Classes

Daytime classes are usually 3-hour periods unless otherwise noted, and are held in our studios at OSA. Parking is available, adjacent to the building.

Drying racks are available for students to leave their paintings while they are working on them. This is a tremendous help when transporting larger or wet paintings. We usually have room to store your still life objects as well.

As well as quality instruction from experienced artists, we offer members the opportunity to show their work in our gallery. For exhibit schedules and guidelines, see our Gallery Events page.

Class availability, details, and times are subject to change:  Notices of changes or cancellations will be included in special notes in class listings

For more information about individual classes, please contact instructors directly.

Most classes continue each term. New subjects and instructors are added each term.

Upcoming term dates:

WINTER TERM 2019: December 31 - March 25
SPRING TERM 2019: March 26 - June 2
SUMMER TERM 2019: June 3 - September 1
FALL TERM 2019: September 2 - December 2

 


FALL 2018 CLASSES:

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Drawing Painting: Acrylics Pastels
Lettering Painting: Oils Photography
  Painting: Watercolors Multiple Mediums

 

Weekly Class Schedule At a Glance:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Essential Acrylic Techniques
Wayne Jiang
9:30am - 12:30pm
Pastel Fundamentals and More
Brenda Boylan
9:30am - 12:30pm
Water Media
Harold Walkup
9:30am - 12:30pm
Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Level
Anji Grainger
9:30am - 12:30pm
Illustrated Lettering
Nicole Poole
9:30am - 12:30pm
Oil Painting Success
Dorothy Fitzgerald
10am - 1pm
Painting Nudes
Joanne Mehl
9:30am - 12:30pm
Variety in Watercolor
Steve Kleier
10am - 1pm
Pastels
Susan Kuznitsky
10:30am - 1:30pm
Classical Figure Drawing and Under Painting
Randall Vemer
1 - 4pm
Life Drawing Open Studio with Unclothed Model
rotating facilitators
10am - 1pm
Painting: Acrylics, Oils, and Pastels
Susan Kuznitsky
10:30am - 1:30pm
Painting the Landscape in Oil or Acrylic
Michael Orwick
9:30am - 12:30pm
Expression in Acrylics
Steve Kleier
1:30 - 4pm
Oil Painting Success
Dorothy Fitzgerald
1 - 4pm
  Single-Pose Figure Sessions
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman
1 -4pm
Expressive Oil Painting
Fresh Flower Still Life
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman
1:30 - 4:30pm
Botanical Drawing
Janet Parker
1 - 4pm
Drawing and Painting for Military Veterans
Steve Kleier
6:30 - 8:30pm
After-Hours Watercolor Painting
Steve Kleier
6:30 - 8:30pm
     
Open Studio
Michael Musto and Jack Robinson
1:30 -4:30 pm
      also see Photography class listings below at various days and time throughout the Fall Term  

 


DRAWING

Botanical Drawing: All Levels Welcome

$250 for 10-week session.  $30 drop-in fee per day. 

Instructor: Janet Parker

Mondays: 1 - 4pm
Oct 1- Dec 19, (no class  Oct 8 & 15)

Take the time to observe and draw the from the beautiful natural world around you. Each month usually follows this schedule:

1st Monday of the month:  A focus on materials and techniques or reviewing basic principles
2nd Monday: Focus on a seasonal subject
3rd Monday:  Continuing on the previous week’s subject,or working on other unfinished pieces
4th Monday:  Maintaining a botanical-themed sketchbook

Fall topics may include: sketching trees, nature journalling in Portland Parks, and collecting fall leaves to sketch.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-206-8590, or OSA, 503-228-0706
download registration form for single classes and multi-class discount

 

Classical Figure Drawing and Under Painting

$25 drop-in fee per day.

Instructor: Randall Vemer

Thursdays: 1 -4pm
Sept 6 - Dec 20 (no class Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8 & Dec 13) 

Learn drawing skills in small, manageable lessons. Use 300-year-old principles and techniques that are easily understandable.  Create convincing and beautiful form drawings.  The instructor’s extensive slide collection complements each drawing session. Those ready for the next step may move on to under painting.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-713-8829, or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Life Drawing Open Studio with Unclothed Model: All Levels Welcome

$15 drop-in fee per day 

Fridays: 10am - 1pm
Sept 7 - Dec 2,  (No session Nov 23)

Take this opportunity to join fellow artists to practice drawing the nude figure and improve your skills.  All mediums are welcome in each of these friendly, professional sessions.  OSA provides talented professional artist models, a studio facilitator, easels, chairs, drawing benches, and boards.

Faciliators:
9/7/18: Joanne Kollman
9/14/18: Randall Vemer
9/21/18: Richard Ferguson
9/28/18: Joanne Kollman
10/5/18: Randall Vemer
10/12/18: Richard Ferguson
10/19/18: Joanne Mehl
10/26/18: Joanne Mehl
11/2/18: Joanne Kollman
11/9/18: Randall Vemer
11/16/18: Joanne Mehl
11/23/18: no session
11/30/18: Richard Ferguson

registration: contact OSA: 503-228-0706

 


LETTERING

Illustrated Lettering

$260 fee for 8 weeks

Instructor: Nicole Poole

Fridays: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Sept 14 - Nov 16  (No class Oct 5)

Explore a variety of lettering styles, both classic and modern.  Experiment with mixed media embellishments and illumination using a variety of tools and materials. This course integrates well into an artist’s broader creative work.

Drop-in students must receive instructor permission to attend; contact instructor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or OSA: 503-228-0706

 


PAINTING

 

Acrylics:

Essential Acrylic Techniques: All Levels Welcome

$30 drop-in fee per day

Mondays: 9:30am - 12:30pm  (new time)
Sept 10 - Oct 29

Instructor: Wayne Jiang

Learn essential acrylic painting techniques: smooth blending, creating a wide range of colors with a limited color palette, and right brush strokes in the right places.  More advanced techniques include: multiple layering and glazing, under painting, and contrast between transparent and opaque painting. Don’t have acrylic paint or canvases? No worries, high quality acrylic paint and painting surfaces will be provided for a $4 materials fee per day.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 415-264-7570 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Expression in Acrylics: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Steve Kleier

Tuesdays: 1:30 - 4pm
Sept 4 - Dec 18

Explore line, shape, and color as you paint a variety of subjects in modern acrylic paints. Instructor shows how to use drawing to work out composition and value before you start to paint. Learn direct painting techniques with brushes and pallet knife on canvas or paper. Join anytime, each day is a complete lesson.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-888-8173 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Oils:

Expressive Oil Painting, Fresh Flower Still Life: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Joanne Radmilovich Kollman

Saturdays: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Sept 8 - Dec 22

Paint a new, colorful, fresh flower still life every week.  Instructor specialized in expressive alla-prima florals. Work on your oil painting skills and expressive mark making.  Classes include instruction, demonstrations, and individual help.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-752-3708 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Oil Painting Success: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day 

Instructor: Dorothy Fitzgerald

Wednesdays: 1 - 4pm
Sept 5 - Dec 19

Saturdays: 10am - 1pm
Sept 8 - Dec 22

Focus on what it takes to create a successful painting, basic to advance skills are demonstrated. Student are invited to work on the daily topic or bring in their own subject matter.  Each artist is encouraged to develop their own style, whether realism, abstract, or impressionism. Class feature lots of individual help. Everyone learns and shares a few laughs along the way.  Attend one or both days, drop-ins welcome.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 360-896-0734  or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Painting Nudes: Beginning & Intermediate Levels

$384 fee for 8 weeks  |  $55 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Joanne Mehl

Mondays: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Oct 15 - Dec 3

Strengthen your figure drawing skills and learn about oil painting materials and techniques. First two classes emphasize figure drawing, final six focus on painting. Improve your observational and composition skills.  Explore color, value, and the effects of light and shadow.  Drop-ins welcome.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-720-8248  or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Painting the Landscape in Oil or Acrylic: All Levels Welcome

$250 fee for 6 weeks  |  $50 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Michael Orwick

Mondays:  9:30am - 12:30pm
Oct 15 - Nov 19

Focus on the fundamentals of good painting.  Instructor will help simplify the painting process and show how to use a step-by-step method to create a successful painting.  Topics include: composition, value, design, choosing a subject, identifying and mixing accurate warm and cool colors, establishing a focal point, plus tips for studio and outdoor painting.  Class includes informal lectures, demonstrations, group critiques, and individual advice.

registration:  contact OSA: 503-228-0706
questions:  contact instructor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-693-7639
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Watercolor:

Water Media: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Harold Walkup

Wednesdays:  9:30am - 12:30pm
Sept 12 - Dec 19

Students interpret the weekly assignment in their own unique style.  Each class day includes instructor demonstrations, time for painting, and helpful critiques.  Experiment with gouache, acrylic, stamping, negative painting, color combinations, realism, and abstract shapes.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

After Hours Watercolor Painting: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Steve Kleier

Wednesdays:  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sept 5 - Dec. 19

Class is designed for working people who want to relax and learn together. Explore drawing and painting skills and ideas. Paint the simple harmonies and textures in nature: skies, rocks, trees, and water. Move on to painting cityscapes and people. Each class begins with a helpful critique. Join anytime, each day class is a complete lesson.

registration:contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-888-8173 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Level

$250 fee for 10-class session  |  $30 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Anji Grainger

Thursdays: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6
December 13 will be a make up day. For those who are enrolled in the full session, this is an extra day for you to attend for any class that you might have missed.

Continue to develop your watercolor skills.  Apply the basic watercolor techniques you have learned and explore the medium further.  Experiment with negative painting, masking mediums, texture, and methods of pouring through papers and natural fibers. Daily critiques and individual help.  Special tips on showing and selling your paintings.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Variety in Watercolor: All Levels Welcome

$25 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Steve Kleier

Tuesdays: 10am - 1pm
Sept 4 - Dec. 18

Learn to express in watercolor. Series begins with painting the harmonies and textures in nature, then moves on to rendering people, city scenes and more. Instructor provides example composition to inspire daily paintings. Join anytime, each day is a complete lesson.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-888-8173 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

PASTELS 

Pastels: All Levels Welcome

$180 per six-week session  |  $35 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Susan Kuznitsky

Wednesdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm

Session 1: Sept 12 - Oct 17
Session 2: Oct 24 – Dec 12  (no class Nov 7 & 21)

Pastels are a great medium to learn color, values, and edge control.  Daily demonstrations on different approaches. Students “paint along” with instructor and work on all stages of the painting from start to finish. Work from still-life setups or your own photo references.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-519-8187 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Pastel Fundamentals and More: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

$290 fee for 7 weeks  (no drop-ins) 

Instructor: Brenda Boylan

Tuesdays,  9:30am -12:30pm

Session 1: Sept 4 - Oct 23  (no class Sept 25)
Session 2: Nov 6 - Dec 18

In this course we will cover everything pastel that is 'chalk full' of information with plenty of time to practice and finesse your newfound knowledge. We will build upon your skill, understanding, and confidence in the medium through a progression of exercises on the many aspects of pastels.  We will be breaking down the values of pastels, exploring the facets of mark-making, discovering your style with pastels, underpainting techniques, and more. This is a great course for those who wish to discover the medium, learn about pastel on a broader level, or or for those who have taken my course in prior workshop settings and wish to to push their pastel work to the next level.  For Beginner to Intermediate levels.

additional information: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

registration:   download printable Registration Form

download supply list

 


PHOTOGRAPHY

Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual to every class!

 

Digital Photography: Beginning Basics

FREE

Instructor: Michael Lerch

Saturday: Sept 8 or Nov 17,  10:30am - 2:00pm

Location: STUDIO 20, 419 S.E. Ivon, Portland

This class is designed for the absolute beginner.  Learn the basics of digital photography including setting exposure, light metering, shooting modes, white balance, and more.  It is a great idea to attend one of these free workshops before attending other Digital Photography classes at OSA.  Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual 

Class size limited!  Preregistration required, email instructor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to save your seat.

registration: contact instructor: facebook.com/mwlerch or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Digital Photography: Editing Basics

$20 fee

Instructor: Michael Lerch

Wednesday: Dec 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Student with digital photography experience are invited to this introduction to Adobe editing software.  Learn basics editing techniques and discuss many other editing functions. Recommended but not required: laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop installed.  Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual 

registration:contact instructor: facebook.com/mwlerch or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Digital Photography: Portraiture

$20 fee

Instructor: Michael Lerch

Wednesday: Oct 17,  6:30 - 8:30pm

Focus on how to best illuminate people and capture stunning portraits.  Students must have a basic understanding of digital photography and how to operate their camera in manual mode.  Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual 

registration: contact instructor: facebook.com/mwlerch or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Digital Photography: Taking Good Photos

$20 fee

Instructor: Michael Lerch

Wednesday: Oct 3, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Focus on the elements of composition, framing your subject matter, and the use of light.  These and other  techniques can to take your photography to the next level.  Students must have a basic understanding of digital photography and how to operate their camera in manual mode.  Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual 

registration: contact instructor: facebook.com/mwlerch or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Digital Photography: Working with Light

$20 fee

Instructor: Michael Lerch

Wednesday: Sept 19 or Nov 28,  6:30 - 8:30pm

Focus on different methods of illuminating your subject and light sources.  Review the advantages and disadvantages of different light sources. Students must have a basic understanding of digital photography and how to operate their camera in manual mode.  Attend one or both days, same topics covered in each session.  Bring your digital camera and its instruction manual 

registration: contact instructor: facebook.com/mwlerch or OSA: 503-228-0706

 


MULTIPLE MEDIUMS 

Drawing and Painting Classes for Military Veterans: All Levels Welcome

FREE for US military veterans

Instructor: Steve Kleier

Tuesdays: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Sept 4 - Dec 18

US military veterans are invited to join this free class and explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting in a relaxed environment. Using drawing, acrylic and watercolor paint, the lessons are designed to improve skills and engage the group.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-888-8173 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Open Studio: All Levels and Mediums Welcome

$7 drop-in fee per day

Facilitators: Michael Musto and Jack Robinson

Mondays: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Sept 10 - Dec 17 (no session 9/17)

Save time in your busy schedule to work on your art.  Join fellow OSA artists in relaxed, self directed studio sessions.  All mediums welcome, bring what you are working on.

registration: in person at session

 

Painting: Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Charcoal

$240 per eight week session  |  $35 drop-in fee per day

Instructor: Susan Kuznitsky

Saturdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Sept 15 - Dec 8 (no class Oct 13 & 20, Nov 10 & 24)

All level students are invited to work on their pastels, charcoal, oils, or acrylics skills.  Take your work to the next level.  Focus on individual instruction and to reaching your personal artistic goals. Work from still-life set ups, photo references, or participate in paint along with the instructor.  Supply list upon registration.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-519-8187 or OSA: 503-228-0706

 

Single Pose Figure Sessions: All Levels and Mediums Welcome

$20 drop-in fee per day 

Facilitator: Joanne Radmilovich Kollman

Fridays: 1 -4pm
Sept 7 - Dec 2

Join this “Fine Arts Friday” group.  Enjoy the company fellow artists, share art ideas.  Work in the drawing or painting medium of your choice. Clothed models with an occasional partial nude.

registration: contact instructor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-752-3708 or OSA: 503-228-0706