Interested in a Workshop in Your Area?



I am available for jurying and workshops starting in 2019. Click the Contact button below to receive a packet with course description, work samples and testimonials.

Workshops generally span 3, 4 or 5 days and can be customized for your group. Please provide information about location and the needs of your group. I look forward to hearing from you!

Cancellation Policy

Ruth Armitage is an independent provider of Art Workshops in Oregon City, Oregon. Workshop registration will be handled via web payment on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to pay by check, please Contact Ruth. Your spot is not reserved until a deposit or full payment is received. Please make payments prior to the workshop to avoid monopolizing class time with paperwork.

Once your place has been reserved, there will be a non-refundable $100 charge for cancellation up to 30 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations less than 30 days before the workshop will not be refunded unless the spot can be filled from the wait list. If you are able to sell your spot to another student there will be no cancellation fee.

Ruth reserves the right to cancel the workshop, in which case all tuition will be refunded promptly. In case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, a make-up date may be set. If you cannot attend, you will receive a credit for a future class.

Other Upcoming Workshops:

Still space available in these great classes:

March 29, 30 & 31, 2018 – Springfield, OR Painting with Cold Wax and Oil: Emerald Art Center.  Phone 541-726-8595 to register or online:

April 27-29, 2018:  Astoria Art Loft, Astoria, OR, ABC’s of Abstraction Continued. Contact Jeanette Davis to register

June 21-23, 2018: Abstracted Acrylic Waterscapes-  Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Registration for members opens 2/27/18, non-members may register 3/13/18. Learn More: 

July 26, 27 & 28, 2018: Vistas & Vinyards Plein Air Workshop. Contact the group to join or for more info.

August 12 – 18, 2018 – Creative Arts Community at Menucha, Corbett, Oregon: Painting with Digital Exploration:

Learn how digital painting can expand your creative process. Students will use the ProCreate app and and IPad to plan and alter works in progress. Learn to use this inexpensive app to try out ideas before you execute them in paint. Registration opens April 1.

September 24-28, 2018ISEA Exhibition and Workshop, Newport, Oregon

October 22-24, 2018West Texas Watercolor Society, Lubbock, TX

November 6, 7 & 8, 2018 – Abstracted Watercolor Haiku – Sitka Center at World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon. Space is filling fast – register today!

To abstract literally means to leave out. Working from nature inspiration, students will use watercolor to compose visual haiku. The structure of paintings by master abstract artists will be examined and used as scaffolding to build related but unique works.

Simplification, contrast and subtlety will be project goals for each day. Learn about shape, color, texture and line through experiments with the fluid properties of watercolor pigments. Learn about layering and lifting for maximum flexibility. You’ll fall in love with this fluid medium.


“It was a very rewarding workshop. I feel everyone came away with new and exciting ideas. What I liked most was the slide examples and your description of how, why and what makes each work. No, maybe it was the exercises, no the demos, no the something different each day, or maybe it was —- everything. I felt your workshop was a good all around learning experience for everyone, any level. You have such a great since of humor, it made us all feel relaxed and right at home. “


“Ruth, I think you are a wonderful teacher. Thank you for your positive and fun attitude. I especially liked to learn from your example, and I was glad to see you paint and struggle at times too…then solve whatever problem a work presented.”

Debra Chase

I came away with a multitude of ideas. I feel more confident in how I will approach my art. Ruth gave me the key to unlock my ideas and get them down on canvas and tools to go beyond the basic beginning. She is a gentle, effective teacher. She knows when to leave you alone and when to offer help.”

Buff Holtman

Ruth is a modest and approachable professional with lots of experience she is willing to share. My learning experience in this class was better due to several types of teaching methods—- personal art evaluations, teaching time, reference examples/materials and frequent desk critiques.

I left feeling excited and inspired about my art and a new approach to my creative process.”


“I’ve taken several classes from Ruth over the years. With each class I’ve come away with gems that have remained in my tool box. In her most recent workshop, I wanted to learn more about how to implement line. I feel that I accomplished that along with so much more. Ruth is such a generous teacher, always willing to go to the next step in the process.”

Jennie O'Connor

“Ruth has so much to offer in many different aspects of creating artwork. She is approachable and respectful. She ranks well among the other excellent classes I have taken.  Ruth is decisive and thoughtful with her answers. Her ability to be personal and honest yet gentle are commendable. The class was worth my time and money and I have come away with many ideas, both theoretical and practical to work with.”


About the Instructor

Armitage, Ruth 1Ruth Armitage is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia,  the California Watercolor Society and Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon has awarded her its Outstanding Service Award and nominated her as Oregon’s Delegate to the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

Ruth’s work has received many local and national awards and been included in numerous national publications and exhibitions. In 2004 her work was profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat.

You can find Ruth’s work at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. Ruth has enjoyed teaching for over 20 years and watching lightbulbs come on in her students’ eyes.

Ruth's Studio

Ruth’s home studio is perched above an oversized three-car garage, with dormer windows and excellent lighting. Each participant will have an ample work area: both seated and standing areas are available. If you work with an easel you are welcome to bring it. Lunches and slide programs are held in the kitchen and family room of the home. Refrigerator space is available to keep your lunch cold. Ruth provides coffee, tea and munchies. You will enjoy beautiful territorial views if you wish to paint plein air, including the farm’s chickens, goats and sheep. You’ll find ample parking and the company of studio companions “Red,” “Lola” and “Russell.” 

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