A new, four-week painting class in Newport aims to give artists of all levels the tools to take their painting to the next level.

Instructor Colleen Caubin will address one main skill each week, showing students how to apply it in their work. In the final week, students will put it all together in a live painting.

“I’ve pulled out all my best and most powerful tools to give you a leg up, and reveal some short cuts to success,” Caubin said. “Beginners to advanced; all are welcome.”

The series will start on Monday, March 18, with drawing and composition, showing why this is the first and most important skill and the foundation of all art.

On Monday, March 25, students will learn about value — how to see and judge it, and why it is more important than color.

On Monday, April 1, Caubin will reveal the mysteries of color, presenting a simple plan to make it work without complicated rules and theories.

The series will conclude on Monday, April 8, when students will put everything they have learned together in a painting.

The four-week class costs $20 per person. Some materials will be provided, but students need to have their own paints and a good surface to paint on. Some will be available for purchase in the class, for $2 each.

Classes take place in the new Yaquina Art Association classroom behind the First Baptist Church at 208 NW 6th Street.

To sign up, contact Ken Hartwell at hartwell@peak.org.

For more information, contact Caubin at colleencaubinfineart@gmail.com.

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