Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 Summer Classes

This summer we've got some really fun projects guaranteed to get your artistic juices up and running!
To register and pay for classes via our secure server on PayPal, simply choose the number of spaces you'd like to reserve and click on the "add to cart" button.
 If you'd like to reserve a space and pay in person, email Jane at: campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com and we'll get back to you within 24 hours with your registration information. 
Happy summer!

 Doodlefest:  Line & Color 
Join us for the latest in a series of classes dedicated to jumpstarting the creative spirit.
Studies have shown that doodling and noodling around not only helps stimulate the creative juices, but it has also been found to improve concentration, listening and recall skills.
No drawing experience required. All materials provided.

Monday, June 27th       1 - 3 pm               cost:  $25
Ages 5-up    •     Class size is limited   •   Preregistration required

(Registration for this class is now closed)


NEW! 
A.C.E. : ART/COOK/EAT! 
A Five Day Printmaking and Cooking Camp for Kids
I'm pleased to announce I've talked my sister, aka Chef Kathy Russell (a well known teacher from Berkeley Public Schools' Cooking and Gardening program) into collaborating with me on a very special camp this summer. 
This all-day blended curriculum will combine fine and culinary arts to create masterpieces for both the eye and the belly.

The cooking section will include basic culinary techniques, knife skills and nutritional guidance
taught in a fun and informative way, using mostly local fresh produce (kids will also get to harvest foods fresh from the organic garden beds at Camp Cactus). Even picky eaters will enjoy preparing nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to share. Sample menus may include Mexican chicken or vegetable soup, refried beans, homemade tortillas, guacamole, and watermelon agua fresca; peach cobbler,  fruit hand pies, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and more...
Chef Kathy's motto is "If they cook it, they will eat it".




The fine art section will focus on printmaking and fiber arts. Students will begin by making handmade, recycled paper and will learn various forms of printmaking, from vegetable stamps, to carved block prints, culminating with a beautiful hand-bound book.


Each student will spend ½ their day in the kitchen, and ½ their day in the studio.

All materials, healthy lunches and snacks provided.




Mon - Fri,  July 11th - 15th       10 am  - 4 pm                     cost: $285
Ages 7 - 14  •  Class size is limited to 10 students 
Preregistration required by Saturday, July 9th
(Registration for this class is now closed)


 



NEW! 
Adult Paper & Printmaking Workshop
Join us for an all-day retreat where we'll first make paper from scratch, and then explore the fundamentals of printmaking. Six hours of instruction will cover block prints, stamps, monoprints and simple binding techniques. Included in tuition are a basic linoleum carving set, carving blocks, a gourmet lunch and delicious snacks.

Saturday, July 16th           9 am - 4 pm                                 cost: $200
Adults  •  Class size limited to 8 students
(Registration for this class is now closed)



* * *  August is Fairy month!  * * *


Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
Get ready for the Fifth Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour!
Join us on Saturday, August 6th for a fun guided tour of quaint and magical homes located in the neighborhood surrounding the studio.  Once again, the Fairies have been busy building in front yards, trees and under bushes all over Hollywood, and we'll supply you with a map and stories about the Fairy families who live in these homes.We'll start out at Camp Cactus Studio, and walk around the neighborhood, ending up back at Camp Cactus for a snack. I hope you can join us for this very special and magical event.  If we're lucky, we may even see a Fairy or two!   
 The tour is open to all ages, but you must be able to walk a fair distance (about a mile in all).  

Saturday, August 6th  10am-noon                      cost: $20
All ages. 
Please note: Children under 6 are free, 
but must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
Meet at Camp Cactus Studio, 4458 NE Brazee. The tour will begin at 10:15. See you there!


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Fantastical Fairy Architecture
Along with our imagination, we'll use natural, recycled and found materials to design and build tiny dwellings for those magical beings who live all around us.  Feel free to bring materials from your own garden, such as pine cones, acorns, pebbles and seed pods. We'll provide ample building materials for everyone. This 3-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-100

Monday, August 8th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35 
Ages 7- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
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Fairy Homes and Gardens 
Let's plant a little fairy garden! First, we'll design and plant a tiny landscape, then we'll build structures, like fairy benches, bridges and swings to entice the fairies to move in!  

All materials and plants provided.

Tuesday, August 9th     10 - 12 pm                       cost: $30
Ages 6- up  •  Class size is limited  
Preregistration required by Thursday, August 4th
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Fanciful Fairy Furniture
Fanciful Fairy Furniture....say that three times, fast!Come over to the studio and make tiny little rustic chairs, tables, beds and other things to furnish your Fairy house (it also makes a sweet display on a shelf). We'll show you how to put together twigs, moss and leaves to create truly fanciful little pieces that will tickle your imagination and make you smile every time you look at them!

Tuesday, August 9th    1 - 3 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 7- up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


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Painting Aboriginal Art:
Symbols and Stories
Learn about dreamtime and walkabouts, and how the native people of Australia use symbols and paintings to tell the story of the world around them. We'll paint our own dream images and stories on canvas using aboriginal art techniques.
Canvas and paint provided.

Monday, August 15th     1-4 pm                     cost: $35
Ages 6 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

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Monday, May 30, 2016

It's that time again!


Please join us in the studio for the annual summer sale!
Over 20 local artists will fill the studio and garden with handmade art.
Artists reception and preview evening
Friday, June 3rd  •  6-9 pm
Saturday and Sunday
June 4th and 5th
10 am - 6 pm
Celebrate summer!
We're located at 4458 NE Brazee, between NE 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood.
Click here for a handy map to the studio

Sunday, December 20, 2015

December classes in the studio

2016 is almost here, but there's still time to enjoy a few really fun creative classes in the studio in December. We have some brand new ones, as well as a few that are back by popular demand.

To register and pay for classes via our secure server on PayPal, simply choose the number of spaces you'd like to reserve and click on the "add to cart" button.
If you'd like to reserve a space and pay in person, email Jane at: campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com
We'll get back to you within 24 hours with your registration information. What are you waiting for? Let's get creative!  

Let it Snow!
'Tis the season, and I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, along with most of the kids I know. Here's a way to decorate your windows with giant flakes, just in case the real thing gets foiled by El NiƱo…;-) We'll make lots of flakes, and I'm pretty sure no two will be the same! All materials provided.  Adults accompanying a registered child are free.
Monday, December 21st  10am-noon      $25
Ages 6 - adult   •  Class size is limited   •  Preregistration required
Sorry, this class is closed.




Build a Snow Village
Remember those little paper or cardboard houses from long ago? Here’s your chance to build your own miniature village to display on a shelf or mantle, just in time for your holiday decorating! This is also a great project for parents and children to build together.  Adults accompanying a registered child are free. All materials provided.

Monday, December 21st  1:00-4:00pm      $25
Ages 5- adult   •  Class size is limited   •  Preregistration required
Sorry, this class is closed.


Sheep and Llamas!
In this fun fibre arts workshop, we'll make a flock of woolly Icelandic sheep and llamas. Perfect for decorating a tree or mantle. This class teaches basic sewing and embroidery skills. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

Tuesday, December 22nd  1-3 pm     $25 
Ages 6 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is closed.

 


Dreamcatchers
Do you or someone you know sometimes have bad dreams? Catch them in a beautiful handmade web which will filter them out and let only good thoughts and dreams get through. The Ojibway Native Peoples have a legend about these webs. Learn about how and why they came to be in this informative and fun class.
Tuesday afternoon, December 29th   1-3 pm      $25  
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is closed. 


Design Your Own Prayer Flags
In this class, we'll learn a bit about the Tibetan custom of hanging colorful flags containing mantras and prayers to promote peace and other messages, which are said to be carried on the wind and spread throughout the world. We'll design and assemble our own interpretations of these flags using stamps, paints, stencils and inks.  Just in time to hang up and spread goodwill in the New Year!
This is a fun class for parents and kids to take together.
All materials included.

Monday afternoon, December 28th   1-4 pm      $30  
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is closed.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

gaga over glass

The Holiday Sale in the studio is coming up in just a few days,
 so the sneak previews will continue!
Camp Cactus Holiday Sale
Preview night and artist's reception:
Friday Evening, December 4th  •  6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday
December 5th & 6th  •  10am - 6pm
4458 NE Brazee, between NE 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood

Joining us for the sale once again, we have two wonderful glass artists:
First up, Jenelle Kathan from Moonbeam Glassworks
 Her latest ornaments will be available at the sale on Friday evening…come early for the best selection!

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Kathy Kollenburn makes beautiful bowls, plates and decorative pieces
and she's been quite busy putting together new pieces for the show.
Hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, November 30, 2015

beautiful, functional pottery

The Holiday Sale in the studio is coming right up, and joining me will be some very talented potters and sculptors who have been (literally!) up to their elbows in clay and glazes to bring you beautiful and functional works of art for your home.
 Julie Stewart's gorgeous glazes evoke the sea,
and her serving and dining pieces are dishwasher safe and lead free.
Her stacked Raku "rock" lamps bring a rustic elegance to Portland's Craftsman homes.
 Courtney Wilson's modern, clean lined style...
and lastly, Elisabeth Cook Sullivan is a master animal sculptor, 
whose current passion is building carousels and horses.
Camp Cactus Holiday Sale
Preview night and artist's reception:
Friday Evening, December 4th  •  6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday
December 5th & 6th  •  10am - 6pm
4458 NE Brazee, between NE 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

and the countdown begins!



In just a little more than two weeks, the studio will be magically transformed from its current status as art supply disaster area to a beautiful winter boutique featuring the creations of over 20 local artists for our annual holiday sale. Stay tuned for previews of some really original and cool art and functional crafts!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

calling all fairy carpenters

Fanciful Fairy Furniture. Say that three times, fast!
Come over to the studio and make tiny little rustic chairs, tables, beds and other things to furnish your Fairy house (or a sweet display on a shelf). We'll show you how to put together twigs, moss and leaves to create truly fanciful little pieces that will tickle your imagination and make you smile every time you look at it!



By the way, this class is not just for kids…it's open to everyone ages 7 - 107. So come on over and make some Fairy magic!


(This class is now closed)

Friday, November 6, 2015

join us for the last Doodlefest of fall!


Saturday Night Doodlefest: Psychedelic Paisleys
Join us for another fun class in a series dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In these workshops, artists and non-artists alike will learn how doodling and noodling around not only helps stimulate the creative juices, but how it has also been found to help us improve our concentration, listening and recall skills.
In this class, we'll teach you how to draw amazing, detailed paisleys.
We'll have sparkling cider, wine and goodies to nibble, too!
All materials provided, but feel free to bring your favorite doodle pen or pencil and sketchbook. No drawing experience required.

Saturday, November 7th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $25
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
(This class is now closed)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween is coming!

There's still time to sign up for some fun and crazy classes!



Mummy Workshop
Just in time for Halloween, these poseable mummies can really liven up your spooky decorating!
All materials provided.

Friday, October 23rd     10 am - noon         cost: $25
Ages 6-up • Class size is limited • Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)


Pumpkin Dioramas
Another fun Halloween project, these cool little dioramas are spook-tacular!
All materials provided.
Friday, October 23rd      1 - 3 pm         cost: $35
Ages 7-up • Class size is limited • Preregistration required
(This class is now closed)


(photo borrowed from here)
Dia de los Muertos Art
In Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a traditional holiday dedicated to the memory of departed loved ones. It is a day to celebrate and remember them with joy and thanks, rather than sorrow.
Altars are made in honor of friends and family members (even beloved pets!) and are displayed with bright colors, mementos, favorite snacks and decorations in a place of honor in the home.
We'll learn a little about this custom and build our own altars for people or pets who were dear to us.
Bring a photo or mementos to use in your project.

Saturday, October 24th          7-9 pm          cost: $30
Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
(This class is now closed) 
(photo courtesy of Grace Art Camp)

4 Spaces still available
Creature Feature!
In this fibre arts workshop, we'll make all kinds of crazy, fun creatures from various materials.
No prior sewing experience necessary. Teaches basic sewing, embroidery and pattern-making skills.
All materials provided.

Friday, October 30th     1 - 3 pm           cost: $25
Ages 6- up   • Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall classes begin October 9th!

This fall we've got some really fun projects guaranteed to get your artistic juices up and running!
To register and pay for classes via our secure server on PayPal, simply choose the number of spaces you'd like to reserve and click on the "add to cart" button.
 If you'd like to reserve a space and pay in person, email Jane at: campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com
 We'll get back to you within 24 hours with your registration information. What are you waiting for? Let's get creative! 

~  O C T O B E R  ~ 



Fabulous Fairy Footwear
Make your very own designer Fairy or Elf shoes. We'll draft a custom-sized pattern and sew and embellish with threads and buttons and ribbons and magic. No prior sewing experience necessary. All materials provided. This class teaches basic pattern making, embroidery and hand-sewing skills.

Friday afternoon, October 9th   1:00-4:00 pm       $35 
Ages 6 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)


Saturday Night Doodlefest: Autumn Squiggles
Join us for the latest in a series of classes dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In these workshops, artists and non-artists alike learn how doodling and noodling around not only helps stimulate the creative juices, but how it has also been found to improve concentration, listening and recall skills.
In this class, we'll teach you how to draw amazing, detailed paisleys.
We'll have sparkling cider, wine and goodies to nibble, too!
No drawing experience required. All materials provided.

Saturday, October 10th       7 - 9 pm               cost:  $25
Adult     •     Class size is limited   •   Preregistration required
(This class is now closed, but scroll down…there's another Doodlefest in November!)


Succulent Centerpieces
Come on over and hang out at the studio and put together a modern little succulent garden in a bamboo dish. All materials provided. We'll provide adult refreshments and goodies to nibble on.
Saturday, October 17th       7 - 9 pm               cost:  $45
Adult     •     Class size is limited   •   Preregistration required by October 14

(This class is now closed)


Mummy Workshop
Just in time for Halloween, these poseable mummies can really liven up your spooky decorating!
All materials provided.

Friday, October 23rd     10 am - noon         cost: $25
Ages 6-up • Class size is limited • Preregistration required

(This class is now closed) 

Pumpkin Dioramas
Another fun Halloween project, these cool little dioramas are spook-tacular!
All materials provided.
Friday, October 23rd      1 - 3 pm         cost: $35
Ages 7-up • Class size is limited • Preregistration required

(This class is now closed) 
(photo borrowed from here)
Dia de los Muertos Art
In Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a traditional holiday dedicated to the memory of departed loved ones. It is a day to celebrate and remember them with joy and thanks, rather than sorrow.
Altars are made in honor of friends and family members (even beloved pets!) and are displayed with bright colors, mementos, favorite snacks and decorations in a place of honor in the home.
We'll learn a little about this custom and build our own altars for people or pets who were dear to us.
Bring a photo or mementos to use in your project.

Saturday, October 24th          7-9 pm          cost: $30
Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)
(photo courtesy of Grace Art Camp)

Creature Feature!
In this fibre arts workshop, we'll make all kinds of crazy, fun creatures from various materials.
No prior sewing experience necessary. Teaches basic sewing, embroidery and pattern-making skills.
All materials provided.

Friday, October 30th     1 - 3 pm           cost: $25
Ages 6- up   • Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed) 


~  N O V E M B E R  ~  


Saturday Night Doodlefest: Psychedelic Paisleys
Join us for another fun class in a series dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In these workshops, artists and non-artists alike will learn how doodling and noodling around not only helps stimulate the creative juices, but how it has also been found to help us improve our concentration, listening and recall skills.  We'll provide all the materials you'll need, but feel free to bring your favorite doodle pen or pencil and sketchbook. No drawing experience required.
We'll have sparkling cider, wine and goodies to nibble, tunes and fun conversation.
All materials provided, just bring your creative self!

Saturday, November 7th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $25
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)


Fanciful Fairy Furniture
Come to the studio and use twigs and moss and leaves and flowers to build a tiny chair or bed or table (or whatever else you might be inspired to create to furnish a Fairy house or garden).
Set your imagination free and let it fly!
All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own materials for embellishments like acorns, moss and leaves from your garden.

Wednesday, November 11th    1 - 3 pm            $25
Ages 7 - 107  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)
(Art by Sheila Klein)

Altered Book Poetry: An All Day Workshop
Also known as Redacted, Blackout, or Found Poetry, this mixed media, recycled and somewhat free form class engages our imagination in two ways: with both visual art and creative word work.  Using pages from discarded books and magazines, words are redacted to create poetry from those remaining, and then the background is painted and colored to enhance the poem.
It's challenging and highly addictive!
All materials and catered lunch provided.
Saturday, November 14th    10 am - 3 pm            $75
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

(This class is now closed)