Art Classes

Dan Biasca has taught guitar making for many years for Community Education.

TRD4AG  Acoustic Guitar Construction
9/24/15 – 12/3/15, Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
David Douglas High School Shop
Learn traditional and contemporary guitar making techniques from design to final setup and apply them to your personal guitar. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. Students are responsible for purchasing materials for building the guitar. Contact the instructor for details Come build the guitar of your dreams!

Jacob Cain, I have a passion for metals tools, fire, science, natural history, art and people! I Graduated from DDHS and just never left…I have been making jewelry for over 15 years, having been mentored by the wonderful Gayla Buyukas, I have been teaching this evening class along with private instruction. Selling my Jewelry and Art online and in a select galleries/shops has allowed me to expand my skills and soak up everything I come across. Nothing is too weird and nothing is worth not trying at least once!

ART4B Creative Jewelry Making
9/22/15 – 11/24/15 – Tue, 6-9 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of fine jewelry making from tools to technique….instruction includes wire work, findings, soldering, construction, enamel, simple bezel and simple stone setting, casting and everything in between with copper and brass. (no string beading though) Silver and gold work is welcome with your own materials once you learn the basics. Extra materials, metals, stones and tools are available in class for purchase for projects or home use.

Patrick Driscoll is a Portland area artist of painting and drawing. He holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a BFA in Painting from the Herron School of Art and Design. He makes artwork with the mindset that experimental process is the main source of creation. He thinks that process should drive outcome, and not the other way around.

ART4ED Experiments in Drawing
9/23 – 11/18 /15 no class on 11/11/15 - Wednesdays 6-8:20 p.m.

Join the fun in this technique-based experimental drawing class! Discover how to use new materials, new techniques and ways in the pursuit of making more interesting and expressive drawings. Approximately $45 in supplies will need to be purchased.

Richard Kreisman has taught woodworking for four years for Community Education.

TRD4W  Woodworking
9/23 – 12/9/15, Wed, 3 – 5:25 p.m. and
9/23 – 12/9/15, Wed, 5:25 – 8 p.m.
Sam Barlow High School Shop
This course is designed for beginning to advanced woodworkers. Learn to safely and successfully create projects from wood. All necessary tools and techniques will be demonstrated, with additional instruction provided as you require it. There are no required projects; however, projects will be recommended for beginners to increase their woodworking skills and use of tools and equipment. Advanced students will receive additional instruction as needed. Students are responsible for purchasing materials for their projects.

Ron Linn is a native Oregonian and has been a practicing artist /teacher for the past 25 years. He is a full time pottery teacher at David Douglas High School and has taught in the Community Education Department of Mt. Hood Community College since 1989. Ron holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Arts from Azusa Pacific University. Ron's personal art practice concentrates on wood fired functional and sculptural stoneware and porcelain.

ART4TB Pottery
9/23 – 12/9/15: W, 6 – 9 p.m. - noon

Located at David Douglas High School. Hand-build or turn clay on electric wheel. Firing is done by instructor. $25 fee goes to the high school toward equipment use and room rental, does not include clay and supplies. Some experience is helpful.

Monica Rees says, "I like to be able to teach people that they can learn from books and they can read patterns. I also like to help people think outside the pattern, that it is really a starting place, a kind of spring board from which they can launch their own ideas. The thing that I really love about knitting is that you take two sticks and a piece of string and turn that string into a three dimensional object that has warmth, depth, color, texture and function. Knitting is art, both aesthetic and functional. It never ceases to amaze me. I really enjoy helping people see that. Whatever your level of knitting, you will enjoy this class and sharing with other knitters".

HOM4KF Beginning Knitting
9/22 – 11/24/15, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Your family and friends will enjoy your hand knitted original scarves, shawls and hats. This class shows how to select natural or synthetic yarns, use knitting equipment, read patterns, and knit a variety of decorative stitches. More advanced knitters will have challenging projects. Supply list provided first day of class. Fee includes some supplies.

Pauline Tait a talented mosaic artist and jewelry maker. Her classes fill up fast. She shares samples of her work with you in the first Mosaic class that will amaze and motivate you to create, create, create. The Beginning Jewelry Making class supply list is online at under Community Education.

ART4BJ Beginning Jewelry Making
Summer Term 2015   8/9 – 8/23, Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fall Term 2015   10/18 – 11/1, Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn all the basics of jewelry making from terminology to tools and techniques. Includes guidelines, supply and resource list, followed by more hands on workshop and review. Also, learn basic wire work, make findings and wrap bead ends..

ART4MW Mosaic Art Workshop I
Summer Term 2015

7/12, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
7/26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8/2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fall Term 2015
11/5 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
11/22 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
12/6 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Students learn the ancient art and technique of direct-application mosaics using broken tile, dishes or glass shards. First class is a lecture, to inspire and distribute guidelines/supply list. Second class is an all-day, hands-on workshop. Final class allows students to grout their creations

Nancy Tubbs has taken quilting classes from nationally known instructors and works in the fabric industry. We have seen the finished products from her previous classes. Proves you can do an entire small quilt during one class session. She will inspire you!

ART4CC Beginning Quilting
9/22-11/20/15, Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.

Have you always wanted to try quilting but don't know where to begin? Do you find the array of books, patterns and tools both confusing and expensive? Then this class is for you! After our discussion on pattern selection, color theory, tools and techniques, sandwiching, quilting and binding, you will design your quilt and determine tools and supplies needed.

Karin Whalen holds a Masters in Art History from the University of Oregon. She has over twelve years teaching as an adjunct Professor of Art History at Portland Community College (PCC) and Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC). In addition to her Art History Survey classes she has taught Art Appreciation, History of Chinese and Japanese Art, and Women in Art. She implemented and was involved for over fifteen years with the PCC Study Abroad program emphasizing Art and Architecture of Renaissance Italy. She has been teaching Art History in the galleries at the Portland Art Museum since 2007. "I love art history and the opportunity to share the museum collection with others."

ART4PM – Art Through the Ages for Summer 2015
8/8/15 – 8/22/15: Saturdays Noon – 2 p.m.
Explore works in the Portland Art Museum via your own observations and by learning about the artists and their cultural contexts. We will look at art spanning from ancient Greece to the Renaissance to Impressionism to contemporary art. Class is located in the Portland Art Museum and includes a $15.00 fee for the college pass payable to the Portland Art Museum.

ART4PM -  Art Through the Ages Fall 2015
11/1/15 – 11/15/15: Saturdays Noon – 2 p.m.
Explore the intersection of European and American artists with emphasis on five hundred years of landscape painters: Monet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Moran, Bierstadt, O'Keeffe plus this term only masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Collection. Class is located in the Portland Art Museum and includes a $15.00 fee for the college pass payable to the Portland Art Museum.

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