Visual Arts Workshop

Exploring Color workshop with Carolyn Gates
Sunday & Monday, August 23, 24 | 10:00am–2:00pm
Tuition $100
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


We all love color!
A Two-Day Online Watercolor Workshop via Zoom

Back at the Hoffman by popular demand, is watercolor artist Carolyn Gates for two days of exploring the power of color, using the medium of watercolor. Sometimes, students find color to be confusing and complicated. Carolyn will guide students to venture beyond basic color into value, to make paintings that really pop.

This online workshop is offered ‘live’ on Zoom. Participants will receive examples of color palettes, three images to paint, and samples of completed paintings using a limited color palette. Demonstrations will be recorded and posted to enable students to review over several days.

Carolyn enjoys teaching and is inspired by the work her student’s do. Her focus is teaching basic concepts, while encouraging each student to find their own style. “After every class and workshop, I want to go back to my studio and paint with the freedom and joy I see in my student’s work.”

This is a two-day online workshop that includes 4-hour sessions each day (eight hours total class time). Participants will have one hour each session to work on their paintings from noon to 1pm in addition to the time spent painting during each morning’s demonstrations. Images of completed (even partially completed) work can be emailed before 1pm as the final hour (1 to 2 pm) each day is reserved for a Q&A, and gentle critique of student’s work.

Carolyn has been painting in watercolor for the past 17 years. Her work is noted for strong color and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes to make pleasing visual patterns, resulting in abstraction of the subject. Carolyn’s paintings investigate beauty, shape and color, and the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Gates currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches watercolor workshops at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She has studied watercolor with Carolyn Carter, Satoko Motouji and Judy Morris. She is currently a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  For more information and to view her work here

Student Materials List
Paper: 1 full sheet (22”x30”) 140lb Arches Cold Press Paper,
torn into 4 quarter sheets (11”x 15”)
Sketch Book
Brushes: Bring any watercolor brushes you have, recommended sizes: No. 12 round, No. 8 round, No. 4 round.  1” flat (optional), and ½” flat (optional)
Paint: Bring any watercolor paints that you have but recommended is Professional Artist Level of either Winsor-Newton (WN), M Graham (MG), or Daniel Smith (DS). If you buy new tubes a .5 ml size is ok.

Recommended Palette (warm & cool primary colors)
Aureolin (Yellow) – WN or DS, or Cadmium Yellow Light MG or DS
Cadmium Yellow Medium – WN, DS, or MG
Permanent Alizarin Crimson – WN, DS, or MG
Cadmium Red Medium – WN, DS, or MG
French Ultramarine Blue – WN, DS, or Ultramarine Blue, MG
Prussian Blue – WN, DS or MG
Burnt Sienna – WN, DS, or MG
Winsor Green (Yellow Shade) – WN, or Pthalo Green (Yellow Shade) MG, or Pthalo Green DS

Other Supplies
HB Pencil
Kneaded eraser
2 water containers (minimum)
Paper towels
Small spray bottle
Metal or plastic ruler (if you already have one) for tearing paper Masking tape

Watercolor journal 5” x 8” with 140 lb paper

Materials are avaialble at:
Salt and Paper
Dick Blick
Dots ‘n Doodles

UpcomingCarolyn Gates Exploring Color

  • August 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • August 24, 2020
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Carolyn Gates Exploring Color workshop



594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.