The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a two-day “Shaping Your Watercolors: Composition, Color & Concepts for Beginners” class Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Led by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene, students will learn basic concepts of creating compositions, color and color mixing, and painting techniques.
The concepts will be applied to painting from life and painting from photographs. The class is designed for adults 18 and older, beginning level. Some drawing skills are preferred, but not necessary.
Tuition will be $100, with an additional $4 materials fee for paper. See below for the materials that students will need to bring along.
Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.
She won a commission in 2004 to paint the Stations of the Cross for a permanent installation at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church outside Portland. Since then she has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil.
A member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, her website is www.cmgates.com
Interested persons can register for “Shaping Your Watercolors” on-line here.
Materials List (Student Responsibility):
140# Arches Cold Press paper will be provided for all class projects. (Materials fee)
Bring your favorite sketchbook, to use for thumb nail sketches and planning ideas
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 Winsor Newton (Artist level) to start with. The minimum suggested palette would consist of the following (options in parentheses):
1 Yellow (Aureolin, Cadmium Yellow or New Gamboge)
1-2 Reds (Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red)
1 Blue (French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue)
1 Green (Winsor Green, Pthalo Green, Sap Green)
1 Brown (Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sepia)
My suggested palette for beginning is Winsor Newton:
French Ultramarine Blue
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Green (Yellow Shade)
This palette of colors will allow you to mix some nice oranges, greens, purples, and grays. It has a nice mix of warm and cool tones.
2 water containers (minimum)
Small spray bottle (optional)
For Day Two:
On day two we will be painting from photographs. Please bring 2-3 photographs that you would like to work from. If possible, please bring the photos in black and white as well as color.
The subject matter should be something that you are inspired by, but also somewhat simple, perhaps a photo with one main subject matter, i.e. a flower, a bird, your pet, a still life, a vignette of a few objects.