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Abstracted Watercolor Haiku (Portland Workshop)

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Abstracted Watercolor Haiku (Portland Workshop)
Ruth Armitage
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$340 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

Join the Sitka Center in Portland at the World Forestry Center for this Abstracted Watercolor Haiku workshop. To abstract literally means to leave out. Working from nature inspiration, students will use watercolor to compose visual haiku. The structure of paintings by master abstract artists will be examined and used as scaffolding to build related but unique works.

Simplification, contrast and subtlety will be project goals for each day. Learn about shape, color, texture and line through experiments with the fluid properties of watercolor pigments. Learn about layering and lifting for maximum flexibility. You’ll fall in love with this fluid medium.

About the Instructor(s)

Abstract painter Ruth Armitage has been honored with signature status in the National Watercolor Society and many regional groups. She divides her painting time between watercolor, acrylic and oils. Ruth's work has been featured on OPB's Art Beat and has been exhibited and published nationally.

Most recently, Ruth’s work was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine. You’ll find Ruth’s work locally at the Portland Art Museum's Rental Sales Gallery. A former high school teacher, Ruth enjoys sharing art and inspiration in the classroom. Students enjoy her organized and creative approach to teaching.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Watercolor Pigments - Please bring Artist Grade Paints

• Brown Madder Quinacridone

• Cadmium Red

• Permanent Rose

• Indian Yellow

• Raw Sienna

• Quinacridone Gold

• Cadmium Lemon

• Cobalt Blue

• Phthalo Blue

• Ultramarine or Cerulean Blue (optional)

Green Gold

• Phthalo Green

• Winsor & Newton Designer’s White Gouache

• Water Container - large yogurt size

• Soft Cotton Rag

• Palette with large mixing areas

• Brushes: #10 or #12 round, #2 or #4 round 1” Flat - Synthetic or natural hair

• 2 sheets Arches 140# cold pressed 22x30”

• Drawing board or backing board sized for 15x22” paper

• Artist’s tape or Masking tape

• Pencil & sketchbook

• Reference photos of botannical subjects: ferns, leaves, rocks, bark, blossoms, etc.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Brushes

• Watersoluable Crayons

• Stabilo Pencils

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