Building skills for painters

The Yaquina Art Association is sponsoring a series of skill-building classes for painters of all levels — from beginners to advanced. Classes will be held on Monday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning March 18.

The cost is $20 for the four weeks — the cost is the same whether a person attends one or all four sessions. Materials will be provided for the first class. The classes will be held behind First Baptist Church at 208 NW Sixth St. in Newport. The instructor will be Colleen Caubin (, an award-winning artist with local, national and international juried shows.

The classes will give participants the tools to take their painting to the next level, giving them a firm, understandable foundation to use on their own. It’s suitable for all painting media, including pastel. These skills are the basis of any good painting in any style. Each week, the group will address one main skill and learn how to apply it in their work. The last week it will all be put together in a live painting.

Some materials will be provided in class, but students need to have their own paints and a good surface to paint on, or some will be available for purchase in the class for $2 each

The schedule of classes is as follows:

  • March 18 — Drawing/composition: Why this is the first and most important skill, the foundation of all art.
  • March 25 — Value, how to see and judge it: Why it is more important than color and a tool that will make it so much easier.
  • April 1 — Color, the big mystery revealed, a simple plan to make it work for you without complicated rules and theories. 
  • April 8 — Putting it all together in a painting. Starting a painting with a plan means you are more likely to get the results you want.

The class size is limited to 15, so people are encouraged to sign up early by contacting Ken Hartwell at [email protected]

For more information, email [email protected].