Painting Watercolor Florals: Inspired by the Japanese Art of Ikebana

June 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a two-day workshop, “Painting Watercolor Florals: Inspired by the Japanese Art of Ikebana. The workshop is Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. Led by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene, this class will use beautiful, live Ikebana arrangements as subject matter.


Learn more about composition and creating form and find inspiration to paint from flowers arranged in the traditional Japanese method of Ikebana.

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

This is a two-day workshop that includes 5 hour sessions each day for a total of ten hours of class time, plus a lunch break. This workshop is designed for adults 18 and older. Some drawing skills are preferred, but not necessary.

Carolyn Gates has been working in watercolor for the past 16 years, and the qualities that characterize her work are strong color and compositions that explore the relationships of shapes to make pleasing visual patterns. This results in an abstraction of the subject. Her work investigates beauty, shape and color. In doing so, she hopes to discover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Gates currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches 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.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She studied watercolor with Carol Carter, Satoko Motouji and Judy Morris. She is currently a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. For more information and to view her work, go to her website at

The two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with a break for lunch. Tuition is $100.

Students must also bring materials from the materials list that can be found on the Hoffman Center’s Blog post for this class.

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