Visual Arts Workshop

Plein Air Watercolor in the Wonder Garden
with Carolyn Gates
Saturday & Sunday, August 28-29 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition $100
Hoffman Center Wonder Garden


Watercolor in the Garden-Painting Plein Air
Led by Oregon Artist Carolyn Gates

The Hoffman Center follows the current CDC, State of Oregon and
City of Manzanita
Covid guidelines for all in-person workshops and events.

Hoffman Center in Manzanita will offer this two-day workshop

Leave the walls of your home behind and step into the Wonder Garden, a botanic playground, to learn about composition, interpreting what you see. Experience painting with the ephemeral qualities of sunlight. Some watercolor experience is preferred.

Carolyn has been working in watercolor for several years, and the qualities that characterize her work are intense color and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes and patterns. Thus, her work investigates beauty and color. In doing, she hopes to discover the interplay between the ordinary and extraordinary.

Carolyn 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 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 click here

Easel or painting surface, two options:
Travel Easel
Board large enough to hold your paper

Arches, 140lb Cold Press Paper—Minimum 2 quarter sheets (11” x 15”); or a watercolor block that is 9” x 12” or 11” x 14.” You can paint smaller by tearing your quarter sheets into half again. (Fabriano or Fluid 100 paper are options to Arches

Use what you have — Recommended — No 12 round, No 8 round, No 4 round, and 1”
or ½” flat is optional.

Use any watercolor paints that you have. Recommended are Winsor Newton, M. Graham, or Daniel Smith Professional

Suggested Palette
Yellows: Azo; Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow; Cadmium Yellow;  New Gamboge or Indian Yellow
Reds: Cadmium Red; Cadmium Red Light, or Pyrrol Scarlet, or Vermillion; Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Carmine or Pyrrol Crimson
Blues: Fr. Ultramarine Blue; Cobalt Blue; Prussian Blue; Pthalo Blue, Cerulean Blue or Manganese Blue
Green: Sap Green; Winsor Green (yellow shade) or Pthalo Green
Burnt Umber or Sepia
Others if you want to explore more colors
Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Permanent Rose or Permanent Magenta, Winsor Violet or Carbazole Violet

Other Supplies
A gator board or Masonite board to hold your paper and clips to attach it
Masking tape
Palette—any folding palette works for Plein Air or any travel palette that you have
HB pencil
Watercolor Color Pencils (Optional)
Kneaded eraser
Two water containers
Paper towels or rags
Small spray bottle
Viewfinder (optional)
An apron or something to protect your clothing

Supplies may be found at:
Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria

Online at

Dick Blick
and other sellers



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  • August 28, 2021
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 29, 2021
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plein Air Watercolor in the Wonder Garden


595 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Wonder Garden is located next to the North Tillamook Library.