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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

Exploring Watercolor & Pen & Ink Techniques With Angela Wrahtz

October 1st & 8th


Painting by Angela

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 top awards at juried competitive art shows, including two People’s Choice Awards, two Best of Show Awards, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place, as well as numerous Honorable Mentions.

Angela is mostly a self-taught artist who had an art portfolio accepted at a prestigious art institute but opted instead to earn a B.A. from Hiram College in Ohio and a 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. Angela worked regularly with artists and designers while in publishing and continued her art education by studying with master painters including Rene Eisenbart and Chris Stubbs.

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


Painting by Angela Wrahtz

October 1st Fall Landscape with Birches

In this project, we explore a masking and layering technique over a melty gorgeous background. Rich colors are built up in careful glazes onto a foundation on the paper. Color mixing theory is discussed and incorporated into the discussion to keep colors vibrant and not muddy. While the subject matter is drawn from nature, the approach is a bit of an abstraction, capturing energy and movement of falling leaves. Each artist will create their own composition with guidance from the instructor. Elements of good design will be part of the instruction so that each student can create a successful composition.

Painting by Angela Wrahtz

October 8th Fall Leaf with Patterns

For this project, we will explore and practice pattern creation with the pen. We will develop a large individual leaf shape and enhance our compositions with geometric shapes layered over and around the leaf. This project is an excellent opportunity to discuss art elements of line and color. Instructor will demonstrate techniques for incorporating different kinds of lines and patterns into a watercolor project which will translate into other projects you may wish to do. We will paint the leaf, pattern the leaf, and further paint our pen work to develop a richly developed even intricate tribute to the colorful autumn leaf.

You may contact Angela at

Website can be viewed at Angela Wrahtz Studio


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Fun with Acrylic Paint Pouring with Linda Rennie

October 15th


Perhaps you’ve watched the U-Tube Videos or have heard about the fun you can have with mixing and pouring your acrylic paints. Linda has guided us before on learning the basics to this art, and as she has gleaned more experience, as she tries new things. “I am doing it with paint covered fingers and having a ball. I have been playing around with waves and beaches and they are coming out so cool that I just can’t keep it to myself.” So plan to attend Linda’s class with us and share some of the excitement.

Pat Averill The Magic of Water

November 5th, 12th, & 19th


Photo of instructor Pat Averill

Pat has always loved drawing, and found her niche in the versatility of colored pencil. She is both a charter member and signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and has found this organization to be an amazing opportunity. She has been juried into 20 International CPSA Exhibitions, co-authored books by Walter Foster, and has been published in other books, magazines, and step-by-step kits. Recently she has been included in The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques, by Judy Martin, published by Search Press Ltd. and Ann Kullberg’s Draw Landscapes in Colored Pencil as well as Ann’s June, 2018 issue of Color Magazine. In August, 2018, Pat was the second person to receive a 20 year award for being juried into the annual CPSA (colored pencil) International Exhibition. See for more information.

She has taught workshops throughout the US, and currently enjoys mentoring a group of enthusiastic artists who keep her on her toes. Her goal is to see and express heartfelt emotion shared through her art.

Her website can be viewed at pat-averill-artist/portfolio


November 5th Pilings in a Harbor with Water Reflections

pillings image

Pat will show nature slides that she will use in an exercise combining wax crayons (school type) with colored pencils of pilings in a harbor with water reflections. Participants will use crayons to make a color map and follow it with colored pencils. The wax in the crayons help to blend the pencils almost magically.

November 12th Making Waves and Foam Patterns

river foam

Pat will bring a photo of a stream and demonstrate making waves and foam patterns. If participants have their own reference photo, keep in mind that you will need to bring appropriate colored pencils and crayons for your photo.

November 19th Create Grisaille for 3D Effect

ocean pic

The group will create grisaille (tones of a single color especially gray to produce a three dimensional effect) followed by watercolor or watercolor pencil and then detailed in colored pencil. Pat will supply a photo for this exercise but you are free to provide our own as well.

Free Evening Demonstration

@ 6:30

"How to mat and frame your own artwork" with Paul Clendenin

October 22nd

Paul Clendenin will be demonstrating "single" and "double" mat cutting following the October 22nd member meeting. Mat materials and tools will be available after the demonstration so you are encouraged to bring a piece of art that you would like matted (please nothing larger than 1/4 sheet). Paul and other Guild members, will be available to assist you as we mat and frame as many pieces as time and material allows. We will be done no later than 9pm. Bring a frame that you feel would be appropriate for your art. There will be no fees, and we encourage the public to attend.

Paul can be contacted at:

His website can be viewed at