Harvest Gouache Workshop

Get Warm and Gather to Celebrate the Harvest Season

Autumn offers incredible colors and textures in the Pacific Northwest. In this gouache painting workshop, we’ll create small paintings and cards to celebrate the season of change and gathering. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to create a sweet spring scene!

Workshop Details
DATE/ TIME: Sunday, November 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION:
Common Fields in downtown Corvallis
545 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to paint images of fall including leaves, vegetables, and critters. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art-making afternoon!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners as well as experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $35 per person

All materials provided and included.

Gouache Harvest Painting, November 2023

Gouache Workshop: Birds & Flowers

Celebrate Spring with an afternoon of art!

Spend a lovely Spring afternoon with us at Common Fields as we paint birds and flowers with gouache. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to create a sweet spring scene!

Workshop Details
DATE/ TIME: Sunday, May 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION:
Common Fields in downtown Corvallis
545 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to create small still lifes of birds and flowers. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art-making afternoon!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners as well as experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $35 per person

All materials provided and included.

Gouache Birds & Flowers, May 2023

Gouache Animals Workshop

Illustrated Animals

Gouache is perfect for sweet illustrations as well as fine art painting with details. In this animal painting workshop, we’ll explore the full creative capacity of gouache to create unique small paintings with stunning color and texture. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to create a sweet spring scene!

Workshop Details
DATE/ TIME: Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION:
Common Fields in downtown Corvallis
545 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to illustrate favorite animals of the furry, feathered, scaly, and even slimy variety. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art-making afternoon!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners as well as experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $35 per person

All materials provided and included.

Gouache Animals, September 2023

Gouache Workshop: Summer Postcard

Paint Your Own Summer Vacation Postcard

Make a totally unique memento of the season in this 2-hour workshop where we’ll capture summer memories in gouache. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to create a sweet spring scene!

Workshop Details
DATE/ TIME: Sunday, July 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION:
Common Fields in downtown Corvallis
545 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to create postcard that can be sent to your friends in far off places, or added to a memory board at home. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art-making afternoon!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners as well as experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $35 per person

All materials provided and included.

Gouache Summer Postcard, July 2023

Ghibli-Inspired Gouache @ Greenhouse Coffee + Plants

SOLD OUT!
This workshop is sold out, but there’s another one coming soon on April 28!

Paint your favorite characters from Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated films

Sink into a warm drink, surrounded by gorgeous plants, and dip your brush into luscious gouache as you settle in to paint some of your favorite characters and scenes from Studio Ghibli’s classic films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, How’s Moving Castle, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

In this workshop, beginner and experienced painters will have all they need to create small masterpieces celebrating some of the most iconic images from Miyazaki’s films. Learn the basics of layering and painting with gouache, enjoy delicious plant-based tea and coffee drinks and take your project home along with extra paints for more cozy painting nights to come.

One night workshop
Friday, March 17
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Register at Greenhouse Coffee+ Plants (coming soon)

Fantasy Landscape Gouache Painting @ Common Fields

Let’s make some fantasy landscape paintings in gouache at Common Fields!

This Fall, we’ll make dazzling, colorful and fantastical landscapes at Common Fields. Perfect for beginners, small groups, teens and adults, this workshop includes everything you need to start making fantasy landscapes with gouache!

Come join us on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm
at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll practice with gouache, a water-soluble paint, to create illustrative landscapes to inspire stories, and fantasy. References, paint, paper and equipment are all included.

No painting or drawing experience needed for this laid back art making night!

Food and bevergaes are available at the locallyowned food carts at Common Fields.

This painting workshop is open to beginners and experienced painters, teens and adults. Registration is $25 per person
All materials provided and included.

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Gouache Class at OCCC Fall 2022

Create whimsical illustrations and paintings with gouache, a water-based medium that layers like acrylic and dries with a matte finish. Perfect for children’s illustrations, cards, and small paintings, this medium can bring to life all kinds of wondrous imaginings. Beginner-friendly class with live instruction on materials and techniques. Students can expect to end the class with at least 2 finished paintings. Materials list provided; materials are available from instructor (includes material fee).

Materials list provided; materials available from instructor (includes material fee)

Class Schedule:

October 20 – November 10 (4 weeks)
Thursdays
10:00 – 11:30 am

Registration fee: $xx
Materials fee: $25
Register at Oregon Coast Community College (coming soon)

Watercolor class at OCCC Fall 2022

Students will learn and practice skills in watercolor painting. We’ll practice using different tools and techniques to create layering effects for depth in subjects inspired by nature, and we’ll focus on skills for painting outdoors or in a travel journal. Over the 4 weeks, we’ll add techniques to build up to one or two final paintings, per student’s choice. Class studio time includes group reflection and instructor support and feedback to improve skills. Materials list provided; materials are available from instructor (includes material fee).

Materials list provided; materials available from instructor (includes material fee)

Class Schedule:

September 22 – October 13 (4 weeks)
Thursdays
10:00 – 11:30 am

Register at Oregon Coast Community College

Gouache Workshop at Greenhouse Coffee + Plants

Paint with texture and color in this beginner-friendly gouache workshop at Greenhouse Coffee + Plants with Jen Hernandez Art. Be inspired by the lush plants and decor around you as you practice techniques in nature painting and illustration with gouache. Gouache is a water-based opaque paint that allows for smooth blending and layering of color to create vibrant and dimensional detailed artwork.

In this workshop, you’ll have everything you need to create illustrative artwork of plants and fungi.

Friday, October 14, 2022
Register at Greenhouse Coffee + Plants
Registration: $65

Journal Practice: Frida Kahlo & Retablo Art

Note: Some of the artwork included in this practice may be disturbing or triggering to some viewers, including images of violence, physical harm, and psychological trauma.

Recommended for teens and adults, ages 13+, use your own judgement for yourself and your students.

Frida Kahlo’s Retablo-Style Art

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.

Frida Kahlo’s body of work consists of frank depictions of struggle, pain, disability, heartbreak, longing, and ambivalence between social and societal constructs. In some of her work, she draws on Mexican folk art for deep personal expression in retablo-style paintings. Retablo paintings traditionally depict Catholic saints, made to adorn the space behind the altar of churches. In the 1870’s, Mexican craftspeople adapted retablo art for personal use and display in homes (Rosengarten, accessed 2022). These versions of retablo art depict personal moments of tragedy and struggle that have been overcome, and as an expression of gratitude to religious figures: Christ or Catholic saints. Frida Kahlo’s use of the style is non-religious, taking the traditional structure of the retablo to emphasize personal identity and mythology in her subjects, including her own personal experiences (Merotto, 2020).

Kahlo was an avid collector of retablo art, filling her home with hundreds (Rosengarten) or maybe thousands of pieces (Merotto). Her seeking out retablo art for her own collection and to inform her work was certainly inspired by her love for Mexican folk tradition, which is notable as well in her choice of dress and iconographic symbols that populate her artistic works. Kahlo was also likely drawn to the deep emotionality of retablo art, and its combination of divinity with the experience of suffering (Rosengarten). Retablo art also represents the “syncretic Mexican popular identity” (Merotto) as it combines Spanish-Catholic art with pre-Spanish traditions and moved out of churches into the domestic visual cultural realm. In her artwork, Kahlo was ever occupied with her own syncretic identities as mestizo, bi-sexual, politically active and living with disabilities.

The folk art retablo style is characterized by flat perspective, with a composition portraying a scene as if it were being acted on a stage, and bright colors painted on metal or tiles (or otherwise easy to access materials). The visual space is usually divided into thirds vertically, with the bottom third being a space for written text describing the incident, the middle third depicting the incident, and the top third depicting the intervening saint. Realism in depiction is not a priority, rather the emotional experience of the participants in the scene, including pain, fear, suffering, relief and gratitude are highlighted. 

In Kahlo’s retablo art, we see quite frank and often graphic depictions of pain and struggle, and usually the overt absence of supernatural intercession from a saint or religious figure (Merotto). For Kahlo, her experiences and her artistic representations of those experiences stayed firmly within the world she could sense. She emphasizes physical details, grounding her and her viewer in the reality of the event.


Journal Practice

This journal practice is about creating narrative in visual artwork, focusing on sensory details and the storied layers of lived experience: what was the experience, what was the outcome?

Time needed: 30 – 60 minutes

Think of this as a meditative creative process, in which you can make choices for how you want to respond to the prompts and access your own lived experience. 

This is a visual arts practice including drawing and writing, but you do not have to have an established drawing practice to try this out. You can also use these prompts for different kinds of art practices. See the description below for adaptations.

Materials needed:

  • 2 journal pages
  • Writing implements (pencil, pen)
  • Drawing/ painting implements
    • Colored pencil
    • Watercolor, brush
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Pastels
    • Chalk
    • Gouache
    • Acrylic

Prompt:

Think of a time when you struggled through something difficult. Perhaps a disappointment, a heartbreak, grief over a loss or the fear of something you couldn’t control.

We don’t like to think of these memories. For some of us, the pain of these memories can be like experiencing them again. Personal resilience is built up through having these experiences and making them part of a full life, learning from them and continuing on with them, but not being held back by them. 

If those kinds of memories are too difficult for now, you can think of an experience that isn’t necessarily sad, but perhaps was difficult. Some ideas might be moving homes, overcoming an obstacle, healing from an injury.

From this memory, write down what you remember. 

  • Create two columns, one for objects around you in the memory, and the other for feelings and thoughts you had through the experience. 
  • Divide the two columns into thirds, vertically. 
    • The bottom third will be just before the event of the memory, what the circumstances were, what was happening. 
    • The middle third will be the time of the event, what happened in the moment of the struggle, which could be a long period of time. 
    • The top third will be after the event, the resolution and moments of resiliency when you were through the experience of the event. 

You can use words or sketch doodles for these boxes. Using doodles will help you build a visual library for your painting and illustration work.

On the next page, you’ll draw or paint your experience, capturing all three moments of time and as much visual information as you can remember, using your notes and doodles from the previous page. You can split the scene into thirds, vertically. 

  • The bottom third will be a place to write about the event. You can start here by writing out the basic story of the event, including what led up to it, what happened, and how you were able to learn and grow from the experience. 
  • The middle third will be the main scene of the event. You can place yourself in this part of the image, experiencing the event, including the objects and people that were around you, and your emotional feelings represented by facial features, body postures, objects or icons, even words. 
  • The top third will be the moments of resiliency. In religious versions of ex-votos, this is where the image of a saint or angels might be. You can use religious visual language or your can use your own visual language, picturing yourself after the event, in your moments of resiliency, more knowledgeable for the experience. What are you grateful for after the experience? You don’t have to be grateful for the experience, but are you grateful for the people who supported you, the communities you became a part of, what you learned about yourself?

As you draw and write, don’t worry about perfection. Don’t worry about making people look a certain way or using the right words. Focus instead on the objects, feelings and thoughts in the experience. Use color, pencil, erasers, markers. Set a timer for yourself for 3, 5, or 10 minutes and keep drawing for the entire time. If you feel like you’ve finished before the timer has ended, just keep going. If you feel like you want to keep creating after the timer has ended, keep going!

The practice, inspired by Frida Kahlo

Frida’s art is powerful because of her personal expression and stark emotionalism. Creating emotion in art is one way to make a connection with viewers of your art. If you don’t plan to show the artwork to anyone else, it can also be a way to connect with your own creative expression. 

While we focus on moments of sadness and pain in this exercise, you can explore other emotions and experiences as well – anger, fear, longing, regret, joy, peace, confusion, apathy. The opportunity to explore multitudes of emotions is one of the privileges of consciousness and creativity.

Adaptations:

  • Literary art – write out your list of objects, thoughts/ feelings, and use those words to describe the experience in prose or poetry.
  • Story crafting/ Comics – create an experience for a character and list out the sensory and emotional experiences for them using the prompts. 
  • Sculpture/ 3D art – use shapes and forms as stand-ins for emotions, sculpt objects from your experience that hold significance.
  • Collage – collect magazines, newspaper, pages of old books or printed images from online, cut them out and combine them on your journal page to depict your scene. You can focus on collecting and assembling words, images, colors, shapes.
  • Abstracted painting – as you write out your list, ascribe colors, textures or shapes to each word or element of the memory. Use that as your visual library to put your abstracted composition together, paying attention to harmony, balance, and contrast between your elements.

Further Reading & Watching

In the Absence of Miracle: Frida Kahlo’s Subversion of Retablo and Ex-Voto Tradition, Hasta, Tia Merotto, November 11, 2020, http://www.hasta-standrews.com/features/2020/11/11/in-the-absence-of-miracle-frida-kahlos-subversion-of-retablo-and-ex-voto-tradition (accessed 12/22/2021)

In the Study: Frida Kahlo’s Transformation of the Retablo, Richard Rosengarten, https://www.societyarts.org/in-the-study-frida-kahlos-transformation-of-retablo.html (accessed 12/22/2021)

An Introduction to “Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States”
https://youtu.be/UwZvgFW746M