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“Juicy Pears” by Carolyn Gates

Registration is now open for a two-day introduction to watercolor workshop taking place at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.

Eugene artist Carolyn Gates will lead the class, titled “Shaping Your Watercolors: Composition, Color & Concepts for Beginners.”

The class will aim to give students everything they need to get started in watercolor, presenting basic concepts dealing with creating compositions, color and color-mixing and painting techniques.

On day one students will paint from life, and on day two they will paint from photographs.

Gates has been working in watercolor for the past 15 years and currently teaches watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene as well as the Hoffman Center.

She enjoys teaching and is inspired by the work her students 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 students’ work,” she said.

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

The workshop will run from 10 am to 4 pm each day with a break for lunch.

Tuition is $100, plus a $6 materials fee.

For more information or to register, go to https://hoffmanarts.org/register.

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