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Ashland Art Center Classes and Events Update

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Ashland Art Center Classes and Events Update
July, August 2016 &


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First Friday Event at AAC

August First Friday

FREE Community Art Event

August 5th @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

August Featured Studio Artist:

Laura Lawrence, My Dancing Threads

Ashland Art Center Studio 7

“Ponchos on Parade”

A lifetime of dance training inspires the movement in my designs.  Comfort, durability and eco-concerns dictate my choice of materials.  The knit ponchos that will be featured this month showcase my latest fiber of choice: bamboo.  They also illustrate how versatile a simple rectangle can become when sewn in the right places and draped in various ways.

Featured Gallery Artists:  Paula Fong- Watercolor Illustrations
and Jane Sterling- Ceramic Sculpture

Downstairs Featured Artist: Elijah Boor

Featured Photographer: Bobbi Murphy- Death Valley in Bloom

Bobbi Murphy is showing “Death Valley in Bloom” beginning Friday, August 5th, 2016 at The Photographers’ Gallery at the Ashland Art Center for First Friday Art Walk.

Death Valley is the driest, hottest and lowest place in North America and is home to a grand, majestic landscape unlike any other.  Taken during this year’s incredible ’super bloom’, Bobbi’s images show the stark contrast between a barren landscape and one transformed by winter rains.

Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography and shows her work year round at The Photgraphers’ Gallery at the Ashland Art Center.  Her website is

Featured Musician: Phoenix Sigalove

Phoenix Sigalove is a provocative singer/songwriter whose soulful, rootsy vocals and rhythm-based acoustic guitar grooves will remind you of Richie Havens and Ben Harper with an Indigenous twist that is unique and powerful.  His lyrics demand accountability and respect for Mother Earth and his story-telling will conjure up images of wild, wind-swept places, and horseback adventures through the American West.

July and Beyond: Workshops & Classes

Painting: Watermedia Painting on Claybord with Pamela Haunschild

$135, includes all materials
August 13 & 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This two-afternoon workshop is designed for everyone to have fun creating semi-abstract nature paintings with a mixture of highly pigmented watercolors and acrylic inks. We will create three 11×14 paintings; a night sky painting like the attached image and two natural materials paintings like those on my website: We will wash watercolors over leaves, grasses, stones and other natural materials to create unique paintings showing the beauty of nature. We will be working on Clayboard, a wonderful surface that allows for bright colors and special texture effects. The techniques we learn in class, however, can also be used on watercolor paper and other surfaces. All you need to bring are your brushes, the class fee covers everything else.
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Painting: The Pocket Sketching Workshop with Kath Macaulay

$275, plus $40 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor
September 9, 10 & 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn enough to play for a lifetime! This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café or the airport. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set. Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up.
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Painting the Landscape with Sarah Burns

$125 (Six Sessions)

September 21- October 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
(Field Demonstrations on September 23 at 9 am and October 7. Details to be provided on the first day of the workshop.)
Learn principles and techniques for painting beautiful landscapes. This class will include classroom and field demonstrations, slide lectures and feedback on student work.  Students will be able to work independently and bring their work in for critique.  This means source materials can be either photo reference or plein air and work can be completed in a time and place that best suits the student.  Class will cover: drawing and painting the landscape, composition, color in the natural world, light effect, values, linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, form, volume, materials and much more. We will focus on oil painting, but the principles will apply to any media.
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OSF/AAC Workshop with Rebecca Gabriel

$275, materials list available online
September 22, 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 24 @ 12:30 – 3:30
September 24 @ 8:00pm – evening production at OSF’s Bowman Theatre
Join instructor Rebecca Gabriel for a three-day intensive workshop featuring OSF leading lady, Vilma Silva as our captivating model. Vilma will pose in costume, inspired by her role in this OSF’s season’s ‘Timon of Athens’, and preform a few favorite lines of dialogue. The workshop includes a 3-day pose, for three hours daily, an informal luncheon with Vilma, and tickets to the OSF production of “Timon of Athens.”  Sessions held in the main classroom at the AAC.
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Once Monthly Art Classes

Art Journaling Clinic with Elaine Frenett

$20 Fee Includes Some Materials to Sample

*No Art Journaling for the months of August or September, sessions will resume in October*

Third Friday of Each Month @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Art journaling topics change each month. Please register ahead with Elaine at [email protected] or 541-944-2196. Class will be held upstairs in Elaine’s Studio #13

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Mixed media: Collage with Susanne Peterman

$25 Day-Rate, includes materials

Third Friday of Each Month @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

June 17, July 15, August 19, Spetember 16

Collage-making in a meditative yet fun atmosphere. Create an image of your inner life in an atmosphere of playful meditation. You will be guided through a simple process to achieve a blend of art and craft. Bring images if you like, but all materials and tools are provided. Email Susanne at [email protected] to reserve your space. Please contact Susanne by the THIRD Tuesday. Minimum of three students required, maximum 10

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Off- Site Workshops & Classes

Fiber Art: *Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop with Jo Ann Manzone

$95.00, includes supplies
Saturday, September 10th @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learn how to make a beautiful nuno felt fall scarf or small wrap.  Students will learn how to lay out wool on silk and play with surface design techniques to create a one-of-a-kind scarf or wrap.  Designs can be simple or have lots of texture and depth.  You will have at your disposal silk gauze, superfine merino wool, silk and wool embellishments—everything you need to make a beautiful piece of wearable art!
Class held at Jo Ann’s A Street Studio: 258 A Street, #10, Ashland, OR

To register for this class contact Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected] or visit her web site:

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Mixed Media: *Spirit Figures with JoAnn Manzone & Denise Kester

$120.00, includes materials
Saturday July 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Create your own one-of-a-kind personal Spirit Figure. In this one day workshop, students will learn how to construct a Spirit Figure using branches and sticks. You will be designing the clothing for your figure by painting on fabric and making paste papers. We will have pictures of faces, hands, etc…to adorn your figure and make it your own. *Session held offsite at: Dreamweaving Designs, 258 A Street, #10, Ashland

To register for this workshop, contact Jo Ann Manzone at [email protected]

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Drop-In & Day Rate Youth and Adult Art Classes

These designated art classes are part of our core education program here at the Art Center, and are offered at the same day, time, and cost throughout the year unless otherwise noted. No need to register in advance, just come the day of class and pay at the front desk!


FREE Community Art Class

Saturdays @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Express yourself every Saturday in this fun class for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Guided projects will include drawing, painting, cartooning, fiber arts, and more! The focus will be on composition, design, spontaneous expression, collaborative art, accidental art and most of all fun. See the online calendar for more info!

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Short Pose Figure Drawing with Ann DiSalvo

$9 Members, $10 General

Mondays @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Uninstructed Short Pose Figure Drawing moderated by Ann DiSalvo  This weekly gestures figure drawing session has short and long poses up to 25 minutes. Drop In. Unclothed model. Adults only. Bring your own non-toxic materials.

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Ceramics for Kids with Liz Edwards

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Mondays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A fun way for kids to explore the world of clay! Max 10 students.

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

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The Artist Within with Jack Wiens

$10 Drop-In includes Materials

Tuesdays, 1:30- 3:00pm

The Artist Within with Jack Wiens Find out how much fun you can have putting pencil and paint to paper!  For all beginners and experienced artists who want to try something new. Each week will be a different focus, including sketching faces, perspective, cartooning, drawing animals, and more, including using various mediums like watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. Have a special request? Jack wants to know what students want to do!

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Fiber Art: Advanced Needle Felting with Liza Hamilton

$15 day-rate, $60 for 5 sessions
Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
In this advanced open studio-type felting class, Liza offers personalized instruction on creating wire armatured pose-able puppets and felted figures, life-size animal sculptures, detailed ‘Fiber Paintings’, adding fine details, and more. Open to adults and ages 12+ who are familiar with the basic techniques and are looking to improve their skill. Includes wool and supplies during class, take home kits, wool, and supplies available for purchase. Held in Upstairs Studio 8. Email Liza to confirm attendance: [email protected]
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Ceramics: Kids Clay with Keeley Bittner

$10 Drop-In plus $3 Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A special clay class created just for kids! Join clay instructor Keeley Bittner for a special clay class tailored just for young people. Explore the medium and make some cool stuff! Max 10 students

Child requirements for parents:

Ages 5 – 6 must bring a supervising adult for their first class

Ages 7 – 12 may come unaccompanied by adult

All parents must leave emergency contact info with Ashland Art Center.

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Printmaking Open Studio with Maggie Wilson

$10 Drop-In, Some materials included

Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop by the Printmaking studio at Ashland Art Center for open studio hours with Maggie Wilson.  Maggie, an experienced printmaker and instructor, will assist you with achieving your printmaking goals.  Working on a project that needs completion?  Come on in!  Hoping to experiment with printmaking for the first time?  Great, we are here to support you!   Regardless of your experience in the field of printmaking, the studio is open for your use under the skilled supervision and/or assistance of Maggie.

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Pottery and Hand-Building with Max Reinhardt

$10/ 2hrs, $15/ 3hrs plus Clay & Firing

Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This class is intended for students ranging from beginners to advanced ceramicists looking for greater aesthetic achievement.  The class is for both throwing on the wheel and hand-building techniques and covers attachments of all sorts, advice on storage and maintaining works in progress as well as glazing and finishing pieces.  I intend to work with you to develop your ideas into reality and challenge students to greater success with clay.
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Ceramics with Lisa Eldredge

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in session.

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Portrait Painting with David William Terry

$35 Day-Rate

Every Wednesday @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Instructor, David William Terry, has been a professional portrait artist for several decades. His classes aim to help anyone learn to express themselves visually with the highest standards in artistic quality. – Classes are open to ALL levels of experience and ability. – Beginners come to learn important skills; advanced artists come to practice them. – Students will work from a live, fully clothed model. Materials List Available online. Students should bring their own supplies and materials – odorless please.

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FREE EXPRESSIONS: Thursdays with Jo Ann Manzone

FREE Community Art Class

Thursdays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore the unlimited possibilities of your own creativity! This fun art class for kids of all ages has something for everyone – we’re going to have a blast making art! For children and families (ages 6 and younger need a supervising adult present). Drop in anytime during the session. FREE! Includes materials. Creative projects change per week.

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Ceramics with Max Reinhardt

$10 day-rate plus Clay & Firing

Thursdays @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Max for a creative afternoon of hand building or wheel throwing. Learn fundamental skills, get ideas for your next project, collaborate, or work on your own during this drop-in weekly session.

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Felting Friday with Liza Hamilton

$10 Drop-In, Includes Materials

Fridays @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn the easy and fun art of needle-felting wool, and create your own collection of cute, furry, and unique animal miniatures! All materials included, no experience necessary.  Due to the use of a sharp felting needle, recommended for ages 8+, unless with accompanying adult! Held in the AAC classroom.

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Ceramics Summer Camps

Ceramics: Clay Camp “Wheel Work” with Liz O’Brien

$190 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

July 25-29 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come explore clay on the potters wheel!

Children will learn how to create functional bowls, cups and vases. Children will also learn how to decorate their pieces in fun and unique ways. No experience needed!

Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing.

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Ceramics: Clay Camp with Liz O’Brien

$170 (Five day camp Monday- Friday), Includes Materials & Firing Fees

August 22-26 @ 9:00am- 12:00pm

Come spend a week exploring clay!

Kids will learn the basics in sculpting clay and express themselves creating fun and functional keepsakes. No experience needed!
Price includes supplies and firing. Bring a snack (optional) and water each day. Please send your child to camp wearing older clothing. Sign up for just one week, or both, by visiting us online or in person.

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Artist Services

Get Your Artwork Photographed with Ezra Marcos

$20 per image AAC Members, $25 per image General Public

First Tuesday of every month @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

August 2

Includes CD with high-res JPG and hi-res and low-res TIF

Ezra will be shooting 3D and 2D pieces of artwork for artists on a monthly basis as needed. Work must be delivered before the start of your session and MUST be picked up by 5 pm that day.

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Empowering Your Expression with Dr. Zan Nix

Free for Artist Members, $20 General Public

November 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Each of us came into this world with our own unique passions and expression. When we are using these natural attributes purposefully our creativity is alive and our visions are inspiring. Yet so often we run into roadblocks such as debilitating fears, self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, exhaustion from today’s fast pace, distractions, information overload and overwhelming responsibilities! These make it immensely challenging to identify and commit to our priorities. Life coaching is a partnership with you designed to enhance your personal power across life’s foundations.

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The Art of Selling Art with Ben Wood

Free for Artist Members, $20 General Public

Thursday July 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Art of Selling Art is part two of ‘Business Success for Artists’ presentation by Ben Wood. In the ‘Art of Selling Art’ you will learn: sale essentials from hook to closure, venues for selling art, adding value, CRM, the power of framing, and the development and importance of your core story.

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TAP: Artist Meet and Greet Party

Free Community Event

Fourth Thursday of each Month @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 28, Aug 25

Join TAP (The Artisan Project) the last Thursday of the month for an Artist Meet and Greet Party with a selection of outstanding musical guests sponsored by TAP each month. Open to the general public. Join us at AAC the last Thursday of every month!

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All Classes and Events held at Ashland Art Center unless otherwise specified. 

Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520 

[email protected]

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