April 14, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm
Students will learn a variety of techniques, use an assortment of tools and surfaces in order to see the huge range of looks one can achieve with colored pencils. We will learn to blend, build, burnish, etc. No skills are required and the class is suitable for ages 12 and up. This class is intended to give you the information and techniques to apply to your own style of art. Click here for small supply list.
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
April 17, Wednesdays, 6 weeks, 6-8:30pm
Learn to paint single, page filling blossoms all in white (how do you paint a white flower on white paper?), landscapes rich with flowering shrubs and fields glowing with wild flowers. With the help of fresh flowers from the market and perhaps some photos from your collection or mine, we will try to discover the best way for each painter to turn their passion for florals into a wonderful painting. Beginners and those with some experience are all welcome to this series. Supply list.
April 18 – May 23, Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm
A painting has been described as a poem without words. In this class you will learn to find and declare your own expressive style with a focus on contemporary color and design. Each class includes warm-up paintings, instructor demo’s, and lots of painting time. We will lay down bold, broad strokes of rich, transparent color with powerful opaques and explore texture and gestural marks. While all levels are welcome, some painting experience is helpful. No drawing skills are needed as you progress at your own pace without fear. Class Size: Minimum 6 & Maximum 10. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Supply List.
April 20, 11am to noon
FREE FREE FREE
Ever wondered why people are so enamored with Copic Markers? Join artist Brandi York as she takes you through the finer points of Copic products from colors and blending to airbrushing and refilling. She'll be here to cover all the basics and some more advanced techniques as well as answer any and all questions you may have about Copic markers, Multiliners, Various refills and the ABS Air Brush System. Click here for more info.
April 23-May 14, Tuesdays, 4 weeks, 6-8:30pm
This class will provide a continuing foundation to learn the fundamentals of representational drawing. In this 4-week class, we will learn the basics of measuring and sighting, foreshortening, perspective and capturing form using pencil and charcoal. Expect to see your skills improve, and be able to draw whatever you see! All levels of experience are welcome. Subject matter includes photographs and still-life arrangements. Each afternoon will include examples, working time and critiques. Supply list.
Week 1: Measuring and sighting
Week 2: foreshortening and proportion
Week 3: Linear Perspective
Week 4: Capturing Form
April 24 – May 15, Wednesdays, 1-4pm
Learn to translate what you see from a still life or photo, into paint by developing skills in composition, color mixing, proportion, edges, chiaroscuro shading, and surface textures. The classes will include examples, demonstrations, and plenty of working time to complete two finished paintings. Students will get to choose between working in the newer slow drying acrylics, water mixable oil paint, or regular oil paint. Supply List.
April 26, Friday, 6-8 and
April 27, Saturday, 10:30-3:30 (one hour lunch break to allow for drying)
Let's get messy! Explore the luscious world of plaster, paint, and cold wax in this introductory six-hour class. On Friday night we'll get paint and plaster applied, then gather again in the morning for a day of sanding, scritching, and staining our boards. We'll work on three pieces consecutively, allowing for drying time and spontaneity. Don't let the supply list scare you, a lot of it is stuff you can find around your house (or in your garage!). This is a fun class and doesn't require any prior painting experience. Supply list.
May 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm
Experiment with this spontaneous and painterly method of printmaking combined with painting and collage to create mixed media artwork. Students will learn additive, subtractive, and drawing transfer techniques. Working with small plates, water-soluble inks, and a portable etching press, artists will explore the materials and tools to create a series of monotypes. Prints become more complex with the addition of colored pencil, pastel, metallic pigments, watercolor, and collage. Beginning and experienced artists enjoy this medium. BONUS! Free demo of Gelli plate printing! Bring lunch and wear paint clothes. Class limited to 10. Small supply list. Instructor will provide all other supplies.
May 18, Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
$75.00 (includes a “taster” packet of papers, fibers, etc.)
Weathered metal, old leather, wispy fibers - texture, texture & MORE TEXTURE! Discover some “far outside the box” ideas for creating unusual elements that you can incorporate into your collage & mixed media work - or use as “stand alone” pieces. Organic fibers you may not be familiar with (Linen Bark, Brin Ralo, Pulp Netting, etc.), handmade papers, metallic “wash” tissues, textile bits and common “throw away” stuff - all grist for the mill with an emphasis on creating a “stash” of pieces to use in current or future work. This is a very non-intimidating, spontaneous, “let’s try it” class! Bring a lunch if you want to take an “eat” break. Supply list.
May 19, Sunday, 12:30 - 3:30pm
Water color pencils combine the best of both worlds; water color paint and colored pencil. They are very portable and allow precise control and detail like colored pencils yet they dissolve and blend into vibrant colors when water is added. They are the perfect travel media. Come learn the tips for using watercolor pencils. Jami will introduce various techniques such as using them wet and dry, mixing colors, and combining techniques during the first half of the class. Students will work on a painting the second half. Click here for supply list.
Robin Christy Humelbaugh
June 1, Saturday, 9:30 - 1:00
Experience the thrill of painting outside (en plein air)! Choose between watercolor or acrylics, gather your supplies, and lets go down to the river to paint. We will assemble at Art Department and then walk (or drive) to Riverfront Park. There are many possible sites to choose from. Paint the hard angled structure of the footbridge juxtaposed with the organic shapes of nature. Perhaps the victorian facade of Gilbert House or the river itself. There are some fairly protected areas under the car bridge so we will paint rain or shine! Robin will circulate between painters to offer encouragement and advice with a critique at noon. Please bring a lunch. While the official finish hour is 1:00pm, please feel free to stay longer. Supply list.
June 2, Sunday, 12:30-3:30pm
"A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future." Denis Waitley
Now is the time to manifest what you want in your life with a vision board. With Jami's guidance and instruction, you will create a board with images and words that can be used as a tool to help you discover the desires of your heart and realize your goals. Whether it's to have a relationship, make more money, find inner peace or all of the above- your intentions for yourself and your life can be realized. Choose a 16"x20" or larger surface to work on (matboard, canvas board or illustration board), any color (most will be covered up), scissors, and a glue stick. The instructor provides the rest.
June 3, 10 & 17, Mondays, 3 weeks,
Expand and hone your skills working with colored pencils. In this 3 week class Jami will guide you through a variety of techniques. By working with a single subject (a colorful bird) you will gain a deeper understanding of the array of approaches available to you.
Week 1: Burnishing and blending; using colorless blender pencil and marker.
Week 2: Tonal Techniques; layering with and without grisaille.
Week 3: Colored Grounds & Mark Making; hatching, cross hatching, scumbling.
This class is suitable for all levels. Click here for supply list.
June 8-9, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
Are you inches away from painting larger? Loosen up and expand into expressive abstraction by thinking BIG and painting BOLD. Applying abstract design and powerful color theories, this workshop seeks those with a fearless approach and positive attitude. Paint and canvas are just the leaping-off point to expand your personally expressive works of art. Emphasis on originality, personal vision, intentions, and goals. Demos and handouts included. Opportunities to paint large don’t come often, so allow your big ideas to grow larger. Bring your attitude and vision of beauty or chaos (or both), to this intensive, pull-out-all-the-stops weekend of what it's like to be an expressive and painterly painter in a post-modern world. Supply List.
June 15, Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Wood and leather, two of my favorite materials to work with! Combine that with paper and string and you have a book in the making! Karen Votaw will teach you how to make this long-stitch journal that has the feel of a medieval era. You will get some basic leather experience and we will explore several different closure styles. Wood covers can be painted, stained or covered with various decorative papers, which will also be interspersed between the pages. Beginners and experienced alike will enjoy making this durable and beautiful wood and leather journal. Stop by the store to see a sample of this book. Register early, class limited to 7. Bring a sack lunch. Supply List.
June 22, Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Join Ken for a one day workshop and work on some pages in your sketchbooks. See the world with fresh eyes. Learn to work portably, quickly, and with an eye towards capturing fragments of wonderful experiences, whether it be your backyard or the hill towns of Italy. Ken will show us a number of techniques and tips that add enjoyment and intensity to your sketching, such as the two page layout. As well as, offer some great advice and inspiration for unique ways to record your travel experiences. Use this workshop to jump start your own work in the sketchbook. Bring a sack lunch. Small supply list.
July 13, Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
This beginning basic portrait class will lay some simple groundwork for the student to begin the process of drawing the human face. In the first half of the class, the instructor will guide you through drawing individual parts of the face (eye, nose, mouth etc). Working from photographs we will complete the face as a whole in the second half. Discover shading techniques using the different value degrees of pencils, as well as, how to create effects with the eraser and some very basic anatomy. Click here for supply list.
HOW TO REGISTER
- By phone: Call Art Department at 503-364-7465 during
business hours, registration requires a Visa or MasterCard
- In person: You are welcome to register at Art Department
during business hours.
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a space in the desired class or workshop. Minimum enrollment
must be met to make a class a go. So to avoid
disappointment, please register early!
Class will be cancelled three business days prior to the
first day of the first class IF the student minimum
is not met.
REFUND POLICY: If a class is cancelled due to low
enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund
will be given. Withdrawals made more than five days prior
to the first class session, will be issued a full refund
minus a $10 registration processing fee. Withdrawals made
five days or less, prior to the first class session, will
NOT be refunded or credited.