Art Workshop

Painting Watercolor Florals: Inspired by the Japanese Art of Ikebana
Instructor-Artist: Carolyn Gates
Adults 18 or older, some drawing skills preferred, but not necessary
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 and 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $100.00

This two-day workshop, “Painting Watercolor Florals: Inspired by the Japanese Art of Ikebana”, will be taught by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene. This class will use beautiful, live Ikebana arrangements as subject matter.

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

Students will learn more about composition and creating form when painting still life from traditional Japanese Ikebana arrangements. Training the eye to see both the complexity and simplicity of the Ikebana arrangements will enhance the skills of beginning to advanced watercolor painters.

Gates currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and has also taught several 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.” She has won numerous commissions to paint in watercolor and colored pencil and has had several shows around Oregon.

“I investigate beauty, shape and color and in doing so, hope to uncover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

Gates is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. For more information and to view her work, go to her website

Students must also bring materials from the list below. Supplies can be purchased at Dots & Doodles in Astoria, Free Hand and Salt & Paper in Manzanita or ordered on-line at Dick Blick, Cheap Joes, or other online art stores.

Materials List:

  • Paper: 1 full sheet of Arches 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Sketch Book
  • Brushes: Bring any watercolor brushes that you have. Recommended brushes-No.12 round, No. 8 round, No. 4 round, 1” flat (optional), & 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.

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