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Wild Watercolors - Portland Workshop

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Wild Watercolors - Portland Workshop
Andie Thrams
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
$220 plus $12 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
All Levels
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Connect to this big, wild world through deeply observing, drawing and painting autumnal forms and colors. We’ll collect objects and ideas on gentle forays in Hoyt Arboretum, returning to the studio for guided studies using watercolor, gouache, ink and a bit of gold leaf. Our projects will combine careful rendering techniques and accurate color mixing with wilder, less controlled approaches as we work towards completing at least one larger painting. We will invite effortless beauty into our work and open ourselves to the magic and healing aspects of making art in deep response to nature.

Location: Portland Workshop

About the Instructor(s)

Andie Thrams uses watercolors in wildland forests to create paintings and artist’s books that explore mystery and reverence, while also grappling with the vanishing habitats of our era. Merging the lineages of illuminated manuscripts and natural history field journals with a contemporary art and science awareness, her paintings weave intricate botanical detail into layers of shape, color, and hand-lettered text to evoke the complex interconnections within ecosystems of the Greater West. Her work is widely exhibited and held in numerous collections. She was a Sitka Center artist in residence in 2004.

Materials List: Students Bring


• 12 loose sheets of watercolor paper, around 10" x 11" each. If you purchase two to three 22" X 30"sheets of 140 lb. hot and/or cold press watercolor paper you will be able to cut or tear down each sheet into six pieces measuring 10" x 11".

• Clipboard, foam board or other lightweight board at least as big as your watercolor paper (12" x 12" is a good size).

• 2 bulldog (or other large) clips or rubber bands big enough to securely hold your paper to the board

• 1 manila file folder


• #10 or #12 round and a #6 round watercolor brush. Winsor & Newton sable or synthetic brushes (Cotman, Cirrus, Septre Gold, or Series 7 are all good). Creative Mark "Rhapsody" round watercolor brushes are an especially good deal for a very decent watercolor brush. It will pay off over time to buy the best sable watercolor brush you can afford! Pentel water brushes are also wonderful to have.

• Optional brushes: 1/4" angle brush, script, rigger, or liner brush, 1"-2" cheap foam or flat bristle brush, a "stubby" bristle brush


• Lightweight folding palette filled with tube watercolor paints in the following colors. The better paint brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, M.Graham, Utrecht and Holbein. My recommended colors for the best basic watercolor kit are (we will be discussing these colors and why you can mix such an amazing range with them):

• Quinacridone rose, or quinacridone pink, or permanent rose (purple-based red)

• Cadmium red (orange-based red)

• Ultramarine blue (purple-based blue)

• Pthalo blue, or manganese blue, or cerulean blue (green-based blue)

• Lemon yellow, cadmium yellow pale or hansa yellow light (green-based yellow)

• Cadmium yellow deep or cadmium yellow (orange-based yellow)

• Sap green (good all around green)

• Oxide of chromium (helpful green for plants)

• Ultramarine violet or other purple

• Any orange you like

• Burnt sienna

• Quinacridone gold

• Permanent white gouache (not watercolor)

• Finetec Mica watercolor or PearlEx powder in any color you wish


• Plastic lettuce bin cover, butcher tray, open palette, or other large paint mixing space

• No. 2 or HB drawing pencil

• Pencil sharpener

• Kneaded eraser

• Fine or extra fine black felt tip pen (such as Pigma micron in size .01, or bigger if you prefer)

• 3 or 4 colored pencils in any colors you like—with at least 2 light colors. Prismacolor "Cream" is a helpful color to have.

• Ruler at least 12 inches long.

• 1 push pin

• Black or brown ink (any type)

• 2 small containers for paint mixing & painting water, such as a small yogurt containers or jars

• Rags or paper towels


• Eye-dropper

• Small spray bottle

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Supplemental ink and paint

• Gold leaf

• Plant materials

• Printed handouts

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