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Instructor lead classes

Only $20 a class!

$15 a class for Guild Members

First time? Only $10!

Classes are held @ 3201 NE 148th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97220 (bottom floor of the River Crest Community Church, park in the lower lot enterance in the rear).

Monday Morning Classes

From 10 AM to 2 PM

Angela Wrahtz

February 4th & 18th

Karen Berg

February 11th


picture of Angela Wrahtz instructor

Angela is an award-winning artist who lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. Her principal medium is mixed media watercolor painting. She has won numerous top awards at juried competitive art shows and now brings her experience in into the classroom teaching regularly in Tualatin & Keizer and as an invited workshop instructor.

Angela is mostly a self-taught artist who earned an M.A. in Language & Literature from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While in college, she took studio art classes and followed these with more at the UC Berkeley Extension when her career in publishing took her to the Bay Area where she worked regularly with artists and designers as part of her daily career. She continues her art education studying with master painters who specialize in experimental techniques.

Always surrounded by art and arty people, Angela has worked throughout her life to develop her own distinct method and style. She is a member of Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Oregon Society of Artists, and Wild Over Watercolor—Guild of Artists.

Angela's Website can be viewed at


picture of Karen Berg instructor

Karen Berg is an award winning Oregon watercolor artist who has won top awards at juried art shows including People’s choice, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Juror’s Choice, and Honorable Mention.

Karen started painting with watercolors several years after retiring in 2002 as a secondary English and social studies teacher and reading and learning specialist. Though she had had several classes of art and pointing (in oil) during school and college, Karen is primarily a self-taught artist. Taking her first watercolor class in 2006 sparked her interest in this medium and has grown into her passion. She enjoys painting in her home and with fellow artists at various venues and sites. As an instructor, she loves teaching and working with artists, whether budding, flowering or established. “To see the spark of excitement and light of understanding while learning new techniques, developing skills, and adding to their art knowledge is the greatest of rewards.”

Karen is a member of Wild Over Watercolor Guild of Artists (WOW), Keiser Art Association (KAA), Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO), and Oregon Society of Artists (OSA). She is President of Wild Over Watercolor, serving on its board in various offices over the last 8 years.

Karen's Website can be viewed at


ocean painting

February 4th Coastal Scene with Volcanic Cliffs with Angela Wrahtz

In this project, we examine how daylight plays on ruffled water and how sand shines through the surf and reflections bounce back. We will talk about using different kinds of blue paint for capturing the sky and water and explore what happens in the glazing process. We will also use wet-into-wet techniques for a portion of the painting. The beach canyons are an opportunity to explore the use of earthy browns. Elements of good design will be part of the instruction so that each student can understand the good bones in the composition and why the composition will ensure a successful.

Ocean scene by Karen Berg

February 11th Coastal Scene with Karen Berg

Building on ideas and techniques we explored in the previous session, we will explore more closely how to capture movement of water in waves, around rocks, and against cliffs and represent it with watercolor. Our colors will expand beyond blues and earth tones. In creating a vibrant coastal sunset, we work with yellows, oranges, reds, blues, and purples in the sky and reflecting these colors on the ocean waters, rocks and cliffs. We discuss how to paint the various warm colors in the sky with blue and purples to avoid “mud”. Use of glazing on the cliffs and rocks will enhance their rich earth tones and allow sunset colors to glint off edges. Painting rocks and cliffs provide a good opportunity to work with shadows, on land and in calm or moving waters. In addition to glazing and wet-into-wet, we will explore wet-into-dry and dry brush techniques. To create a successful composition, we our discussion will focus aerial perspective along with elements and principles of design.

Painting by Angela Wrahtz

February 18th Fanciful Seahorse with Angela Wrahtz

Those who attend will have an opportunity to get help finishing either or both projects from the prior two sessions. Continuing on, and staying on a wet and watery coastal theme, we’ll end our workshop series with a playful watercolor with pen and ink project which incorporates a sea creature or two! You’ll learn how to paint a dramatic high color background with watercolors and experiment with a salting effect that takes the painting to a whole new level. Finally you will paint and carefully detail a dandy sea horse to swim inside the cool background using a mix of Sharpie pens.. Traditional and new age pen techniques taught.

Carolynn Wagler

March 4th, 11th & 18th


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CAROLYNN WAGLER has been teaching watercolor and pastels in the Portland area for several years. Her unique use of color gives her paintings a vibrancy and freshness that has earned her awards including Honorable Mention at the Oregon Society of Artists Rose Festival Show 2010. The same year she won Judge's Choice from the Portland Fine Arts Guild spring show; and was selected most recently in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 to have her work shown at the state capital in Salem, by Leading Age Art Oregon competition. Carolynn was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Convention in Hermiston, Oregon in 2015 with her award winning painting. She also participated in the Muse Art “Artist a Day” program. Her painting was auctioned with proceeds to benefit school children.

Carolynn has been painting water color for over 17 years. This artist has honed her skills and talent with outstanding teachers including master artists Alvaro Castagnet, Paul Jackson, and John Lovett. She has also studied under Bev Jozwaik, Vickie Nelson, Marla Bagetta, Scott C, Johnson, Harold Walkup & a portrait workshop with Chris Stubbs. Last winter she took classes from Brenda Boylan. The fall of 2017 she took from British artist, Jean Haines at OSA.

Angela's artwork can be viewed on Pinterest: Pinterest_Carolynn_Wagler


We will be using watercolor; all colors. Use your regular pigments. We’ll use the same drawing techniques used in all art. The sphere, dark/light/dark/light, shadows to make things pop and where necessary we will invent shadows to create depth. I will bring drawings for you to trace and photos to go with the drawings. You might want to plan ahead for the size of your painting so that you will have a grouping of birds to matt and frame.

Colorful Budgie painting

March 4th Colorful Budgie watercolor

I have a few very simple exercises to warm us up before we actually paint the Budgie. This will engage us with watercolor pigment and learning how to make color do what we want it to.

Chickadee painting

March 11th Chickadee (or other small bird) watercolor

The next class will be the chickadee or another small bird. Birds are simple to paint, and you will get great satisfaction by learning these simple beautiful animals. I also plan to emphasize backgrounds that will make the birds pop in a unique way.

Owl painting

March 18th Owl watercolor

The last class will be an owl using many of the techniques we’ve learned in class so far, and some new ones.

$10 Evening Classes

@ 6:00

Collage Class by Berdell Moffett-Chaney

February 4th, 11th, & 18th

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In 3 evening sessions totaling 9 hours of instruction.Berdell Moffett-Chaney will be teaching mixed media/Collage. The projects will be fun and easy. Join her as she brings out in you surprising creativity. You will learn the skills of colors, values, themes and 3Dimensional projects. Each class you will complete a project that will make you proud. “Berdell is an exceptional, exciting and fun teacher. A “MUST attend”

February 4th-First class “Color Values with mixed media"

February 11th-Second Class “Working with Themes”

February 18th – Third class “Adding the Fun”

Supply List: The teacher will bring all the needed supplies for each class.

Her website can be viewed at

Watercolor Roses with Bonnie Moore

March 4th, 11th, & 18th

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Bonnie grew up in Eastern Oregon in a logging and ranching community. Her parents taught her a great love and appreciation of God's creation. She gains inspiration for her watercolor paintings while hiking and snowshoeing. Bonnie has been painting watercolors for 14 years. She is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is also a member of the Three Rivers Artist Guild and the North Clackamas Artist Guild.

”"Painting watercolors feeds a part of my soul!

We will be “painting roses” in Watercolor for this project. The composition will be two roses and one bud. The leaves will be added however you want them. Before class have your drawing on your paper and your masking fluid on. The yellow on drawing 2 is the masking fluid. You want your roses to touch the edges of the paper. Draw in your leaves however you want them. Don’t avoid the edges when drawing in your leaves. Run them right off the edge. Keep your masked paper away from heat so it does not bake into the paper.

Her website can be viewed at Mooreart4u