Visual Arts Workshop

Plein Air in the Wonder Garden
with Carolyn Gates
Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28 | 10:00am–4:00pm
Tuition $150
Hoffman Wonder Garden | 595 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
This class requires proof of vaccination




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

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 and 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 so, 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.

Materials List: (a detailed list, video, and other information about Plein Air painting will be available to registered students a week before the class)
Easel or Painting Surface
140Lb Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Sketchbook
Gator board or Masonite board for holding your paper
Clips to attach paper to your board
Masking tape
Palette—folding palette is good for Plein Air, or any travel palette that you have
Brushes (rounds (12, 8, 4), and 1: or ½” flat)
Paint: use any that you have with an array of yellows, blues, reds, and burnt sienna, burnt umber, or sepia.
HB pencil & kneaded eraser
2 water containers
Paper towels or rags
Small spray bottle
Preparations for weather are recommended as coastal weather can change dramatically from day to day.

Supplies May be found at:
Dots ‘n Doodles in Astoria
Dick Blick in Portland
Merri Artist in McMinnville
Online art retailers


Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $150.00 (USD)  

  • August 27, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 28, 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plein Air in the Wonder Garden led by Carolyn Gates


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.