Creative Arts Community

Last week I taught a workshop for CAC (Creative Arts Community) at Menucha, a beautiful retreat center in the Columbia River Gorge. Each year this group brings together fantastic workshop instructors and interested adults for two weeks of creating together. This community is over 50 years strong because of these special ingredients:

  • A dedicated board and volunteers
  • Meals served family-style
  • An incredible setting
  • Dorm style and private rooms
  • Evening programs
  • Sharing of art
  • Walks in nature
  • Small classes for individual attention

My workshop focused on painting in Oil & Cold Wax. We talked about working in a series, content, design and techniques for working in Cold Wax. I was so pleased with how hard each student worked and the results were amazing. Here are a few paintings that resulted from my time at Menucha, and the demonstrations I gave:

Winter Pond

“Winter Pond” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage

Burning

“Burning” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage

Summer Breeze ©Ruth Armitage

“Summer Breeze” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Student Reactions:

“It was a wonderful week. Ruth gave the perfect recipe for a successful teaching experience. Just the right number of demos, giving us lots of work time, wandering around the room for individual mini conferences and lots of encouragement along the way. Keeping the class joyous and not stressful were also great attributes for a super experience. I especially thought her use of the i-pad was very cool to take a picture of our painting and show us different design possibilities.” – Sharon Segal

“Ruth, thank you so much for the truly rich experience this past week. Your willingness to spend so much time with each of us working through our hundreds of issues, problems and questions was beyond anything I’ve experienced from an instructor. You are so very generous, kind, and wise. And your lightness of being allowed us to not take ourselves too seriously.” – Karen Story

Scenes from Menucha and the Columbia Gorge

I also wanted to share some of the beauty of this place and the students who shared it with me. Enjoy these photos from my art workshop at Menucha! If this looks like fun to you, check out my other upcoming classes on my art-workshops page. My Maui class is filling fast. It’s already 1/3 full – don’t miss out, register today!


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