Strengthen Your Paintings Class offered on July 8-9, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day “Strengthen Your Paintings: The Foundation of Composition and Value” workshop the weekend of July 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Led by Eugene-based Carolyn Gates, a frequent Hoffman Center instructor, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning level is fine. Some drawing skills preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition for the workshop will be $100, with a possible materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Strengthen Your Paintings” will focus on concepts that are foundational to the art. “Day 1 will cover the elements of good composition. These are the bones of any painting,” said Gates. “Day 2 will explore value, the lights and darks, which are the muscle behind what makes a painting really work.”

“This class will include both lecture and hands on application of the concepts,” she added. “It is geared to the beginning student who wants to delve a little deeper. Examples and demonstrations will emphasize watercolor, but other mediums can also benefit from this class.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif., and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. 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.

She has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Interested persons can register for “Strengthen Your Paintings” via the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Friday, June 30.  Contact hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net after June 30, to see if there are still spots available.  

Questions about the “Strengthen Your Paintings” can be addressed to Gates at carolyngates@comcast.net. Her website is www.cmgates.com.

 

 

Hoffman Center to Host Watercolor Weekend

Gates Early+Roses+Reprised 6072The 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):

Materials List
Paper
140# Arches Cold Press paper will be provided for all class projects.  (Materials fee)

Sketch book
Bring your favorite sketchbook, to use for thumb nail sketches and planning ideas

Brushes
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)

Paint
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
Burnt Sienna
Aureolin (Yellow)
Cadmium Red
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.

Other Supplies
Palette
HB Pencil
Kneaded eraser
2 water containers (minimum)
Paper towels
Masking tape
Small spray bottle (optional)

For Day Two:
Photographs
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.