Classes in the Back Door Studio

Maria's Fabric Dyeing Class

Watercolor Painters

Busy Day

Sepha & Nadya's Red Thread Class

Jane Aukshunas's Monoprint Workshop

Jill Timm's Amazing Dremel Class

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Currents Classes - Register Today - Any Time

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Sunday, July 28, 12:00--3:00pm, 3-Hour Workshop: $48*
Wine Club Members are invited to use Discount Code  
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Join Currents Gallery artist Kathleen Buck
at Chris James Cellars
Mix and mingle from 12:00-12:30 pm at this gorgeous site outside Carlton, in Yamhill County, 12000 NW Old Mountain Rd. Then, in the barrel room, you will learn to use acrylics, mix colors, and turn your blank canvas into a beautiful painting. Follow Kathleen as she demonstrates in this low pressure, friendly setting.
No experience needed! Painting begins promptly at 12:30 and goes until 3:00pm.
THE TICKET PRICE includes a wine tasting, and all painting materials. Additional wine and charcuterie will be available for purchase during the event. It is chilly in the barrel room, so bring a paint shirt.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We restrict attendance to our Adult Events to those 18 and over. Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. DISCOUNT AVAILABLE for Chris James Cellars Wine Club members

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Sat & Sun, June 8-9, 10 am-3 pm
Two day class: $185*
+ $10 materials fee to instructor
Use Coupon Code 190608EarlyBird
*$160 if you sign up by May 8

Enjoy playing with the luscious texture and versatility of oil pastel. This workshop focuses on using oil pastels combined with colored pencils, painting mediums such as acrylic and watercolor &how they interact with various substrates and GOLDEN textures and paints. We will experiment with grounds and a variety of surfaces to change the way oil pastels behave. We'll explore creation of imagery that evolves intuitively rather than intentionally. This class is for both beginners and those more experienced. Bring your own ideas for subject matter or use those supplied in class. Receive a materials list upon registration.

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Discover this traditional method of wood block printmaking! Join this international batik and block print artist for a rich experience of designing and printing fabrics. This workshop introduces you to designing techniques, tools, and the keys to hand printing textiles. This workshop is perfect for quilters, embroiderers, and all kinds of makers at all levels from beginners to more experienced fiber artists. Explore the magic of printing with contemporary media, carving rubber blocks and using GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics while keeping the soft hand of the fabric.

Saturday, June 29, 10am – 3pm
(with lunch break)
4- hour workshop: $95

Learn the basics and gain control from the Oregon GOLDEN Working Artist--Corrine Loomis Dietz! Acrylic paint, mediums and gels have evolved into one of the most versatile and durable painting options for artists today. Investigate gesso, grounds and the surfaces we work on. Discover the secrets to cleanly mix color as you explore delicate transparent glazes, watercolor-like washes and thick, juicy impasto applications. Expand your personal techniques and solve the mystery of acrylic painting in this intensive 4 hour workshop! Bring an old hand towel and a Strathmore series 400 - 9x12 mix media pad. All paint, mediums and gels are supplied by GOLDEN Artist Colors!

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190728 Class,
Sunday, July 28, 10am – 4pm
One day workshop: $120*
Use Coupon Code 190728EarlyBird
*$105 if you sign up by June 28

Enjoy a delightful day learning how these wonderful watercolor pencils easily create fine lines and texture in paintings and sketchbooks. Learn dry and wet techniques, tonal foundation glazing and toothbrush texture with step-by-step instruction. Have fun creating a color chart and vase painting with your watercolor pencils. All levels of painting experience welcome.

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Just Added - 4 Great Classes by Laurie Carlson

All materials included, just bring a painting shirt or apron, and lunch or snack.

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If you have always wanted to try oil painting, this class is for you! No experience required. We will work on simple subjects, painting from photos and a lighted set-up. You'll learn to paint a simple still life and a landscape. This is a single-session, fast-paced, low-pressure experience.

Wednesday, July 24, 11 am - 3 pm
4-Hour Class: $55
+ $20 Materials fee to instructor
The weather and time don't always cooperate with our painting plans, so let's paint from photographs. Learn how to choose the right photo, develop a painting from one or more photos, and how to source or take photos that make good paintings. In this single session, fast-paced, low-pressure class you will paint a still life and a landscape as exercises.
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Wednesday, August 7, 11 am - 3 pm
4-Hour Class: $55
+ $20 Materials fee to instructor

Spend a day painting water scenes: ocean waves, beaches, lake and water. We'll explore techniques and creativity in a low-pressure, friendly setting, with emphasis on techniques and creativity. You will paint a still water scene and a seascape.

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Wednesday, August 21, 11 am - 3 pm
4-Hour Class: $55
+ $20 Materials fee to instructor

Let's go beyond blue skies! We'll take on the wide variety of sky scenes you want to use in your landscape paintings. A variety of colors, clouds, and techniques will enhance your creativity. We'll paint a sunset and a cloudscape in class. This is a low-pressure, fast-paced session to enhance your creativity.

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Saturday, August 3, 10am – 3pm
(with lunch break)
4-hour workshop: $95
+ $10 materials fee to instructor

The unique Monotype process uses a combination of painting and printmaking techniques. The result is a one-of-a-kind image that is developed on a gelli plate and then transferred to paper. We will use hand transfers (without a printing press) that you'll be able to do at home. Golden's new OPEN Acrylic works great for monotype. It stays wet 10 times longer than regular acrylics giving you plenty of time to develop your ideas. We'll explore additive and subtractive techniques. All paints and mediums supplied by Golden.

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This four week workshop is devoted to learning and applying some elementary dramaturgical processes of professional-level theatre: 1. Understanding scripts, 2. Investigating production values, 3. Applying research to a production, 4. Discussing and evaluating dramaturgical concepts using actual scripts of your choosing (or own writing). This cutting edge class requires writing and theatre experience. Adult material. Serious high school students with parental permission only will be accepted. No electronics.

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Saturday, August 24, 10am–12:30pm
(lunch break) 1:30–4pm
One day workshop: $140*
Use Coupon Code 190824EarlyBird
*$120 if you sign up by July 24
This workshop will give you the necessary tools and techniques to develop a lifelong passion for drawing on location and telling stories using your sketches. Cultivate the ability to draw quickly from direct observation. Create vivid, funny and memorable snapshots of everyday life. The morning session includes: discussion of urban sketching; developing the habit of sketching; assembling your portable tool kit; achieving expressive, fluid, and confident ink lines to quickly portray your subject. The afternoon session includes,“Making your World Come Alive with Watercolor”; working on classic watercolor techniques. We will combine ink and watercolor to achieve breathtaking effects. Sketching can make you a keen observer and is an infinite source of learning, creativity, and inspiration.
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Monday & Wednesday, August 26 & 28,
10am – 4pm
2-Day workshop: $190*
Use Coupon Code 190826EarlyBird
*$170 if you sign up by July 26

Hone your own unique style by working with familiar concepts in new ways. Rene will demo with a portrait, but you may choose any subject with strong, simple value shapes darks, lights and mid-tones. DAY 1: "PLAY" with exercises for pushing the envelope of expression. Paint with personality and individuality. “Mistakes” are good! We’ll make quick studies, including a quick value study for a guide. We'll also pour paint over treated paper for backgrounds. DAY 2: Reevaluate design choices as we use our sketches and studies as inspiration for painting with a limited color palette over the poured backgrounds. Learn how to effectively layer darks and how easily you can lift on treated paper. Make several starts of the same subject to explore different possibilities. Class ends with an art share.

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Saturday, September 7, 11am – 4pm
5 hour class: $45
+ $15 materials fee to instructor

Learn how to do a wild and colorful self-portrait in the abstract style of Picasso. You can also do a portrait of a friend, child or pet with a good close-up head photo to work from. We will talk about color, abstraction and have fun turning your own face into abstract art! All supplies included. Beginners and intermediate students welcome. Bring a magnifying mirror on a self- standing base if you have one.

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Fri, Sat, Sun, September 13, 14, 15,
10:30am—3pm
3-day workshop: $250*
Use Coupon Code 190913EarlyBird
*$225 if you sign up by August 13

Learn to create unique textured patterns using different elements to produce dynamic results with watercolor. This workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles. Day one: Prepare one or two starts using a unique texturing process. Day two: Lay down the foundation on painting starts using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements. Observe how watercolor pigments react, leaving beautiful patterns on your paper. Day three: Work toward finishing one or two of your pieces.

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Mon & Wed, October 7 & 9,
10am – 3pm
2-day workshop: $125*
Use Coupon Code 191007EarlyBird
*$105 if you sign up by September 7

Discover the beauty and technical effectiveness of painting in acrylics. The workshop will cover all aspects of painting with this extremely versatile and tactile medium. We will practice brushwork, paint mixing and application. In this fun, encouraging atmosphere, everyone from beginners to more advanced painters, will benefit from learning how to create acrylic paintings with emphasis on your own artistic interpretation. If you have supplies, please bring them. Select materials to sample, plus assorted paper and canvas will be available.

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Saturday & Sunday, October 19, 20,
9am – 4pm
2-Day Workshop: $185*
+Material fee to instructor: $50
Use Coupon Code 191019EarlyBird
*$170 if you sign up by September 19

Expand your artist's tool box! The dremel is a magical tool that lets you drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind materials such as glass, plastic, wood, metal, tile, and more. In this two-day class you’ll work with hard and soft materials using dozens of bits contained in the tool box purchased from the instructor. You'll make a small book filled with all the samples you created in various materials. This class will help you to create in a whole new way! Great for book artists, printmakers, jewelers, sculptors, or anyone wanting to work with materials beyond paper and fabric. All skill levels are welcome. Sign up early, class size is limited.

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Monday & Wednesday, Nov 11 & 13,
10am—4pm
2-Day workshop: $190*
Use Coupon Code 191111EarlyBird
*$170 if you sign up by October 11

In this workshop we’ll use texture to create expressive paintings in water media. A textural substrate may be the first place the artist enhances and supports their concept. Texture creates a sense of depth and makes a painting more dynamic. Texture can be applied under the painting, over the paint or even collaged or applied later. DAY 1: You will make a value study and then design and sketch a subject over a textured background after watching these demonstrations: 1. Making highly textured watercolor paper using gesso; 2. Pouring paint over textured paper for a background start; 3. Making a quick drawing, painting over the texture with watercolor. DAY 2: There will be a design lesson and slide talk. You will then experiment with different types of texture and design and work on paintings with instructor’s guidance. Class will end with an art share to celebrate our successes and consider what we might improve.

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Sat & Sun, January 18 & 19, 2020,
10am – 5pm
2-Day Workshop: $290*
Use Coupon Code 200118EarlyBird
*$265 if you sign up by December 18, 2019

Learn to paint more loosely and simplify your color mixing during this three-day oil painting workshop with Eugene artist Sarah Sedwick. Working from a live model, we’ll use the famous Zorn palette - three colors plus white - to create beautiful, naturalistic skin tones. There are many benefits to using a limited palette, and the technique can be applied to any kind of painting you want to do - landscape, still life, even abstract! The alla prima painting style, in which a work is begun and finished in one or two sittings, while the paint is still wet, is lots of fun and perfect for exploring the portrait in oils. A combination of demonstrations, short exercises, and longer-duration paintings will familiarize you with Sarah’s approach to the portrait. Instruction will be in oils, but acrylics are also welcome. Beginning to advanced artists, ages 15+.

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