Thursday, August 21, 2014

freewheeling fun with paint

Today's Abstract Expressionist class was loads of fun! I was thoroughly impressed with the level of devotion and creativity the students brought.

Everyone started out painting a tee shirt or canvas:

(this one looks like a nebula, I think)

Then we moved on to a few group canvases,
where we built up layers and layers of paint 
until we got here...
A masterpiece!

Space is still available for tomorrow's Environmental Art class,
the last class of the summer. Click on the "Summer Classes" link in the sidebar to register!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

last chance to sign up for classes

The last two classes of the summer session are coming up this Wednesday and Thursday.
Sign up now, while there are still a few spaces available! Scroll down to sign up…

Also, If you missed the Third Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour, you can now purchase and download the map and directions in the Camp Cactus Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/199827175/map-of-fairy-houses-hollywood?ref=shop_home_feat_3 
The map will only be available for a limited time.


(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 or canvas in the Pollock style (and make a heck of a happy mess, too!)
All materials and t-shirt or canvas included.
Come prepared to get messy.

Thursday, August 21st     1 - 3 pm                       cost: $30
Ages 5- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required by Thursday, Aug 14
(registration after August 14th may not guarantee tee shirt availability)


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
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Build your own Fairy Dream House!

We'll be working some magic in the studio this afternoon. Come and join us…we have a few spaces available, still!

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

This class is now closed

Sunday, August 10, 2014

fairy house walking tour

It's almost time for the third annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour! Join us this Thursday, August 14th, from 1-3 in the afternoon. We'll meet at Camp Cactus Studio and take a guided tour around the neighborhood to see a number of magical structures built by the local Fairies…
These are maps from years past...I'm getting ready to draw this year's map right after I finish this post.
Here's a photo of a house on last year's tour.
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!

Thursday, August 14th   1-3pm                    $25
All ages. Please note: Children under 6 are free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

This class is now closed

Click here for a map to Camp Cactus Studio.

Monday, August 4, 2014

aboriginal art class this friday

(photo courtesy of this site)
Coming up this Friday, we'll be incorporating our own dreams, symbols and spirit animals on canvas in the style of Australia's native people. This class is open to ages 6 - adult, and no previous painting experience required!
(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

This class is now closed

Saturday, August 2, 2014

fun in the studio

Yesterday a group of enthusiastic young craftspeople joined us in the studio to make handmade paper.
We got a little wet and very creative with all the different colors of pulp, but since the temperature was in the 90s, no one minded being a little damp!
The sun helped the paper dry quickly. 
We made lots of pulp from brown grocery bags. 
Stay tuned for more classes this August. Coming up next Friday, August 8th: Aboriginal Art painting class. 1-4 pm. For a complete list, and to register, click on Summer Classes in the sidebar to the right!

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
This class is now closed

(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


This class is now closed

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  10am-noon                      cost: $25
Ages 6- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
This class is now closed


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


This class is now closed
(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 by Thursday, Aug 14
(registration after August 14th may not guarantee tee shirt availability)


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