There is limited free onsight parking.  We encourage carpooling plus TriMet bus #51 and #63 both stop in front of OSA.

OSA Registration is a first-come, first-served basis, and is complete when the workshop or class fee has been paid in full. In the event a workshop or class is oversold, registrations received beyond the maximum number will be refunded in full.

A $30 administration fee will be charged for cancellations made 60 days before the event start date. NO REFUNDS can be made for cancellations after 59 days prior to the start of a workshop or once a workshop begins unless your place can be filled. If a workshop is cancelled by OSA, a full refund will be promptly issued. Oregon Society of Artists is not responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled workshops.

For overnight accommodations, please contact Park Lane Suites for the OSA rate. 

Workshop Prices are listed with:  OSA-Member Price first  |  followed by Non-Member Price

Look at your calendars and get your plans in place! Our 2021 Workshops will soon be available for online registration.  With 20+ workshops in a variety of mediums, there's something for everyone. Come learn with us!

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Embracing Encaustic & Mixed Media with Linda Robertson
Oct 16, 17 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax mixed with colored pigments and resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent, with a glow that seems to emanate from within.

No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this encaustic painting & mixed media class. Come with an open mind and ready to make experimental work in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

You can layer with watercolor, thin papers, pastels and many other materials once you get used to working with the wax. You will use techniques involving collage, painting, and layering using wax in an assortment of vivid colors. The media can be placed above and below the wax surfaces, using traditional and nontraditional tools.

All basic supplies will be provided including encaustic paint, substrates, equipment, tools, and collage materials, though students are encouraged to bring favorite art materials to see how they might work with encaustic. Acrylic isn't compatible, but just about anything else can work in some way.

An additional open studio day for class attendees will be offered on Sunday, September 20, from 10 am - 1 pm for $100.

All levels welcome

Price: Member $ 410.00 | Non-Member $ 450.00

Fall Painting Workshop with Yong Hong Zhong!
Oct 16, 17, 18 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Location: None Selected

We are thankful to partner with the Menucha to present this workshop at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center.

Painting is about storytelling, emotional connection and personal expression. During this 3-day class with Yong Hong Zhong, watercolorists of all levels will find ways to progress their skills in composition, watercolor techniques, value, color, structure. Yong will mix in process demonstrations with individual work time both in studio time indoors, and weather-permitting, outside for a little plein aire painting.

Yong is an award-winning artist who holds a major in illustration and minor in Art History from The Pratt Institute in New York. Yong is now a career artist, teaching and exhibiting, after working at Disney Animation Studios and MTV Animation Studios.

The class is limited to 8 participants. Each participant will have their own 8 foot table, chair and task lamp.

Housing will be in Wright Hall -everyone gets their own room, and our kitchen will make sure everyone is well-fed.

Register today by following this link.

Total Cost to Attend: $540

$190 Program Fee + $248 Lodging for 2 nights in a Private room with bathroom + $102 6 Meals

Due to the pandemic, Menucha is not offering a commuter option.

Price: Member $ 540.00 | Non-Member $ 540.00

New to You: Watercolor Basics with Susan Spears ONLINE


October 24-25, 2020

9:00am - 4:00pm

If you want to learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, this workshop is for you. In this online workshop, you’ll start each day with a brief Zoom meeting with Susan and your fellow students. Susan will provide demonstrations, step-by-step painting instruction, and individual guidance so you can gain confidence using paint, paper, and water. You’ll then work privately on assignments using Susan’s quick and easy prerecorded videos, photos and emails. You’ll send her your results throughout the day. She’ll provide you with personalized feedback and guidance in emails as you complete your work.  You will learn how to set up a palette according to the split primary system, how to mix any color you want using this palette, and how to fix your paintings by removing paint and putting it back in, plus other useful techniques. Basic composition, utilizing the elements of design, and learning how to simplify a scene will be covered as well. This class is for beginners or painters who want to review watercolor fundamentals.

Price: Member $ 115.00 | Non-Member $ 155.00

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Fall Fragments: Botanical Exploration with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Oct 30, 31
Nov 1 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Upstairs Studio

Learn how to create beautiful portraits of fall botanicals inspired by fall leaves, seedpods, cones and fall fruit in this workshop. You’ll explore a realistic drawing style using colored pencils and other supporting media on walnut ink-stained paper. Each walnut ink-stained paper offers a unique and interesting texture, providing an amazing background for fall botanical portraits, resembling the antiqued look of herbal illustrations. After using paper made by Dorota, you’ll learn how to prepare your own. During this botanical workshop, you will draw plants from observation starting with loose sketching and utilize various colored pencils techniques (embossing, layering and burnishing), to create textures and form. Composition and creating a mood in your work will be discussed and demonstrated.

Price: Member $ 300.00 | Non-Member $ 360.00

Intuitive Acrylic Painting with Joan Fullerton
Nov 5, 6, 7, 8 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background, to integrate collage imagery, to control values and colors for emotional emphasis, and to suggest rather than delineate in this acrylic workshop. You’ll explore working intuitively and responding to what shows up in your work. During the workshop, you’ll learn to mix neutrals for softer, more ethereal abstracts. Class time will include demonstrations, practice, and guidance to help you feel confident being creative in your acrylic art.

Price: Member $ 495.00 | Non-Member $ 575.00

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Creative Collage with René Eisenbart
Nov 13, 14, 15 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Collage is a contemporary art form that’s fresh and filled with surprises. In this workshop, you’ll work with a value pattern (light to dark), and then recreate it using paper. The process is an effective vehicle for learning design. You’ll also make various papers using Citrasolv, printing, stamping, and/or stencils. With Rene’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn how to seal the collages with acrylic and mount them onto panels. Collage integrates beautifully with watermedia, so you can repurpose your unresolved paintings by adding paper. Once you start down this path, you’ll never again need to throw away a failed painting, and the skills you’ve honed will be useful in your other creative work.  All levels welcome

Price: Member $ 325.00 | Non-Member $ 385.00

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Simplifying the Watercolor Process with Andy Evansen
Nov 20, 21, 22 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

In the never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor, it’s easy to put too much into our paintings, rather than editing out the non-essential. Painting loosely doesn't just happen; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. During this workshop, you’ll learn techniques that can speed up this process. Focusing on value studies from the outset, Andy will discuss ways to simplify a scene into large shapes. These large shapes provide you with opportunities to create lost edges in your painting, which is essential to take full advantage of the medium. You’ll move on to create your paintings in color, with a lot of individual help from Andy along the way. All skill levels welcome

Price: Member $ 475.00 | Non-Member $ 535.00

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Watercolor from the Heart with Carol Carter
Jan 8, 9, 10 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Learn how to paint with fluidity in watercolor.
Carter will demonstrate her technique of wet, loose watercolor through
Each day begins with a uniquely tailored lesson to inspire. She will discuss
color, water, design, and value.
The brilliance of color and the purity of paint application will be
emphasized. She will talk about juxataposing colors to make them vibrate.
Imagery, content, and point-of-view are a focus.
The afternoon will be devoted to individual instruction and group critique.
Classes are informal and discussions are lively and entertaining.
She will talk about marketing and using social media to build your career.
Questions, curiousity and camadarie are a must!
Carter strives to build an atmosphere of learning by support,
encouragement, permission to take a risk, and answering all questions

Learn how to paint with fluidity during this watercolor workshop. You’ll work on brilliance of colors and purity in paint application as you practice your skills. Can you juxtapose colors to make them appear to vibrate? You’ll be inspired by Carol’s daily demonstrations and experiments to create wet, loose watercolors while you learn about color, water, design, and value. Carol will focus on imagery, content, point of view, and taking risks. Afternoons will include individual instruction and group critique, and Carol will discuss and take questions on marketing and using social media to build your artistic career.  Intermediate to advanced painting level

Price: Member $ 475.00 | Non-Member $ 535.00

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Exploring Abstraction: Non-representational Art with Zoe Cohen

February 19-21, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

This workshop focuses specifically on non-representational abstraction. In other words, you will leave behind any attempt to draw or paint objects, and instead explore mark-making, texture, pattern, color, and form as the content of your paintings. As a result of this process, you’ll develop an intuitive approach - a discovery of delight in the materials and a sense of immediacy as you respond to the mark-making itself. Taking the lead from mid-century masters and contemporary artists, you will practice layering acrylic paint using a variety of tools and techniques to create rich, weathered surfaces and expand your mark-making vocabulary. You’ll work on several paintings simultaneously, building interest through additive and subtractive processes.  Come create abstract images which reflect your individual voice and style.

Instructor provides:

palette paper, newsprint pads, alcohol wipes, glazing medium FW Ink, pens, gel medium, shop towels & nitrile gloves

Price: Member $ 360.00 | Non-Member $ 420.00

Design and Composition in All Media with Sandra Pearce

March 18-21, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

Design is the most important aspect of the painter’s puzzle. Learn the “rules,” and when you can bend or break them. You will explore the main properties of design and how to apply them in your piece. Design applies to all - Still Life, Landscape, Figurative and Abstract. You will learn how to plan a composition and successfully paint it, utilizing values, color harmony, shapes, primary and secondary focal points, mood, light, perspective, edges and line treatments, among other design elements and principles. There will be demos, individual attention, and you may use the instructor’s images or your own. All media are welcome; Sandra’s expertise is in watercolor. 

All levels welcome.

Price: Member $ 380.00 | Non-Member $ 460.00

Expressions of Light in Pastels: Creating Dramatic, Dynamic Landscapes with Teresa Saia

April 9-11, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

In this this three-day workshop, Teresa will focus on the basics for creating dramatic, dynamic, and timeless landscapes, using value, composition, and simplifying shapes into strong designs. You’ll learn about color relationships, edges, and temperature of light, as well as using value sketches and atmospheric perspective to make stronger statements in your paintings. Teresa will discuss creating a passionate approach to your subject matter and evoking a more interactive response from the viewer. 

Each day will begin with an in-depth demonstration by Teresa, with time for questions and answers. For the remainder of the day, you’ll develop your painting, starting with a value study. Teresa provides personal attention in a supportive and energetic atmosphere, with constructive critiques and pointers as your painting progresses. 

All levels are welcome.

Price: Member $ 450.00 | Non-Member $ 510.00

Painting Magic in Oil & Cold Wax with Lynn Wintermute
Apr 16, 17, 18 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Painting in oil and cold wax medium is a luminous and magical experience. Many layers of color and texture make each painting unique. The medium can enhance styles from realism to landscape to abstraction. You will finish several paintings in class after learning about the medium, underpainting in acrylic, building up layers of color and texture, and mark-making. During this workshop, composition and the elements of design will also be discussed. A book of instructions and inspiration will be given to each student for use with future oil and cold wax paintings.

Price: Member $ 360.00 | Non-Member $ 420.00

Plein Air to Studio Watercolor Workshop with Ron Stocke
May 14, 15, 16 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

This three day workshop will be a combination plein air and studio workshop.
Day one: Weather permitting we will paint plein air at a location to be determined. Ron will do a
morning demo and an afternoon demo.
Day two: We are back on location. Ron will demo again in the morning and student are
encouraged to paint for the rest of the day.
Day three: We will be in the studio working from the images that we have captured from the two
previous two days.
Ron will spend plenty of one on one time with each student working on issues they may have.
Lunch will be from 12:15 - 1:00 pm each day.
This three day workshop will be a combination plein air and studio workshop. Day one: Weather permitting we will paint plein air at a location to be determined. Ron will do a morning demo and an afternoon demo. Day two: We are back on location. Ron will demo again in the morning and student are encouraged to paint for the rest of the day. Day three: We will be in the studio working from the images that we have captured from the two previous two days. Ron will spend plenty of one on one time with each student working on issues they may have. Lunch will be from 12:15 - 1:00 pm each day.

Price: Member $ 430.00 | Non-Member $ 490.00

Location Sketching in Watercolor: A Plein Air Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Jun 11, 12, 13 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

If you want to paint successfully outdoors, this plein air workshop is for you. You’ll learn a variety of skills to help you feel confident while sketching on location — capturing people, places, and things in drawings that evoke the time and the place. You’ll return home with your own book filled with fresh and colorful sketches. As part of a small group, you’ll watch plenty of demonstrations and receive individual attention while working on value, color, composition, ink work, vignettes, lettering, simplifying a scene, and keeping watercolors fresh. Each day of capturing urban scenes in the city of Portland will end with a review and a critique.  

Price: Member $ 460.00 | Non-Member $ 520.00

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Add Structure to your Pastel Landscape or Cityscape with Nancie King Mertz
Jul 9, 10, 11 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Whether you’re a big-city or small-town fan, this pastel workshop will turn your favorite views of buildings and structures into dramatic, expressive paintings. Examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that will help you build confidence. Nancie will start each day with a short demonstration clarifying techniques and sharing pointers on perspective and composing a scene. From there, you’ll have one-on-one guidance from Nancie as you complete two or more paintings each day. Open to all levels.

Price: Member $ 350.00 | Non-Member $ 410.00

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Watercolor: Delicate to Dynamic with Vickie Nelson

July 17-18, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn about negative painting, good design, and the use of clean color in watercolor. Vickie will demonstrate in the morning and afternoon, leaving time for you to paint your wonderful creations. Come with your drawings already drawn on your watercolor paper, and paint what you love! Vickie will be demonstrating subjects such as flowers, nests, animals, still lifes, or birds and bees. She will not be painting landscapes or portraits; however, you are welcome to paint those subjects. Vickie gives los of personal assistance to help you paint what inspires you.

All skill levels are welcome.

Price: Member $ 250.00 | Non-Member $ 290.00

Obsessive Compulsive Collage with Vera Dickerson

August 17-20, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

This four-day collage and acrylic workshop will begin with color and value studies and then making collage papers as the first step in planning and designing your paintings. Vera will show you how to create lovely grays and neutrals, a range of patterns, rich middle values, deep dark hues, rounded shapes, and sharp angular shapes as part of your painting surface. You’ll then incorporate your collage papers onto your painted surface. Subject matter is your own choice, so you’re free to paint figure, landscape, still life, abstract or non-objective work. 

Vera will demonstrate how to construct a strong and connected composition, break many of the “rules” of art-making, and take chances that make your art memorable and personal. She will also discuss how to choose and mix colors and will provide lots of short demos and some relaxed critiques. 

All levels are welcome.

Price: Member $ 510.00 | Non-Member $ 590.00

Spirit of the Rough Sketch with Kenneth O'Connell

August 21-22, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

Have you ever wanted to document a trip or an activity by creating a travel sketch book?  Here is your chance to have success with illustrative journaling through instruction by an accomplished artist.  

Each day of the workshop will involve multiple guided sketching opportunities.  Learn how to quickly sketch plants, trees, people, buildings, and more with Ken’s assistance.  If the weather is nice, the OSA garden could be used for sketching outdoors.  Learn how to utilize colored pencils, pens, and watercolor washes to enhance your travel sketches.  There will be time set aside for feedback and sharing of insights gained through this workshop experience.  

Price: Member $ 235.00 | Non-Member $ 275.00

Mitch Albala's "Color Harmony in Landscape: Understanding and Working with Color Strategies"
Sep 10, 11, 12 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

To capture the qualities of color and light, landscape painters must modify the colors they see. To guide these color choices in an informed way, painters rely on a color plan or strategy. In this workshop for artists working in oil, acrylic, or pastel, you’ll learn how the colors you see in nature or a photo are just the first step toward a complete color strategy. Through a combination of exercises and small paintings, you’ll learn the practice of color grouping; how to create palettes “tuned” to the particular harmony you are after; how relationships like analogous or complementary colors are just one part of a complete strategy, and the importance of neutral harmonies to help create unified light.

This is not a workshop for first-time painters but, is ideally suited for those who work either en plein air or in studio and want to expand their color knowledge. This workshop is open to oil, acrylic and pastel painters.

Here is a link to Mitch Albala's Book "Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice":

Price: Member $ 415.00 | Non-Member $ 475.00

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Dry Brush Skills for Botanical Artists with Jean Emmons
Sep 18, 19 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

A botanical painting traditionally begins with a line drawing, followed by some initial washes and then many, many hours of dry brush. In this two-day workshop, you’ll work on refining your dry brush skills while aiming to increase your precision and hand comfort. After a short review of washes, you’ll concentrate exclusively on dry brush. You’ll complete some exercises and then move on to paint a small flower or piece of fruit. Jean will lecture and demonstrate, explain common problems, and provide lots of individual attention. Some previous experience with watercolors or botanical drawing is helpful for this workshop.

Price: Member $ 340.00 | Non-Member $ 380.00

Textures in the Landscape with Tom Christopher
Oct 1, 2, 3 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Understanding value, color, and texture in landscape painting is at the core of this pastel workshop. Bring in your favorite landscape photographs and plein air sketches to use as reference material. Reference photos will be available, too. Tom will begin each day of the workshop with a demonstration of pastel painting using various textural techniques for underpainting on gator board. He’ll show you how to prepare your own textured surface for pastel painting. Throughout the workshop, you’ll receive instruction on plein air and studio techniques and will be encouraged to bring in previous work for critique. Tom will also discuss networking, gallery representation, and advertising your work. Open to current pastel artists and those new to pastels.

Price: Member $ 385.00 | Non-Member $ 445.00

Landscape Painting; Chinese Brush Techniques with Cindy Lommasson
Oct 9, 10 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

Create unique landscape paintings with Chinese materials and brush strokes during this workshop. Using photo references, you’ll explore numerous ways to depict rocks, mountains, trees, and the ethereal qualities of mist and clouds. You’ll experiment using Sumi ink, Chinese watercolor, and various brushes and papers. You’ll use split brushes for textures of trees and cliffs and coated Chinese papers for wet-in-wet ink and paint application. You’ll also learn an ink monotype technique for abstract backgrounds to complete with brushes and color. Cindy will give daily demonstrations, and everyone will have lots of hands-on practice.   All skill levels welcome

Price: Member $ 200.00 | Non-Member $ 240.00

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Painting Life with Life with Bev Jozwiak
Oct 23, 24 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

In this no-nonsense watercolor workshop, you’ll learn to paint boldly, think outside the box, and paint outside the lines. You’ll get the answers to many questions that artists often ask, like “Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up?” No matter what your skill level, Bev’s demonstrations and individual attention will help you master techniques of strong composition, design, values, and color. Bev will show examples of basic color mixing, including creating luscious greens, glowing white, great grays, rich blacks, and a variety of skin tones. The subject matter will be primarily human figures, birds, and animals, but you can use your own photo references.

Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00

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Watercolor from A to Z with Sterling Edwards
Dec 6, 7, 8, 9 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

In this four-day watercolor workshop, you’ll learn a multitude of watercolor techniques and how to create dynamic compositions with expressive brushwork and colors. Sterling is renowned for his traditional watercolor techniques that are painted using mostly large brushes, with an emphasis on looseness and movement. During the four days, Sterling will demonstrate a wide variety of watercolor subjects and styles. Designed for all skill levels, this workshop is full of useful information to help you learn to be more creative and expressive with your painting.

All skill levels are welcome. However, previous watercolor experience is helpful.

Price: Member $ 675.00 | Non-Member $ 755.00

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