Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Break Classes in the studio


Sign up deadline is midnight on Friday, March 21st!
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 chairs, tables and swings to entice the fairies to move in!
All materials and plants provided.
Registration deadline extended: Friday, March 21st
Sorry, this class is now closed.
Monday, March 24th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 7- up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


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.
Sorry, this class is now closed.
Tuesday, March 25th     10 am  - noon           cost: $25
Ages 7- up   • Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


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. Teaches basic sewing, embroidery and pattern-making skills.
All materials provided.
Sorry, this class is now closed.
Tuesday, March 25th      2 - 4:30 pm                cost: $30
Ages 7 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

doodling at the pub

Last night some friends and I walked over to our friendly neighborhood pub for a little sketching session. Here's mine:


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

the secrets of beautiful handwriting


Let's bring back the art of fine handwriting!
 Who wouldn't love to get a beautifully addressed 
and hand-delivered letter

Perfect Your Penmanship
Does your handwriting look like chicken scratchings? Do you hate writing notes by hand because you may not be able to read your own writing later? Then this class is definitely for you! We'll learn the basics of good penmanship, and practice writing the italic alphabet, the most legible handwriting style around.
This class is also a very good introduction to calligraphy. For those who would like to learn more, we'll also be offering a 4 week beginning calligraphy class this summer. Get the basics down now!
All materials provided.

Sunday, March 2nd            2 - 4 pm                cost: $25
Ages 12- adult  • Class size is limited  • Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is now closed.

Friday, February 14, 2014

President's day weekend classes: 2/15 - 2/17

A few spaces are still available for this weekend's classes! You can easily sign up and pay with your debit or credit card using PayPal's secure website. Just click on the "add to cart" button below each class. You can also reserve a space by email: campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com.

'Zines and Storybooks
In this three session holiday weekend workshop, we'll teach you how to put together your very own, one of a kind graphic novel, comic or illustrated storybook. You'll learn how to write a script, develop characters, edit, illustrate and lay out a book. Bring your imagination and story ideas!
All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Saturday, February 15th    2 - 4 pm
and
Sunday, February 16th       2 - 4 pm
and
Monday, February 17th     10 am - noon         cost: $60
Ages 8-up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Tiny Terrariums
In this workshop, we'll make some sweet little terrariums. These small, self-contained eco systems are easy-care and a great teaching tool about how our environment works…plus they're totally cool!
All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Monday, February 17th       2 - 3:30 pm            cost: $30
Ages 6 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Thursday, January 30, 2014

february/march classes!

The new year is here, and after a month-long break, we've come up with some new classes that are bound to be fun and inspiring…Happy 2014!
Now you can register and pay online through our secure server on PayPal and you can pay using your credit or debit Visa or Mastercard.   Or, you can email me at campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com to reserve your space.  I'll email you within 24 hours with your confirmation.
Camp Cactus Studio is located on NE Brazee Ave., between NE 44th & 45th Avenues in Portland.
Click here for a map to the studio.

February classes


Saturday Night Doodlefest: Mandalas
Join us for the second 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 mandalas.
We'll have sparkling cider, wine and goodies to nibble, too!
No drawing experience required. All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Saturday, February 8th       7 - 9 pm               cost:  $30
Adult     •     Class size is limited   •   Preregistration required

 

All-Ages Valentine Workshop
Come on over for our 4th annual Valentine-making extravaganza! We'll be in the studio all afternoon Sunday, February 9th crafting love notes, cards, cute little shrines, and whatever else your heart desires!
This self-directed studio time is open to all ages. Drop in for an hour or stay all afternoon. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own special materials if you like.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Sunday, February 9th        Noon - 4 pm          cost: $15
All ages (Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult)

'Zines and Storybooks
In this three session holiday weekend workshop, we'll teach you how to put together your very own, one of a kind graphic novel, comic or illustrated storybook. You'll learn how to write a script, develop characters, edit, illustrate and lay out a book. Bring your imagination and story ideas!
All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Saturday, February 15th    2 - 4 pm
and
Sunday, February 16th       2 - 4 pm
and
Monday, February 17th     10 am - noon         cost: $60
Ages 8-up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

 

Tiny Terrariums
In this workshop, we'll make some sweet little terrariums. These small, self-contained eco systems are easy-care and a great teaching tool about how our environment works…plus they're totally cool!
All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Monday, February 17th       2 - 3:30 pm            cost: $30
Ages 6 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
March Classes

Perfect Your Penmanship
Does your handwriting look like chicken scratchings? Do you hate writing notes by hand because you may not be able to read your own writing later? Then this class is definitely for you! We'll learn the basics of good penmanship, and practice writing the italic alphabet, the most legible handwriting style around. All materials provided.

Sunday, March 2nd            2 - 4 pm                cost: $25
Ages 12- adult  • Class size is limited  • Preregistration required
Sorry, this class is now closed.

Saturday Night Doodlefest: Squares
The third in a series of classes dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In this class, we'll explore different methods of doodling, using a square format and a variety of patterns to build wild, wonderful doodles that will leave you amazed with the simplicity of it all.
We'll have sparkling cider, wine and goodies to nibble on, too!
No drawing experience required. All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Saturday, March 8th           7 - 9 pm                cost: $30
Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Spring Break Classes

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 chairs, tables and swings to entice the fairies to move in!
All materials and plants provided.
Please note registration deadline: Thursday, March 20th
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Monday, March 24th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 7- up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

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.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Tuesday, March 25th     10 am  - noon           cost: $25
Ages 7- up   • Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

 

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. Teaches basic sewing, embroidery and pattern-making skills.
All materials provided.
Sorry! This class is now closed.
Tuesday, March 25th      2 - 4:30 pm                cost: $30
Ages 7 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December - January classes



Here's an update for our remaining classes in December and early January:

Now you can register and pay online through our secure server on PayPal and you can pay using your credit or debit Visa or Mastercard.   Or, you can email me at campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com to reserve your space.  I'll email you within 24 hours with your confirmation.
Camp Cactus Studio is located at 4458 NE Brazee Avenue, between NE 44th & 45th Avenues in Portland.
Click here for a map to the studio.

 Classes for Kids and Adults:

Kid's Drawing Studio
An open studio where kids ages 5 and up can come and draw to their heart's content in a supportive, non-critical environment.
Artists are free to choose from a variety of materials such as charcoal, graphite, ink, crayon, pastels, markers and colored pencils; and draw from imagination or various visual sources such as photographs and still life. All materials provided.

Thursday afternoon, January 2nd  1-3pm          $25
Ages 5 and up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Sorry, this class is now 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 30th   1-4 pm      $30  
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Sorry, this class is now closed.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

More art!

Maura Greenblum brought some beautiful
repurposed paper wreaths, perfect for your 
Shabby Chic decorating

New to Camp Cactus this year: 
earthy, functional ceramics by Greg Sparks
And Kris Zorko is back with her gorgeous Note Totes,
paper tile mirrors and plaques.

Come and check out all these goodies and more
 this weekend only, our last sale of the year:

Camp Cactus Holiday Sale
Preview evening: Friday, December 6th from 6 - 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 10 am - 6 pm
4458 NE Brazee,  between 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood district
See you there!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

a sneak peek at the holiday sale

The Camp Cactus Holiday Sale is exactly 6 days away, and our wonderful artists are working away in their studios making fantastic art!

Camp Cactus Holiday Sale
 Preview Evening: Friday, December 6th  •  6 - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday December 7th & 8th  •  10am - 6pm
We're located at 4458 NE Brazee, 
between NE 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood

Here's a small sampling of work by mosaic artist Pauline Dugas Tait, who's shown with us for many years. This year, in addition to her incredible mosaics, she's bringing her jewelry work. I can't wait to see her new designs!
© 2013 Pauline Dugas Tait
© 2013 Pauline Dugas Tait


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

coming right up!

I got a phone call today from one of our wonderful and loyal customers, asking if the Holiday Sale is happening this year….oops. Guess I've kind of fallen down on the job this year! (Sorry about that) Never fear though, because I've just now put on my public relations/advertising/town crier hat to announce:
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 
The 2013 Camp Cactus Holiday Sale is coming!
Preview Evening: Friday, December 6th  •  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th  •  10:00 am-6:00 pm
4458 NE Brazee, in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood
Here's the postcard:
(click to enlarge)
Stay tuned for photos and info about our fantastic local artists!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday Night Doodlefest!

Join us in the studio Saturday, November 16th for a class dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In this fun workshop, 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.
This is a great workshop to do with a group of friends.
All materials provided, just bring your creative self!

Saturday evening, November 16th   7:00 - 9:30 pm        $35     

Adults   •   Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required