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Brightwood Studio Workshops and Seminars for 2018

Brightwood Studios is located at the western base of beautiful Mt. Hood -- just 45 minutes away from Portland International Airport, along Highway 26.  Nestled among the wooded foothills of the Cascade Range, this rustic retreat features two large classrooms, easy paved access, and enough majestic mountain scenery to inspire even the most timid artist.  Lily ponds, terraced gardens, tumbling mountain streams, and well groomed forest trails invite the artist to wander, linger, and create.  At the end of the day, unwind with a walk in the woods.  In the evening, you will want to gather around the fire to hear pioneer stories, roast marshmallows, and gaze at the stars, perfectly framed between lofty moonlit peaks.  Nearby, you will find a variety of accommodations, restaurants, resort facilities, fly fishing streams (some are catch and release), golf, unlimited hiking trails, and shops displaying the work of local artisans.  There is also year-round skiing on Mt. Hood, and of course the majestic Timberline Lodge, built by the CCC during the Depression.

Although step-by-step projects are completed in class, these fun and informative workshops are meant to provide the participant with the basic concepts needed to move confidently into the creation of original art.  Beginners are welcome.  Questions and experimentation are encouraged.  Art fundamentals such as:  drawing, color theory, value, contrast, and design are a key part of the workshop experience.  Workshops from the beginning techniques, to intense study groups, covering a variety of subjects -- each reflecting Claudia's realistic nature inspired style.  Most of the materials for the pen, ink, and watercolor classes are provided on a loan basis, as part of the workshop fee.  Student required materials are always listed in the workshop description.

Special Two day "theme" workshops are offered during the year, centered around specific subjects or techniques, in which students work both in the classroom and "out in the field," in sunlit meadows and shady mountain forest (weather permitting).  Inquire about private one-on-one art retreats, where the guest chooses the subject, and medium, and is immersed in the ultimate art experience.

You are invited to join Claudia for an art retreat at Brightwood Studios.  Let yourself be inspired by the majestic surroundings, invigorated by crisp mountain air, relaxed by bird songs, and pampered by sumptuous mountain meals.  And plenty of time to do what you like best -- sketching and painting.  classes are small with lots of individual attention given, and taught at a pace that will allow you to enjoy your creativity.


Class size is limited to 15, so reserve your choices of workshops early. 

To register this year, click on the button below the workshop description for either a Word document or a PDF document to printout and send in with your deposit.

2018 Brightwood Studio Workshop Schedule

Each workshop includes instruction, handouts, most materials, and lunch.  Limited camping (tent and/or RV) is available, by reservation, first come, first served.  Tent spaces are no charge, RV spaces are $10 per night and include water and a 15 amp electric hookup (no sewer connections).  There are RV parks, motels, and B & B's nearby in the area.

All two day workshops are $235 per person. 

Mountain Landscape Workshop --  Friday & Saturday, April 13th & 14th, 2018


Learn to capture the majesty of the Northwest Mountains in Watercolor.  While painting two mountain landscapes, Claudia will guide you through the depiction of fluffy and wispy clouds in summer skies, rugged evergreen trees at timberline and alpine meadow wildflowers.  The emphasis will be on painting realistic mountains, both distant and up-close in glacier-clad splendor.  The paintings shown are Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens before she blew her top.  These are the scenes you will complete during the workshop, plusseveral small experiments as time allows.  Creating eye-catching textures and the mixing of realistic alpine and snow hues will enable you to bring your paintings to life, in this relaxed and fun filled workshop Beginners are encouraged with step-by-step help, and advanced artists may work at their own pace, incorporating their own style.   Lunch, snacks and a short walk to enjoy the spring wild flowers in the Mt. Hood forest, are included.


3  8x10 inch pieces of Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper

One bottle of Masking fluid.

1 round fine detail brush no. 1 or 00

All other brushes, watercolor paints, palettes, water containers, etc., will be provided for you to use in class. However, if you have favorite brushes or tools, you are welcome to bring them.  Camping and RV spots are available on location, ($10.00 a night for water and electric hook ups).

 Class will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will include lunch and an afternoon snack. Cost is $235 per person.


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Portray Your Pen in Pencil or Pen Workshop – September 21st and 22nd, 2018

Learn how to draw realistic cats and dogs from photos and life.  In this two day, relaxed workshop, we will do a brief anatomy study to see how the bones and muscles create the shapes, shadows and movements we recognize in the feline and canine form.  With this general knowledge, Claudia will show you how to use geometric shapes and comparison drawing to “really see” the animal you are depicting.  If you can see it with an “artist’s eye”, you will be able to sketch it with more accuracy than you thought possible. Emphasis will be placed on the lifelike depiction of eyes, facial features and hair.  Bring clear, well defined pictures of your own cats and dogs to make personalized pencil or pen drawings on day two. The animals in the pictures should be at least three inches long and close enough to see face and hair detail.  The instruction is geared for both beginners, and advanced students (who are welcome to work at their own pace.)  Camping and RV hookups are available on location ($10.00 a night for water and electric hook up).   Lunch and snacks will be provided on both days. 

Supplies: Bring a drawing pad with paper that is suitable for both pencil and pen.  One or two Micron 005 pens in black or brown.  (If you have a Rapidograph pen in sizes .25 or .30 and the recommended India ink to use with it, you can use it instead of the Micron pen).  I will have Rapidograph loner pens, erasers and pencils available to use in the classroom.

Class will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will include lunch and an afternoon snack. Cost is $235 per person.


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