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


  • OSA requires in-person workshop participants be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are currently recommended.
  • If you have not done so already please provide the OSA office with proof of vaccination. A photo or a scan of your card may be submitted HERE: or a copy sent via USPS mail to Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 S.W. Park Place Portland, OR 97205.
  • To maximize airflow we open windows (when weather permits), doors, and set fans. Additionally, there are air purifiers 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 from the waitlist. 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 tax-deductible donation to OSA. Oregon Society of Artists is not responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled workshops.

American Easel "deep" birchwood panels of various sizes, are for sale at OSA.  Please contact the office for more information.

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

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

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Dory Kanter: Keeping an Artist's Journal - At Home and On the Road

Fri - Sun, April 28 - 30, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

Enjoy the daily practice of creating an artistic journal while learning innovative ways to chronicle your thoughts and impressions. Artist Dory Kanter makes it easy to capture the sights and scenes around you, whether in the studio or when traveling, with original Art Escape projects designed to spark your creativity. Dory will demonstrate how to produce luminous watercolor mixes with expressive color triads. This workshop explores traditional and non-traditional methods of putting your experiences on paper by enhancing your artistic eye, practicing the art of the quick sketch, and storytelling with image and text. All skill levels will experience both inspiration and success.

Materials fee of $10 due upon registration.

Price: Member $ 375.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00

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David Cobb: The Art of Garden and Flower Photography

Sat - Sun, May 6 - 7, 2023
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Intermediate Level | Photography

In this weekend workshop you’ll learn the finer points of photographing the garden landscape, which include critical composition skills, an introduction to exposure strategies, techniques for photographing the garden landscape, and lens approaches. In addition, David will present techniques for composition and exposure of flora macros, choosing your background, and photographing plants and flowers creatively. The workshop includes both in-class and field work. Students interested in having their work critiqued can bring 2-3 images for review at the end of the Sunday session.

 A digital or film camera is required for this workshop along with a working knowledge of its function.

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, May 6

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Classroom Session at OSA

2:00 pm - 5:00 PM: Photo Outing to the International Rose Test Garden

 Sunday, May 7

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Photo Outing to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (Garden opens at 10:00 AM - $5 entry fee).

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Critique Session at OSA (Optional to attend)


OPPA and PPF members eligible for OSA Member discount. Please call the OSA office to register with the discount.


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 375.00

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Joanne Kollman: Portrait Figure Workshop - Keeping It Simple

Fri - Sun, May 19 - 21, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
All Levels | Oil Painting / Drawing


Explore process, start to finish for Alla prima portrait and/or figure paintings from life. Advance your painting & drawing from life skills, and learn a process for using reference photos. Capture a quick gesture for painting the figure in the landscape.

We'll kick off the first morning with an inspirational slide presentation, then work with charcoal to get a portrait likeness and end the day with a demo on Palette layout & paint application for all levels to prepare for day two and three. Focus will be the process of working from a live model in color. Beginning students can choose to stick with value drawing and or painting. Joanne shares tips she's gleaned from Max Ginsburg, Zhaoming Wu, David Leffel/Sherrie McGraw, Nelson Shanks, Casey Childs' methods & more. 


Day 1: Portrait Drawing: Structure and Technique. 

Day 2: Taking the Mystery Out of Color: Color Note Painting

Day 3: Putting it Altogether: 12x16 portrait or 16x20 figure painting.

See supply list for beginner, intermediate and advanced supply lists.


See OSA website for Kollman Classes! Get some practice in before the Spring portrait/figure workshop. Select Sunday model sessions can get you warmed up this Winter. 


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00

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Yuming Zhu: Sumi Floral and Landscape Painting


Sat - Sun, June 3 - 4, 2023

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM All Levels | Sumi.e Painting

Join artist Yuming Zhu in exploring the art of Sumi Painting through focusing on landscape and floral subjects. To begin we will concentrate on painting wisteria and lotus in Sumi style which emphasizes lines, brush strokes, and energetic composition. Wisteria shows resilience, movement and energy, while Lotus represents purity and soft energy.

For the landscape portion of the class, we will learn to capture beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery in the sumi expressive style. Techniques for splashing ink, energetic brush strokes, and background washes will be practiced throughout the workshop.

Throughout the class we will learn how to hold the brush and move your arm and body to create energetic brush strokes. Each student will walk away with an understanding of how to create brush strokes that give movement and life to your paintings. Warm-up Qi  exercises at the beginning of the workshop will help set the atmosphere for this generative workshop.

This workshop will benefit both beginning and professional artists. Each student will receive individual instruction and demos to further their personal artistic growth. We will also engage in group critiques to allow students to learn from their work and one another. This workshop invites you to celebrate life graciously, learning from the spirit of Wisteria.

Bring some photos of landscape, wisteria and lotus.


Yuming Zhu

Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 335.00

Lisa Raymer: Learn the Art of Egg Tempera

June 10, 2023
Saturday | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Egg Tempera Painting

Egg yolk, pure pigment and water. This simple recipe has withstood centuries of use, creates beautifully translucent colors and exquisite detailing.  In this one day class, we will demystify the process of creating the egg emulsion and learn the nuances of painting with it. Shelf stable emulsion, commercially produced, will also be sampled. Instruction on how to create fine detail and textures will be explored. The application of gold leaf (imitation) will also be taught, with supplies available for use during the class. Students will complete a small egg tempera painting within this class from supplied subject matter. 

Discussion and sharing throughout the day provides support and guidance in this unique medium. Basic experience in brushwork and paint mixing are needed for best results but not required. 


Price: Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 145.00

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Anji Grainger: Elements of Nature and Texture in Watercolor

Fri - Sun, June 16 - 18, 2023
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

This workshop offers a 3-day exploration into creating unique textured patterns using different elements to produce dynamic results with watercolor. Create beautiful, textured patterns in your watercolor paintings by employing nontraditional techniques using plant materials, salt, stones and other elements. See how watercolor pigments react and leave beautiful patterns on your paper. This workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles. Each day I will demonstrate and teach different techniques and methods to create unusual outcomes. This workshop connects us with nature and lets each creating artist discover the magic of patterns in natural things that are around us.

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Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00

Amanda Houston: Bird Gestures In Pastel

Wed - Thurs, June 21 - 22, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All Levels | Pastel

Learn how to not only make bird portraits, but capture the subtle gestures of birds through the medium of pastels. This class goes beyond just learning to copy your photograph, but teaches you how to see our subjects beyond the visual form. What is the personality and feeling you want to portray? Birds are just an avenue to do this...and they're quick and fun and easy! 

Optional $20 Supply Fee to be paid to instructor for students who want to try gator board and copper substrates on Day 2.

Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00

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Susan Schenk: Collage a Portrait for Teens & Adults

Sunday, July 9, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Collage

Join artist Susan Schenk for a fun day exploring the art of portrait collages! If you’ve made abstract collages, you are ready to take mixed media to a new level. Learn to use torn and cut maps and magazine pages to create striking, realistic portraits. Discover how to use recycled paper as if it is paint to create a unique work of art. You will be guided through the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials, and produce one or two frame-ready works of art. No drawing skills needed.


Susan Schenk has been teaching representational collage for 12 plus years. She has developed techniques to help even the most timid artist create striking work using recycled materials.


Susan Schenk

Price: Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 145.00

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Kristy Kutch: Vibrant, Versatile Colored Pencil

Fri - Sun, July 14 - 16, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Colored Pencil

Join colored pencil expert, Kristy Kutch for this three-day workshop exploring the vibrant world of colored pencils. Each day we'll focus on a different type of pencil or techinque that will lead to unique results. We'll achieve vivid colors and fascinating textures with colored pencil techniques and tools. Rather than focusing on subject matter, we'll dive deep into using colored pencils to acheive your desired results.

Day 1: Explore the versatile beauty of "traditional" (waxy/oil) colored pencils on Bristol board and Stonehenge paper.

Day 2: Experiment with the unique appeal of colored pencil on toned (colored) surfaces.

Day 3: Focus on water soluble drawing material and techniques, with an introduction to watercolor pencils, watercolor paper, and Ampersand Aquaboard. Feel free to work on the colored pencil project of your choice.

The workshop structure will cover general guidelines for exploring colored pencil in its many dimensions, while allowing for flexibility and fun! Please feel welcome to portray a special subject or to spend more time on a certain project or series if you wish. 

Note: There will be many demonstrator sets of colored pencils available for students to sample and borrow. Each student will leave with a sizable goody bag of free supplies! See the supply list for details.

Price: Member $ 385.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00

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Don Jacobson: Photographing Wildflowers in the Field

Fri - Sun, July 21 - 23, 2023
Times Vary Each Day
Beginner - Advanced | Photography

Join photographer Don Jacobson for a weekend of photographing the natural world! Learn to use your camera to create compelling photographs of the wildflowers and other plants you encounter in the great outdoors. This three day workshop will consist of a two hour lecture Friday evening covering equipment, techniques, software and a slide show. Saturday, workshop participants will meet at a TBD location near Mt. Hood to spend the day photographing wildflowers (and anything else!) with up to two miles of hiking on trail. Sunday afternoon the workshop will meet at OSA to critique of the photographs we took Saturday.

A fully adjustable camera and a basic knowledge of how to use it are required. A list of suggested equipment will be distributed before the workshop.

Workshop Scehdule:

Friday, July 21: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Meet at OSA for technique/equipment lecture

Saturday, July 22: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  Meet at a TBD location near Mt Hood to photograph. (Wear hiking gear and bring water and snacks!)

Sunday, July 23: 2:00 PM  - 5:00 PM  Meet at OSA for Photo Critique Session


OPPA and PPF members eligible for OSA Member discount. Please call the OSA office to register with the discount.

Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 335.00

Rick Fox: The Air In Between--Seeing and Simplifying in a Charged Landscape

Fri - Sun, August 4 - 6, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Oils + Acrylic Painting

Each of the three days will be a combination of in-studio problem solving and plein-air landscape painting. The studio work will involve specific directed limitations in anticipation of some of the core challenges, contradictions, and joys of painting in the open, energized landscape. We will make two paintings each day, one studio painting and one plein-air landscape painting. 


 We will be diving into color through specific limitations as we address a variety of issues:

Day 1:  Managing the Chaos + Prioritizing the Picture Plane

Day 2: Retinal Compensation + Clouds and Foliage as Form.

Day 3: Near + Far: Riding the Relative Value of Color + Collision of Land + Sky


Price: Member $ 400.00 | Non-Member $ 460.00

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Allyce Wood: Frame Loom Weaving for Adults + Teens (Online)

Saturday, August 12, 2023
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Beginners | Frame Loom Weaving

Learn the basics of weaving through the use of humble materials and step-by-step instruction. A common picture frame, with glass and backing removed, becomes the ultimate structure with which to create upon. Learn how to wind your frame loom with cotton thread, and weave with a variety of yarns, to discover how this process can yield endless possibilities. 

In this workshop, visual artist Allyce Wood will demonstrate the principles of a loom, the terms of weaving, and how to utilize color. We will discuss concepts of tension and thread patterns, elements that contribute to a polished, lasting artwork. Wood will demonstrate techniques live and also offer guidance as you create your own piece. Bring your creative spirit and unique perspective - together we will use a variety of techniques to create one-of-a-kind designs.

Students will learn 5 different weaving techniques plain weave, horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, color blocking with slit, color blocking with interlock, and sumac - the basic techniques needed to create woven structure, color blending effects, and texture. Students leave the class with a good understanding of technique and the inspiration to continue a lifelong weaving journey.

Price: Member $ 95.00 | Non-Member $ 110.00

Kristie Mooney: Learn How to Batik in Watercolors

Fri- Sun, August 18 - 20, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Watercolor Batik

Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper.  This process is similar to the age old technique where melted wax is applied to fabric as a resist and then the fabric is dipped in dye. Students will begin the process with a drawing and then learn to create highlights and shadows, as well as how to mask areas of the project with wax This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced painters with little or no watercolor experience.

Price: Member $ 320.00 | Non-Member $ 380.00

Jennifer Mark: Connecting Through Collage

Join artist Jennifer Mark to learn the art of painted papers! Participants will experiment to create beautiful unique and durable papers in an endless variety of colors and textures. We will work on mastering the painted paper technique, discover valuable “mark making tools” and delve into all the different forms of collage and the best archival practices for glues, varnishes and substrates. Jennifer will share simple rules for composition and everyone will leave the workshop with several works of art, a collection of collage paper “fodder” for future projects and a new found connection with fellow artists in which to draw future advice and inspiration.

During the course of the workshop Jennifer will demonstrate painting texture techniques, composition shortcuts, color glazing and give plenty of individual attention. The last 2 hours of the workshop will include a demonstration on mounting collages and presenting them as a finished artworks. The workshop will end with a supportive group critique.

$25 Materials Fee due upon registration.

Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00

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Lian Zhen: Watercolor Fish and Flora

Mon, Wed, Fri, September 18, 20, 22, 2023
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

In this workshop, Lian will teach basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique watercolor methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)" through the subject matter of Koi and Hydrangeas. He will teach you how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Throughout the workshop, you will learn to acheive all these techniques using only three primary colors.

The demonstrations are step by step with practices between, so students have time to absorb and assimilate the lessons. During student practice times the demos will rerun online several times. Questions are welcome at any time. At the end of class Lian will critique students work, providing comments and suggestions so students can improve their paintings. A one day break between each session allows students to gain more from the workshop by doing practice paintings or finishing up the previous days’ painting.

Price: Member $ 275.00 | Non-Member $ 285.00

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Valori Wells: Introduction to Block Printing
Sep 23, 24 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Sat - Sun, September 23 - 24, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
All Levels | Printmaking / Fabric

Immerse yourself in the beautiful world of design by learning to block print. No previous experience required because you will be led by the master block printer Valori Wells.

This is an introductory workshop that will take you through the process of carving and printing a block. To make it even more stress-free Valori will provide kits with everything you need. You will go home with a carved block, supplies to print more, a printed drawstring bag and tea towel.

Valori has many tips and tricks to make this an event to remember. Once you learn the basics of block printing it becomes fun to experiment with more designs. Future applications of your new found skills include Christmas cards, more tea towels, clothing….who Many previous students have created their own fabrics that provide even more opportunity for creativity.


Valori Wells

Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00

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Sarah Hansen: Landscapes Unbound - Acrylic Painting

Fri - Sun, October 13 - 15, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Acrylic Painting

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey an emotional connection to nature using elemental shapes. She captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the importance of compositions, structure of natural forms, power of value studies, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to see landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting. She will walk you through the challenging aspects of acrylic paint characteristics; its dry-time, how to use acrylic mediums, and tools for application.

Sarah will demonstrate one or more times each day, then allow students to work on their own paintings through out the day, ensuring individual attention for each student. Students may choose to work on one or two paintings as desired.


Price: Member $ 380.00 | Non-Member $ 420.00

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Liz Walker: Creating Paintings with Impact

Sat - Sun, November 4 - 5, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Beginners - Advanced | Acrylics + Collage


What makes us stop in our tracks and examine a painting? Color, value, composition, and even subject matter are important, but more than that, a successful painting tells a story that makes us want to linger awhile longer—and keep looking. In this workshop we'll explore how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to juxtapose acrylic paint shapes with patterned collage papers to make your art memorable and personal. It's all about composition, color, value, line and shape. Throughout the workshop, Liz will share tips for how to transform old "failed" paintings into impactful works of art with a new life.


 Participants should have basic acrylic painting skills and a desire to jump in with both feet and learn new acrylic and collage techniques.Subject matter is the choice of each artist, so participants are free to paint figure, landscape, still life, abstract or non-objective work. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will benefit from this hands-on workshop, gaining a new perspective on how to build and design a better painting.


Day 1: We'll discuss tried and true methods for collage as well as color and value, and how to create lovely neutrals through collage. We'll also talk about the process of a painting, where good ideas come from and how to turn a good idea into a series.

Day 2: You'll discover time-tested methods for reviving old "failed" paintings including use of acrylic "skins," stenciling, mark-making and collage. Students will practice some simple "paint-overs" of old paintings and learn how to bring old work to new heights.

Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00

Yong Hong Zhong: Exploration of Color

November 10 - 12, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This three day workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of colors to advanced and expressive application of colors in your paintings. We'll be covering the following concepts in detail: color charts, relationship between value/ hue and saturation, color temperature, light and shadow, and 7 different approaches to color. There will be a 15 to 20 minutes of lecture in the beginning of each day followed by a 30 to 45 minutes demonstration. Students will have a total of 3 to 4 hours of hands-on exercises each day. We will have a group critique on the last day of the workshop.

Yong Hong Zhong

Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00

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Terry Miura: The Figure Demystified

Thurs - Sun, November 30 - December 3, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Drawing / Oil Painting

The human figure is arguably the most difficult subject matter for an artist. The complexity and the unforgiving nature of the motif is intimidating for many artists, to say the least! This workshop aims to demystify figure drawing and painting, and presents a logical process which will allow students to tackle this difficult subject matter with a much deeper understanding and confidence.

In the first part of the workshop, the emphasis will be on capturing the gesture and depicting form using dry media. Working with short poses, we will focus on analyzing and translating what we see onto paper. We will have demos and in-depth discussions on the relationship between light and form, visual anatomy, and rhythm. 

In the second half, we will apply this knowledge to painting. Using oils, we will cover techniques to communicate simply, logically, and effectively. Controlling values, colors and edges will be our primary emphasis as we work with a series of poses to sharpen our skills and gain a deeper understanding of painting the figure. 

An $80 Model Fee will be charged upon registration.

Price: Member $ 515.00 | Non-Member $ 595.00

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