Young at Art Class @ Santiam Brewing Co.

I am SO excited about a new adventure I have taken on this month!!! I have been teaching kids classes at Young at Art for a year this month and I have decided to branch out a little bit into the world of teaching painting classes to adults! I am a little bit nervous about it but mostly really excited to have the opportunity to try something new.

July 1st from 6:00-8:00, I am going to be teaching a painting class at Santiam Brewing Co. Santiam Brewing Co. is a local brewery that I absolutely LOVE! They have fantastic beer and a great tasting room where you can drink their fantastic beer. They also host some super fun events at the brewery and hopefully, these painting classes will become a regular part of those fun events.

Here is the a painting we are going to do…  Just perfect for the upcoming holiday!

If you are interested in signing up, you can do that here! There are only 20 spots so reserve your spot today!

June Classes @ Young at Art

How is it June already!?! It seems like we just started 2017!  But the beginning of a new month means new classes at Young at Art. This month, I am doing one regular class and one 2-day camp. It is going to be so much fun!

One Watermelon Seed is the going to serve as the inspiration for the first class of the summer. This adorable counting book will get us in the mood for summer and then we will paint! If you are interested, you can sign up here. The class is on June 14th and is only $10!

My first camp for the summer is on June 28th and 29th from 10:00-11:30. I am going to read some of my favorite Dr. Seuss books during these two days and then have activities inspired by the books. I know for sure we will do one canvas using The Lorax but I am still trying to finalize the other projects.  I do know it will be fun! You can sign up here for only $25.

And, of course, there are many other classes available this month at Young at Art.  Check out the class schedule page if you are interested!

A night of painting

Earlier this month, I signed up for a class at Young at Art that was different than others they had offered in the past.  It was a party celebrating a local author and her first published book.  One of my best friends and I decided to sign up and we had a great evening.  We got to meet the author and get her new book autographed, paint a canvas inspired by the cover of the book and got to sample some yummy wine!  It was a bit out of the ordinary for a weeknight but that is part of what made it so fun!

Here is my canvas at the beginning of the night.  When I looked at the finished product I was a little worried about how I was going to get there but with great instruction and a glass of wine, it turned out not half bad!

I might have made a bit of a mess of myself.

I already read the book we got and will include that in my month wrap-up.  I will say I didn’t love it.  I feel a bit bad saying that but it’s true.

One of my favorite finds of the evening was the wine that I sampled.  I am not a huge wine fan and don’t know a lot about it so I always feel a bit weird when put in a situation like wine tasting but the lady doing the serving was really quite laid back.  I actually enjoyed the wine so much that I bought a bottle to bring home and it made a lovely addition to a steak dinner we had later that week.

 All in all it was a fun night. A little uncomfortable at times, but fun.  All day before the class, I was feeling like I didn’t want to go.  There were all kinds of reasons I was thinking up about why I should stay home instead but I sucked it up and went.  And I am glad I did!

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Young at Art

Yesterday, I had an almost completely full class at Young at Art!  I read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae  which is an adorable, rhyming book.  Gerald, the giraffe, is told by all the other animals at the jungle dance that he can’t dance.  That is, until he runs into a cricket that convinces him that he just needs to find the music that works for him.  In the end, Gerald proves all those animals that were laughing at him wrong that he can dance just fine!

The kids loved this book and were so excited to paint their own giraffe. We did some blending of colors and for the spots, we used our fingers!

These are some good looking giraffes!

My other class this month is next week on Tuesday!  If you are interested in registering, check it out here!

Young at Art: Owl Moon


Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is one of my favorite picture books.  The language is beautiful and the illustrations are stunning.  When I was choosing books for this month’s Young at Art classes, this one was a no-brainer for me.


It was a small class, just 8 painters, but it was quite lovely.  Most of the people were new to Young at Art so that was really exciting.  We talked a lot about blending colors when we were painting the snow and the light coming off of the moon.  We also talked about how to start with a familiar shape if you aren’t sure how to painting something.  (You might notice a Y in each of the trees.) It was fun to see how each painting turned out!

Here were some of the paintings…



This coming Saturday, January 28th, I am doing my second class of the month.  I haven’t quite decided what we are going to paint but I am reading another one of my favorite books!

Click here to sign up the class!