Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Spring!

Just added!
Modern Vegetable Prints
Learn how to make and print patterns using materials found in any grocery store. We'll make beautiful stamps and use them to print fantastic modern designs on fabric and paper. Paint, tools, cotton tea towels and various papers provided. Feel free to bring your own pre-washed cotton or linen fabrics to print on. Extra tea towels will be available for purchase during class.

Saturday afternoon, April 1st       1 - 4 pm        cost: $45
Adult  •  Only 4 spaces left!  •  Preregistration required

number of students

Painting the Masters: Monet's Garden
Another in our Painting the Masters series, we'll learn about Claude Monet, one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement. His devotion to capturing the impressions of nature led him to paint many scenes over and over. In this class, we'll explore some of Monet's most famous works and paint a water scene in his style.   All materials provided.

Friday afternoon, April 7th      2 - 4 pm       $30
Ages 7 and up  •  Class size limited to 8 students •  Preregistration required

number of students

 
Adult Paint Night: Monet's Garden
The second in a series of painting nights for adults, we'll continue to explore the age-old practice of copying the masters to learn their techniques. In this class, we'll guide you step by step through the process of painting a water scene inspired by one of Claude Monet's famous paintings of his garden at Giverny, France. You'll go home with a 16 x 20" finished canvas you can display proudly!
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll provide non alcoholic beverages and goodies to nibble.
All materials included. No experience required.

Friday evening, April 7th      7 - 9 pm       $35
Adults •  Only 5 spaces left! •  Preregistration required

number of students


New Series!
Coloring Night for Grownups
A Benefit for the ACLU
Meet up with your friends, bring a beverage, and join us for three fun and creative evenings of coloring. A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but with coloring pages, the outlines are already there!
It's a great way to reduce stress, relax and hang out in a creative and nonjudgmental environment.
I'll be on hand to offer tips on shading and techniques. There will be a variety of themes and styles to choose from. Coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils provided.
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll have sparkling cider, goodies to nibble, and groovy tunes.
All proceeds go to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.

Last Chance:
Friday evening, April 14th                7 - 9 pm          cost: $15
*All proceeds from Coloring Night contributed to the ACLU*
Adults only  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
options


Saturday, February 18, 2017

expand your horizons!

New Series!
Coloring Nights for Grownups
A Benefit for the ACLU
Meet up with your friends, bring a beverage, and join us for three fun and creative evenings of coloring. A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but with coloring pages, the outlines are already there!
It's a great way to reduce stress, relax and hang out in a creative and nonjudgmental environment.
I'll be on hand to offer tips on shading and techniques. There will be a variety of themes and styles to choose from. Coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils provided.
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll have sparkling cider, goodies to nibble, and groovy tunes.
All proceeds go to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.

Last Chance:
Friday evening, April 14th                7 - 9 pm          cost: $15
*All proceeds from Coloring Night contributed to the ACLU*
Adults only  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Number of classes:
Choose date:

Adult Paint Night: Sunflowers after Van Gogh
Our first ever in a series of painting nights for adults, we'll explore the age-old practice of copying the masters to learn their techniques. In this class, we'll guide you step by step through the process of painting a still life of sunflowers inspired by one of Vincent's famous paintings. You'll go home with a 16 x 20" finished canvas you can display proudly!
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll provide non alcoholic beverages and goodies to nibble.
All materials included. No experience required.
Sorry, this class is closed
Friday evening, February 24th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $35
Adult • Class size limited to 8 students • Preregistration required
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Altered Book Poetry 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!
Sorry, this class is closed.
Sunday afternoon, March 5th    1 - 4 pm           $45
Teens - Adult  •  Class size limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required
 



Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Winter/Spring Classes

Happy 2017!
We've got a fun lineup of classes to offer you this February-April. There's something for just about every artist of any age, from painting and crafts for kids young and old, to printmaking and doodling and coloring for grownups!
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!  

New Series!
Coloring Nights for Grownups
A Benefit for the ACLU
Meet up with your friends, bring a beverage, and join us for three fun and creative evenings of coloring. A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but with coloring pages, the outlines are already there!
It's a great way to reduce stress, relax and hang out in a creative and nonjudgmental environment.
I'll be on hand to offer tips on shading and techniques. There will be a variety of themes and styles to choose from. Coloring pages, crayons and colored pencils provided.
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll have sparkling cider, goodies to nibble, and groovy tunes.
All proceeds go to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.
Friday evening, February 3rd          7 - 9 pm          cost: $15 
(Class closed)
and/or
Friday evening, March 3rd               7 - 9 pm          cost: $15
(Class closed)
and/or
Friday evening, April 14th                7 - 9 pm          cost: $15
*All proceeds from Coloring Night contributed to the ACLU*
Adults only  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Number of classes:
Choose date:







Friday Night Doodlefest: Heart Mandala
Join us for 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, or bring your favorite doodle pen or pencil and sketchbook. No drawing experience required.

Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll provide sparkling cider, and goodies to nibble.

All drawing materials included, just bring your creative self!

Friday evening, February 10th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $25
 (This class is now closed)



Valentine Printmaking Workshop
Learn how to carve a simple stamp to make your own Valentines or other cards.
We'll provide the materials, you supply your imagination!
No printmaking experience necessary.

Saturday afternoon, February 11th       2 - 4 pm       cost: $30
 (This class is now closed)
Ages 8- Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required





Modern Vegetable Prints
Learn how to make and print patterns using materials found in any grocery store. We'll make beautiful stamps and use them to print stunning modern designs on fabric and paper. Paint, tools, cotton tea towels and various papers provided. Feel free to bring your own pre-washed cotton or linen fabrics to print on. Extra tea towels will be available for purchase during class.

Sunday afternoon, February 19th       1 - 4 pm       cost: $45 
(Sorry,  registration for this class is now closed)



~ * President's Day Classes ~ * ~

Doodlefest for Kids!
Here's a class where kids young and old can feel free to doodle to their heart's content!
We'll learn the secrets to making various types of doodles, like Mandalas and Zendoodles, or you can choose to just invent your own!
All materials provided.

Monday morning, February 20th       10 am - noon       cost: $25
 (This class is now closed)
Ages 5 - Adult  •  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 included in tuition.

Monday afternoon, February 20th    2 - 3:30 pm        cost: $30
 (This class is now closed)
Ages 5 - Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

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Adult Paint Night: Sunflowers after Van Gogh
Our first ever in a series of painting nights for adults, we'll explore the age-old practice of copying the masters to learn their techniques. In this class, we'll guide you step by step through the process of painting a still life of sunflowers inspired by one of Vincent's famous paintings. You'll go home with a 16 x 20" finished canvas you can display proudly!
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll provide non alcoholic beverages and goodies to nibble.
All materials included. No experience required.

Friday evening, February 24th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $35
 (This class is now closed)
Adult • Class size limited to 8 students • Preregistration required



Altered Book Poetry 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!

Sunday afternoon, March 5th    1 - 4 pm           $45
 (This class is now closed)
Teens - Adult  •  Class size limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required


Friday Night Doodlefest: Paisleys!
Join us for another in our 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, or bring your favorite doodle pen or pencil and sketchbook. No drawing experience required.

We'll provide beverages and goodies to nibble.

All drawing materials included, just bring your creative self!

Friday evening, March 10th           7 - 9 pm          cost: $25
(This class is now closed)
Adult  •  class size is limited  •  Preregistration required



 ~ * ~ Spring Break Classes for Kids ~ * 


Painting the Masters: Vincent Van Gogh 
Continuing our Painting the Masters series, we'll learn about one of the most famous and infamous Post-Impressionists, Vincent Van Gogh. In this class, we'll explore some of Vincent's paintings and paint a still life of sunflowers in his style.   All materials provided.

Thursday afternoon, March 30th      2 - 4 pm       $30
(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.  Hang them up and spread your prayers to the wind!
This is also a fun class for parents and kids to take together.
All materials included.

Friday afternoon, March 31st   2 - 4 pm      $30  
(This class is now closed)
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

 

 
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Painting the Masters: Monet's Garden
Another in our Painting the Masters series, we'll learn about Claude Monet, one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement. His devotion to capturing the impressions of nature led him to paint many scenes over and over. In this class, we'll explore some of Monet's most famous works and paint a water scene in his style.   All materials provided.

Friday afternoon, April 7th      2 - 4 pm       $30
Ages 7 and up  •  Class size limited to 8 students •  Preregistration required

number of students




Adult Paint Night: Monet's Garden
The second in a series of painting nights for adults, we'll continue to explore the age-old practice of copying the masters to learn their techniques. In this class, we'll guide you step by step through the process of painting a water scene inspired by one of Claude Monet's famous paintings of his garden at Giverny, France. You'll go home with a 16 x 20" finished canvas you can display proudly!
Feel free to bring some wine to share. We'll provide non alcoholic beverages and goodies to nibble.
All materials included. No experience required.

Friday evening, April 7th      7 - 9 pm       $35
Adults •  Class size limited to 8 students •  Preregistration required

number of students

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cabin Fever Class!


Not another snow day!!

Let's face it, we've all got cabin fever by now, and after 9 snow days, lots of holidays, and the flu...we need to get out and do something!

And since I've been feeling stir crazy myself, I figured I'd warm up the studio and offer everyone a creative outlet:

SOCK MONSTERS!

Come over and sew a goofy, scary, cuddly monster from a pair of socks.
No sewing experience necessary. All materials included.

Tuesday afternoon, January 17th      1:30 - 3:30 pm       $25 
Ages 5 - adult  •  Class size is limited to 6 students  •  Preregistration required
Sorry! This class is now full!





Camp Cactus Studio is located at 4458 NE Brazee
 between 44th & 45th Avenues

Call Jane to reserve your space!
(503) 347-2319





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Abbie's holiday fashion statement 

Many thanks to all who attended our 2016 Holiday Sale.
I also want to thank everyone who supported me and many other artists and small business people this year.
May you all have a wonderful holiday full of joy, love and laughter!
Hugs from Jane,  Abbie and the rest of us at Camp Cactus.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

more Holiday Sale...

Courtney Wilson and her husband make beautiful, contemporary pottery and screen printed soft goods under the name Ruby Farms. Come check out their work Friday at the Camp Cactus Holiday Sale! 



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

a sneak peek at the Holiday Sale!


Rene van der Spuy creates distinct eye-catching designs inspired by nature, travel and everyday experiences. Her original, limited edition prints (some black and white; others embellished with watercolor paint, paper or thread) are carved and printed by hand on a press. 


More recently she's  connected with her inner seamstress; making pillows inspired by her collages and prints. Screen printed with water based ink onto heavyweight 100% cotton fabric, she adds felt, buttons and hand-embroidery for a special touch.
Born and raised in South Africa, Rene has lived all over the world, from Australia to Brooklyn, and currently resides in Portland. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's that time again!


Thanksgiving is officially over, and our local artists and makers have been working hard crafting beautiful things for the annual Holiday Sale here at Camp Cactus Studio.

I'm excited to share their amazing work, contribute to our local economy and help raise money for Oregon Food Bank.

Please consider that when we purchase handmade local goods, most of that money stays in our community and helps our local economy.

I've been hosting this sale in the studio since 1992, and I'm happy to say that over the years we've raised thousands of dollars to directly support anti-hunger programs here in Oregon.

I sincerely hope you can join us in our efforts to keep art alive and hunger at bay!

Holiday Sale Hours:
Preview Evening and Artist Reception
Friday, December 2nd • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
December 3rd & 4th • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Yikes, it's October already!

The months are just flying by!
Life seems to be moving ridiculously fast these days, so I've been making a conscious attempt to stop and savor every moment that I can.
In July I participated in a painting-a-day challenge for World Watercolor month (finishing just one painting shy of a full 31 little watercolors). It was lots of fun, and the biggest challenge was to carve out time every day to paint, even if it was just a tiny thing. I wholeheartedly recommend it. It really jumpstarted the creative process for me!

Of course, now I had this pile of little original paintings I didn't know what to do with, so I gave some away, framed some, and then put the rest in the Camp Cactus Etsy shop to sell at ridiculously low prices.

So, in the spirit of helping others jumpstart their own creative process, starting today I'm offering a coupon good for $5 off on future classes in the studio when you sign up for one of my Fall classes. (see sidebar for the class schedule).

What are you waiting for? Start creating!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 Fall Class Schedule

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, send us an email: campcactusmail{at}yahoo{dot}com and we'll get back to you within 24 hours with your registration information. What are you waiting for? Let's get creative!  

Flip Books
Draw your own motion picture book! Using the illusion of apparent motion, we'll make a series of drawings that when put together, create an animated tale.
All materials provided.
This class is now closed
Saturday afternoon, October 8th      1:00 - 3:00       $25 
Ages 5 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required






Painting the Masters:
Henri Matisse
Continuing our Painting the Masters series, we'll learn about one of the great masters of Modern Art, Henri Matisse, who bridged the gap between Impressionism and the Modern Art of today. In this class, we'll explore Matisse's later works of cut paper. Come join us as we paint with scissors as well as brushes!  All materials provided.
This class is now closed
Friday morning, October 14th      10:00 am - noon       $25 
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required




Printmaking Workshops
Learn how to carve a linoleum block or stamps. We'll go through the basics of drawing images and transferring them to blocks, then carving and printing either greeting cards or prints. (Each class will have a unique project to work on). All materials provided.
Prints: This class is now closed
Friday afternoon, October 14th      1:00 - 4:00         $35 
and/or
Greeting Cards: This class is now closed
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5th  1:00 - 4:00       $35
Ages 7 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


(Art by Sheila Klein)


Altered Book Poetry 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!
Just Added!
Saturday evening, November 12th    6:30-9:30pm           $45
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

number of students




Mummies!
Just in time for Halloween, these poseable mummies can really liven up your spooky decorating!
All materials provided.
This class is now closed
Saturday morning, October 22nd    10 am - noon           $25
Ages 5 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required



Pumpkin Dioramas
Another fun Halloween project, these cool little dioramas are spook-tacular!
All materials provided.
This class is now closed
Saturday afternoon, October 22nd      1 - 3 pm          $35
Ages 6 - adult • Class size is limited • Preregistration required by October 15th

 




Mixed Media Collage on Canvas
In this class, we'll be using papers, paints, and glue to design an urban cityscape or rural landscape on canvas. All materials provided.
Sorry, this class has been cancelled.
Thursday morning, Nov. 10th          10:00 am - noon         $30
Ages 5- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required




Papier Mache Fun: 
A Two Day Workshop
A fun introduction to the art of papier mache, we'll use paint, paper and glue to create cool sculptures.
All materials provided.

Sorry, this class has been cancelled.
Two 2-hour sessions:
Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10th         1 - 3 pm          $45
and
Friday afternoon, Nov. 11th       1 - 3 pm
Ages 5- adult  • Class size is limited to 8 students  •  Preregistration required




Painting the Masters:
Vincent Van Gogh
Continuing our Painting the Masters series, we'll learn about one of the most famous and infamous Post-Impressionists, Vincent Van Gogh. In this class, we'll explore some of Vincent's paintings and paint a landscape in his style.   All materials provided.
Sorry, this class has been cancelled.
Friday morning, Nov. 11th      10:00 am - noon       $25 
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

 



Modern Vegetable Prints
Learn how to make and print patterns using materials found in any grocery store. We'll make beautiful stamps and use them to make stunning modern designs on fabric and paper. Paint, tools, cotton or linen fabrics and various papers provided.
Sorry, this class has been cancelled.
Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12th      1 - 4 pm       $45 
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required