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Hurry! Classes are filling quickly for the SDP 43rd Annual Conference & Expo

2015-conference-art_email_smRegistration for the SDP 43
rd Annual Conference & Expo – May 11-16, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL – is off to a great start!  Due to popular demand, several classes have already sold out, and others are filling quickly.

The following classes are sold out!

  • 0125-Etched Silver Silver & Peony on Tuesday (colored pencil-Paula Leopold CDA)
  • 0185-Peter Pepper, Mint Painter on Wednesday (acrylic-Prudy Vannier CDA)

But don’t worry! We are repeating them on Friday, May 15:

Also, class 0060-Eastern Bluebird for 1st Time Oil Painter with Sherry C. Nelson MDA, TDA only has 3 openings available if you are interested in getting in.

Register now by CLICKING HERE. If you’ve already registered and would like to add classes or have questions, contact

For a full class list CLICK HERE. You may view the Conference Special as a downloadable PDF for viewing on your computer, iPad, Kindle Fire, or other mobile device. To order a printed copy of the Conference Special click here!

“Meet the Teachers” Blog Series: Meet Louise Jackson, MDA, TDA

Louise Jackson, MDA, TDA
First Started Painting: 1965
Joined SDP: Early 1970’s

Louise Jackson always loved to draw. She wasn’t motivated to paint until one day in 1965 when she heard of a local artist who was teaching a class in the evening. So she and a few of her girlfriends signed up – Louise never looked back. Five decades later, Louise is a highly successful decorative artist, an experienced workshop instructor, both here and abroad, and has authored more than 23 how-to paint books. In 1976, Louise founded The Decorative Artists Guild of Southwestern Ohio (DAGSO). Her passion for painting is enhanced by her love of teaching. We hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we have.

jackson_mugWhat do you love most about painting?
What I love most about painting is that I am always learning something new. Every painting is a challenge. I still make mistakes, but this forces me to learn how to correct things. Working the painting out gives me joy.

What do you love most about teaching?
Teaching motivates me to continually strive for new ideas and new techniques to share. We all love to see our students grow. I have seen many of them become better than I am and create some amazing art. When they have the skills and confidence to go their own way with their painting, it is pretty exciting to watch. 

What is the one main thing students will learn in your class?
One of the most important things that students learn in my watercolor classes is how to fix or correct things. It is tricky to make corrections in this medium and keep them unnoticeable. I also have some very good blending techniques because I like to be in control when needed, and loose when it pleases me.

What value would you place on attending the classes at the Society of Decorative Painters Conference?
Classes at the SDP conference offer the student the opportunity to study with teachers from out of their area. They may decide to travel to study with that teacher or invite the teacher to teach at their local chapter. Or they may simply learn something new. It is a great way to learn new techniques and get fresh ideas to enhance the way they paint. They may even get motivated to teach themselves.

When you’re not painting or teaching, what can we find you doing?
I spend a lot of time writing notes and photographing both my work and new subjects to paint. My favorite thing to do is helping my children and grandchildren with anything, especially decorating. I helped make some slipcovers. I paint frames, furniture and paintings to decorate their houses. I also paint a lot of family portraits for my family. It is weird to say my break from painting is more painting but it is different to paint just for fun as opposed to creating something to teach. Best of all, I don’t write notes for these.

Louise will be teaching the following classes at the SDP Conference & Expo taking place in St. Charles, Illinois from May 11-16, 2015. REGISTER TODAY

Rose on Burgundy – Watercolor 

Plums & Lace – Watercolor

Butterfly Fun – Watercolor

Coming up next week on “Meet the Teachers”… meet Paula Leopold, CDA:
Did you know that when Paula first starting teaching she travelled over 100 miles round-trip so she could take Tole Painting Classes with Ann Kingslan in Omaha, NE?