• New Session of Studio Practice Classes begin May 20, 2019!

    New Session of Studio Practice Classes begin May 20, 2019!

    The sun has returned! We are settling into the new space in NE and really enjoying the light pouring into the studio during the day. With the light, there will also be heat--please note that the regular Monday afternoon class will be changed to 10am to 12 Noon!! This is a big change, after all these years, so please accept my apologies if this new time does not fit with your schedule.

    New Class Sessions will begin the week of May 20th

    The dates/times are as follows:

    Monday 10-12noon & 6-8pm
    May 20th, May27th (Yes! we will have class on Memorial Day!), June 3, 10th, 17th, Make up class on June 24th (in case you miss 5/27 or any other day)

    Wednesday 10-12noon
    May 22, 29th, June 5, 12, 19, Make up class on June 26th

    Cost: $125 (this includes 5 regularly scheduled classes)
    Make up classes: If you miss a class, please come to the 6th class as a free make up. If you do not miss a class, but would like to come on the 6th week anyway, please pay the $25 drop in fee.

    Do not hesitate to contact Bonnie with any further questions!

    Image: Sun print by Bonnie

  • Classes begin April 1 in a NEW STUDIO!!

    Classes begin April 1 in a NEW STUDIO!!

    After 10+ years in the Troy Laundry Building, I will be moving the studio at the end of March to a new location!

    707 NE BROADWAY #202

    The studio space is located on the second floor of this 1924 building that is home to Cotton Cloud Furniture, Near East Yoga, McConnell’s Boxing Academy, Capoeira Angola, and others.

    The entrance door is RED, says “Boadway Studios” above it, and faces NE Broadway. The studio is on the second floor, and similar to the downstairs location, there is no handicap access.

    There are windows! There is real natural light and warmth!

    Parking: 2 hr metered parking is available on NE Broadway. Farther into NE is on street neighborhood parking. Please keep in mind that this is a bit busier and faster driving area than our old neighborhood, use caution and crosswalks when on foot.

    CLASS SESSION BEGINS MONDAY APRIL 1st! (There might be a bit of shuffling and unpacking going on the very first class)

    DATES: Monday 1-3pm & 6-8pm April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, with make up on May 6th
    Wednesday 10-12noon April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, with make up on May 8th
    COST: $125

    We will not be focusing on any specific medium this session, just settling into the new space. There will always be subjects for drawing/painting available as always.


    MOVING the studio will happen on Friday 3/29 (I hired pros for this!)
    If you have any materials that have been stored at the studio, please pick them up before this date—if you are re-enrolling in classes, please bring them back the first day of classes, you can have your cubby space back!

    Last send off to the old brick lady—Please join me next week in saying goodbye and thank you to the building that has been our creative home for so long! While change is hard and sad, I am trying to leave some good vibes for the next persons that may occupy the space.

    We will have a little celebration (maybe with actual champagne for the night class!) and if you feel inspired to write a little note or a few words on a small slip of paper, you may tuck it into one of the many cracks in foundation of the building!

    Thank You! See you soon!



    New Session begins the week of February 18th!

    Hello All!

    We have had so much fun working with color this session, and I look forward to continuing to watch all of you develop your creative practice as we get closer to spring!

    The next session of classes is coming up the following week (beginning Monday, February 18th). This session we will once again focus on work that you develop from your own desire and inspiration. I always encourage working from life, or life experiences, and please refrain from categorizing things as “too hard” or “too easy,” we can always work through the process!

    If you have been delving into the color work, maybe working in a limited earth tone palette would be a good way to cleanse your eyes? Or maybe you would like to try going back to black and white drawing exercises? There are plenty of ways to keep a creative practice fresh and relaxing—and as always, I think any time spent creating is time well spent, no matter what pressures we are feeling from the outside.

    The dates of the next classes are as follows:

    Monday 1-3pm and 6-8pm: Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18 and make up class on Mar 25

    Weds 10am-noon: Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, and make up on Mar 27

    Please contact Bonnie if you would like to sign up!

    Image: Color study in Color Aid paper based on Josef Albers "Interactions of Color" (hint: the two small squares are the exact same color)

  • January Classes: Focus on Color

    January Classes: Focus on Color

    First Classes in 2019 begin the week of January 7th!

    In the dark time of the new year, we will be swimming in brightness for our first ever session completely devoted to COLOR!!

    We will be focusing on ONE color per 2 hour class. Beginning with YELLOW, each student will be creating tints, shades, and complimentary mixes using watercolor, oil, and/or acrylic paint. We will be spending two hours communing with the variety of pigments that are classified as YELLOW.

    We will be learning a few historical/cultural facts about each color, as well as touching on a few of the magic color activities developed by Josef Albers.

    There will be A LOT of hands on practice mixing and familiarizing yourself with each color, so by the end of 2 hours you will feel like you have made a new color friend.

    Due to the in depth nature of this class, I will be charging an extra materials fee of $50 for the session ($175 total). This fee will be allocated towards the purchase of a variety of colors that are not already in the studio’s substantial shared material collection.

    Classes are held Monday 1-3pm and 6-8pm, and Wednesday 10-12noon

    Session will run from the week of January 7th through the week of February 11th (Make up classes will be held on 2/11 and 2/13)

    To secure your spot, or if you need more information please send me an email and I will confirm your enrollment if there is space!

  • Student Show & Open Studio

    Student Show & Open Studio

    Student Show & Open Studio is December 8th 2018

    Come to an afternoon tea party from 1-4pm on Saturday December 8th and view some of the great work completed by my talented students this year!

    Where: Troy Laundry Building Basement Studio 101B

    Enter at 222 SE 10th Ave, Portland OR

    When: Saturday, December 8th 1-4pm

    What: Tea, scones, art

    Come check out the studio and see what people do here!

  • Fall Classes continue week of October 22nd

    Fall Classes continue week of October 22nd

    Fall Class Schedule 2018

    Classes continue the week of October 22nd!

    Come join the community of artists in a relaxed, but dedicated environment devoted to art making in a variety of mediums!


    Monday 1-3pm & 6-8pm
    October 22nd, 29th, Nov. 5th, 12th, 19th and make up class on the 26th

    Wednesday 10-12noon
    October 24th, 31st, Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st, and make up class on the 28th.

    Cost: $125

  • Fall Classes 2018

    Fall Classes 2018

    Fall Class Schedule

    Classes begin in the studio the week of September 10th!

    Come join the community of artists in a relaxed, but dedicated environment devoted to art making in a variety of mediums!


    Monday 1-3pm & 6-8pm
    September 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct. 1st, 8th, and make up class on the 15th

    Wednesday 10-12noon
    September 12th, 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd, 10th, and make up on the 17th

    Cost: $125

    Our Try a New Thing this session will be exploring Golden Fluid Acrylics!
    More details will be given the first day of class, but this new thing will help you loosen up, think creatively, and add a new medium to your tool box.
    If you would like this option, there will be a $35 materials fee added to the cost of the class ($160 total)

    image: mixed media sketch by me of rocks from Gold Beach, Oregon

  • Summer Figure Drawing

    Summer Figure Drawing

    Figure Drawing Monday Afternoon!

    On Monday afternoons (1-3pm), we will be taking a dive into the traditional and enduring practice of drawing from a live model. Instruction will begin with basic traditional techniques, but we will include some experimentation too!
    This is for everyone...we will make it easy for whatever level you are at. The human body is a beautiful machine and an endless source of inspiration!

    5 classes + 1 make up class
    Cost: $175 (this price includes a $50 charge for the model)

    Class dates are as follows:

    June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, and make up class on July 30*
    *there is currently no model scheduled for the make up class, but this may change if there is enough interest in having our model come back for an encore.

    If you do not want to draw a model, please consider signing up for the Monday evening class (6-8pm) or the Wednesday morning class (10-12noon)

    Monday Evening and Wednesday morning our "try a new thing" option will be multi-color linoleum block printing! There is a $35 materials fee if you would like to try this art form.

    Please contact Bonnie if you have any questions or would like to join a class!

    Very limited space available in all classes

  • New Sessions start the week of May 14th, 2018!

    New Sessions start the week of May 14th, 2018!

    New Session begins May 14th, 2018

    New classes will begin for currently enrolled students and new students the week of May 14th!

    Please contact Bonnie if you would like to join a class or learn more about the studio!

    New session (5 classes + 1 make up class)
    Cost: $125

    Monday 1-3pm (a few spots left!)
    Monday 6-8pm (a few spaces available!)
    Wednesday 10-noon (a few space available!)

    Class dates are as follows:

    Monday Classes: 5/14, 5/21, 5/28*, 6/4, 6/11, make up on 6/18
    Wednesday Class: 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, make up on 6/20

    *Monday 5/28 is Memorial Day, we will take a poll in class whether we want to have class on this day, or just use the make up day as our 5th class.

    Image: Pastel Drawing by Caroline Fasching 2018

  • Design Week Portland Student Show

    Design Week Portland Student Show

    Tomorrow night (April 20, 2018) is the Troy Laundry Studios Open House from 4-7pm!

    I will personally not be in attendance; however, I hung a small selection of work from my students in the main hallway of the upstairs studios.

    If you are in the neighborhood, or curious about what the upstairs of this historic building looks like, please stop by!

    Enter on 11th Avenue and head upstairs!

    Troy Laundry Open House

  • Come work with me in 2018

    Come work with me in 2018

    Come work with me in 2018!

    The beginning of your artistic journey can start here...

    I offer a low-key, non judgmental place to learn and create. I can help you reconnect to your creative side, or encounter it for the first time.

    You are encouraged to work within your own comfort level, at your own pace, and with materials and subject matter that interests you.

    New session (5 classes + 1 make up class) begins the week of
    January 19th, 2018
    Cost: $125

    Monday 1-3pm (currently FULL)
    Monday 6-8pm (space available!)
    Wednesday 10-noon (space available!)

    Dates are as follows:

    Monday 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, make up class 3/26

    Wednesday 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, make up class 3/28

  • TROY Laundry Building Update

    TROY Laundry Building Update

    The Troy Laundry Building has new owners as of July, 2016. For all you local folks, please read about it via the link below:

    Sale of Portland's Oldest Studio Co-Op

    It has been very sad to see so many artists leaving from the 2nd floor of this historic building. The neighborhood and the city is changing rapidly, and I have many mixed feelings about the future of individual artists and small groups of independent creatives in Portland.

    Please note that my current lease terms at the Troy do not expire until July, 2019, so I have been blessed with a little more time to decide what's next for my classes and personal work space.