106 Third Street
Astoria, OR 97103


2018 SEPTEMBER ~ ~ Mick McAndrews

September 6th, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

September 6, 7 and 8, 2018, Mick McAndrews will be "Exploring the Magic of Watercolor in Plein Air Painting" during this three-day workshop.

During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor.  We will focus on the importance of developing interesting shapes, value contrast and patterns, edge variety, and more!

Reserve your spot - non-refundable deposit $90

Cost:  Special Pre-sale until May 31st - $350  ~ ~  After June 1st - $390

Deadline for registrations  is August 1, 2018

As Astoria has become a tourist destination and you do not have lodging for the time you are attending the workshop,  it is advisable to make your reservations as soon as possible.  

Additional areas of discussion will include: 

   Simplifying the scene

   Working from reference material

   Use of artistic license

   Developing strong compositions

   Atmospheric perspective

   Visual language

   And the sheer joy of painting

Each day there will be a full demonstration in the morning with explanation and Q&A along the way.  Workshop participants are welcome to work on the same subject or from reference material of their choosing.  Afterward, participants will paint for the remainder of the day and I will be available for one-on-one assistance and to provide additional mini-demos as necessary.

Visit his website:  WWW.MickMcAndrewsFineArt.com                                                                                                                                                     

     - - SUPPLY LIST - - 

NOTE:  This supplies list is a guide and I don't expect the purchase of new & expensive painting supplies for this workshop.  If you are comfortable with the supplies you currently have they should be fine.

REF. MATERIALS:  Bring your photos sketches, etc., for subject matter.

MATERIALS:  Palette, paper, brushes, paint, board, masking tape or bull-dog clips, sponge (inexpensive household variety, the larger the better), misting spray bottle, tissues or paper towel, pencil, soft or kneaded eraser.

PAINTS (Winsor Newton, Holbein, M.Graham,  Daniel Smith, etc.)                 

Yellow:  Cad Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold 

Orange:  Red Orange (Holbein)                                                           

Red:  Cad Red Light, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson     

Brown:  Raw & Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder               

Blue:  Ultra-Marine. Cobalt, Cerulean, Cobalt Turquoise,                         

Lavender (Holbein)                                                                       

Green:  I mix greens but a good one out of the tube is Perylene by W&N                           

Black:  Neutral Tint, Paynes Gray                                                       

White:  Chinese White, Juane Brilliant #1

BRUSHES:  Mix of flat, (1", 3/4", 1/2")                                                                       

Round (6, 10,12)                                                                                   

Mop, (squirrel hair),  & rigger brushes

Paper:  (Arches, Saunders)

As long as it’s acid-free pure rag paper you’re good.  I use 140/lb cold press or rough texture.  Weights, (104/lb, 300/lb, etc.)  and textures are a matter of personal preference and painting style.

Specifically for  PLEIN AIR WORK:  Portable and lightweight chair and/or bench for supplies, easel, hat, sunblock, bug spray, and transport system (cart, backpack, etc.)  Basically, whatever supplies you deem necessary to provide for a comfortable outdoor experience.

PAINTING BOATS - - Stan Riedesel

October 27th, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Class Overview for Painting Boats Watercolor class by Stan Riedesel

Oct 27,28 (Saturday 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00. Sunday 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00)

Painting Boats will include drawing practice, a one color value study and time for watercolor painting. Weather permitting, we will make a trip to the harbor for sketching. Students will be encouraged to share one of their works at the end of the class.

Student materials: For drawing -

#2 pencil plus a soft #6 or #8 pencil, a drawing tablet 9"x12" or bigger and an eraser.

For painting:

watercolor paper 140 lb, 12"x16",

a sturdy matt or board to attach the paper to

masking tape

two kitchen-sized towels (one for blotting, one for rolling to incline the watercolor paper surface) 

watercolor brushes ( a 1" flat, a good quality round brush and anything else in the student's collection)

a palette

a water container

a spray bottle

paper towel roll

paint tubes - typical colors:

blues - cobalt, cerulean, ultramarine blue, Note: French Ultramarine is wonderful and phthalo blue;

yellows - cadmium, gamboge, Note: quinacridone gold is also wonderful.

Reds - cad red light, alizarin crimson, a purple.

Earth tones - burnt umber, yellow ochre and burnt sienna. One tube of burnt umber is essential for the one color painting study that will be completed.

           Day 1

9:00-9:15 Introductions. Course overview and other details ... Coffee, tea, lunch plan, bathrooms.

9:15-10:30 Lesson 1 Getting to Know Your Subject ... A Small Boat. With a small model and an overview of small boat construction, students will make three thumbnail sketches of boats in a side, rear quarter and front quarter position. The sketches will explore boat parts: keel, chines, ribs, bow, transom, rails. Then pencil work will be done to connect a boat to its surroundings by using shadows and reflections that extend the hull into the water or into the ground.

11:30-12:00. Lesson two. A Soft Pencil Value Study of a Small Boat Scene. Hopefully we can make a short trip to a boat dock for some sketches of boats in the harbor.

12:00-1:00 lunch.

1:00 - 3:40. Lesson three - Making a One Color Painting of a Boat Scene. Students will pencil in a composition for a one color value study of a boat that is connected to its background with shadows and reflections. Then, brown umber watercolor will be used for a one color painting of the boat scene. Instructor demo and then student painting with assistance for the rest of the afternoon.

3:40 - 4:00. Closure. Students will have an opportunity to share what has worked in their drawing and painting.

         Day 2    - -    Welcome back! Overview of the day.

9:15 - 10:00 Lesson four. Making a broken color wash. A demo on how to layer pigment on a brush and let the paint mix on the paper wet into wet. Time to experiment with a broken color wash on wetted inclined paper as preparation for a boat painting An instructor demo on an easel that will show how broken washes and big shapes can make a boat painting.

10:30ish-12:00 Boat painting session. Student painting with individual assistance.

12:00-1:00 lunch

1:00-3:00 Boat painting. Students will work on their paintings with individual assistance.

3:00-3:45 Sharing the paintings. Students will share their painting with the group ... Supportive feedback.

3:45 Class evaluation

4:00. Close and Thank You!

Cost:  $125


Watercolor classes with Jo Pomeroy

January 17th, 2018
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

On-going Watercolor classes with Jo Pomeroy - Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

Recommended Supplies:

*Paper:  140 lb. cold press Arches or similar quality brand; (optional) yupo, terraskin; drawing tablet; mixed media or watercolor tablet for color studies

*Paints:   permanent alizarin crimson or carmine; lemon yellow or Hansa yellow, cadmium yellow pale or Aureolin; Prussian blue or phthalo blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue


1" aquarelle flat, #10 or #12 round, rigger (liner)


palette or white plate, large white towel, board on which to place paper; paper towel, sponge, spray bottle; color wheel

Fee:        $30 per session

                                          For more information call 503-325-4442


August 15th, 2018
11:00 PM - 4:00 AM

Open Studio  - Anytime Tuesdays from 11am - 3:30pm

                                  Fee:   $10 per session

E-Media classes  -  every Friday 11am - 3pm                                                                                                                             Fee:  $10 per session

Children's Classes and Workshops - - call for more information

   Private and simi-private classes available by special arrangement.             

Come paint or finish projects any time Tuesday through Saturdays.  

Classes are offered between regular Art Loft hours or by appointment.

ZENTANGLE Instructor Sandi Kelley, CZT, is back with new Tangles

August 16th, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join Sandi for a 4 session Beginners Class.  Call or text Sandi to SCHEDULE classes.

Learn the newest Tangles as well as old ones.  Just bring yourself, bring a friend if you like and join the fun.  All supplies are furnished.

Classes are generally held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, days vary.

Class fee:  $125  - -  plus a $35 supply

For more information call or text Sandi at 503-440-9788.


September 11th, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

This is a beginning 2-day class, September 11, Tuesday and September 12, Wednesday - - .

There will be two sessions:  one during the day at ll am to 12:15 pm, the other from 6 pm to 7:15 pm. This gives the people that work a chance to participate after work and/or those who prefer a daytime class.

The one-day classes, exploring the possibilities of creating with fused glass.  Think of these small projects as "snacks" 

Projects will be done in class at the Art Loft and fired in my studio. 


1.  Jewelry - create 3 pendants, each with a different technique: "sand cast", pate de verre, stacked glass.

2.  Plates - two small plates with coordinating colors and elements.


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Dates for this class has not been decided as yet.

Classes for the:


Making your own art glass project - Two classes - about 2 +/- hours each

Day one - students will create their own patterned glass.  Glass will be fused at my studio

Day two - students will cut art glass they created to assemble a plate showcasing artistic principles.  The project will be fused and slumped in my studio and be picked up a week after class ends.


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Dates for this class has not been decided as yet.


This is a two (2) day class fusing with 'found' glass. This is about 2 +/- hours per day.

Using empty bottles or plate glass, students will make a variety of giftable items for friends and family, or keeping; jewelry, functional pieces, stand up critters.

Bring bottles or old windows to re-art.

Cost:  $225 - fee includes lab fee and firing. 

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Dates for this class has not been decided as yet.


Basics of fusing glass.

This is a four-week class to include materials and lab fees.

Kiln schedules, glass properties for successful fusing and completed project.

Cost:   $350

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Classes are very repeatable, since each time it is offered,

the projects will change.

See Christine's work:  ckende.faso.com

For more information call:503-325-4442