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

July 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
594 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
(503) 368-3846

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

HoffmanThe 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” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts blog ( ). Deadline for registration is Saturday, June 24.



Materials List for Hoffman Center Class




1 full sheet (22” x 30”) 140# Arches Cold Press paper


Sketch book

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 either Winsor Newton (Professional Artist level), M. Graham, or Daniel Smith.  If you are buying new paints a .5 ml size tube is fine.  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)

1 Black (Neutral Tint, Ivory Black)


My suggested palette for this workshop is Winsor Newton Professional Artist level:


French Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Sienna

Aureolin (Yellow)

Cadmium Red

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Winsor Green (Yellow Shade)

Neutral Tint – for doing value studies

Other Supplies



HB Pencil

Kneaded eraser

2 water containers (minimum)

Paper towels

Masking tape

Small spray bottle

A metal or plastic yard stick (if you already have one) (for tearing paper)




Please bring several photographs that you would like to work from.  If possible, please bring the photos in black and white as well as color. 2-4 different photos will give you some options.  They can be printed off of your computer if you have digital photos.


The subject matter should be something that you are inspired by, but please keep it somewhat simple.  Examples would be: one main subject such as a flower, a bird, your pet, an interesting object, a still life, or a very simple landscape.


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