Thursday, July 17, 2014

sign up now for summer classes!

August classes are coming up very soon…this summer I'll be offering some exciting new painting classes, as well as some old favorites. And I'll be joined again by my fantastic teaching assistant, Liz.
Class sizes are limited, so early registration will ensure you a spot.

Handmade Paper Workshop
Explore the ancient art of making paper. We'll make cool papers using recycled fibers, and embellish them with dried flowers, leaves and other natural materials.
Prepare to get a little wet…it's a messy process, but perfect for a hot summer afternoon!
All material provided.

Friday, August 1st     2 - 4 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 5-adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


number of students
(photo borrowed from this site)
Painting Aboriginal Art: 
Symbols and Stories
Learn about dreamtime and walkabouts, and how the native aboriginal people of Australia use symbols 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.

Friday, August 8th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 6- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Number of students attending

Third Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
Did you know the Hollywood district has become a hotbed of Fairy homebuilding? It's true!
Tiny Fairy dwellings are popping up all over the neighborhood these days, and we'll take you on a guided tour, pointing out some of the most beautiful and secret architecture you've ever seen!
You'll get a cool map on that marks the locations of these fantastical homes so you can come back for a visit with your friends.

We'll start out at Camp Cactus Studio, and walk around the neighborhood, ending up back at Camp Cactus for a snack.

The tour is open to ages 6 and up, but you must be able to walk a fair distance (about a mile in all).
Children under 6 are free with an accompanying (paying) adult.

Thursday, August 14th    1 - 3 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 6- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


number of students

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 pinecones, acorns, pebbles and seed pods.
We'll provide ample building materials for everyone.
This 3-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-100!

Friday, August 15th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 7- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Number of students attending

(photo of Jackson Pollock courtesy Life magazine)
Painting Abstract Expressionism:
Jackson Pollock
Modern artist Jackson Pollock was a pioneer in the form of art known as abstract expressionism, and was known for his "drip and splash" style of painting. This style of action painting is uniquely suited to stirring up fun and creativity. In this class, we'll paint a t-shirt in the Pollock style (and make a heck of a happy mess, too!)
All materials and t-shirt included.
Come prepared to get messy.

Thursday, August 21st     1 - 3 pm                       cost: $30
Ages 5- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Number of students attending
(photo borrowed from this site)
Making Environmental Art: 
Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy is a contemporary British sculptor, artist and photographer who utilizes natural materials from the landscape to create beautiful but short-lived works of art. In this workshop, we'll create our own art from materials we'll gather on site, then photograph the finished products and take home a print to keep.

Friday, August 22nd    1 - 3 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 6- up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Number of students attending

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mason bee houses and other things this weekend at Camp Cactus!

We have several new artists joining us at this weekend's
Camp Cactus Summer Sale.
Bruce Bensen crafts rustic and useful houses from cedar, bamboo and sequoia for tiny orchard mason bees. Mason bees are fantastic pollinators, and though they don't produce honey, they perform an essential service to produce fruits and flowers.
Bruce's bee nests will look great and quickly become an important part of your natural garden.

Speaking of natural gardens, ace gardener Jan Behrs is back with her charming and easy-care succulents for both inside and outside your home.
 Stop by and pick up some tiny gardens to fit on even the smallest windowsill. But don't wait until Sunday…these little gems go flying out of here very quickly!

Camp Cactus Summer Sale hours:
Preview evening: Friday, June 6th • 6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th • 10 am - 6 pm
We're located on NE Brazee, between NE 44th & 45th Avenues
in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood 
Hope to see you this weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

the summer sale is right around the corner

Wow.  The time has really gotten away from me! I've been so crazy busy in the studio drawing, painting and making all sorts of new things, that the blog has been sorely neglected…but I'm back on track, and in the next few days, I promise to show you some previews of what's to come!
 In the meantime, here is the who, what, when, where and why:

What? 
Camp Cactus Summer Sale
cool stuff handmade by local artists
When?
Preview evening: Friday, June 6th • 6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th • 10 am - 6 pm
Where?
Camp Cactus Studio
NE Brazee, between 44th & 45th Avenues
Portland, Oregon 97213
Who?
Local artists and craftspeople, including:
Michele Avanti 
(mystical, magical delights)
Jan Behrs 
(tiny little succulent gardens)
Bruce Bensen
(handmade mason bee houses)
Kelly Boverman
(delightful fused glass garden ornaments)
Matthew Brown 
(urban cool photography)
Darris Dietz
(pottery in cheerful, retro colors)
Maura Greenblum 
(it's always a surprise!)
(jeweler extraordinaire)
Tamara King
(hip and coordinated fabric items)
(fabulous wearable art and accessories)
(travel photography and inspirational books)
Roberta Palmer 
(fantastic cast-concrete leaves)
(crochet accessories and other delights)
(enchanting fairy couture and original art)
Laura Russell 
(witty signs and home decor)
(whimsical paintings and prints)
Greg Sparks 
(earthy and functional pottery)
Laurie Stabenow 
(colorful aprons for kids)
Julie Stewart 
(hand-thrown ceramics)
(ceramic prayer flags and realistic bird sculptures)
Pauline Dugas Tait 
(gorgeous mosaics)
(jewelry and aliens!)
Kris Zorko 
(fabulous paper goods and handmade soaps)

Why?
To support our local craftspeople and artists
and, we all donate a portion of our sales to
  Oregon Food Bank!

Hope to see you there!


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!