Spring Class Series


Register by mailing your contact info and a check made out to the teacher to: 89120 Lewis and Clark Road, Astoria Or  97103


Encaustic Painting with Kelly Williams

Saturday May 19th 10:30am-4:00pm $225  -  The art of painting with beeswax.

This workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced artists ages 15+.  All skill levels are welcome; Paint, tools, small boards and equipment included and participants will have plenty of hands on time to work with the materials provided.

The class will cover the basics (safety, history, board prep, layering, fusing, incising) then branch out into multiple diverse techniques available to encaustic painting. Some of these may include masking/stencils, incorporated drawing, image transfers, collage and embedded objects as well as many more options.

Feel free to bring any original images/photos printed on LASER printer or xerox style copier, interesting metal tools/objects to heat and stamp with or anything else you might like to experiment with. If you would like to work larger, feel free to bring wood panels of your choice. 

3-6 students per class, 3 person minimum registration or class will be rescheduled. Contact Kelly for further details, scheduling, or with questions.

Kelly Williams is a Portland artist who is actively involved in the community. Her work has appeared in multiple galleries, businesses and publications both locally and nationally and is now exclusively represented by Basic Space Gallery. She organizes and curates group art exhibitions in Portland, as well as creates and develops projects for disenfranchised populations close to her heart. She has a busy studio practice and teaches regularly in her West Burnside Studio. Kelly also helps those who wish to explore their inner psychological landscape or work through specific issues using encaustic painting as a cathartic healing medium in both private and small group sessions.



Bee Keeping  with Matt Reed

Saturday May 19th 5-7pm $40    -   Keeping bees naturally with foundationless hives.



Magic + Medicine of Honey with Shauna Spier

Sunday May 20th 10-12am $33  -  The amazing medicinal properties of honey.

Students will learn to create their own herb infused honey salve, and will bring home their creation. We will discuss the healing benefits of honey, ways it can be applied as medicine in modern life, and the use of honey as medicine in ancient times. 

Shauna is a folk herbalist, mother of five, basket weaver and soapmaker who learned from her great grandmothers who were community herbalists and midwives. As a young child she spent her days running wild and free on hundreds of acres of untouched forest, and had a hawk, owl, and raccoon as pets. At the age of nine she was invited to study Reiki with Beth Grey, who brought Reiki to the US directly from Hawayo Takata. She grew and continued to learn from other local folk herbalists, and studied midwifery and classical homeopathy in her twenties. During her studies in midwifery she compiled a book on herbs for pregnancy, labor, postpartum and beyond, and had the pleasure of working with Grandmother midwives who practice in ways that have nearly been lost today. She was blessed to attend a twin birth, and a caul birth in the time of her apprenticeship. Over the years she has experienced a series of what she believes are miracles, which she aspires to carry with honor and share with others. At this time she lives in Portland Oregon and spends every moment possible in the forests keeping grounded and collecting wild herbs with which she then creates the products she offers in her apothecary. Her hope is to keep the fires of the old ways burning so that they are not lost and forgotten, and to live a happy peaceful life. 



Paper Making with Lâm Quàng

Saturday May 26th 2-5pm $40  -  Basic paper making techniques. 

Learn the basics of making paper using a mix of Eastern and Western techniques with a blend of cotton and abaca pulp (banana tree bark). Participants come home  with 3-5  10 x 20 inch sheets.



Register by mailing your contact info and a check made out to the teacher to: 89120 Lewis and Clark Road, Astoria Or  97103