painting Workshops: 

Portland studio $250 for 3 days

Come and paint for the first time or brush up on your skills in my backyard studio or Manzanita. 

Small classes allow for individualized attention.  I meet you where you're at in your skill level and interests. Focusing on color, light and composition- you will learn color mixing, the value of value and most importantly, the joy of painting.  My goal is for you to leave with improved oil painting skills, a better sense of color and an enhanced appreciation for light and shadow.

My background: I have worked with color both as a fine artist and as a professional color designer for an eco-paint company. After founding YOLO Colorhouse, I am back to painting and teaching workshops. An MFA graduate from the School of Visual Arts and former instructor at Marylhurst University and PNCA summer program, I approach teaching with optimism and encouragement.  Painting can be intimidating, I want students to find the joy I have found in color and light.

painting Workshops - manzanita, ORegon

  September 20 - 23 and October 18 - 21

$300 - 3 days

Come and paint at the beautiful Oregon coast!  We have remodeled the garage behind our Manzanita cabin into a painting studio with gorgeous light.  We will start each morning with a walk on the beach, then settle into the studio for a morning painting session.  After a lunch break, we'll head back into the studio for a few more hours and the rest of the day is yours to explore the area - hike, surf, kayak, go crabbing, or hang out and paint.  

Our "Mountain Cabin at the Coast" is in front of the studio and sleeps 6 people. Get a group of friends together, share with other students or rent the whole cabin for yourself - first come, first serve. Or stay in one of many rentals in Manzanita (I can help you with accommodations).  

I highly recommend Janie’s painting workshops! She is a knowledgeable and generous teacher who can zero in on what to correct and how to correct it in a way that transforms your painting.
— Zue Stevenson
Having that one-on-one time where we could get feedback on what was going wrong, and the assurance that we could turn it around, was a confidence builder.
— Alison Kastner
I liked your teaching style because you created a laid back environment while also being very professional. I am really happy with the outcome of my paintings and I feel like I learned more about color, light and dark, and brush strokes from the guidance of your workshop.
— Jen Smesrud

Sign up below for this workshop                                                                                  or if you are interested in future workshops.  

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