Watercolor Classes

with Guest Instructor Leslie Barnum

Tuesdays and Saturdays, Jan 4 – Mar 31, 2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm Register

Tuesday Watercolor Workshops:

Negative Painting  January 14, January 21, and January 28 from 9:30am-12:30pm
Exploring negative painting techniques. Work will be done on 11”x 15” 300 lb. watercolor paper.  All materials will be provided. $132 for 3 weeks.

Abstract Landscape  February 4th-25th from 9:30am-12:30pm
Explore your creativity and new techniques while producing your own unique painting.  Work will be done on 11″x15″ 300lb. paper.
All materials will be provided.  $175 for 4 weeks.

Old Rusty Metal  March 3rd-31st (no class on March 24th) from 9:30am-12:30pm
Explore various ways of creating visual texture.  Work will be done on 11″x15″ 300 lb. paper.     All materials will be provided.  $175 for 4 weeks.

First Saturday Watercolor Workshops  

January 4th from 9:30am-12:30pm.  Monochromatic Landscape.  $50.  All materials included.

February 1st from 9:30am-12:30pm. Negative Painting.  $50.  All materials included.

March 7th from 9:30am-12:30pm.  Ink and Watercolor.  $50.  All materials included.

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Leap Into Colour: A Taste of 21st Century Colour

with Maggie Maggio

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020, 9:30am – 4:30pm Register

Come spend the day playing with colour!

Colour surrounds us. It is a visual language that affects how we feel and how we engage with the world around us. Traditional colour theory focuses on colour for artists and designers but our world is changing and colour theory is changing along with it.

There is no better way to get a taste of the complex world of modern colour than by hands-on explorations.  After years of test-driving hundreds of colour books and products for studying colour, I selected the best and set up a Colour Explorer Room in Portland, Oregon.

I invite you to join me in the Colour Explorer Room for a sampler of the exercises from my five-day Smashing Colour Week.  I will bring out  a collection of my favorite toys and products and lead you in a series of fun and informative exercises to introduce you to basic concepts in the science and art of colour.

This is not your traditional colour class! Anyone interested in exploring the art and science of 21st Century Color is welcome to come and play for the day!

ALL Materials Provided

Students Bring: Laptop or I-pad and Curiousity

Skill Level: All Ages

Location:   VIA Artistica Studio, 2nd floor of Taborspace
5441 SE Belmont Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Hours:  Doors open at 9.  Class runs 9:30 – 4:30 .


Monarchs and Bumbles

with Laurel Swetnam

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020, 10:00am – 4:30pm Register

My Monarch necklaces mimic the colors of the famous butterflies.  Recently I decided to experiment with a yellow palette as well – bumbles!    I think both are successful.  I’ll demo both of these, but you could choose your own colors as well. Maybe a gorgeous blue morpho butterfly! 

Polymer clay pinched shell beads are the basis for these dramatic, lightweight necklaces, bracelets or earrings.  The key to creating these eye catching pieces lies in balancing repeated design elements with variations on a theme to create interest.  In this class we’ll learn to make four  types of simple painterly canes, pictured below, which make up the 80 shells for a necklace.  We’ll also make the striped cane that accents the shells, and learn how to string the cured beads.  There are a few tricks to monarchs and bumbles- sometimes hints are the best part of a class.