Jun 6 - Jun 8, 2023


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97365



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Add zing to your paintings with patterns! Join award-winning artist Margaret Godfrey for 3 fun-filled days of creating new and interesting ways to paint in water-based media using patterns. Make a personally designed stamp, explore symbols and shapes, and create papers for collage.

June 6, 7, 8
9am – 4pm (lunch break 12-1pm)
Room 205 – Newport Visual Arts Center

Ages 18+. Maximum 12 students. Please wear old, comfortable clothes.
Scholarships are available (if funds are a barrier, please inquire!)

Day 1: Explore personal symbols. What items hold meaning for you or loved ones? (Example: my youngest daughter loves sunflowers, so they now symbolize her in my art.) Put those images into stamps to be used on paintings. Create some collage papers. Begin a painting that will later include patterns.

Day 2: Begin applying patterns to paintings, using stamps and collage material made the day before. Margaret will give each participant individual time and instruction.

Day 3: Morning will be spent on individual work, continuing the pattern journey by adding interest to the artwork. After lunch, there will be a critique/discussion of the work made in the workshop.

Please bring the equipment you are familiar with, and include the following additional supplies (instructor will provide any additional materials needed.):

• A surface to place your paper on (heavy cardboard, Masonite, foam core, or gater board)

• Sponge, rags, paper towels

• Sketch paper, pencils and erasers

• A palette with your favorite Paints and familiar colors (If new to watercolors, contact Margaret for a suggested small limited color palette.)

• Exacto knife or box cutter

• Black sharpie

• Tracing paper

• Scissors

• Large water container

• Glue or matte medium

• Optional: frog tape, masking fluid, freezer paper

Paper: Instructor recommend Arches 140 or 300 lb. cold press. 2-3 full sheets of WC paper. Only bring student grade paper for experimenting, using good WC paper for finished paintings.

Brushes and Paints: Bring the watercolor/acrylic paints and brushes that you usually use. Include brushes to use with acrylic and matte medium.

Reference Materials: photos, drawings, poems, journals, etc. Old (failed?) Paintings: Bring 2 or 3 paintings that have a similar palette for cutting and tearing for collage.

Other Cool Stuff (if you have them): Stamps, Watercolor pencils, Chalk, Inks, other mark-making things.

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the supplies . . .we can share!

Instructor Information:

Margaret Godfrey is a symbolic painter who has been described as a conceptual artist. Her paintings have an abundance of symbols, which help tell the underlying story of a series. By working in a series, she is able to explore and express different aspects of the pictorial metaphor. Her patterns and decorative designs flow through her body of work, connecting the layers and messages of a series. In viewing her paintings, look beyond the literal; search for the allegory. Her pictures incorporate both representational and abstract styles and often include both. She uses watercolor, acrylic, ink, and collage in her creative works on paper. Living in the beautiful McKenzie Valley in Oregon and traveling throughout the U.S and abroad, she finds an abundance of inspiration for creating art. Margaret shares her enthusiasm for art through teaching workshops and engaging in active membership in art associations.

Margaret is an award-winning member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Northwest Watercolor Society and she is a signature member of Northwest Watercolor Society and Hawaii Watercolor Society. She is a member of Watercolor West, National Watercolor Societies, and American Watercolor Society. Her works have been in juried shows around the United States. Her paintings hang in private and public collections in the U.S., Honduras, Canada and Japan. Margaret is a self-educated artist with a background in education and counseling. She has studied with many nationally known artists

“I am a native Oregonian born with a bit of wanderlust. To my great fortune, I have been able to travel to many different parts of our planet, learning so much along the way. My art is often sparked by these travels, which is true of the series displayed at the Newport Performing Arts Center, Educate the Girls of the World. In my art, I hope to inspire my viewers to think outside their personal bubble.
Another passion of mine is teaching. For over 50 years teaching has taken me down many paths. Now I am teaching art and sharing my excitement for creating art to beginners as well as professional artists.” – Margaret Godfrey

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