Debra Sawyer is the Founder of Lady Ingenuity established in 2001. The brand name is the umbrella for her eclectic artwear, jewelry designs, paintings and other unusual handmade crafts. Debra is also a breast cancer survivor and the former breast cancer survivor Cover Girl for Komen Maryland’s Support Your Local Breasts campaign. As a survivor, Debra believes in fully opening oneself up to trying new things. In 2017, she attended a paint workshop and discovered that she enjoyed it. Having never taken a class for drawing or art, she was a bit skeptical about actually making it an at-home hobby. Through trial and error, she soon discovered another talent that sat dormant. To date, Debra inspires anyone who is skeptical about discovering their own hidden talents. With this mindset, she welcomes everyone to come discover themselves through her workshops. Her motto for her paint workshops is simply...NO Rules...Just Paint! 

Debra Sawyer's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Debra Sawyer
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117B
    Member Price
    $55
    Non-Member Price
    $80

    Students will be painting on a primed canvas using acrylic paint, brushes and pallet knives. The finished canvas is yours to keep. This course will offer the student an opportunity to explore applying texture to their paintings. Theme will be: “I AM NOT MY HAIR”…sketches of faces will be provided, but the fun with each students choice to either paint hair or to embellish the head sketch without hair is up to each student. $10 materials fee (cash only - no checks) will be due on arrival - all materials will be provided! Let your imagination run wild with this paint session.

  • Instructor Name
    Debra Sawyer
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117B
    Member Price
    $55
    Non-Member Price
    $80

    Students will design 2 pairs of earrings. Students will be provided nickel-free, lead-free earring hooks and components (clip on hooks will be substituted for those without pierced ears). Students will learn the art of working with a sturdy clay that does not require baking in a kiln. Each student will use an array of colorful clay and unusual molds and embellishments to create their own one of a kind earring design. At the end of the class, all earrings will be ready to wear and to take home. These will make an awesome gift if you do not wear earrings. Imagine gifting your loved one earrings that you actually designed! $10 materials fee (cash only - no checks) will be due on arrival - all materials will be provided! **Please note that the process for making these earrings will result in light weight earrings. Which is great for those who wish to make larger sized earrings. Students may bring their own soft drinks, water and snacks.

  • Instructor Name
    Debra Sawyer
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117B
    Member Price
    $55
    Non-Member Price
    $80

    MIXED MEDIA MERMAID SESSION. Students will be painting on a primed canvas using acrylic paint. Aprons, brushes, glitter and canvas will be provided. The finished canvas is yours to keep. This course will offer the student an opportunity to express themselves using paint and other materials to embellish their paintings. Students will select a canvas with a sketched Mermaid upon arrival to class. Each sketch will be different allowing each student release their creativity and create a one of a kind original. $10 materials fee (cash only - no checks) will be due on arrival - all materials will be provided! Students may bring their own soft drinks, water and snacks.

Deb Sawyer

Teaching Artist