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Places to Get Your Art On'

Getting creative in the new year? Here's some help

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Last week I suggested you put a little more art into your life. Here are some good places to start.

Central Oregon Community College

Plenty of art classes offered

Most artists also teach as a way to make steady income, and the area's community college has some wonderful artists leading its classes—Bill Hoppe, Bill Cravis, Paula Bullwinkle and Aaron Lish, to name a few. Explore photography, sculpture, painting and more. These are not one-off classes, and not classes for someone unwilling to get dirty and maybe even fail. The classes will get you deep into something real and good and honestly, why make art if it doesn't get you to those places?


Blank Pages Workshops

2nd Saturday of the month at The Workhouse

This is a "get your feet wet" kind of writing class. You'll meet other people, be given some prompts and be supported to read your work out loud. ACK! Yes—You read your work out loud! You don't have to, but maybe just try it. It's an easy way to get your hand moving, and in turn, your heart and head as well.


Figure Drawing

At The Workhouse, every Tuesday

There is no instruction in the class, so I guess, technically, it's not a class. However, for a few dollars you will be given an easel and a model and two hours of quiet, meditative drawing. Bring your own supplies. This is a great way for you to try to get back to drawing the way you keep saying you will. If you do give it a whirl, you'll find that this community will be immensely supportive and even give you some good critique to help you grow and continue your practice.

If these three classes don't feel like a good fit for you, try this: email an artist you like, ask them to sit with you and draw or paint or write. Ask to spend a couple of hours in their process with them so you can see what it feels like or how you can get started. And pay them for their time. You will both leave feeling inspired and happy and part of an ever-growing community of artists.


About The Author

Teafly Peterson

For the last 20 years, I have been working as an artist and an educator. Some days I am better at one than the other. The good days are when I am excellent at both simultaneously. I love those days. I teach a variety of mediums– painting, drawing, photography, writing, film making. Mostly what I teach is how to...

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