portraiture classes:

(posted 9/14/2008) - Beginning in October……..we will be having two models (2 rooms). One (1) will be a 6 hour pose and the other shorter poses with an eye to the study of anatomy.

Kay Carlson joining the staff @ MAS

(posted 9/14/2008) - We welcome Kay Carlson, accomplished artists and teacher, to our staff. Kay joins us and to teach in the Marin Art School method.

Looking into a MAS Gallery Students Show.

(posted 9/14/2008) - A thank you to Laura Culver. More to Come.


(posted 5/2/2008) - Jane Heaphy and Dorallen Davis are hosting Marin Open Studios on May 10 and 11, 2008 from 11am to 6pm both days.

This weekend we are showcasing our latest landscapes, portraits/figures and still lifes as well as bringing pieces from our galleries to our studio for collectors and friends to see.

Stop by Marin Art School at 74 Digital Drive, Novato, California.


(posted 4/1/2008) -


(posted 2/2/2008) - Saturday, Feb 9, at the Robert Beck Gallery. Please join us for this 3 woman show!


(posted 1/3/2008) - Marin Art School has just added Watercolor I and II on Saturday mornings. More information can be found on the schedule.


(posted 8/23/2007) - Details to be posted soon.


(posted 4/23/2007) - Visit our Open Studio, May, 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Jane Heaphy and Dorallen Davis, Marin Art School owners and instructors will be displaying their latest creations throughout this weekend as well as being on hand with information and material about Marin Art School. This is a one time event where the school is "magically" transformed from classrooms to Gallery complete with soft music, wine and light snack. Please come by and visit - view the map to our studio.


(posted 4/23/2007) - Thirteen students, two instructors and two "friends" of students, will be embarking September 28th on a painting workshop to Tuscany Italy and will be staying in a Castle Villa's 20 miles just outside of Florence Italy. The group meets once a month for an evening of food/wine and sharing of information. Dorallen and Jane are schooling the group as to equipment, packing and exploring maps and places of interest. We will paint, on location, from 9a.m - 12 noon, take an Italy lunch and paint again from 2p.m - 5p.m. Monday thru Thursday, for both weeks. On Thursday evenings MAS will host an evening dinner and critique. We will all return on October 14th and school will resume on Wed. October 17th.

A European workshop will be an annual event and, if interested, please let us know.


(posted 4/23/2007) - It looks like the sun is finally here to stay and we are going outside. One instructor will go out on location with the students while another will stay in with students working in black and white charcoal, artist desiring to work from life inside and new students. We are also exploring taking outside our figure/portrait afternoon model sessions.

One Year Anniversary

(posted 1/23/2007) - Marin Art School has just celebrated a successful one year anniversary on January 15th. We are very proud of the large number of students that started with us, and continue, demonstrating tremendous growth and success in their drawing/painting skills.

Jove Wang Workshop A Success

(posted 1/23/2007) - The Jove Wang workshop this month was a tremendous success. Students were mesmerized by the charcoal and oil painting demonstrated by the master, as well as the direction and comments that he provided and MAS is dedicated to carrying on his teachings and philosophy. We are now looking forward to the Manuel Neri workshop in February.

First MAS Scholarship Awarded

(posted 1/23/2007) - Marin Art School is proud to announce the acceptance of their first full local scholarship recipient, the talented young Virginia Ladd.

Apply for the Manuel Neri Workshop

(posted 12/1/2006) - Manuel Neri, Master Sculptor/artist just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center of New York. Marin Art School is very proud and honored to host this great contemporary artist. Click here for details.

New Instructor at MAS

Carol Myer, a longtime member of the Art League has been hired by Marin Art School as a substitute teacher and marketing specialist.

New Session

The next session starts on Wednesday, October 11th, 2006. Two new courses, Advanced Drawing and Advanced Painting, will be offered.

Workshop with Manuel Neri

MAS is honored to announce that internationally acclaimed artist, Manuel Neri, will present a Three-Day Figurative Workshop in clay. The workshop dates are February 4th - 6th 2007 and is limited to 10 artists. Experienced artists in figurative work (two dimensional OK) please inquire.

Workshop with Jove Wang

MAS is honored to announce that world renowned artist, Jove Wang, will give a workshop at the Marin Art School in January of 2007. This workshop is full.

Workshop Trip to Corsica

MAS directors Jane Heaphy and Dorallen Davis are currently planning a workshop trip to Corsica and Paris in September 2007. Dates and pricing are currently being discussed. Please let MAS know now if you might be interested in this workshop.

Student Art Show Follow-up

Hundreds of people showed their support and love of art by visiting the First Annual Marin Art School Student Show at the Art League of Northern California's Gallery 1. Paintings were sold by artists Caroline Berry and Dianne Hansen. Bay Area artist, Kay Carlson was the juror.

1st PlaceCarol Myer"Artists Instruments"
2nd PlaceNing Mercer"El Ray"
3rd PlaceCaroline Berry"China Camp Village"
Honorable MentionDebbie Fine"Value Studies"
Honorable MentionCherie O'Hagan"Painting of Anna"


Every student will have one piece of artwork�
Marin Art School has leased the Art League of Northern California�s Gallery 1 for a student show. All students are eligible to hang one piece of artwork (drawing/study/painting). Dorallen Davis and Jane Heaphy will select a piece of artwork by each student for the show. Please email or call to set up a time to meet with Jane and Dorallen for selection. Only artwork that has been completed since January of 2006 will be considered.

Juried Show for Students�
In addition to the Student show there will also be a juried Student show. Kay Carlson will be the juror. There will be a $5 fee for each piece submitted. Only artwork that has been completed since January of 2006 will be considered.

All students that have studied at MAS for at least one session since January, 2006 are eligible for the show.
All students are guaranteed one painting in the student show.
Please submit paintings for the juried portion of the show by ??

Artists Reception
There will be a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, August 12th from 5-8pm. Please invite family and friends to come meet the artists.

Art show and reception announcements will be sent to local papers including the Marin IJ, SF Chronicle, Novato Advance, The Pacific Sun and more�

Gallery Address
500 Palm Drive
Novato, Ca 94949

Show Dates: August 1 - 28, 2006
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 am-5 pm
(Closed Mondays)
Reception: Saturday, August 12, 5 - 8pm


3 Day Workshop with Jove Wang
Jove Wang, master painter and teacher ( will teach a 3 day workshop at the Marin Art School January 6-8, 2007. The cost is $500. Space is limited to 20 students and we expect this workshop to fill-up fast. Call now for details and to reserve your space. This workshop is not recommended for beginning students.

Recommended additional colors: Indian yellow, winsor red, cadmium red dark, burnt sienna, raw umber and viridian green.

Additional supplies: Linseed or stand oil or Liquin, Paper towels (highly recommend Viva), personal trash receptacle (paper, plastic or cloth), Turpenoid or Gamsol, easel and palette (please call for advice), clamps, pliers, masking tape, sunscreen and hat, umbrella with clamp and be ready to layer up or layer down, rain or shine.


Jane and Dorallen accompanied 15 MAS students to the �Monet in Normandy� exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on July 7th. They walked the exhibit together and discussed how Monet and Marin Art School relate. We then all had a wonderful lunch and discussion at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco.