Shaping Your Watercolors Workshop on June 10-11, 2017~ Carolyn Gates

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a two-day “Shaping Your Watercolors : Composition, Color & Concepts for Beginners” class Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 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.

Gates studied watercolor with Satoko Matouji at Lane Community College in Eugene as well as with premier watercolorists Carol Carter and Judy Morris.

She has won numerous commissions to paint in watercolor and colored pencil. Gates has had several shows around Oregon and has taught a beginning watercolor class at The Hoffman before. She says she enjoys helping people find their own voice of expression by sharing concepts that are fundamental to producing strong paintings.

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

Gates lives with her husband and their cat, Nibbles. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. For more information and to view her work, go to her website at www.cmgates.com.

Tuition will be $100, with an additional $4 materials fee for paper.
Students must bring materials from the materials list below.
Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Materials List
Any of these materials are easy to find online at either Jerry’s Artarama (www.jerrysartarama.com) or Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com)

 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 transparent watercolor paints that you have (NOT Gouache or Acrylic). 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)

If you want to buy new watercolors, I recommend using “Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour” My suggested palette for the beginner is:
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: to put your paint on, and mix colors

HB Pencil
Kneaded eraser
2 plastic water containers (for example: Nancy’s yogurt containers)
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.

 

 

 

 

 

Class: Expand Your Digital Creativity on May 6, 2017

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer an “Expand Your Digital Creativity” workshop Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wes Cropper, who taught a digital arts class at the Center in 2014, will lead the workshop. He lives in Portland. Fellow artists Jim Hockenhull, of Salem, and Lorraine Richey, of Portland, will accompany him.

Tuition will be $55, with a $25 materials fee. The class is designed for students 12 and up, and is limited to 20 participants.

“Expand Your Digital Creativity” will cover the basic parameters of digital arts, hardware and software needed for different approaches, starting concepts, narrative content, specific images and goals, and flow of process.

Participants will be encouraged to bring examples of work they have done, even if it’s little more than an enhanced photograph. Suggestions will be offered on ways to take things further, using whatever devices and apps are available. Group discussion will be encouraged at every stage of class.

Examples of Cropper’s art are on display at the Center in the Hoffman Gallery until May 6.

Cropper’s website is www.udoart.com.

Hockenhull’s website is   www.jimhockenhull.com/about.html.

Richey’s website is www.lorrainericheyphotography.com.

 

Questions about the class can be referred to cropper at wes@provenmedia.net.

Images pictured above by artists from left to right: Wes Cropper, Jim Hockenhull, Lorraine Richey

Writers’ Retreat in Manzanita June 2-4, 2017

Join us in beautiful Manzanita Friday evening June 2 through  noon on Sunday, June 4 for an inspiring and constructive writing retreat.  Learn more about the writing craft, as well as the business of writing, and best of all, have fun in one of the most magical places on the Oregon Coast—Manzanita.

Authors Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse will lead craft workshops on ways to build tension in your writing, metaphor, and making the setting feel real.  They’ll also take participants through a fast-paced “Promp-O-Rama” to help generate new work.

Rhonda Hughes, publisher and editor of Hawthorne Books, will join Megan and Jennie in a panel discussion on the business side of publishing.

To complement these topics, there will also be sessions on yoga for writers, tips for reading in front of an audience, and tools to help you commit to the writing life.

On Saturday evening Megan and Jennie will read from their latest works and there will be an opportunity for workshop participants to read short pieces as well.

Even with this extensive line-up of activities, there’s still free time for participants to go for a hike, beach walk, or even take a nap after a lunch at local favorite, Bread & Ocean.

This weekend retreat is just $99, if you register by May 22nd.  The price increases to $129 after that.

Included in the Writers’ Retreat will be a tote bag for you to carry your materials, plus a variety of offers and coupons from participating businesses in Manzanita.

Click here to find out more about Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse.  Click here for the complete description of the Writers’ Retreat.

Register now for the Writers’ Retreat by using the Add to Cart button below.

Create vibrant, colorful mosaic art for the garden!

Mosaic Workshop
Saturday
, Aug. 5 – 9am to 5pm
Sunday, Aug. 6 -10am to 4pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day workshop, Mosaic for the Garden, August 5 and 6, led by Jennifer Kuhns, a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Tuition will be $150, with a $35 materials fee.  Registration deadline is July 25.

This workshop is great for the beginner as it will cover the basics for exterior and garden mosaics. It will include information on the entire mosaic process from substrates appropriate for exterior use, their preparation, fixatives, setting, grouting and sealing. Students will create a garden mosaic ornament using glass tiles on a stepping stone.

Kuhns creates original mosaic art panels and custom architectural installations for private, corporate and public space. She says her work celebrates nature and the human experience and that she is committed to environmental sustainability using reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible. Her many workshops include teaching mosaic classes for the Seattle Mosaic Arts Association. Her work has been displayed throughout Washington and Oregon.

MINIMUM STUDENTS:  5 | MAXIMUM STUDENTS:  20

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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 Saturday, June 24.

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

 

 

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll to Speak About Death

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.
So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

Tuesday, April 25th 2017 | from 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Suggested donation: $5

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this — together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

Quilling Class Set for April 22, 2017

View Kim’s work in the Hoffman Gallery
April 7-20

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Paper Gone Wild” quilling class in April for students 8 to 80.

Led by award-winning quilling artist Kim Nickens, the class will meet on Saturday, Apr. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition will be $30, with a $25 materials fee. The class is limited to 12 students.

Students will use quilling tools and paper to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork. The class will teach basic techniques and information on the history of the art form. Each student will leave with a completed project, card, ornament, or hairpiece.

The term “quilling” is thought to come from the origin of the art in which bird feathers or quills were used to coil strips of paper around. The art is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt or China. In later years, quilling was practiced throughout Europe as a leisure activity for the affluent.

Nickens is an award winning quilling artist from Portland with work represented by several venues, including The Real Mother Goose Gallery in downtown Portland, and Portland International Airport.

Interested persons can register for “Paper Gone Wild” using the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Thursday, Apr. 20.

Questions about the class can be referred to Nickens at papercutkim@aol.com. Her website is www.papercutkim.com.

Gallery Features Mark Cavatorta Ceramics

Ceramic works by Mark Cavatorta will be featured and available for purchase during April in the Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Apr. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. and the show will continue every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., plus all other times the Center is open for programs throughout the month

Cavatorta’s ceramic art builds upon the sense of design and incremental building demonstrated in nature, from the cellular level to nests and hives and massive stratified geologic formations. His studio is located along a salmon-spawning, year-round creek, which flows into the Nestucca River and he lives a short drive from the beach. The cycles of ocean, creek, and salmon are important images in his work as he works to convey a sense of place.

Cavatorta started his medical technology career with a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. Soon after moving to Portland in 1977, he took a class in ceramic arts and pursued advanced art and teaching classes while continuing to work in the medical field. By 1994, Cavatorta earned a master’s in teaching and began teaching art at Nestucca Junior/Senior High School. Since 1995, he and his wife Kim, in conjunction with the non-profit Community Arts Project, have conducted a summer art camp for kids (Slug Soup), and in 2002 initiated an art literacy program at Nestucca Elementary School which expanded to Garibaldi Elementary School in 2005.

The gallery is part of the Hoffman Center for the Arts located across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org online or contact hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com.

Manzanita Writers’ Series Expands Offerings to Include Writing Workshops “Online and at the Beach”

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Each online course (5 weeks worth of sessions) is $199.
The optional retreat weekend is $99.

Learn More & Register

This May, the Manzanita Writers’ Series expands offerings to include writing workshops “Online and at the Beach,” as part of Hoff Online, a new Hoffman Center for the Arts program that will offer writing and visual arts workshops.

In its ninth year, the writers’ series brings regional authors to the coast for author readings and workshops. To augment that program, Online And At The Beach will provide more in-depth instruction online over a five-week period. Students will be able to work on their own schedule as well as interact with the instructor and fellow students.

The initial series begins May 1, 2017, and culminates in an optional writing retreat weekend in Manzanita the weekend of June 2-4, 2017. Registrations open April 1.

Jennie Shortridge will teach “Putting Your Prose to Work” and Megan Kruse will teach “Creativity Catalyst”. Read more about the classes and register at our new Hoff Online page.

The optional weekend retreat will allow students to meet their instructor and fellow students, enjoy additional craft writing sessions on building tension even in quiet stories, and on the transformative power of setting and “stuff.” After a session on effective open mic readings, participants will have an opportunity to read their work at Open Mic. Optional activities will include “Yoga for Writers,” hikes and a fun Prompt-O-Rama (a new writing prompt every five minutes for an hour).

Jennie Shortridge

Megan Kruse

View author bios here.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more info contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Publishing Your Chapbook

CLASS IS FULL

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40

Register online by using the Add to Cart button below.