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Sat, May 20


Clark College Frost Art Center Room 103

Weathered Boards and Rusted Tin: Painting Barns in Watercolor with Nathun Finkhouse

Have you ever wanted to capture the rustic nature of an old barn in your own watercolor paintings? With their weathered quality of imperfection, subtle color variations, and intriguing textures, these dilapidated buildings seem to tell a story that lends itself to an artistic work.

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Weathered Boards and Rusted Tin: Painting Barns in Watercolor with Nathun Finkhouse
Weathered Boards and Rusted Tin: Painting Barns in Watercolor with Nathun Finkhouse

Time & Location

May 20, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Clark College Frost Art Center Room 103, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA


About the event

In this course, Nathun Finkhouse will walk you through his process of painting a barn from start to finish while answering any questions you may have.  The focus will be on earthy color mixing, using various texture combinations, and emphasizing the imperfections in the scene. Bring your own photo reference to make this experience meaningful and unique or use a provided photo from Nathun’s collection. 

Supply List- 

• Watercolor Paint set - 12 or more colors (Recommended brands

include M. Graham, Reeves, Windsor and Newton, and Daniel Smith)

Please get tubes of paint and not cakes. Color recommendations- Paynes

Grey, Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, Crimson, Brilliant Red, Ultramarine,

Cerulean, Cobalt, Yellow Ochre, Medium Yellow, Deep Yellow, Sap Green,

Green Light 

• Brushes- Rigger Brush, Flat Brushes, and Round Brushes in large,

medium, and small sizes

• Palette Knife

• Palette with lid and large mixing well in the middle.  Bigger the


• Sketchbook

• Masking Tape

• 140 cold press Watercolor paper (various sizes depending on

preference. 9x12, 16x20, and 18x24)

• Pencils (6H, HB, 2B)

• Eraser (Regular and Kneaded)

• Photo reference of a weathered barn or similar building 

Nathun Finkhouse is originally from central Idaho where he earned an Art Education degree.  Growing up in Idaho, Nathun was surrounded by beautiful landscapes and rustic scenes of rusty cars and abandoned barns. These images and memories greatly informed Nathun’s artistic vision as can be observed in many of his paintings.

Nathun is interested in the abandoned nature of rustic scenes where man-made objects are slowly being reclaimed

by the surrounding land. Over time, nothing is spared by the relentless and resilient nature of the wilderness.  Nathun Finkhouse is experienced in Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Pencil, and Pastels. With about 20 years of experience in art, he is a current instructor at Clark College, Vancouver Art Space, and independently hosts his own Paint and Sip events. Nathun is also a proud member of the Mosaic Arts Alliance and Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Other than art, Nathun is a professional musician and can be found playing his original music locally on a regular basis.

Refund Policy: The workshop fee includes a 10% non-refundable cancellation fee if a cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the workshop. A 50% non-refundable fee if cancellation is made between 30 or 7 days. No refund will be made for a NO SHOW or a cancellation with less than 7 days of notice prior to the workshop.

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