Unless otherwise noted, all Workshops will be held in the Upstairs Classroom at OSA.   
There is limited free onsite parking.  We encourage carpooling plus TriMet bus #51 and #63 both stop in front of OSA.

With regards to COVID-19, we follow all CDC Guidelines. Masks are required. All workstations are cleaned between classes. To maximize airflow we open windows, doors, and set fans.  Additionally, there are airpurifiers in the room.

OSA Registration is a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration must be paid in full to participate. 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 greater than 60 days before the event start date. NO REFUNDS can be made for cancellations within 60 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, registration fees will be held on account and may be applied to another workshop, class, or made as a donation to OSA.  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

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Oil Painting: Light and Color with Aimee Erickson
Jan 15, 16, 17 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

January 15-17, 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm
BONUS - Award-winning Portland artist, Michael Orwick will be assisting Aimee!

In painting, an artist uses color and value to show how light describes nature. In this oil painting workshop, you will learn to understand various lighting phenomena. This gives you more freedom in choosing how you paint the objects you see, rather than having to look to nature for every decision. Still life provides painters the opportunity to set up challenges so we can paint to learn. You’ll start with what you do know and gain skills, by doing exercises that isolate different aspects of painting that will inform your decisions from here on out. This workshop will be fun and informative, with loads of practical take-home principles and individual feedback.

SKILL LEVEL: Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, particularly French easels, before the workshop begins.

Price: Member $ 375.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00

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Exploring Abstraction: Non-representational Art with Zoe Cohen ONLINE


February 19-21, 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm

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.

Price: Member $ 210.00 | Non-Member $ 270.00

Design and Composition in All Media with Sandra Pearce
Mar 18, 19, 20, 21 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

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 ONLINE


April 9-11, 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm

In this this three-day Zoom 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 $ 340.00 | Non-Member $ 400.00

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

April 16-18, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

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

Dynamic Insects: Creating Bold Colors & Simplifying Details with Zebith Thalden

April 30 - May 2, 2021
9:00am - 1:00pm

Join us and celebrate the incredible world of insects! In this workshop, you will learn Zebith’s method of layering your choice of acrylic or watercolor paint with colored pencil to create highly realistic subjects. You will learn simple tricks for creating accurate proportions, voluminous forms, and intricate details to make your insect appear 3-dimensional and life-like. You will be encouraged to look through new eyes at the reference images provided to allow both anatomy and negative space inspire aesthetic composition designs. You will be able to watch demonstrations and receive instruction that is centered around your individual advancement. All skill levels are welcome.

Price: Member $ 265.00 | Non-Member $ 305.00

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Painting Strong Elements in Watercolor 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.

May 14-16, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to transform your paintings into strong works of art. Ron is asking you, his students, to bring in paintings you’ve done in the past that haven’t worked as you envisioned. He will address solutions on how to fix the paintings, while you learn or review artistic elements. Don’t worry if you have nothing to bring, as Ron will bring in his own paintings that he feels need improving. Ron will spend plenty of one-on-one time with each student and demo daily in the studio setting.

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

June 11-13, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

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

July 9-11, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

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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Colored Pencil and Watercolor: Drawing and Painting Summer's Bounty with Wendy Hollender
Jul 31
Aug 1, 2 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Upstairs Studio

July 31 - August 2, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

Join botanical artist, Wendy Hollender, to learn the techniques outlined in her new book, The Joy of Botanical Drawing. In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to use a grisaille technique for undertones in a neutral color and then how to layer color on top to create depth, using watercolor pencils in combination with dry colored pencils. This technique is very immediate and the materials are simple, allowing you to work easily in a variety of locations, especially in the field.  

You’ll become familiar with the techniques and will practice on simple round forms, such as fruits. You’ll then work on more complex forms such as flowers, using watercolor pencils in combination with dry colored pencils.

Price: Member $ 450.00 | Non-Member $ 510.00

Obsessive Compulsive Collage with Vera Dickerson
Aug 17, 18, 19, 20 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

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
Aug 21, 22 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

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

September 10-12, 2021

9:30am - 4:30pm

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

September 18-19, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

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

Watercolor from the Heart with Carol Carter

Location: Upstairs Studio

September 24-26, 2021

9:30am - 4:30pm

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

October 1-3, 2021

9:30am - 4:30pm

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

October 9-10, 2021

9:30am - 4:00pm

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

October 23-24, 2021

9:30am - 4:30pm

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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Fall Fragments: Botanical Exploration with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Oct 29, 30, 31 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

October 29-31, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

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

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Intuitive Acrylic Painting with Joan Fullerton
Nov 4, 5, 6, 7 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Location: Upstairs Studio

November 4-7, 2021

9:30am - 3:30pm

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

December 6-9, 2021

9:00am - 4:00pm

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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