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Welcome to the online home of Siskiyou Decorative Artists, the southern Oregon chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. We were organized in 1992 by a group of dedicated painters. Our chapter meets at the Live Oak Grange in Rogue River usually on the fourth Saturday on each month. Please check the Calendar page for specific dates. We urge anyone who is interested in decorative painting to join us in developing their talents. We offer a variety of classes and seminars in many different mediums. Please enjoy your visit to our web site and come back often.

Upcoming Projects


23 - Donnamari Smith will be teaching a Sandy LeFlore design "Bee Kind" on a 8x10 stretch canvas.


28 - Nina Daniels will be teaching her own design "Bear Hugs" on a 6 x 8 birch panel.


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What is Tole & Decorative Painting?

SDP logo Tole Painting is a very old art form that means "painting on tin". Today, it is more accurately known as 'Decorative Art' because of its other uses including any form that is painted on any item, whether functional or non-functional. This can include objects such as wood, wax, fabric, canvas, glass, ceramic, metal, plastic or "any object that doesn't move".

Many styles of painting are considered decorative art today including Folk Art, Rosemaling (Norwegian Folk Art), Bauernmaleri (Bavarian Folk Art), Still Life, Florals, Landscapes, Portraits, Pen and Ink, and Tin Punch to mention a few. These can be painted using any media, oils, acrylics, alkyds, or watercolor. One characteristic that is common to all categories and styles is a pattern provided so that those who feel they have little or no "artistic talent" can successfully produce a beautiful end product. Another common characteristic is learning how to make a variety of different brushes work best for each kind of stroke or desired effect. It's true!-- with practice anyone with the desire can learn to decorative paint.

Decorative Painting is an art form that can hold your attention for many years to come. You can continue to learn new techniques, try different surfaces, and always, always improve. You will love the many projects you finish as they begin to enhance your home's decore or serve as lovely personalized gifts for others. Many use this art form as a way to bring in a little income selling some of their projects.

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Siskiyou Decorative Artists

SDA logo We are the SISKIYOU DECORATIVE ARTISTS, a local chapter of the national organization Society of Decorative Painters (SDP), formally known as The National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters (NSTDP). SDP is a worldwide organization with approximately 23,000 members. Our chapter (SDA) was formed in 1992 and currently has 40 members. We offer monthly painting project meetings that provide great opportunities to share our love for painting and to exchange ideas and techniques. We also host painting seminars with nationally prominent teachers.

We hope you will join our chapter. For more information contact our current president, Donnamari Smith, 541-450-2865.