Visual Arts Workshop

Watercolor workshop ~ Two-day plein air workshop
with Carolyn Gates
Saturday & Sunday | July 13-14 | 10:00am—4:00pm
Tuition is $100
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Two-day workshop includes five-hour sessions plus a lunch break

If you love gardens and watercolor painting, this is the class for you! You will spend two days in the lovely Hoffman Center Garden learning about composition, interpreting what you see, and the unique experience of painting outside. Some watercolor experience is preferred, as there will be no emphasis on explaining materials or beginning techniques.

Carolyn has been working in watercolor for the past fifteen 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 doting so, she hopes to discover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

She currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches watercolor 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.”

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.

More information/view her work

Materials List For Watercolor in the Garden ~ Painting Plein Air
Arches 140# Cold Press paper – Minimum 2 quarter sheets (11” x 15”) OR a painting block that is 11” x 14”.  You could also bring Fabriano or Fluid 100 paper.

Watercolor Sketch book
Please bring a watercolor sketch book.  Make sure the paper is 140 lb., so that it can handle water.  5” x 8” is a good size for this workshop.  Some recommended brands are: Hand Book by Global Art Materials, Pentalic, & Stillman & Birn Delta series.

Bring any watercolor brushes you already have. Synthetic brushes are the least expensive, and you should get the best you can afford.  I recommend Winsor Newton Sceptre Gold II for a Sable/Synthetic blend.   Pure sable brushes are the best but are the most expensive.
No 12 round
No 8 round
No 4 round
1″ flat (optional)
1/2″ flat (optional)

Bring any watercolor paints that you have, but my recommendation is either Winsor Newton (Professional Artist level), M. Graham, or Daniel Smith.  If you are buying new paints a .5 ml size tube is fine.

The suggested palette would consist of the following (options in parentheses):
2 Yellows (Aureolin OR Azo & Cadmium Yellow OR New Gamboge)
2 Reds (Cadmium Red OR Cadmium Red Light & Alizarin Crimson OR Carmine)
2 Blues (French Ultramarine OR Cobalt Blue & Prussian Blue OR Pthalo Blue)
1 Green (Winsor Green OR Pthalo Green OR Sap Green)
1 Brown (Burnt Sienna OR Burnt Umber)

Other suggested colors if you want to try something new:
Quinacridone Gold
Cobalt Turquoise Light
Permanent Rose or Permanent Magenta
Winsor Violet or Carbazole Violet

The most minimum palette would be
1 Yellow
1 Red
1 Blue

For painting in a garden, I would suggest: Aureolin or Azo, Prussian Blue or Pthalo Blue, and Alizarin Crimson or Carmine

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