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Announcing Our Spring Workshops!

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Join us online with Gavin Snider, Mike Daikubara, Sushma Hegde, and Jared Cullum.  
A table covered in overlapping paintings of peonies, with a window looking out into the countryside.

A table of peony paintings by Sushma Hegde.

Dear Art Toolkit,

We’re excited to announce our Spring Workshop Series featuring artists to inspire your creative adventures, big and small! We have our artist friends Gavin Snider, Mike Daikubara, Sushma Hegde, and Jared Cullum here to inspire you with colorful approaches to urban scenes, wildflowers, and simplifying landscapes from April through June. Sushma and Gavin joined us for our live demo series this past year, as did Mike back in 2020. Jared and Mike have led Art Toolkit workshops in the past, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back! Learn more and register below.

Our Spring Workshop Series is Here!

Are you looking for a way to kick off the new season with sketching? Look no further: registration for our Spring Workshop Series is open!

Brooklyn Brownstones

Explore Cityscapes in Color

Join us online on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am–12:30pm Pacific for Brooklyn Brownstones with Gavin Snider! In this workshop, we’ll take on the architecture of Brooklyn, New York, specifically the brownstone. We’ll focus on buildings and everything around them: stoops, fire escapes, shadows, bicycles, cars, and trees.

We’ll practice building up a painting from light to dark, carving out a city scene with increasing detail. Gavin will show you how to harness the unexpected and go straight to the blank page, embracing the idea that you’re not really creating a painting; you’re documenting an experience. Read on to learn more about Gavin, and register for his workshop here.

A painting of a brick facad with people and awnings.
A portrait of a man holding a board easel as he paints on an urban street.

Gavin Snider lives and works in Brooklyn, where he paints to slow down the world and draws to better understand the places and people around him. With a background in architecture, much of Gavin’s work focuses on buildings and cityscapes. He likes to pick a location, pack up a notebook, and go paint. In a way, his paintings are a form of urbanism, the study of city life.

Color First, Ink Later

Loosen Up Your Watercolors

Join us online on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am – 12:30pm Pacific for Color First, Ink Later with Mike Daikubara! Sketching a complex scene can be intimidating at first, requiring lots of planning, underlying line work, and time. Mike is here to introduce an approach he likes to call “color first, ink later,” which emphasizes jumping into a sketch and letting the details come later.

In Mike’s workshop, you will learn to dive in with broad watercolor washes of loose color first. Instead of jumping in with small details and intricate line work, we will focus on embracing the unpredictability of watercolors and the spontaneous color mixing that comes from making a splash on your page and yielding vibrant, dynamic sketches!

A hand holds up a sketch of a giant arch in mulit-colors, with the arch in the backdrop.
A man in a black fedora holds up a colorful sketch and palette in a cafe scene.

Mike Daikubara is the author of two fantastic Urban Sketching tutorial books including Sketch Now, Think Later and Color First, Ink Later (available in our Port Townsend shop). He is an artist, designer, and author who began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to help him communicate better and faster at his day job as a designer. Now, he sketches daily to see, understand, and enjoy the world around him!

Wildflowers in Watercolor

Create Bright, Whimsical Florals

Join us online on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am – 11:30am Pacific for Wildflowers in Watercolor with Sushma Hegde! Spring is in the air, and what better way to spend it than by painting a beautiful array of blooming wildflowers?

Sushma will guide you through the basics of mark-making, color mixing, and understanding how to achieve the right water-to-paint balance. Come learn the art of simplification to avoid getting caught up in all the details while painting flowers. You’ll practice maintaining loose and whimsical strokes by directly using watercolors, skipping the common step of starting with pencil sketches.

A sketch of wildflowers in yellows and pinks with delicate green stems on a tabletop.
A woman smiles, holding a vase filled with brushes and paintings in the background

Sushma Hegde is a self-taught artist, best-selling author, and educator. She paints beautiful florals and landscapes inspired by the nature and wilderness around her. In her best-selling book Wildflower Watercolor, Sushma simplifies and demystifies the process of painting to encourage more people to find joy in creating.

Simplifying Landscapes

Capture Value and Light

Join us online Saturday, June 8th, from 10am – 12:30pm Pacific for Simplifying Landscapes with Jared Cullum! With the human eye able to detect millions of colors, our world is infinitely visually complex, and every landscape tells a story. How do we take this vastness and condense it down to a visual piece of art that viewers can connect with?

In this workshop, Jared will break down the key components of simplifying a landscape through exercises in brush techniques, value studies, and a step-by-step instructional demonstration. Together, we will explore a repeatable method of simplifying a complex scene to create impactful sketches that transport a viewer through light and atmosphere.

A muted-toned landscape with greenery and a bus with people.
A portrait of a man with glasses staring serenely at the camera, art in the backdrop.

Jared Cullum is an award-winning author-cartoonist and painter of things living in Pittsburgh, PA. His debut young adult book, Kodi (also available in our Port Townsend shop), was nominated for multiple awards and won the Rueben Award in 2021. He has written and painted children’s and young adult stories for Jim Henson Productions, IDW, Insight Editions, and others. 

Jared regularly posts lessons and demonstrations on his YouTube channel and is an avid outdoor painter and teacher of plein air and figure painting.

We are so excited to welcome such a talented group of watercolor artists to lead workshops reflecting their unique passions. From flowers and the natural scenes around us to architecture and the urban environment, this season’s lineup has something for everybody! See you online!

Introducing Circle

If you have joined us for workshops recently, you'll know that we are now using Circle—a community platform for hosting our workshops, from supply lists to reference images, as well as a place to share art! After signing up for any of our workshops, watch for the Art Toolkit Community invitation in your inbox to get started!

 Welcome! We're so happy to have you join our Art Toolkit Learning Community, and we look forward to creating tc briefly about how our community and workshops work. You'll always be able to find this message by vi menu. Each workshop you've registered for contains essential details, including a link to our live calls and refe have access to the Art Toolkit Community Space, a space for people who have registered for our worl musings, questions, and inspiration! Here are a few things we encourage you to do to make the most of our Art Toolkit Learning Community uplift each other. 1. Please take a moment to review our Community Guidelines, Community Privacy, and set your N 2. Visit our Community Space, introduce yourself with a new post, and let us know something you ar comment on three others’ posts to support each other! b e e e Al N TR P e U T P

As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too.

Best wishes,

Maria & the Art Toolkit Team

Art Toolkit

1003 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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Join us online with Gavin Snider, Mike Daikubara, Sushma Hegde, and Jared Cullum.   A table covered in overlapping paintings of peonies, with a window looking out into the countryside. A TABLE OF PEONY PAINTINGS BY SUSHMA HEGDE. Art Toolkit ADVENTURE ART SUPPLY Dear Art Toolkit, We’re excited to announce our Spring Workshop Series featuring artists to inspire your creative adventures, big and small! We have our artist friends Gavin Snider, Mike Daikubara, Sushma Hegde, and Jared Cullum here to inspire you with colorful approaches to urban scenes, wildflowers, and simplifying landscapes from April through June. Sushma and Gavin joined us for our live demo series this past year, as did Mike back in 2020. Jared and Mike have led Art Toolkit workshops in the past, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back! Learn more and register below. OUR SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES IS HERE! Are you looking for a way to kick off the new season with sketching? Look no further: registration for our Spring Workshop Series is open! BROOKLYN BROWNSTONES EXPLORE CITYSCAPES IN COLOR Join us online on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am–12:30pm Pacific for Brooklyn Brownstones with Gavin Snider! In this workshop, we’ll take on the architecture of Brooklyn, New York, specifically the brownstone. We’ll focus on buildings and everything around them: stoops, fire escapes, shadows, bicycles, cars, and trees. We’ll practice building up a painting from light to dark, carving out a city scene with increasing detail. Gavin will show you how to harness the unexpected and go straight to the blank page, embracing the idea that you’re not really creating a painting; you’re documenting an experience. Read on to learn more about Gavin, and register for his workshop here. A painting of a brick facad with people and awnings. A portrait of a man holding a board easel as he paints on an urban street. Gavin Snider lives and works in Brooklyn, where he paints to slow down the world and draws to better understand the places and people around him. With a background in architecture, much of Gavin’s work focuses on buildings and cityscapes. He likes to pick a location, pack up a notebook, and go paint. In a way, his paintings are a form of urbanism, the study of city life. Register for Gavin’s Workshop COLOR FIRST, INK LATER LOOSEN UP YOUR WATERCOLORS Join us online on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am – 12:30pm Pacific for Color First, Ink Later with Mike Daikubara! Sketching a complex scene can be intimidating at first, requiring lots of planning, underlying line work, and time. Mike is here to introduce an approach he likes to call “color first, ink later,” which emphasizes jumping into a sketch and letting the details come later. In Mike’s workshop, you will learn to dive in with broad watercolor washes of loose color first. Instead of jumping in with small details and intricate line work, we will focus on embracing the unpredictability of watercolors and the spontaneous color mixing that comes from making a splash on your page and yielding vibrant, dynamic sketches! A hand holds up a sketch of a giant arch in mulit-colors, with the arch in the backdrop. A man in a black fedora holds up a colorful sketch and palette in a cafe scene. Mike Daikubara is the author of two fantastic Urban Sketching tutorial books including Sketch Now, Think Later and Color First, Ink Later (available in our Port Townsend shop). He is an artist, designer, and author who began carrying a sketchbook in 2000 to help him communicate better and faster at his day job as a designer. Now, he sketches daily to see, understand, and enjoy the world around him! Register for Mike’s Workshop WILDFLOWERS IN WATERCOLOR CREATE BRIGHT, WHIMSICAL FLORALS Join us online on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am – 11:30am Pacific for Wildflowers in Watercolor with Sushma Hegde! Spring is in the air, and what better way to spend it than by painting a beautiful array of blooming wildflowers? Sushma will guide you through the basics of mark-making, color mixing, and understanding how to achieve the right water-to-paint balance. Come learn the art of simplification to avoid getting caught up in all the details while painting flowers. You’ll practice maintaining loose and whimsical strokes by directly using watercolors, skipping the common step of starting with pencil sketches. A sketch of wildflowers in yellows and pinks with delicate green stems on a tabletop. A woman smiles, holding a vase filled with brushes and paintings in the background Sushma Hegde is a self-taught artist, best-selling author, and educator. She paints beautiful florals and landscapes inspired by the nature and wilderness around her. In her best-selling book Wildflower Watercolor, Sushma simplifies and demystifies the process of painting to encourage more people to find joy in creating. Register for Sushma’s Workshop SIMPLIFYING LANDSCAPES CAPTURE VALUE AND LIGHT Join us online Saturday, June 8th, from 10am – 12:30pm Pacific for Simplifying Landscapes with Jared Cullum! With the human eye able to detect millions of colors, our world is infinitely visually complex, and every landscape tells a story. How do we take this vastness and condense it down to a visual piece of art that viewers can connect with? In this workshop, Jared will break down the key components of simplifying a landscape through exercises in brush techniques, value studies, and a step-by-step instructional demonstration. Together, we will explore a repeatable method of simplifying a complex scene to create impactful sketches that transport a viewer through light and atmosphere. A muted-toned landscape with greenery and a bus with people. A portrait of a man with glasses staring serenely at the camera, art in the backdrop. Jared Cullum is an award-winning author-cartoonist and painter of things living in Pittsburgh, PA. His debut young adult book, Kodi (also available in our Port Townsend shop), was nominated for multiple awards and won the Rueben Award in 2021. He has written and painted children’s and young adult stories for Jim Henson Productions, IDW, Insight Editions, and others.  Jared regularly posts lessons and demonstrations on his YouTube channel and is an avid outdoor painter and teacher of plein air and figure painting. Register for Jared’s Workshop We are so excited to welcome such a talented group of watercolor artists to lead workshops reflecting their unique passions. From flowers and the natural scenes around us to architecture and the urban environment, this season’s lineup has something for everybody! See you online! INTRODUCING CIRCLE If you have joined us for workshops recently, you'll know that we are now using Circle—a community platform for hosting our workshops, from supply lists to reference images, as well as a place to share art! After signing up for any of our workshops, watch for the Art Toolkit Community invitation in your inbox to get started! Welcome! We're so happy to have you join our Art Toolkit Learning Community, and we look forward to creating tc briefly about how our community and workshops work. You'll always be able to find this message by vi menu. Each workshop you've registered for contains essential details, including a link to our live calls and refe have access to the Art Toolkit Community Space, a space for people who have registered for our worl musings, questions, and inspiration! Here are a few things we encourage you to do to make the most of our Art Toolkit Learning Community uplift each other. 1. Please take a moment to review our Community Guidelines, Community Privacy, and set your N 2. Visit our Community Space, introduce yourself with a new post, and let us know something you ar comment on three others’ posts to support each other! b e e e Al N TR P e U T P As always, we appreciate your support, enthusiasm, and inspiring ideas. Please keep in touch, and we’d love to hear your news! We always enjoy connecting on Instagram and Facebook, too. Best wishes, Maria & the Art Toolkit Team instagram youtube facebook ART TOOLKIT 1003 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368
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