Visual Arts Workshop


Exploring Color
A Two-Day Watercolor Workshop
Instructor: Carolyn Gates

Saturday, July 7 | Sunday, July 8 | 10am- 4pm 
Tuition: $100
Registration Deadline: June 29
(The class is limited to 12 adults 18 years and older)

This workshop goes beyond the basics of color theory. Exploring Color is an adventure that will help students better understand how colors and values can create harmony or chaos in watercolor.  Students will work on mixing colors, developing color palettes, and translating color into value to make paintings really pop.

Gates currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and has also taught several workshops at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon. She enjoys teaching and is inspired by the work her students do. Her focus is teaching basic concepts, while encouraging each student to find their own voice.  “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.”

She has won numerous commissions to paint in watercolor and colored pencil, and has had several shows around Oregon.

“I investigate beauty, shape and color and in doing so, hope to uncover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

Gates is a member of the Watercolor society of Oregon. For more information and to view her work, go to her website at

See class materials list here