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  • "Cynthia is an extraordinarily gifted and skilled teacher. Watercolor as a medium has a notorious reputation of being difficult, tempestuous even…Cynthia makes watercolor painting fun and very approachable. She can teach to students of all skill levels - from very beginner to long-time practitioners. Her classes are marked by her incredibly generous approach to sharing her deep passion for art and her broad knowledge of all aspects of the processes of painting. Come to her classes prepared to learn! I am continuously amazed at the amount of material she packs into every class and yet she maintains a light-hearted and fun approach.

    One of the areas where Cynthia’s skills are particularly in evidence are her gentle yet detailed critiques. If you struggle with not liking your work, not knowing where to go next with a piece, or not knowing what is “wrong” ….this is where you will likely find a great deal of helpful assistance. Cynthia helps identify things in a piece that our eyes often miss due to our inexperience or general errors due to our long hours spent looking at the same piece.

    Cynthia’s broad skills and uniquely knowledgeable approach to teaching has brought me many enriching and enjoyable experiences painting with watercolors."

    - Lynn Grasamkee

  • "Focused, resourceful, and intuitive, Cynthia accommodates a range of art levels and skill sets. The beginner and seasoned artist can explore techniques in ways fitting for each one. Sharing among classmates further evolves in critiques, and usually by the end of the class, a warm camaraderie has grown.

    Being in one of Cynthia's classes is somewhat like going on a well-planned adventure. Guided by a solid itinerary, fortified with lectures and demonstrations, the group embarks together on an exploration that is guaranteed to have its lighthearted and spontaneous moments as well as assignments that require patience, practice, and concentration. When the journey's done, each artist has expanded abilities, a fuller tool kit, and the pleasure of greater confidence."

    - Carolyn Swift

  • "Cynthia is not only a multitalented artist but a consummate educator.  Every one of her lessons is a gem.  Her students are treated to a perfect balance of art history, theory, demonstration, hands-on practice...and FUN!  It's obvious that she spends a great deal of time and thought preparing for each class.

    Cynthia has mastered the "art" of online instruction and shifts seamlessly between prepared slides, clear views of demonstrations and images of her students' work.

    The greatest treat is how generous Cynthia is with her time.  Whether during class or a specially scheduled critique session, Cynthia offers comments that are always constructive and respectful, and she encourages her students to offer the same.  What results is a positive, collaborative and enjoyable experience for all"

    - Susan Chollar

  • “Cynthia is a wonderful artist and a generous teacher.  I have taken several of her classes and can say she takes her students seriously.  She meets you where you are in your skill level and starts with the basics everyone should know. At the same time she is creative in presenting challenges for those ready to move ahead.  No one gets lost in the shuffle.  Everyone’s understanding of the material is addressed individually.   She is always well prepared, with visuals, demonstrations, exercises to improve skills, new materials to try, and books to read.  There’s no pressure,  just a wealth of information for you to use as your time and interest permits.  She shows you the path to becoming a better artist.”

    - Janet Platen

  • "After not picking up a paint brush in over 40 years, I was introduced to Cynthia's classes.  Studying with her has been a transformative experience. She expertly taught me watercolor from a novice level to a mastery of the techniques. Her depth of knowledge and kind but demanding teaching style got me out of my comfort zone to explore color theory, composition, and values that I can apply to all art disciplines, not just watercolor.  She has a great sense of humor and a more than generous spirit.  It has been a joy learning from her.

    - Patti Wilson

  • “I took a few journaling classes with Cynthia and now I have a great journal about journaling.  Not only can I look back and remember the exercises I did and the techniques and tools that I experimented with, but I have pages of notes regarding authors, artists, art supplies, and all sorts of information regarding color, format, process and composition. After that I took her classes on gouache and watercolor landscapes and found them as enjoyable and productive.   It was easy to see that there was a lot of planning and preparation for each class but Cynthia was also open to feedback from the class in terms of what individuals were interested in around a topic.Being in her class was a pleasure and helped my knowledge base and confidence tremendously.”

    - Beverly Flemming

  • "I want to share my enthusiasm and appreciation of Cynthia's encouraging and skillful approach to sharing her love of art. I've taken many group classes as well as private lessons with her. Cynthia is always very prepared with organized, clearly thought out lessons. She is respectful of each student's artistic vision, skill level and learning style. I started out a beginning student and now I am able to create paintings that I feel proud of."

    - Aviva Longinotti

    Painting The San Juan Islands

    Reflective Surfaces in Gouache

    Reflective Surfaces in Gouache

    Winslow Art Center - Online

    Reflective Surfaces in Gouache

    Dates: Wednesdays, June 26 - July 10, 2024

    Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM Pacific Time

    Critique Sessions: Tuesdays, July 2 - July 16, 1 PM Pacific Time

    Level: Intermediate

    Having at least a basic understanding of gouache, this 3 week class (plus critique sessions) will explore how to paint metal objects. We will learn to look closely at reflective surfaces and suss out how to create shiny, reflective objects using gouache’s unique properties. Lectures, demonstrations, in-class participation exercises and homework will further our experience and enjoyment with this versatile medium.


    Sealable palette - Mijello Martin airtight watercolor 18 well palette. OR
    Transon paint storage palette box, 24 wells. OR SAA Standard - deluxe palette box - This can be used to store airtight a piece of plexiglass as
    your palette.

    Paper & Supports: Arches 140# Hot press paper (standard sheets are most
    economical - to be cut down) or Cottonwood Arts Laminated Cold Press sheets (available
    through their website) 9
    x 12 inches.

    Brushes: A selection of cheap synthetic flat wash & angled shaders. Sizes
    between 1/4inch to
    1 inch (Princeton 3750). Really, any flat synthetic brush will work. I have
    several of each of the
    following sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

    You will also need a couple of pointed rounds (also synthetic), sizes: 0 and 2
    for painting details.

    Any quality brand: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Holbein
    (avoid Acryla gouache).

    Modified palette: (From these you can create essential color mixes)
    1. Cadmium Lemon
    2. Cadmium Yellow Medium
    3. Cadmium Red Light
    4. Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    5. Permanent Rose (or Primary Magenta or Quinacridone Magenta)
    6. Ultramarine Blue
    7. Phthalo Blue
    8. Burnt Umber
    9. Phthalo Green
    10. Yellow Ochre
    11. Naples Yellow
    12. Titanium white - 37ml ( more opaque than Zinc), you’ll be going through
    LOTS of
    Optional: but really cool to play with - Aqua -Pasto by Schmincke. A
    delicious thickening medium for both watercolor and gouache. Not required; I’ll demonstrate it in

    Backing board & Tape - for watercolor sheet segments, not necessary if you
    are using a watercolor block or laminated boards.

    Two water containers

    Sponge or blotting cloth (to clean brushes)

    Paper towels

    Sketch paper & pencil

    Various shiny still life objects: Silver spoons, sugar bowl, teapot, etc. Mostly
    things from around the house.

    Event Information

    Event Date 06-26-2024
    Event End Date 07-10-2024
    Individual Price $260.00
    Location Winslow Art Center