Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer Classes start June 23rd!

Botanical Watercolors
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and forage in my garden for leaves and flowers to paint. We'll discuss papers, brushes and materials, and I'll guide you step by step through a simple method of drawing leaves and flowers. Even if you're sure you can barely draw a stick figure, you'll come away with a beautiful botanical watercolor painting, and the discovery that you truly are an artist!
Various types of paint, brushes and papers provided, but feel free to bring your own if you like.
No experience necessary, just come and play!

This class is being offered on a variety of dates:
Saturday morning, June 23rd (adult only)  •  10 am - noon          
Sunday afternoon, July 1st (adult only)  •  1 - 3 pm          
Friday evening, July 6th (adult only)  •  7-9 pm            

Each 2 hour session is $25  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited
Registration for this class is closed




Paper + Printmaking Workshop
Come on over to the studio for this incredibly popular combination hands-on paper and printmaking workshop.
First, we'll make paper using post-consumer waste, and then we'll carve linoleum blocks to print with.
You'll come away with several beautiful art prints of your own design.
No experience necessary.  Adults and kids ages 8 and up welcome! All materials provided.

Sunday, June 24th  (ages 8-adult)  •  1 - 4 pm   
Saturday, August 11th  (ages 8-adult)  •  1 - 4 pm

Each 3 hour session is $45  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited to 6

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Recycled Papermaking
A stand-alone version of our popular Paper + Print Workshop.   Make beautiful handmade papers embellished with dried flowers, leaves, and other natural materials.

Friday, July 13th  (ages 5-adult)  •  10 am - noon
Thursday, July 19th  (adult)  •  7 - 9 pm
Registration for this class is closedEach 2 hour session is $25  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited to 6




Intro to Block Printing 
Another stand-alone version of our popular Paper + Print Workshop, we'll design and carve linoleum blocks and print our art on a variety of papers.
No experience necessary.  Adults and kids ages 8 and up welcome! All materials provided.

Friday, July 13th  (ages 8-adult)  •  2 - 4 pm
Thursday, August 9th (adult)  •  7 - 9 pm 

Each 2 hour session is $30  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited to 6


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Succulent Centerpieces 
Make a beautiful low-maintenance centerpiece for your patio table, porch or deck.
Choose from a variety of succulents, pebbles, shells and other embellishments to create a personalized miniature landscape, and enjoy a Saturday morning Mimosa while you work!
No experience necessary.  All materials provided.
Registration for this class is closed
Saturday, June 30th  (adult)  •  10:30 am - noon   
$45  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 







Exploring Pen + Ink 
We'll play around with different types of inks, pens and papers, and learn line and shading techniques.
All materials provided. No experience necessary.
Registration for this class is closed
Thursday, July 12th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  7-9 pm  
$25  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 
 



Mixed Media Wax Encaustic
Make paintings using paints, photos and drawings on wood, then seal them with wax as an introduction to the wax encaustic process.
All materials provided.

Thursday, July 26th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  7-9 pm  
$35  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 





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.

Monday, July 16th  (ages 7- adult)   •   2-4 pm
Thursday, August 16th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  7-9 pm  

Each 2 hour session is $30  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 


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Contemporary Vegetable Prints
Learn how to make and print patterns using materials found in any grocery store. We'll carve beautiful stamps and use them to print striking 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.

Thursday, August 2nd  (ages 14 - adult)  •  7-9 pm  
Monday, August 6th  (ages 7- adult)   •   1-3 pm

Each 2 hour session is $35  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 


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Concrete Leaf Casting Workshop
Discover the secrets of casting beautiful decorative leaves in concrete! Perfect for garden decor or to make a fountain. You'll come away with at least two beautiful leaves to grace your garden.
All materials provided. No experience necessary.
*If you'd like to learn how to paint your leaves, we're also offering a class to do just that on Thursday evening, August 23rd (see class listing below)

Saturday, July 14th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  10 am - 12:30 pm  
Sunday, August 5th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  10 am - 12:30 pm

Each 2 1/2 hour session is $50  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 


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Concrete Leaf Painting
Here's your chance to paint the leaves you've cast! We'll cover different techniques to paint realistic or just plain colorful interpretations. Bring your clean concrete leaves and we'll provide the rest.
No experience necessary.
All materials provided.

Thursday, August 23rd  (ages 14 - adult)  •  7-9 pm  
$25  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 




Painting Aboriginal Art:
Symbols and Stories
Learn about dreamtime and walkabouts, and how the native people of Australia use traditional symbols and paintings to tell the story of the world around them. We'll paint our own dream images and stories on canvas using traditional aboriginal art techniques. All materials provided.
No experience necessary.
Registration for this class is closed
Monday, July 16th  (ages 6 - adult)  •  10 am - noon
$30  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 




Altered Book Poetry
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, July 15th  (ages 14 - adult)  •  1 - 4 pm  
Friday, July 27th  (adult)   •   6:30 - 9:30 pm

Each 3 hour session is $35 •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 


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Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour
Get ready for the Seventh Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour!
Join us on Saturday Morning, July 28th for a guided tour of quaint and tiny Fairy homes located in the neighborhood surrounding Camp Cactus Studio. Once again, the Fairies have been busy building in front yards, trees and under bushes all over the Grant Park and Hollywood area, 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 the studio for a snack. I hope you can join us for this very special and magical event. (If we're lucky, we may even spot 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).

Please note: children under 6 are free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

This year we're donating all profits from the tour to Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. 


Saturday morning, July 28th  (all ages)  •  10 am - noon  •  cost: $10
Meet at Camp Cactus Studio, 4458 NE Brazee. The tour will begin at 10:15. 




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 or seed pods. We'll provide ample building materials for everyone.
This 3-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-100.


Sunday, July 29th  (ages 7-adult)  •  1 - 4 pm  
$35  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited 



Fanciful Fairy Furniture
Come and use twigs and moss and leaves and flowers to build a tiny chair or bed or table (or whatever else your might be inspired to create for 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 twigs from your garden.

Sunday, July 29th  (ages 7-adult)  •  10 am - noon 
$25  •  Preregistration required  •  Class size is limited  






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