Visual Arts Workshop

Ikebana Painting ~ Carolyn Gates
Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23  | 10:00am-4:00pm
(with a break for lunch)
Tuition $100
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Two-day workshop will use beautiful, live Ikebana arrangements
as subject matter and will  be led by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene.

Learn more about composition and creating form and find inspiration to paint from flowers arranged in the traditional Japanese method of Ikebana.

Ikebana (literally translated) means ‘flowers kept alive.’ Arrangements appear simple, yet natural. But, they are complex and involve a symmetry of carefully planned relationships.

This is a two-day workshop that includes 5 hour sessions each day for a total of ten hours of class time, plus a lunch break. This workshop is designed for adults 18 and older. Some drawing skills are preferred, but not necessary.

Carolyn Gates has been working in watercolor for the past 16 years, and the qualities that characterize her work are strong color and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes to make pleasing visual patterns. This results in an abstraction of the subject. Her work investigates beauty, shape and color. In doing so, she hopes to discover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Gates currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches workshops at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon. She 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 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.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She studied watercolor with Carol 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.

Students must also bring materials from the materials list that can be found on the Hoffman Center’s Blog post for this class.

Materials List:

Paper: 1 full sheet of Arches 140# Cold Press Paper
Sketch book

Bring any watercolor brushes that you have. Recommended brushes—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 professional artists’ level paints are recommended.
A minimum palette would consist of:
1 Yellow (Aureolin, Cadmium Yellow or New Gamboge); 1-2 Reds (Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red); 1-2 Blues  (French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue); 1 Green (Winsor Green, Pthalo Green, Sap Green); and 1 Brown (Burnt Sienna, Burnt  Umber, Sepia).

Other suggested colors are: Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Permanent Rose, Permanent Magenta, and Winsor Purple.

Other Supplies: Palette; HB pencil; Kneaded eraser; 2 water containers; paper towels; small spray bottle; metal or plastic ruler, masking tape, masking fluid, a small brush for use with masking fluid, and a small watercolor sponge.

Supplies can be found at Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria, Free Hand and Salt & Paper in Manzanita, or ordered on-line at Dick Blick or Cheap Joes.