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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).

Monday Morning Classes

From 10 AM to 2 PM

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.

Linda Rennie Painting With Wild Abandon

April 1st, 8th & 15th


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Retirement was the catalyst for Linda’s entry into the art world. She is a wonderfully gifted, self-taught artist and a longtime member of the Portland Fine Arts Guild. Their workshops were fun and the instructors were excellent in teaching her painting techniques and working with different mediums. Linda currently works in many types of mediums: pastels, colored pencils, acrylics, watercolor and collage. Her most recent passion uses the technique of acrylic paint pouring which frees her creative spirit to produce beautiful and dramatic one-of-a-kind paintings. Linda is drawn to vivid colors and interesting shapes that are created through a process of pouring paint onto canvas. She will be demonstrating this technique and the exciting enhancements that can elevate your painting.


April 1st

Demonstration of a “dirty pour” which is the basic method for paint pouring; Discussion of the process of mixing paints and Floetrol to get the desired consistency for creating “cells”; Demonstration of creating a “wave” by pulling paint across the surface to create a wave effect.

April 8th

Demonstration of a “tilted pour” and a “circular pour”.

April 15th

Demonstration of how to enhance your pours with the use of black silhouettes and by painting figures or scenes on top of the pour.

Evening Classes

From 6 PM to 9 PM

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.

Click here for Rose Tracing. Then ctrl+p to print.

Click here image showing masking of rose tracing. Then ctrl+p to print.

Her website can be viewed at Mooreart4u

Gary Michael Painting Made Easy and Fun

April 1st, 8th & 15th


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Gary Michael's paintings are a chronicle of his life- his home environment, his travels, his family and the beauty he sees in nature and historic cities. He is an Oregon native and resides next to the river in Milwaukie, Oregon. Gary practiced architecture for many years in Portland while maintaining his passion for painting and trumpet playing. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society.

Gary Michael’s work can be viewed at:


Open to all levels. Some drawing experience desirable. Emphasis on composition, value shapes, focal point and accurate observation. A quick demonstration will start each session. Then lots of individual attention. Demos will be in soft pastel, but participants may use any medium. Michael is primarily a pastel painter, but has experience in oil pastels, oils, acrylics, water color, oil sticks and colored pencil. You may choose your subject. Bring reference photos or use some of mine. Keep it simple!