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FREE Demo: Cardmaking with Che Lopez! Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Free Demonstration: Simple Cards for All Occasions
With Che Lopez
Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 12-1:30

Simple Cards is exactly what it means,
give someone something special you made.
Che will be demonstrating how to use stamps, pen and ink,collage & watercolor to create one of a kind cards.
By simplifying ideas and creating multiple images in
minutes using simple techniques anyone can use.
And if you are a watercolorist even better, Che will show you
basic techniques to create card size masterpieces in no time.
You'll have the opportunity to try for yourself, HANDS ON, SO FUN!
The Holidays will be here soon,
so time to get started and be inspired with some great ideas!

Please call the store to reserve a space for this Free, Hands-On Demo with Che.

Mini-Workshop: Watercolor 101: Autumn Color with Che Lopez! Sunday, October 18, 2015

WATERCOLOR 101 Mini-workshop with Che Lopez

10am to 11 am
$10 materials fee for the class 
(applies to any purchases made same day)

Learn the basics of Watercolor painting in this “Hands On”,
1 hour Mini-workshop with Che Lopez. 
Che’s Watercolor 101, Mini-Workshop, is a fun way
to get your hands on some watercolors
and try them out while you learn! 

Pre-Registration Required for Mini-Workshops:
please call the store to register at: 425-643-1781

FREE Lectures: Business of Art Series with Ray Pfortner! October 20, 2015

Free Lecture / Conversation re: The Business of Art
Topic this time: Exhibiting your Art
Ray Pfortner
Tuesday, October 20-2015

Ray Pfortner is an educator, photographer, and consultant who will facilitate discussions about moving your art from past-time into profession.  All levels in any medium are welcome.  Come learn from Ray and from each other. 

FREE Demo: Relief Printing Cards, Tags & more with Hannah Winters! Sunday October 18th, 2015

Relief Printing Cards and Tags and More
With Hannah Winters
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Free Demonstration and Hands-On time

Hannah will show you how to make fun and easy relief prints using Safety-Kut.  Make your own cards and tags for any occasion!

A portion of this demonstration is hand-on. 
Please call 425-643-1781 to reserve a spot.

3-Day Workshop. Barns & Country Roads Autumn Landscape with Susie Short, October 27-29, 2015

Barns and Country Roads in the Autumn Landscape in Watercolor    
            With Susie Short

Tue, Wed & Thurs. 
October 27, 28, & 29 
10:30-4:30 each day

Barns and Country Roads in the Autumn Landscape in Watercolor
Workshop emphasis is on a palette of warm rich autumn colors and techniques for painting barns and country roads found in NW landscapes. Susie teaches simple easy to learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration. You will learn from step by step demonstrations each day with plenty of one on one instruction as needed.  Susie’s photo references will be available to use during the workshop or you are welcome to bring your own.
Susie brings her passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop.

FREE Demo: Mixed Media Surfaces for Watercolor with Ann Breckon! Saturday October 17th, 2015

SATURDAY, October 17, 2015
Free Demonstration: Mixed Media Surfaces for Watercolor 

Watercolor isn't just for paper any more.
Watercolor can be painted on any of a multitude of beautiful, interesting and creative surfaces.

Ann will discuss and demonstrate painting with watercolor on art boards, gessoed canvas, prepared panels, commercially made surfaces. She will introduce many unique and innovative ideas for preparing your own unique substrates.

Sometimes all we need is a new approach to painting to fuel a creative explosion. Come get inspired!

FREE Demo: Exploring Mixed Media with Cheryl Renee Long! Sunday October 11th, 2015

Free Demonstration: Exploring Mixed Media with Watercolor, Gesso, and more
With Cheryl Renee Long
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Watercolor on stretched canvas? YES. Cheryl Renee Long will walk you through an innovative mixed media demo. 
She uses stretched canvas with heavily textured primer, Danel Smith watercolors, Golden acrylics. Be ready for lots of color, an element of surprise, and innovation. 

FREE Demo: Abstractions in Watercolor with Tom Hoffman! Saturday October 10th, 2015

Building a Bridge from Realism to Abstraction with Watercolor
Tom Hoffman

Free Demonstration:
Saturday, October 10, 2015  11-12:00  and  2-3:00

Building a Bridge from Realism to Abstraction with Watercolor

For many painters the trajectory of their practice is toward greater emphasis on form and less on content. As we move from realism to abstraction, the paint itself gradually becomes the subject matter. When shapes and strokes are deliberately seen as both representations of reality and as marks on paper, we are crossing from the realm of illusion into what may feel like uncharted territory.
How do we decide what works best when we let go of the usual standards? Are there any guidelines, or is abstraction a painting free-for-all?

In fact, the same standards that apply to realists are equally important to abstract painters. A painting with too many shapes, for example, feels busy whether it is a cityscape or a non-representational collection of forms. Wherever your work resides on the continuum from realism to abstraction it will benefit from being clear and deliberate in your use of value, composition, color and edge quality. As you extend the range of your comfort zone you can keep one foot in familiar territory.
In the demonstration we will look at a series of images that illustrate the shift of emphasis from content to form. We will consider what gives each painting its structure, and assess the roles played by illusion and emotion.
In the workshop we will learn to balance thoughtfulness and spontaneity, letting go of content-based dependency while holding onto sound formal guidelines.

Workshop: $200
Saturday & Sunday October 24th & 25th    
(10:30-4:30 Saturday  and  11:30-4:30 Sunday )
please call the store to register for the workshop

FREE Demo: Woodblock Prints with Watercolor and Inks with Molly Hashimoto! Saturday October 3, 2015

Free Demo: Woodblock Prints with Watercolor and Inks - MOKU HANGA
With Molly Hashimoto
Saturday, October 3, 2015
11-12  and  1-2

Woodblock Prints with Watercolor & Inks (moku hanga)
Learn how to carve woodblocks for color prints and discover methods for applying color to the blocks with paste, watercolor and inks, printing on Japanese papers. Everything is done by hand, and there is no press necessary for this moku hanga method.

Workshop: Seascapes, Boats, Water Scenes in Watercolor with Paul Serb, September 26th & 27th, 2015

Workshop: Seascapes, boats, water scenes in watercolor
Artist: Paul Serb
Saturday & Sunday September 26 & 27
11:30-4:30 each day

Paul Serb teaches his approach to one of his favorite subjects: water. 
Work with Paul over two days to move from the beginning concept to a finished watercolor. 
Call store to register.

Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Green. Acrylics with Dianna Shyne! Saturday-Sunday. September 19-20, 2015

WORKSHOP: Harnessing the Power of Green 
Dianna Shyne - Acrylics
Saturday & Sunday September 19-20, 2015
10-4  and 11:30-4:30

Transforming the Greatest Color Obstacle into the Greatest Tool. Did you know that the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color? The Northwest landscape is lush with greens, and yet the most common complaint from artists is that their greens do not ring true. In this two part workshop, we will learn how to mix perfect greens. Day one, lecture and lessons, day two ...put it into practice and paint all day. 

FREE Demo: Seascapes with Watercolor Artist Paul Serb! Saturday September 12th, 2015

Free Demonstration: Seascapes, boats, water scenes in watercolor
Artist: Paul Serb
Saturday, September 12, 2015

A demonstration in watercolor by Paul Serb of his approach to one of his favorite subjects: water.  This is a great preview to his workshop on the 26th and 27th.