Upcoming Classes

Feb 10-12, 2017, Fri – Sun
9.00am – 4:00pm

Brenda offers students a fun, and exciting pace of thorough pastel instruction.
In this course we will cover everything pastel that is ‘chalk full’ of information with plenty of time to practice and fitness your newfound knowledge. The student’s skills will build confidence in the medium through a progression of exercises on the many aspects of pastels. This is a great course for those who wish to discover the medium, learn about pastel on a broader level, or for those who with to push their pastel work to the next level.


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March 11 & 12
9am – 4pm

If you want just the right mix of theory, technique and experimentation for learning, this class is for you! This 2-day workshop is packed full with good design principles to make ANY painting successful (the theory part), along  with tricks and tips on how to paint inspiring skies and landscapes in pastel (technique).

Amanda notes that “skies set the mood for any painting, and water makes up 70% of the earth’s
surface, so it’s time to learn to paint them!” She will teach you her techniques to paint both
essential elements for your landscape paintings.

This generous instructor will share all her knowledge of how to paint with pastels, including how
to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve different results.  Amanda will
demonstrate and teach 3 different techniques that she has developed with pastel, allowing you to
try different papers and surfaces for different results.
 1- Value study directly on her favorite paper (La Carte or Art Spectrum paper).
 2- Wet underpainting technique using oil paint and/or pastel with denatured alcohol.
 3- Creating your own surface with Painting a sanded gesso to a board or metal.

Amanda will also have you do some loosening up exercises to open up your creative pathways to
push you to make more spontaneous, painterly mark making. This workshop has been very
popular with our pastel students. Sign up quickly to secure your spot!

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Ongoing Classes

Jan 6 & 20, Feb 3 & 17
Mar 3 & 17, Apr 7 & 21
May 5 & 19, Jun 2 & 16

9am – 10:30am
Panera Bread, Hillsboro, 7202 NE Cornell Rd.
Free  – Registration is not necessary.

A time for artists from the community to gather at Panera Bread to share artists’ interests. Books, articles, techniques, and news about upcoming art events. Artists share their work and have a choice to request a critique or not.  Artists from the community are invited to join in and mingle with Sequoia artists. Come, drop in!  A no host event. (more…)


Jan 16 is cancelled for ice/snow
Jan 16 & 30,  Feb. 13 & 27
Mar 13 & 27, Apr 10 & 24
May 8 & 22, Jun 12 & 26 

1-4 pm
$9 – with a tip jar.
Drop in!  No preregistration needed.