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.
Materials List for Hoffman art center class
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 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
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.
Palette: to put your paint on, and mix colors
2 plastic water containers (for example: Nancy’s yogurt containers)
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.