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Native Animals of Land, Sea & Sky

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Native Animals of Land, Sea & Sky
Ruth Armitage
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$395 plus $5 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
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Workshop Overview

This workshop will focus on painting the spirit of creatures native to the Pacific Northwest. Animals teach us to hear and to see. Ruth will demonstrate how to go beyond painting fur and feathers, capturing the elusive and mysterious spirit of the animal and our relationship to it.

Drawing from life and from reference photos, students will combine images to imply myth, metaphor and magic realism. You'll explore secrets of color, line and texture used by master artists, experiment with collage and acrylic paint, and leave with symbolic paintings that express your connection to some of the elusive creatures encountered in this enchanting environment.

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 "Oregon Art Beat" and has been exhibited and published nationally. 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


• Please bring reference photos of animals that you'd like to work with: deer, elk, fish, birds, small

mammals, etc. The photos should be printed on 8.5x11" paper. We will be cutting them up, so make

copies... don't bring the originals. The best photos are the ones you take!

• Acrylic Paint: I recommend Golden Fluid Acrylic or heavy body acrylic. I also really like Golden's Open

Acrylic, which is slower drying. You may wish to bring Open medium or glazing medium. Other brands

and colors are acceptable, but this is a good basic palette. Feel free to bring additional colors you like

and use.

-Quinacridone Red

-Cadmium Red

-Hansa Yellow

-Quinacridone Gold

-Phthalo Blue

-Cobalt Blue



• Brushes suitable for acrylic. At minimum, 1" flat synthetic or bristle, liner or rigger brush and #12 Round.

Larger brushes are also handy.

• Paper: Arches Hot Press #140 or Rives BFK #140, 3 full sheets (22"x30") and a board to mount the

paper on, such as Gator foam, either 16x23" or 23x31"

• Sketch Book

• Pencil & eraser, charcoal, graphite crayon, brush tip marker in black, water container, apron, glass or

paper palette, soft rubber brayer, spray bottle for water, scissors & exacto knife, soft gel medium, cotton

rag, paper towels


• Golden High Flow Acrylic in Titanium White

• If you’d like to use Watercolor for this workshop. I would recommend adding white gouache and possibly white high flow acrylic by Golden to your mix, along with some caran d’ache watersoluable crayons. That should give you ultimate flexibility.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• gesso

• water-soluble crayons

• chip brushes

• scrapers

• deli paper

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