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Instructor lead classes

Only $20 a class!

$15 a class for Guild Members

First time? Only $10!

Click for directions: 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).

Morning Classes

From 10 AM to 2 PM

Only $20 a class! $15 a class for Guild Members. First time? Only $10!

Karen Ilari Loose and Lively Acrylic Painting

June 3rd, 10th & 17th


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Color, Light and Beauty inspire Karen Ilari’s art.

Ilari discovered her love of painting mid-life, after a career in accounting. After all the left-brain work, and after raising her three children largely on her own, she was searching for a way to bring more joy, creativity and happiness into her life. Through college coursework, workshops and books, she discovered a whole new world to explore. Having worked with pastels, watercolor, oils and colored pencil, she settled on acrylics for their unique properties. Fast drying, forgiving and richly colored, acrylics give her the ability paint fearlessly, taking risks, changing direction, and generally going wherever the painting wants to lead.

Ilari initially leaned towards realism and natural color with her paintings, but her focus currently has moved to a more loose, impressionistic style with vivid and often unexpected colors; from a more detailed, controlled process to one that allows for more spontaneity and creativity, while still maintaining recognizable subjects.

Ilari has taught locally at Portland Fine Arts Guild and at the Oregon Society of Artists, as well as in her home studio. She also creates video coursework for You Tube, and for her Online Acrylic Painting School.

Karen Ilari's work can be viewed at:


In this workshop we will learn and practice techniques and tools for painting loosely, creatively, and spontaneously. We will push our subject matter, and ourselves, to step out of our comfort zone and answer the question “What if?” What if I try this color, move this element, change this background? “What if” ignites creativity and exploration and fun!

June 3rd

The Quick Sketch: We will work from simple landscape photos, so bring your own or use some of the instructor’s. We’ll learn why the Quick Sketch is so key to stepping out of the box. The instructor will do a demo and then we’ll all join the fun.

June 10th

We will revisit our sketches from the first class, using our “What if” questions to push further. We’ll discuss composition and color choices and start with an instructor demo.

June 17th

We will choose our favorite Quick Sketch and start on a more developed painting. The teacher will do a demo and then provide plenty of one-on-one help.

Only $20 a class! $15 a class for Guild Members. First time? Only $10!

Extra Special One Class Only

Claudia Nice Elephant's in Colors

July 8th


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Claudia Nice, a native of the Pacific Northwest, attended the University of Kansas, but gained her realistic pen, ink, and watercolor techniques from sketching nature. She spent over 15 years traveling across North America for Koh-I-Noor/Rapidograph and Grumbacher as an art consultant, conducting seminars, workshops, and demonstrations at various schools, clubs, shops, and trade shows. Her relaxed, informative method of instruction is geared to put the beginner at ease, and encourage the seasoned artist to new heights.

Claudia has authored or contributed to over thirty successful books, including "Creating Textured in Pen & Ink With Watercolor." This fully illustrated text book was not only a North Light "Book of the Month," but a best seller for F & W Publications. Over 400,000 Claudia Nice books have sold. Her art work has won numerous awards and is often found in leading art instruction magazines.

Claudia Nice's work can be viewed at:


Claudia will be bringing her sketch book from her recent trip to Africa. We’ll be sketching and then painting “Elephants in Watercolors”.

We expect this to be a popular class, so come up to half an hour early so you can get a great spot to set up and get settled in before class starts.

Materials list:

1. Small sheets of 140# cold press paper in 5x7 6x8 or similar sizes.

2. #2 pencil and eraser for sketching.

3. #4 round, 1/4" flat, and small detail brush plus and favorite brushes.

4. Watercolor paints and regular equipment.

Note: the guild does have some watercolor paints & brushes for loan during this class.

Only $20 a class! $15 a class for Guild Members. First time? Only $10!

Hilarie Couture

Value to Color; Value Does the Work, Color Gets the Credit

July 15th, 22nd & 29th


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Hilarie Couture is an artist who specializes in portraits and figurative work. She is most noted for a recent project she created about women in Clark County, Washington who made contributions to this area, by painting 55 portraits honoring these women, followed by a traveling exhibition (for over a year) of the portraits; she then documented the project with a book she wrote the following year.

Couture works in several mediums but prefers oil and pastel. Her style continues to evolve but is mainly romantic contemporary impressionism.

She lives and has a studio gallery in Vancouver, Washington and is primarily self-taught; however, in the past 6 years she has taken workshops from contemporary artists whom she admires and she devours art books and videos. She is a sought-after instructor, holding workshops, classes and doing demos and talks at various locations, including her Vancouver studio. She shows in several galleries in McMinnville and Portland, Camas, Washington, and Omaha, Nebraska where is from. She has had national recognition and awards from competitions of the Northwest and International Pastel Societies and the Art Muse and Bold Brush competitions, Jerry’s Artarama portrait competition, as well as best-of-shows and other local awards. Couture is a passionate artist as well as a very giving teacher.

Hilarie Couture's work can be viewed at:


Are you ready to take your ART to the next level? In order to have a stronger painting, we will address the basics. In this workshop we will explore a better understanding of how to create form through the understanding of value. Each week we will take a different subject and learn how to describe it in the simplest value shapes, and then turn the value to color. We will approach landscape, still life, and portraiture and you will see a big leap in your work when you learn to simplify your values. You may work in any medium.

Materials List: This depends on the medium you choose to work in.

If you choose to:

Paint -- Bring black and white paint, brushes, palette, and palette knife.

Work in pastels -- Bring black, white and various grey pastels.

You will also need -- a sketchbook (or paper), a sharpie marker or pencil, and a reference photo of a landscape you want to paint.

July 15th Landscape

Bring surface of your choice: mat board (9x12 or 8x10) or heavy all media paper, canvas board, or pastel paper.

July 22nd Still Life

Same materials as first week, plus 3 objects for a still life set up and fabric to set them on.

July 29th Portrait

Same materials as first week, adding a full set of colors and a reference photo as follows: 8x10 portrait photo with photo copy of the same.

Evening Classes

From 6 PM to 9 PM

Only $20 a class! $15 a class for Guild Members. First time? Only $10!

Jane Aukshunas

June 3rd, 10th, & 17th


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Jane Aukshunas is interested in making art, gardening, and observing the natural world, in which its moods, shapes, colors, and textures are an ongoing joy. Imbued at once with both a lush sensuality and an edgy geometry, her colorful, graphic landscapes hearken back to the 1930s’ midwestern regionalist style of artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. She received her BA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, with additional studies at Parsons School of Design in NY. She studied drawing and painting in Bali. In former lives, Aukshunas was a fashion designer and travel guide book writer and takes her sketchbook along whenever she travels. You can see her paintings at the Portland Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery and in collections of hospitals, healing centers, and wineries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Always eager to experiment, Aukshunas has been pushing the limits of oil pastels for years and has lately segued into acrylic mediums. She leads art classes in her studio in Portland and other venues.

Jane Aukshuna's work can be viewed at:


June 3rd Monoprinting

Have fun playing with a Gelli monoprint plate in this workshop; it’s a plate that has an appealing gelatin texture. You’ll create monoprints with luscious surfaces containing myriads of unexpected colors, patterns and textures. You’ll end up with a pile of monoprints that can be enjoyed simply for themselves, or be used as a jumping off for a new piece altogether- you can use the prints you create in collage, art journaling, or for greeting cards.


Please note for this class only supplies are limited: The first 10 people registered will have all tools and materials provided for a $5 materials fee; additional registrants may audit the class for a total cost of $10 (and no material fee). Register at the guild or by phone 888-801-8241.

The $5 materials fee will cover all materials, including Gelli Plate, brayer, OPEN Golden Artist acrylic colors, and printing papers. You may bring your own stencils if you wish.

June 10th Color Palette

In this class we will investigate the palette of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter credited with painting one of the first recognized purely abstract works. Kandinsky was known for working on off-white canvas and using bold brushstrokes and areas of color. Exercises will include color mixing to build a color wheel and, following Kandinsky’s style, duplicating one of his paintings. If time allows, students will create an abstract painting using creative license.


$5 materials fee. The instructor will supply all materials.

June 17th Drawing with Oil Pastels

Oil pastel is a fascinating medium that can be used both for drawing and painting techniques. In this class, you’ll be introduced to the medium and have some fun exploring it’s unique properties. We’ll draw from still lifes on smooth paper to enjoy the oil pastel “glide.” You don’t need to be able to draw well to have fun using these materials.


$5 materials fee. The instructor will supply all materials.

Only $20 a class! $15 a class for Guild Members. First time? Only $10!

Open Studio

July 8th, 15th & 22nd


All skill levels are invited to join us for fun, supportive Open Studio evenings! It’s a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people, to work on ongoing projects or start new work, and to get inspired by others. Open Studio is facilitated by experienced art instructors who can provide guidance if desired. We are a supportive, welcoming group of beginning to advanced artists who hope to see you there. If you like, bring your supper!