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Discovering your voice through Skies with Amanda Houston

$495

with Amanda Houston

Calendar Feb 29, 2024

Join award-winning artist Amanda Houston for Discovering Your Voice through Skies - Pastels

Demonstration: February 29th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Three-Day Workshop: March 1, 2, and 3rd, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

All levels welcome. Amanda will paint with oil pastels, but all mediums are welcome.  Workshop is in person only.

Please join us for an Artist Reception on March 2nd at 5:30 pm

Amanda will demonstrate a variety of different techniques working with pastels on a variety of different surfaces so you can explore new possibilities in your own work. We will focus on simplifying our subject matter in 4-5 values, refining shapes, harmonizing the color palette, how to paint “the glow,” and strengthening how to lead the viewer through your painting.

This workshop goes beyond the “how-to” steps of creating radiant sky paintings from photographs. It will explore the intuitive, creative process while covering the foundation of good design and composition. We will focus on a series of small-scale color sketches called the “sketching mindset” in the mornings and have you work on your own pieces in the afternoons. While I will share how I approach skies, this workshop will allow you to explore your own marking-making and undergo a more profound self-discovery to define your unique painting style. Learn what habits hold you back so your true voice can come out.

You will learn to analyze your own mark-making and work on a series of small paintings, exploring variations on a theme and learning how an artist’s creative spirit comes out. This workshop is a unique balance of left and right-brained exercises that prepare you to paint with composition authority and creative curiosity. Be prepared to walk away with at least 8-12 pieces from the workshop.

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Special Note: Amanda will demonstrate and teach with pastels. If you want to work in a different medium, you can, but it will be more challenging as she will not demonstrate technique in other mediums. In particular, The 15-minute painting exercises will be harder for a beginner oil or acrylic painter to mix and paint within that time limit.

About Amanda

Growing up on three continents, Amanda is inspired by much of the world. She now lives on 30 breathtaking acres in Cornelius, O.R., capturing the beauty of the landscapes surrounding her.

As a child living in Africa and Saudi Arabia, she remembers watching her mother paint oil landscapes as a hobby. Both her parents were educators and encouraged her to follow her creative passion.

Amanda was educated in New England and holds a B.S. in Apparel Design & Merchandising (honors) from the University of Vermont and a graduate degree in Textile Design (summa cum laude) from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was L.L. Bean’s first apparel designer in the 80s, Nike’s first Apparel Innovation Director in the 90s, and then helped launch Nike’s first e-commerce business (www.Niketown.com) during the dot-com boom.

After 20 years of corporate America, traveling, designing, and merchandising sports apparel for big global brands, she found she was creating less and managing more. In 2004, she took the leap, embraced motherhood, and allowed the artist in her to finally come out.

Amanda has been painting and refining her craft ever since and has been sharing her knowledge as an instructor since 2016.

She lives in the Willamette Valley wine country of Oregon in an old historic hunting lodge west of Portland on 30 glorious acres overlooking vineyards and rolling cultivated with her black lab. As a retired Nike Triathlete and now having finished raising her two adult sons, when she isn’t painting, she loves to spend her past time riding her bikes, doing yoga, swimming, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She splits her time between Cornelius, Oregon, and the San Juan Islands and squeezes painting time in whenever possible.

She is a Master’s Circle Member of IAPS (International Assoc. of Pastel Societies) and a Signature and board member of the N.W. Pastel Society and American Women Artists, where she participates in museum shows each year. She also participates in national shows as a member of the American Impressionist Society and Pastel Society of America.

She is published by Editions Limited and is seen nationwide in hospitals and hotels. She is represented by Giacobbe Fritz Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA, Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA, American Art Company in Tacoma, WA, Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, OR; and Attic Gallery in Camas, WA. She outfits two winery tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley, Penner Ash Wine Cellars, and Coleen Clemens Vineyards.

Full Course

Pastel Painting Demonstration Skies with Amanda Houston

$45

with Amanda Houston

Calendar Feb 29, 2024

If you cannot attend Amanda Houston's Workshop, register for the live stream on Thursday Evening.  

When: February 29th, 2024 6:30 pm  - 9:30 pm  The demonstration will be live streamed and everyone who registers will receive a link to a recorded copy. We will send out information on how to watch the demonstration on line and how to receive your copy. 

www.AmandaHouston.com 

About Amanda:

Growing up on three continents, Amanda is inspired by much of the world. She now lives on 30 breathtaking acres in Cornelius, O.R., capturing the beauty of the landscapes surrounding her. As a child living in Africa and Saudi Arabia, she remembers watching her mother paint oil landscapes as a hobby. Both her parents were educators and encouraged her to follow her creative passion.

Amanda was educated in New England and holds a B.S. in Apparel Design & Merchandising (honors) from the University of Vermont and a graduate degree in Textile Design (summa cum laude) from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was L.L. Bean’s first apparel designer in the 80s, Nike’s first Apparel Innovation Director in the 90s, and then helped launch Nike’s first e-commerce business (www.Niketown.com) during the dot-com boom. After 20 years of corporate America, traveling, designing, and merchandising sports apparel for big global brands, she found she was creating less and managing more.

In 2004, she took the leap, embraced motherhood, and allowed the artist in her to finally come out. Amanda has been painting and refining her craft ever since and has been sharing her knowledge as an instructor since 2016.She lives in the Willamette Valley wine country of Oregon in an old historic hunting lodge west of Portland on 30 glorious acres overlooking vineyards and rolling cultivated with her black lab.

As a retired Nike Triathlete and now having finished raising her two adult sons, when she isn’t painting, she loves to spend her past time riding her bikes, doing yoga, swimming, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She splits her time between Cornelius, Oregon, and the San Juan Islands and squeezes painting time in whenever possible.

She is a Master’s Circle Member of IAPS (International Assoc. of Pastel Societies) and a Signature and board member of the N.W. Pastel Society and American Women Artists, where she participates in museum shows each year. She also participates in national shows as a member of the American Impressionist Society and Pastel Society of America. She is published by Editions Limited and is seen nationwide in hospitals and hotels. She is represented by Giacobbe Fritz Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA, Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA, American Art Company in Tacoma, WA, Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, OR; and Attic Gallery in Camas, WA. She outfits two winery tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley, Penner Ash Wine Cellars, and Coleen Clemens Vineyards.

 

 

Acrylic Paint Class - March 9th

$65

with Claire Guest

Calendar Mar 9, 2024 at 6:30 pm

March 9th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon of painting and sipping! In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful acrylic painting.

You will be guided step-by-step through the process of creating your masterpiece. You will learn how to mix colors, apply paint to the canvas, and create texture and depth in your painting.​This class is perfect for anyone who wants to explore their creative side in a fun and supportive environment. No prior experience is necessary. All materials, including paint, brushes, canvas, and aprons, are provided.

Mushroom Embroidery Basic with Melissa Galbraith

$60

with Melissa Galbraith

Calendar Mar 10, 2024 at 2 pm

Sunday, March 10th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Let’s stitch magical mushrooms!

Learn to embroider a playful bunch of fungi in this embroidery workshop with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ.

This two hour, hands-on workshop covers a variety of beginner-friendly embroidery stitches such as the satin stitch, back stitch, reverse chain stitch, long and short satin stitch, and French knot.

Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a wooden embroidery hoop, mushroom transfer designs, an embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, cream cotton fabric, backing materials, and printed instructions.

Ages 16+. All supplies provided.

 

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Expressive Portrait and Still Life with Henry Stinson

$475

with Henry Stinson

Calendar Mar 22, 2024

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian portrait and still-life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare from a highly respected artist and instructor.

Join us for a two-and-a-half-day workshop taught by Award Winning Artist Henry Stinson.

When: March 22, 23 and 24, 2024

Friday Night Demonstration - 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday Workshop - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to painting, helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and temperature relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings.

In each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their painting abilities. All mediums are welcome.

 Students must bring their own supplies.  SUPPLY LIST

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About Henry Stinson

Henry Stinson, a renowned artist and educator, has dedicated his life to the world of art, nurturing budding talents and crafting mesmerizing works of art. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, he was drawn to the four seasons and vibrant community of the Pacific Northwest. This love for the region and a passion for outdoor painting brought him back to the place he now calls home.

With over three decades of experience as an artist, Henry's journey in art education began at Washington State University, where he embarked on his creative path. His formal training continued at the Art Institute of Seattle, but it was his four years of intense apprenticeship with Russian impressionist painter Ron Lukas that truly shaped his artistic vision.

Henry Stinson has left an indelible mark as an educator, teaching the intricate arts of drawing and painting for more than 35 years. His career has spanned various colleges and privately owned institutions, impacting countless aspiring artists. His unique gift lies in his ability to convey practical knowledge and inspire students to create vivid and captivating art on canvas.

A gifted instructor, Henry's teaching philosophy centers on helping students uncover their unique gifts and abilities through the language of art. He firmly believes in laying a strong foundation by imparting the fundamentals, enabling students to connect prior knowledge with new skills and make informed artistic decisions. His classroom is a space where experimentation replaces fear, and mistakes are celebrated as essential steps in the learning process.

Henry encourages his students to embrace the idea that art is not about perfection but about the harmonious fusion of hand, eye, and mind. He understands that true art transcends mere technique and aims to evoke emotion, fostering a deep connection between the artist and their audience.

Henry Stinson has used innovative methods to expand his students' perspectives throughout his teaching career. He challenges them to experience art physically, using their entire body to create lines and form. This unconventional approach enhances their comfort and instills the confidence needed to be fully present in the creative process. Henry guides them towards a deeper understanding of the truth in their observations by breaking preconceptions and occasionally encouraging students to experience drawing with their non-dominant hands.

Henry's passion for art and teaching is fueled by his own artistic journey, which has taught him perseverance, courage, and unwavering faith in the unseen. He constantly strives to improve his craft, never forgetting his profound influence on future artists.

As an artist, Henry Stinson's work transcends ordinary sight, capturing unique moments that linger on the edge of memory. His ability to translate these moments onto canvas has garnered recognition in the United States and abroad. His pieces grace the collections of corporate leaders and private art enthusiasts alike.

www.HenryStinson.com

 

Full Course

Oil Painting Demonstration with Henry Stinson

$45

with Henry Stinson

Calendar Mar 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian portrait and still-life impressionistic painting with a contemporary flare from a highly respected artist and instructor.

If you cannot attend the Weekend Workshop, join us for a demonstartion painting on Friday Evening.  

Friday Night Demonstration - March 22nd,  6:30 - 9:30 pm

Join us in person for light snacks and beverages and an evening with Henry.

Can't join in person?  Register for the live stream.  The demonstration will be live streamed and everyone who registers will receive a downloadable copy. We will send out information on how to watch the demonstration on line and how to receive your copy. 

About Henry Stinson

Henry Stinson, a renowned artist and educator, has dedicated his life to the world of art, nurturing budding talents and crafting mesmerizing works of art. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, he was drawn to the four seasons and vibrant community of the Pacific Northwest. This love for the region and a passion for outdoor painting brought him back to the place he now calls home.

With over three decades of experience as an artist, Henry's journey in art education began at Washington State University, where he embarked on his creative path. His formal training continued at the Art Institute of Seattle, but it was his four years of intense apprenticeship with Russian impressionist painter Ron Lukas that truly shaped his artistic vision.

Henry Stinson has left an indelible mark as an educator, teaching the intricate arts of drawing and painting for more than 35 years. His career has spanned various colleges and privately owned institutions, impacting countless aspiring artists. His unique gift lies in his ability to convey practical knowledge and inspire students to create vivid and captivating art on canvas.

A gifted instructor, Henry's teaching philosophy centers on helping students uncover their unique gifts and abilities through the language of art. He firmly believes in laying a strong foundation by imparting the fundamentals, enabling students to connect prior knowledge with new skills and make informed artistic decisions. His classroom is a space where experimentation replaces fear, and mistakes are celebrated as essential steps in the learning process.

Henry encourages his students to embrace the idea that art is not about perfection but about the harmonious fusion of hand, eye, and mind. He understands that true art transcends mere technique and aims to evoke emotion, fostering a deep connection between the artist and their audience.

Henry Stinson has used innovative methods to expand his students' perspectives throughout his teaching career. He challenges them to experience art physically, using their entire body to create lines and form. This unconventional approach enhances their comfort and instills the confidence needed to be fully present in the creative process. Henry guides them towards a deeper understanding of the truth in their observations by breaking preconceptions and occasionally encouraging students to experience drawing with their non-dominant hands.

Henry's passion for art and teaching is fueled by his own artistic journey, which has taught him perseverance, courage, and unwavering faith in the unseen. He constantly strives to improve his craft, never forgetting his profound influence on future artists.

As an artist, Henry Stinson's work transcends ordinary sight, capturing unique moments that linger on the edge of memory. His ability to translate these moments onto canvas has garnered recognition in the United States and abroad. His pieces grace the collections of corporate leaders and private art enthusiasts alike.

www.HenryStinson.com

 

Marketing Yourself as an Artist

$350

with Jennifer Jacobson

Calendar Mar 30, 2024 at 11 am

Saturday, March 30 11:00 - 4:00

Ages 16 and up

Have you ever wanted to sell your art, but don’t know where to start? Not sure what your personal brand is? Do you want to promote yourself, but aren’t sure how? In this class, you’ll learn the big picture basics of marketing yourself as an artist and learn how to put yourself and your art “out there.” Whether you’ve already sold a few pieces, or thinking about starting, this class will help you on your path to being known.

Please Note: This class is part workshop, part lecture, and very hands-on. You will be encouraged to talk about your personal art, your story, and bring select samples (photos) of your work to show the class. 

Please bring your computer, as well as a pen and notebook to take notes.

You will receive printed digital marketing worksheets you can fill out in class or at home.

Class Overview:

Making Your Artist Bio: Together we’ll create a compelling paragraph about you as an artist for use in galleries, your website, and press.

Audience Psychology: We’ll get into “who” your specific audience is, as well as their psychographics, and demographics.

Your Artistic Portfolio: We’ll help you pick and choose which works of art to share on your website, and how to name and talk about said works.

Website Communications Basics: We’ll go through basic landing pages your website needs and talk about Weebly, an easy tool for setting up your own website.

Social Media Practice: We’ll learn strategies for social media communications and growth, as well as reaching your ideal audience.

Building Your Community Connection:Want to get your art into local and regional venues? Looking to connect in meaningful ways with your community? We’ll help you develop a strategy and begin your outreach.

Your Personal Press Strategy: We’ll help you discover ways to get yourself into local media stories.

About the Teacher:

Jennifer L. Jacobson is a Pacific Northwest artist and communications professional with 25+ years experience helping brands get exposure that takes them to the next level. She works with artists, entertainers, startups, nonprofits, special causes, and emerging brands and campaigns with interesting stories. Her clients have been featured in thousands of publications and she has single-handedly replaced global PR firms and achieved better results. For more about Jennifer, and her boutique communications consultancy, visit: https://jacobsoncommunication.com

 

Payment plan available: $200 deposit plus 2 payments of $75.00, paid every two weeks.

Watercolor Club/Open Studio - April, May & June

$200

with Kelly Handley

Calendar Apr 4, 2024 at 9 am

Thursdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Quarterly - April, May & June

Ages 18+

All levels welcome. Students are required to bring their own supplies.

Watercolor Club will run 13 consecutive weeks, Thursdays from 9 am-12 noon, beginning April 4, 2024, and ending June 27, 2024.

Watercolor Club intends to engage watercolor painters of any level in a self-directed, weekly practice of building watercolor skills in a supportive community.

Teaching Artist Kelly Handley will introduce brief optional demonstrations at the beginning of Club Time for members who want to focus on building specific skills.

Students bring their own supplies. Minimum supplies to bring to class include watercolor paper, watercolor paints (tubes, pans, or sticks), and watercolor brush/tools. Suggested watercolor paint colors for students to mix their own palettes are Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow (though any preferred yellow will do), and Cobalt Blue. Additional supplies include green DUCK tape to tape individual watercolor sheets (not necessary if using watercolor paper blocks).

Please get in touch with Kelly Handley, Teaching Artist, with any questions; email address: WatercolorClub@KellyHandley.com.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $50.00, paid every two weeks.




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