Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter/Spring classes 2018

It's a brand new year, and this time I'm keeping my resolutions simple: get organized and get more creative.
(And since I've been a bit of a disorganized wreck lately, this could actually be far more complicated than it sounds!)
 Anyway, in keeping with both of these resolutions, I've got a slew of classes coming up from January to May to spark your imagination and get those creative juices flowing. Happy New Year, and I hope to see you soon!

Exploring Watercolor
Presented in a self-guided, Open Studio format, here's your chance to explore watercolor materials and techniques in a supportive environment. I'll be there to demonstrate techniques and answer any questions you may have. These workshops are great for continuing students, or those who just want to dabble.
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!

Saturday morning, Jan. 20th     10am-noon           cost: $25
or
Friday evening, Jan. 26th (adult only)               7-9 pm            cost: $25
or
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 28th            1-3 pm            cost:  $25
or
Saturday afternoon, March 17th     1-3 pm            cost: $25
or
Monday morning,  March 26th       10 am-noon    cost: $25
or
Saturday afternoon, April 21st        1-3 pm            cost: $25
or
Friday evening, May 18th (adult only)               7-9 pm            cost: $25
Ages 7 - adult  •  Class sizes are limited  •  Preregistration required

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Tiny Pocket Valentine Shrines
Make your very own mixed media shrine to love. We'll work with matchboxes and repurposed mint tins and lots of materials to make 3D pocket-sized Valentines. 
All materials provided.
Sorry,  this class is now closed
Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10th    Noon - 2 pm    cost: $30
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

 


Valentine Printmaking
Another chance to make your beloved(s) a beautiful printed Valentine! Draw a design, carve a block and make some prints. I'll provide blocks, various papers, inks, cards and envelopes, as well as an 8x10" mat so you can frame your masterpiece.
Sorry,  this class is now closed
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11th    1-3 pm     cost: $35
Ages 8 - adult  •  Class size is limited to 6  •  Preregistration required   


*   *   *   *   School's Out! President's Day Classes   *   *   *   *

Doodlefest: Line & Color
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 19th    10 am - noon      cost: $25
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Trash Monsters!
We'll take all sorts of junk and figure out how to put it together to make some really cool 3-D mixed media monsters. This class is great for building visualization, planning, and creative problem solving skills. Also, it will be tons of fun! All materials provided.

Monday afternoon, Feb. 19th    2-4 pm       cost: $25
Ages 7 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Anyone Can Draw: The Basics
Have you always wanted to learn to draw, but just don’t know where to start?
Are your drawing skills a bit rusty?
This is the class for you!
In this 5 week course, we’ll teach you the basic principals of drawing, through creative exercises designed to stimulate your imagination. Hands-on explorations of materials, techniques and principals of design.
What are you waiting for? Get drawing!
Bring an 11x14” spiral-bound sketch pad, kneaded eraser, and 2H, HB, 2B pencils to first class.

Thursday evenings, March 1st - 29th      7-9 pm      cost: $125
Ages 14 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required   

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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 afternoon, March 4th     1-4 pm    cost: $35
Ages 12 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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*   *   *   *   School's Out! Spring Break Classes   *   *   *   * 

Exploring Watercolor
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and play around with various papers.
All materials provided. 

Monday morning, March 26th    10 am - noon     cost: $25
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Painting the Masters: 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 starry night landscape in his style.   All materials provided.

Monday afternoon, March 26th    2-4 pm     cost: $35
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is very limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Fairy Crowns & Wizard Wands
Make a flowery, sparkly Fairy Crown, or carve a magical Wizard's Wand.
All materials provided.

 Tuesday morning, March 27th    10 am - 11:30     cost: $25
Ages 7 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Fanciful Fairy Furniture
Fanciful Fairy Furniture....say that three times, fast! Come over to the studio and make tiny little rustic chairs, tables, beds and other things to furnish your Fairy house (it also makes a sweet display on a shelf). We'll show you how to put together twigs, moss and leaves to create truly fanciful little pieces that will tickle your imagination and make you smile every time you look at them! All materials provided.

Tuesday afternoon, March 27th    2-4 pm     cost: $25
Ages 7 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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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.

Saturday afternoon, April 7th    1-3 pm     cost: $35
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is very limited  •  Preregistration required

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   *   *   School's Out! Teacher Planning Day Classes   *   * 


Exploring Pastels
Learn to draw a nebula with chalk and oil pastels. All materials provided.

Friday morning, April 13th     10 am - noon    cost: $25
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Painting the Masters: Georgia O'Keeffe
We'll do some painting on canvas in the style of this famous artist, and you can choose to paint a still life, or work from a photograph, or simply copy one of her beautiful paintings.
All materials included.

Friday afternoon, April 13th    2-4 pm           cost: $35
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Doodlefest: Mandalas
Join us for a class dedicated to jumpstarting your creative spirit.
In this workshop, 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.

Friday evening, April 27th    7-9 pm           cost: $25
Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required  

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Handmade Paper + Printmaking
Come on over to the studio for this incredibly popular 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 10 and up welcome! All materials provided.

Saturday afternoon, May 19th    1-4 pm           cost: $45
Ages 10 - adult  •  Class size is limited to 6 •  Preregistration required  

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Last class of 2017!

Handmade Paper + Print Workshop
Come on over to the studio for this 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 10 and up welcome! All materials provided.

Friday afternoon,  December 29th    1:00 - 4:00 pm                    cost: $55
Ages 10 - adult  •  Class size is limited •  Preregistration required
4 spaces still available!

Sign up through our secure payment portal or call to reserve a space. Hope to see you on Friday!


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Sale coming right up!


It's Thanksgiving Eve already, and I'm happy to announce that our annual Holiday Sale will be happening in the studio next weekend.
I don't have much time, since I'm in the middle of frantically cleaning my house before family and friends join us tomorrow for a potluck feast. (I think it's good to have dinner parties and sales...it lights a fire under me to clean up!)

So, without further ado, here are the pertinent details:

Preview Evening: 
Friday, December 1st 
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Stay tuned for some sneak peeks of lots of cool stuff
 handmade by local artists,
and have a Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

As always, a portion of every sale is donated to Oregon Food Bank.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The last few classes of the summer...



Exploring Pen and Ink 
We'll play around with different types of ink pens and papers, and learn line and shading techniques.
All materials provided. 

Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Thursday evening,  August 17th    7 - 9 pm                      cost: $25

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Exploring Watercolors 
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and experiment with various papers.
All materials provided. 

Adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Thursday evening, August 24th    7 - 9 pm                     cost: $25

number of students:

Handmade Recycled Paper
We'll make our own pulp and create cool papers embellished with natural materials. It's a bit messy, so be prepared to get a little wet!
All materials provided.
Sorry, registration for this class is now closed. 
Ages 5- Adult  •  Class size is very limited  •  Preregistration required
Monday morning, August 14th     10 am - noon           cost: $25

Intro to Printmaking
We'll cover the basics of drawing images and transferring them to blocks, then carving and printing your artwork. 
All materials provided.
Sorry, registration for this class is now closed. 
Monday afternoon,  August 14th    1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 8 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required




Saturday, July 1, 2017

summer classes for adults


   ~ ADULT SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS ~   

A new series of classes to really get those creative juices flowing! These low key, two-hour workshops are a great way to experiment with different techniques and media in a stress-free way. Sign up for one class, or all four.
Classes are offered on Thursday evenings in August. Choose whichever dates fit your schedule, or sign up for all four and get a $10 discount.

Exploring Pen and Ink 
We'll play around with different types of ink pens and papers, and learn line and shading techniques.
All materials provided. Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Saturday morning,  July 8th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
or
Thursday evening,  August 17th    7 - 9 pm                      cost: $25

number of students:

Exploring Watercolors 
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and experiment with various papers.
All materials provided. Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Saturday morning,  July 15th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
or
Thursday evening, August 24th    7 - 9 pm                     cost: $25

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Handmade Recycled Paper
We'll make our own pulp and create cool papers embellished with natural materials. It's a bit messy, so be prepared to get a little wet!
All materials provided. Class size is very limited  •  Preregistration required
Saturday morning,  July 22nd   10 - noon                       cost: $25
or
Thursday evening, August 3rd    7 - 9 pm                     cost: $25

Sorry, this adult class is now closed, but space is still available in the all ages class:

Monday morning, August 14th     10 am - noon           cost: $25


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Intro to Printmaking
We'll cover the basics of drawing images and transferring them to blocks, then carving and printing your artwork. This is a great companion class to our handmade paper class, above.
All materials provided. Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required
Saturday morning,  July 29th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
or
Thursday evening, August 10th    7 - 9 pm                     cost: $25
Sorry, this class is now closed 

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Classes 2017


Summer Solstice Prayer Flags  
The Summer Solstice is happening on Tuesday, June 20th this year, and what better way to celebrate than by making a set of special prayer flags to send good wishes, hope and love out to our troubled world?

Let's embrace the Tibetan custom of hanging colorful flags containing special mantras, prayers and images to promote peace and other messages, which are said to be carried on the wind and spread throughout the planet.

We'll have one all-ages class in the afternoon, or join us for an adults-only evening class, where we'll cap off the evening with a toast to summer and sip a refreshing aperitivo I fell in love with on my recent trip to Italy! (a non alcoholic version will also be provided)

Tuesday afternoon, June 20th       2 - 4 pm       cost: $30

Sorry, this class is now closed 
or
Tuesday Evening, June 20th       7 - 9:30 pm      cost: $35
Sorry, this class is now closed  

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.

Monday afternoon, June 26th       2 - 4 pm       cost: $35
Sorry, this class is now closed 
Ages 8 - adult • Class size limited to 8 • 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 starry night landscape in his style.   All materials provided.

Monday afternoon, July 10th      2 - 4 pm       cost: $30
Sorry, this class is now closed 
Ages 7 - adult • Class size limited to 8 • Preregistration required  

Hollywood Fairy House Tour 
Get ready for the Sixth Annual Hollywood Fairy House Tour!
Join us on Sunday afternoon, July 23rd for a fun guided tour of quaint and magical Fairy homes located in the neighborhood surrounding the studio.  Once again, the Fairies have been busy building in front yards, trees and under bushes all over the Hollywood and Grant Park neighborhoods, 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 Camp Cactus for a snack. 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!   
 The tour is open to all ages, but you must be able to walk a fair distance (about a mile in all).  
New this year:  We're donating all proceeds from this tour to help pay down the Portland Public Schools lunch debt. 

Sunday afternoon, July 23rd   1-3 pm            cost: $10          
All ages. 
Please note: Children under 6 are free, 
but must be accompanied by a paying adult. 
Meet at Camp Cactus Studio, 4458 NE Brazee. The tour will begin 15 minutes after the hour. See you there! 



Fanciful Fairy Furniture  
Fanciful Fairy Furniture....say that three times, fast! Come over to the studio and make tiny little rustic chairs, tables, beds and other things to furnish your Fairy house (it also makes a sweet display on a shelf). We'll show you how to put together twigs, moss and leaves to create truly fanciful little pieces that will tickle your imagination and make you smile every time you look at them! All materials provided.

Monday morning,  July 24th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
Sorry, 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 pine cones, acorns, pebbles and seed pods. We'll provide ample building materials for everyone. This 3-hour class is open to everyone ages 7-100 

Monday afternoon, July 24th     1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35 
Ages 7- adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is now closed 


Trash Monsters!  
We'll take all sorts of junk and figure out how to put it together to make some really cool 3-D mixed media monsters. This class is great for building visualization, planning, and creative problem solving skills. Also, it will be tons of fun! All materials provided.

Monday morning,  August 7th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
Ages 7 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required


Sorry, this class is now closed  



Cardboard Castles, Condos & Cities  
Get in touch with your inner architect! In this class, we'll recycle all sorts of boxes, packages, tubes and paper into lots of wacky, whimsical buildings of all shapes and sizes. All materials provided.
Monday afternoon,  August 7th    2 - 4 pm                       cost: $25
Ages 6 - up  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Sorry, this class is now closed 


Handmade Recycled Paper  
Explore the art of making recycled paper. We'll make our own pulp, and then create cool papers embellished with pressed flowers, leaves and other natural materials. Prepare to get wet...it's a messy process! All materials provided.
Monday morning,  August 14th    10 - noon                       cost: $25
Ages 6 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

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Intro to Printmaking  
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 our artwork. This is a great companion class to our handmade paper class, above. All materials provided.
Monday afternoon,  August 14th    1 - 4 pm                       cost: $35
Ages 8 - adult  •  Class size is limited  •  Preregistration required

Sorry, this class is now closed

   ~ ADULT SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS ~   

A new series of classes to really get those creative juices flowing! These low key, two-hour workshops are a great way to experiment with different techniques and media in a stress-free way. Sign up for one class, or all four.
Classes are offered on Thursday evenings in August. Choose whichever dates fit your schedule.  Classes are $25 each, or 4 for $90.*
Click here to register