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Gyotaku "fish prints" with Sherry Lee Duncan, FREE Demos, May 17th, 2014

Gyotaku "fish prints"
Artist Sherry Lee Duncan
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11:00-12:00  and  1:30-2:30
Free Demo

Gyotaku, or Japanese Fish Printing, has many possibilities for printmakers and multi media artists.  In Japan, the artists add rocks, shells, seaweed and more to create exquisite works.  Sherry Lee Duncan has experimented with these prints in the US and in Mexico.  She even printed a marlin, as a souvenier for a fisherman to keep of his prize catch.

Sherry will show you how she begins with an unscaled fish and the Japanese rice papers available at Daniel Smith, and uses basics of composition to create beautiful prints using Daniel Smith iridescent acrylics. 

Contemporary Impressionism in Oils with Henry Stinson, FREE Demos May 24th, 2014

Contemporary Impressionism in Oils with Henry Stinson
Re-Scheduled for Saturday, May 24th, 2014
11am & 1:30pm - FREE demos!
Sunday, May 25, 2014

12:00-1:00  and  2:00-3:00

These painting demonstrations are a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of impressionistic painting, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to mixing and applying vibrate paint to your canvas. Helping you gain a basic understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings.

UPDATE 5/16/14: We are sorry for the schedule change inconvenience, Henry Stinson will now be at our Seattle Store on Sunday May 25th, 2014 at 12pm & 2pm for FREE demos.

Winsor & Newton Sponsored Watercolor Demonstration with Christine Hanlon, FREE Demo & Lecture, April 27th, 2014

Late Tuesday Afternoon by Christine Hanlon
 Winsor & Newton Sponsored Watercolor Demonstration with Christine Hanlon
Sunday, April 27th, 2014
12pm to 2pm
FREE 2-hour Demo and Lecture!
Pre-registration required as space is limited.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

For artists working in watercolor, this lively and entertaining discussion looks at the history, techniques, and materials that spell success when working in this most legendary of mediums. Discover which pigments granulate, why some colors stain, and the ideal landscape colour palette. Learn the keys to color permanence and lightfastness.

  • What mediums will help you capture texture and expressive gesture?
  • Why do we have Rough, Cold Pressed and Hot Pressed papers?
  • What colours best capture natural light?
  • What is gouache and can I use it with my transparent watercolours?
  • What are the three benchmarks for fine water media brushes?
  • How do I care for my brushes and finished watercolours?

Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Color offers a range of 96 unique colors and a wide array of mediums to help artists alter and enhance the characteristics of their work. The goal is to help everyone get the most out this wonderful medium. These topics and any other questions you bring will be addressed, with all attendees receiving free watercolour samples at the conclusion!


Christine Hanlon
Christine Hanlon is a working artist/teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, who has been part of the Artist Outreach Program for Winsor & Newton since 1998. She has been trained on methods and materials with Winsor & Newton in London, and has conducted technical seminars on color and paint at colleges and universities throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Her extensive resume includes invitational and juried museum and gallery shows, as well as traveling exhibitions. Her maritime paintings have received multiple awards in the Coos Art Museum's annual maritime exhibitions, including a Best in Show in 2008. Her urban landscape work was featured in the Artist's Magazine Competition Spotlight in September 2009. A cover image and feature article on her maritime paintings is published in the winter 2010-11 issue of Sea History Magazine. She received a BFA in Painting from RISD in 1976 and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 1997, where she currently teaches at the graduate level.

Her paintings, current shows, biography and resume may be viewed online at

Sumi Painting: Year of the Horse with Yuming Zhu, FREE Demo, April 26th, 2014

"Horse Stepping on Flying Swallow"
by Yuming Zhu

Sumi Painting: Year of the Horse
Yuming Zhu
Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:00 - 1:00 (one session only)
Free Demonstration

Yuming Zhu will demonstrate his interpretation of sumi brush strokes of traditional character of Horse, and also demonstrate painting Horse with contemporary technique to capture the essence the beauty of the animal. 

In this demo, Yuming will also brief discuss the symbolic meaning of horse in Chinese art.  Knowledge of Sumi materials will be shared in the demo. This demo is a good preparation for the June workshop at Daniel Smith.

Important information of materials for Sumi painting will be introduced..

Business of Art: Turning Art into Cards and Cash with Ray Pfortner, FREE Lecture, April 17th, 2014

Business of Art:
Turning Art into Cards and Cash with Ray Pfortner
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - FREE Lecture!
11 -12:00

Making greeting cards from your art is great for self-promotion and gifts.
  • But what about selling your cards?
  • How do you price them?
  • Where can you sell them – and how?

Ray will talk about how to manufacture your cards, and turning those cards into cash – through direct sales and selling partners. He’ll also explore how to license your art to commercial card companies.