106 Third Street
Astoria, OR 97103



Coming OCTOBER14, 15, & 16 2021

Classes will begin at 9:30AM

Sophisticated Simplicity in Watercolor

with Mick McAndrews


     During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the watercolor medium. We will focus on the importance of developing interesting shapes, values, edges, and much more!

     Each day will begin with a discussion of key artistic concepts followed by a full painting demonstration including Q&A. Participants will paint for the remainder of the day with guidance, encouragement and mini-demos as necessary from the instructor.

Additional areas of discussion will include:

• Simplifying the scene

• Working from reference material

• Use of artistic license

• Developing strong compositions

• Understanding perspective

• Visual language

• The sheer joy of painting 

Day 1 

• Welcome / Setting Expectations

• Composition and the principles of design

• The importance of shapes, values and edges

• Demonstration painting and critique

The role of the artist: Shape maker, symbol collector, entertainer

The amateur is afraid of boldness; the professional is afraid of timidity.

Don’t demand more competence of yourself than you have earned!

Great designers are eliminators

Day 2

• Understanding perspective

• Simplifying the scene and use of reference material

• Demonstration painting and critique

Your marks must be sure, not timid.

Think MORE and paint LESS.

Failure is a function of success. Without failure it is not possible to measure gain.

Talent is acquired, not inherited.

Day 3

• Visual language

• Keys to painting loose and juicy

• Demonstration painting and critique

Production is more important than success!

You get the facts from nature but you get art from artists!

The discipline endured is the mastery achieved.

No talent can survive the blight of neglect.

 NOTE: This supplies list is a guide and I do not expect the purchase of new and expensive painting supplies for the workshop. If you are comfortable with the paints, brushes and paper that you currently use they should be fine.

I do, however, use a few boutique colors that you may want to consider: Jaune Brilliant #1 and Lavender by Holbein.

Reference MaterialBring your photos sketches, etc., for subject matter.

Materials:  Palette,  paper,  brushes,  paint, board,  masking tape or bull-dog clips, sponge (inexpensive household variety, the larger the better),  misting spray bottle, tissues or paper towel,  pencil, soft or kneaded eraser

Paints (Winsor Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, etc.)

Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre,

Raw Sienna,

Quinacridone Gold Orange: Red Orange (Holbein)

Red: Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson

Brown: Raw and Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder

Blue: Ultra-Marine, Cobalt, Cerulean, Cobalt Turquoise, Lavender (Holbein)

Green: I mix greens but a good one out of the tube is Perylene by W&N

Black: Neutral Tint and/or Paynes Gray

White: Chinese White, Jaune Brilliant

#1 Brushes Mix of flat, (1”, ¾”, ½”), round, (6, 10, 12), mop, (squirrel hair), and rigger brushes.

Quality will vary greatly as will price but today’s synthetic brushes are good quality and reasonably priced.

Paper (Arches, Saunders) I use acid free pure rag paper by manufacturers such as Arches, Saunders, etc, primarily 140 lb. rough texture. Weights, (140lb, 300lb, etc.), and textures are a matter of personal preference and painting style. 


TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor, Christine Kende guides you through the fusing glass process.

Create imagery, realistic or abstract, with glass powders and other heat shaped elements.

Contact The Art Loft 503-325-4442 or email cskende@hotmail.com for more information


Samples you see here include the following techniques;

1. tac fuse powder to create a ‘tooth’, then paint with cutting oil and dust powder on, or dry paint powder.

2. stencil backgrounds and layer other imagery on subsequent firings.

3  sift powder and manipulate with various tools.

4. alter any technique with heat for texture.

5  alter any piece with additional layers.

6  sketch with vitrigraph elements (writing with glass-hot glass is pulled into organic shapes).

7. fused mosaics and collage.

8  glass paper.

9  sand casting imagery.

10 ‘pour’ painting with fusible enamel paints...or use a brush. These are enamels that are compatible with the glass we’ll use.

11. Talk glass, drop those words like an expert, i. e. , coe, 90,96, fusingslumpingtac, firing schedules…..

Kende will have structured fused glass classes (1class per week for 4 weeks) using the traditional/formal creative process.  Each class will include an educational component on the art of fusing glass. 

Participants will create imagery, realistic or abstract, with glass powders and other heat shaped elements.  Techniques will include sgraffito, vitrigraph sketching, and other techniqu.

Samples can be seen at the Art Loft.

Occasionally, Kende will also have themed workshops.

COST:   $35 including all supplies per class  - -  The workshop fee is to be paid in advance or at the beginning of each session.

Christine Kende holds Fine Arts degrees in Music and Education.  She paints with glass because it combines material science and the physics of glass and art.  She has painted with watercolor and acrylic but found her 'voice' is in glass. 

Originally from New Mexico, she gave up the more arid landscape of Utah to be closer to the great Pacific Ocean.