Adult Art Workshops

July 24-28, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
Summer Art Institute: Describing the World -The Natural Sciences & Art

This five-day intensive program will strengthen your knowledge of art while integrating the visual arts into your lives—where you work, live and play. This year, we explore the inspiring intersection of the natural sciences and the arts. The natural sciences include life and physical science and, much like the arts, often employ a creative and imaginative response to the world we live in. The Institute is led by Maryhill’s Executive Director Colleen Schafroth and features guest artists and presenters throughout the week. Extracurricular activities can include visits to artist’s studios and regional institutions.

Cost: $195 member / $215 non-member; click here to register or call 509.773.3733 ext. 25. For an additional cost 30 clock hours or 3 credit hours are available through Portland State University Graduate School of Education/Continuing Education.

Image: Sorcha Meet and Sharon Moss at the 2016 Summer Art Institute

Saturday, August 26 | 2 p.m.
Lecture: Art and the Habit of Travel Sketching

Taking photographs goes hand-in-hand with travel, but have you considered keeping a travel sketch book? Join artist Rita Sabler as she shares her travel-sketching tips, inspiration, and clever tool ideas to help you capture the landscape, the cafes and parks, architecture and colorful characters encountered on your travels.

Image: Rita Sabler, Downtown Portland from the Burnside Bridge.


Sunday, September 10 & Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Art of Books: Preserving Your Story Through Handmade Books

During this two-day workshop, writer, artist and bookmaker Maureen Lauran will show you how to craft a beautiful handmade book to hold your treasured ideas, art, and artifacts for years to come. Bring your personal content (list provided at registration), and Lauren, who has worked at many great institutions from the Smithsonian to Maryhill, will guide you through each step of the process, from conception and design to completion.

Cost: $60 members / $75 non-members. Supplies, coffee and snacks provided; no-host lunch. To register, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 by August 28 or email


November 6 – 10, 2017 | all day
Workshop: Icon Writing with Rev. Deacon Matthew Garrett

Explore the rich history and elaborate religious symbolism associated with painted icons during this hands-on workshop with Reverend Deacon Matthew Garrett. Participants will paint an icon from start to finish during the workshop. Icons will be written in acrylic on board. No previous art experience is necessary.

Cost: $425 members / $450 non-members. All supplies, lunch and snacks are included, as well as free admission to the museum for the duration of the workshop.  A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due by September 6, 2017. To register call 509 773.3733 or email

Image: Reverend Deacon Matthew Garrett.