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Centenial Celebration

On September 8, 2013 the Multnomah County Central Library turns 100. Summer workshops and classes kick off the celebration at the library. While Joanne Kollman’s program description read as follows: Design a vintage-style poster, inspired by designs from the 1910s through 1940s, for the library’s 100th anniversary, students found inspiration from many sources, including their [...]

Kateri Park Get’s Artsy

Young residents attend a Get Artsy Program Weekly. This program is run solely on volunteer power. Pizza box art was a big hit for the tall and the small. Kateri Park is the home for Somolian, Etheopian, Burmese, Iraqi and American families. Stay tuned for more art. Get involved by becoming a volunteer.


We had a great turn out at the Sellwood Library for an adult mixed media drawing class. Thank you Morgan and friends for a fun evening. You all did some good work. I met Morgan at the Troy Studios Open house last week end. Through social media networking she attracted a group of non artists [...]

Hip to be Square

I brought a plethora of art supplies to the Gregory Heights Library. A group of adults experimented primarily with water soluble graphite, water color and colored pencils. It was an experimental afternoon with some great results.

Icons: The Homestretch

Traditionally in Christianity an icon is a flat panel depicting a holy person. All Saints sixth grade students discussed the importance of simplicity and symbolism in their art making. Using acrylic paint and sharpie markers on wood panels they gained insight as to how time consuming a traditional panel could be to make. We are [...]

Painting a Memory

I spent 3-4 short sessions with a friend who is a new student to oil painting working from a photograph taken during a recent trip out of the country. She writes: “I took a trip to Nicaragua for 2 weeks with 3 others from Strong Harvest International , to teach community leaders about planting, harvesting [...]

6th Grade Icon Project

I led All Saints Elementary School 6th graders in an art project for history on Byzantine icons this last week. We discussed the traditional method in which the historical religious icons were crafted on birch panels with gold leaf gilding even though students would began painting with gold acrylic paint. Our discussion prompted many questions [...]

Draw Like a Pro at The Capitol Hill Library!

We sprang forward on this grey quiet Sunday with a variety of drawing materials. Stephanie, Julie, Millie, Nate, Greg, Jenna, and Fatima arrived to experience water-soluble graphite pencils, a variety of artist grade drawing pencils, water soluble colored pencils, Prismacolor pencils and charcoal pencils. Students did some great art work from subject matter of their [...]

More Back to Basics Drawing

On Sunday the Fairview -Columbia Library filled another drawing class of adults with minimal past drawing skills. Student’s learned form and composition through observational drawing of still-life objects as well as copying value tones from black and white copies of Impressionistic paintings. We looked at a lot of drawing and discussed techniques to interpret what [...]