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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


Theresa Weil

People & Pet Collage Portraiture Class

August 5th, 12th, & 19th

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


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Theresa’s interest in art began when she learned how to cut out patterns and sew clothes for herself as a teenager. She went on to study fine art and design, has an Associate Degree in Graphic Design. and worked as a graphic designer and art director for twenty years in Los Angeles. Paper collage was a natural medium for Theresa; she enjoys the challenge of using pieces of cut paper to bring life to her collaged portrait subjects.

Because She Cares is a series of portraits Theresa created of women who lead non-profits in Oregon; it toured the state in 2014.

Theresa loves teaching students of all levels who want to try new mediums and approaches to creating art. She encourages her students to take risks, relax and have fun with their vision, all while being open to the surprising process of creativity.

Theresa Weil's work can be viewed at:


In this class we will think outside the frame of traditional portraiture by creating dramatic collage portraits of pets and/or people by exploring texture, pattern, layering, and color theory. We will demystify the visual structure and features of the animal and human face, neck and head. This is an open learning environment for each student’s individual art expression and growth. We’ll have fun!

Aug. 5th: Create a “Warm-Up” mini portrait using black, white and grey tones. Begin your portrait if you are ready. Teacher will demo the use of matte medium and collage paper types.

Aug. 12th: Create your portrait using color. Demo on X-Acto cutting and color theory.

Aug. 19th: Students will work at their own pace to finish their portrait(s). Demo on finish coatings and framing options.

Daniela Naomi Molnar

Observation, Imagination & Chance with Watermedia

September 9th, 16th, & 23rd

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


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Daniela Naomi Molnar has been teaching students of all ages since 2007. She is a full-time Associate Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she founded and leads the Art + Ecology program and also teaches Painting and Drawing. She coordinates and leads trips with Signal Fire and teaches at the Sitka Center for Art + Ecology. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies and grants. She loves how art brings people together in unique ways and cherishes working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and styles.

Daniela Molnar's work can be viewed at:


This workshop explores exciting new techniques and processes for water media that will help you create innovative paintings. We will begin by focusing on painting from observation, then evolve to playfully and creatively consider what might come after observation; how can the fluidity and freedom of water media inspire us towards abstraction? In addition to a greater understanding of water media and its properties, you will learn more about intuitive painting and the approaches of many relevant artists. You will complete this workshop with at least one finished painting and several smaller experiments to inspire future work.

Sue Scheewe

October 7th, 14th, and 21st

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


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There are those who paint for fun and those who paint making it a career; Sue falls into both categories. Sue worked for Grumbacher for 20 years and with Martin F. Weber for 25 years and now, going full circle, is back with Grumbacher. Both companies have a signature line of art materials. Sue has taught workshops in Germany, New Zealand, England, and Canada as well as many in the United States. She feels honored to have done the Scheewe Art Workshop for over 30 years. Many of her shows have been seen in 23 countries and are in numerous languages. She also can be seen on the Create Channel. It is a privilege for her to bring the classroom into the homes of the viewers. For the first 20 years, Sue taught mostly oil painting classes; after becoming sensitive to products she switched to teaching in acrylic and watercolor. Sue has published over 500 hundred instruction books and has written 51 of her own, as well as many articles for art material magazines. Geme sells her prints internationally.

Sue still enjoys teaching and the rewards of the joy it brings students when they learn new techniques. It has been a great life long journey that she enjoys with her husband who, for years, was an art distributor. Her two daughters teach art.

Sue Scheewe's work can be viewed at:


Oct. 7th Sue will teach how to paint sunflowers in watercolor (students may work in acrylics if they prefer). As always, students can follow the teacher’s step-by-step instructions or create their own paintings- Sue is happy to help with that.

Oct. 4th Sue will teach how to paint a winter scene in acrylics. Students can follow the teacher’s step-by-step instructions or create their own paintings- Sue is happy to help with that.

Oct. 21st Sue will teach how to paint a wintery morning scene in watercolor (students may work in acrylic if they prefer). Students can follow the teacher’s step-by-step instructions or create their own paintings- Sue is happy to help with that.

Evening Classes

From 6 PM to 9 PM

Paul Clendenin “Watercolor for the Fearful”

August 5th, 12th, and 19th


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A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Paul is a versatile artist and winner of numerous awards. The grandeur of the Olympic Mountains, the drama of the Pacific Ocean, and the serenity of the streams and waterfalls of the Cascade rainforests, are a constant source of creative imagery. Love for water, and the constant interplay of motion and light upon this subject has become an area of personal focus. Crashing surf, cascading streams, or tranquil still waters are favorite themes.

While oil is a primary medium Paul also studies and enjoys the spontaneity of Watercolors as a medium. Having taught in the Portland Recreation System for years and performed workshops in a variety of venues, Paul now enjoys presenting classes and workshops to outside organizations when invited, and routinely presents at the Portland Fine Arts Guild where he currently serves as President.

Paul Clendenin's work can be viewed at:


Have you been reluctant to step into the world of watercolors because?

“I don’t want to invest a lot of money in something I don’t know if I will enjoy.”

"I feel uncertain because I don’t have the basics.”

“Watercolors are too difficult for me”

This is a class series designed for you. Entry level or above, we will start at the beginning, and in the course of our three evenings together we will do some exercises designed to introduce you to basic materials and techniques. I promise a non-threatening time, geared to the speed of the participants, and the enjoyment of our time together. You may, of course bring your own tools and materials, but I also will have ten watercolor sets including:

Paint, palette, brushes, containers, boards, paper, etc. Everything necessary for the novice to develop a painting each evening.

    Class 1. Using only color (monochromatic), we will focus on how to control water, develop shapes of different sizes and create value changes to generate a foggy forest scene.

    Class 2. Giving attention to edges, textures, and shapes, with the use of a palette knife to develop planes, we will paint a convincing rock.

    Class 3. Putting together our newly learned skills, we will paint a simple mountain scene.

Christina Erickson

Playing with Perspective: The Basics & Beyond

September 12th & 19th


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With a degree in Art Education from U of O, and post-baccalaureate in Painting and Art Ed at PSU, Christina has taught high school art in Boston, MA, Tasis International School in Athens, Greece, and (22 years) at La Salle College Prep in Milwaukie, OR where she was selected as Educator of the Year. Christina has taken over 500 hours of artist workshops and says, “Although it's required for licensure, it's one of the best perks… who wouldn't want to take so many workshops?!” She teaches occasionally in her studio. Her motto: Creating art should be fun, it should be challenging; it should be brain food.

Christina Erickson's work can be viewed at:


It looks complex but it’s really quite easy! In this workshop you will learn to use linear perspective as an empowering tool not only to create the illusion of depth in your work, but also to unleash creativity. It’s a class for all: those wanting to improve drawing skills, make your artwork more realistic, work from the imagination, even design a deck for your house. Students will learn 1, 2, and 3-point perspective, following a slideshow that includes historical context. Many examples of work done by current artists will be shown as inspiration. After learning the techniques, your will have time to develop your newly gained ideas in any medium of choice. All skill levels welcome.

MATERIALS LIST: (Teacher will supply rulers and paper)

Mechanical pencil + eraser

After learning the technique, you will work in medium of your choice (watercolor, ink, pencil, colored pencils, paints, even collage!) so bring your favorite materials to have on hand. Not sure what medium you’ll want to work on? The guild has supplies you may use.

Berdell Moffett-chaney

Paint Pouring with Berdell

October 3rd, 10th


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Berdell Moffett-Cheney is a dedicated member of the Portland Fine Arts Guild. She has been an artist most of her life, working in watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, and, collage. She brings a good deal of fun and enthusiasm to her popular classes.


Be ready for an action-packed series of fun classes as Berdell teaches you a variety of methods the popular paint-pouring techniques including: ‘dirty pours’ and creating ‘cells,’ creating a wave by pulling paint across the surface, tilted pours, circular pours, and Dutch method of paint pouring. Students will also be shown ideas of developing their work with the use of silhouettes or painted figures/scenes on top of the dried pieces.