Visual Arts Workshop

Watercolor Basics—Four Elements of Successful Painting
Wednesdays | 1:00-4:30pm
January 13 | and January 27 
February 10 | and February 24
Tuition $300
via Zoom, link will be sent the day before class each week



Watercolor Basics—Four Elements of Successful Painting

Join artist Carolyn Gates for four watercolor sessions applying watercolor
basics using organic subject matter (fruit, flowers, mushrooms, etc.) for inspiration. This series is an excellent opportunity to meet and work on improving watercolor skills.

Watercolor Basics, comprised of 4 sessions, will initiate the beginner or provide a refresher for intermediate painters. We will go over skills such as washes, glazing and wet-into-wet techniques, composition, color theory, and value.

Each session includes instruction as well as exercises to do in class. There will also be time to complete a watercolor using the techniques taught in that session. Since live classes will be twice a month for two months, there will be challenge paintings to try during the weeks between, which will lead to more skill-building.

Live Zoom sessions will include demonstrations, show & tell, and Q & A.  Handouts, material lists, and demonstrations will be posted on the Hoffman Center’s online platform–Thinkific. You will have access to recorded sessions for one week following each live Zoom meeting to review demonstrations or catch up if you missed the class. Participants will join a forum with other students to upload photos of their paintings and receive and give feedback. All participants will be able to access the online class for two months after the last session.

Carolyn Gates has been working in watercolor for the past 17 years, and although she works in colored pencil and pastel, watercolor is her main medium. She enjoys working with the unexpected results of mixing pigment with water on textured watercolor paper.

The qualities that characterize her work are strong color, and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes. This can make pleasing visual patterns that result in an abstraction of the subject. Her work investigates beauty, shape and color, and she hopes to discover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

She currently teaches watercolor workshops for the Hoffman Center for the Arts, and has taught Watercolor Fundamentals at Maude Kerns Art Center
in Eugene since 2016. 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.

Gates has studied studio art at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She has studied watercolor with Carol Carter, Satoko Motouji Kris Nugent, and Judy Morris. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and resides in Eugene.

For more information and to view her work, visit her website

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  • January 13, 2021
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • January 27, 2021
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • February 10, 2021
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • February 24, 2021
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Watercolor Basics—Four Elements of Successful Painting
Carolyn Gates


Zoom Link will be sent to you, prior to the session


You will receive a meeting invitation to participate in Zoom meetings, as well as links to any other virtual platforms for this course.