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Start Date: Jul 13, 2018 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)

We can celebrate our past by sifting through historical ephemera— old photos, letters, handkerchiefs and bits of string, but how can we put them together to make works of art? Creating with these contents can be overwhelming but it can also be fun and exploratory! This workshop will enable students to create meaningful mixed media works that allow each person to embellish and organize materials in a personal way. We will use combinations of two- dimensional mixed media materials such as charcoal, ink, pastel, water-based paints (including acrylics, watercolor and gouache), different grounds, transfer techniques and surface treatments as well as collage. Issues of formatting, installation and presentation will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Jul 23, 2018 Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)

What better time than summer to go and paint outdoors? This workshop is designed to help students gain a better understanding of color, composition, value and paint application while working en plein air. Daily demonstrations will cover editing and simplification for impact, using color and value to convey natural lighting effects, and ways to create more dynamic compositions.  Starting with compositional thumbnails students will work up to completing a plein-air painting each day. Along with with demos plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided.

Prerequisites: Open to all levels. A basic understanding of the materials used in oil or acrylic painting is recommended.

Start Date: Aug 4, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Come explore the art of collage and correspondence art in this weekend workshop with the artist collective Dispersal. Through collage, baby zines, multiples, Xerox copies, and other tactile forms of making, our weekend art laboratory of students will reach out into the international mail/postal art community. We will build collages, share stories, and create artworks that have our own unique personal stamp and personality. This class gives us the permission to let loose and play while cultivating a body of artwork. As an additional option, students can exchange addresses and continue sending and receiving correspondence art with other artists abroad.


Prerequisites: None

Dispersal art collective is made up of Jason Berlin and Veronica Reeves: V2R2.

Berlin and Reeves are both working artist in the Portland metro area who show regionally and internationally. Dispersal: Mail Art Show, curated by Dispersal, was reviewed in 2017 in Kolaj magazine.* 


*Ric Kasini Kadour, “Mail Art Show,” Kolaj  no. 18 (2017) : 20.