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Gualala Arts Workshop
Painting with Colored Pencils
Instructor: Barbara Krans Jenkins

Wednesday - Saturday
July 23 - 26, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Painting with Colored Pencils, with Barbara Krans Jenkins
Register by:   July 9, 2008
Tuition:   $300 members; $330 non-members
Materials Fee:   $25
Class size:   minimum 7; maximum 20

Join artist Barbara Krans and learn about combining pen & ink with colored pencil, creating work that has some "punch" to it!

There will be mini-demonstrations of several popular colored pencil techniques (such as "Layering", "Grisaille", & "Burnishing" & touching on Watercolor pencils for those who wish). There will be tips on design & composition, exercises, step-by-step examples, pointers for taking and working from photographs.

Ms. Jenkins' work has been recently published (her eighth time!) in "The Ultimate Guide to Painting from Photographs." There will be lots of nurturing personal attention! While previous drawing experience helps, it is not required as Jenkins will work with you at your individual skill level. Returning students are welcome to come and pick up where they left off!

Barbara's teaching goals

Painting with Colored Pencils, with Barbara Krans Jenkins "To impart my passion for my medium and subjects. To teach technical skills which can in turn be applied to whatever subject desired. To help students find confidence in themselves to find their own way as individual artists. To help them grow in their ability to see the world more deeply, and appreciatively. To help students find joy in creativity."

More about Barbara

Barbara Krans Jenkins enjoys working on location, whether it is doing a scenic vista, a delicate botanical study or a more elaborate painting, selecting forest floor microcosms from the abundant flora and fauna around her. It is always important to her to capture the delicate ecological balance of her subjects in their environment. She finds her subject matter from her Cuyahoga Valley National Park home; West, across our land to the Mendocino headlands of Northern California, East, soon; to the coasts of northern Maine's Acadia National Park; and North, to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Jenkins paintings hang in galleries, corporate and private collections here and abroad. To date, her work has been published in eight books.

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Painting From Photographs, North Light Books ("NLB"), 2005
  2. Colored Pencil Explorations, by Janie Gildow, NLB. One painting. 2002.
  3. Artist's Photo Reference - Buildings & Barns, by Gary Greene, NLB. Chapter Artist.2001
  4. Artist's Photo Reference, FLOWERS by Gary Greene, NLB... front cover, chapter artist. 2000
  5. The Best of Flower Painting edited by Kathy Kipp, NLB, 1997 (back cover of British version)
  6. Creative Colored Pencil Landscapes by Vera Curnow, Rockport Pub. Chapter Artist, 1996
  7. Creative Colored Pencil, A Step by Step Guide by Vera Curnow, Rockport Pub, gallery section 1995
  8. Introduction to Figure Drawing, by Philip Wigg, Wm. C. Brown Co. Inc. Publishers, 1967

Painting with Colored Pencils, with Barbara Krans Jenkins Although Barbara works in oil, pastels and watercolor on occasion, she prefers the control, blending quality and convenience of the dry painting medium of professional grade Colored Pencil pigments (oil, water, and/or wax based), often over fine ink contour lines. Her love of line is clear in her work. As she applies her pigments, many say her subjects "... spring to life, right off whatever surface you are working on!"

Recently, Barbara's work has taken her into the three dimensional realm of Fine Art. She is now bringing her wildlife subjects to the surfaces of Gourds, and is winning many prizes in shows across the country already! She prepares her gourds by cleaning first, drawing her designs onto their surfaces with wood-burning tools, sculpting with Dremel tools and finally applying pigment with Archival colored pencils, finishing the gourd/vases off with multiple coats of UV protecting and clear Acrylic coats to seal them for life! The most common comment thus far is "I've NEVER seen anything like these ANYWHERE, before!"

In recent years Jenkins has become an increasingly sought after Painting with Colored Pencils, with Barbara Krans Jenkins Instructor of workshops on a variety of Colored Pencil techniques across the nation, so far, teaching in CA, CO, IL, MI, NH, NM, OH, TX, WA, WY, and Canada. She has also increased in demand as a speaker, sharing her love and passion for her art to art organizations wherever she goes. Jenkins enjoys doing Architectural Renderings as well as Pet Portraits.

Many of her originals are in the permanent collection of outstanding N.E. OH contemporary Artists in the Sargeant-Laessig Fine Art Museum in Hinckley, OH. Currently other galleries representing her original art and giclees, are The Hudson Fine Art and Framing Gallery, Hudson, OH,; The Lynn Prentiss Gallery, Fort Bragg, CA.; the Harris Stanton Gallery of Fairlawn, OH. and the Gibson House B&B Gallery, VT. The Gallery of Framing in Fairlawn, OH, represents a wide array of her printed works.

Barbara is affiliated with several art groups, among them, the Colored Pencil Society of America and Akron Society of Artists (ASA, Signature member, '94 -'96: Secretary); She has also served as Director of the Art Gallery of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, OH (1996-2006).

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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