Creative Arts Community at Menucha

Week 1: July 31-August 6, 2022

Week 2: August 7-13, 2022

Since 1966, the Creative Arts Community has provided unique residential workshops at Menucha. After having to cancel 2020, and a reduced number of classes in 2021, 2022 brings you SEVEN different classes to choose from.

We will open registration on this page, today at 12pm Noon Pacific Time.

You can click on the "Register Now" button below and watch the countdown until the registration goes live at Noon today. At the end of the countdown the page will automatically show the registration.


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What if the workshop I want is full? You can choose another class that is available, then go to this form: Workshop/Room Waitlist

What if the kind of room and board I want is not available? You can secure a spot by choosing a different type of room and board, and then go to this form: Workshop/Room Waitlist



The cost to attend is broken down into these basic fees:

1. Basic Workshop Fee is $350 for all workshops.

2. Class Material Fee Class. Not every class has one, but those that do will be listed on the class description. You will pay this fee directly to your instructor in August not at the time of registration. The listed price for classes in the descriptions include the material fee. The material fee will not be collected at the time of registration.

3. Room and board. The cost for lodging and meals will depend on your selection of accommodations and if you need an alternative diet. All rates listed are per person.

Lodging is in Wright Hall, Ballard Hall, Boyd Hall, Beam House, The Barn and The Hideaway. There is a space on the registration form in which you can tell us what your preferred buildings or rooms are - we do not guarantee that room/building will be assigned to you, but will do our best to honor those preferences.

Lodging Rates

Quadruple Occupancy $618 (you and 3 roommates)
Triple Occupancy $695 (you and 2 roommates)
Double Occupancy $926  (you and 1 roommate)
Single Occupancy  $1,210  (you and 0 roommates)
Barn Single $643   (The Barn has 4 bedrooms that are all bunk beds, you would have the room to yourself, but all the beds are bunks and there are 2 shared bathrooms)

*There is not a commuter option available for this program. (A commuter is someone who takes a class, eats lunch & dinner here, but does not stay overnight at Menucha).

4. Alternative Diet Meal Plan is an additional $51 per week.

Scroll down to see this summer's offerings and read the full workshop descriptions with class supply list and material fees. Further information about the teachers will be found on the Creative Arts Community's website. Clicking the titles below will take you to their website.

Save the date! Some classes sell out fast.

Proof of covid vaccination is required to attend. 


Week 1, July 31 – August 6, 2022

Pastels with Trish Harding

Kooler Kolor: Soft Pastel's Super Power


Instructor: Trish Harding
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Color is pastel’s SUPERPOWER and without it a piece falls short of its promise! Join Trish and learn to use “Kooler Kolor” on paper treated with a pure pigment underpainting. Using photos of your choice or sketches, Trish will encourage your own voice and style. We will clarify value, intensity, and temperature and how to use these three contrasts with dynamic and economic strokes. Daily exercises will challenge your color knowledge and can’t help but build your confidence and love of the medium. Some experience is helpful but not necessary and your own supplies are required.

No Class Material Fee
Click here for required class supply list

Open Studio with Christopher Shotola-Hardt

Open Studio


Instructor: Christopher Shotola-Hardt
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Open Studio participants may bring work in progress or explore new ideas with instructor input to help encourage personal expression and artistic development.
Group critiques and one-on-one consultations will focus on helping the artist achieve their intended expression through effective execution of the formal aspects of the work (principles and elements of design).

Suitable for relative beginners to professional artists seeking an intensive week of artistic exploration in a stimulating setting. Oil or acrylic, or water-based media.

No Class Material Fee
Click here for required class supply list

Experimental Drawing with Linda Berkley

Experimental Drawing


Instructor: Linda Berkley
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Join this workshop to explore and expand the boundaries of your creativity practice. Experience new mediums, techniques, and ways of thinking about drawing. Open to all levels of experience.

Experimental Drawing is designed to inspire you, encourage your investigation, support your intuition and the realization of your personal vision. Each morning starts with energizing drawing exercises, prompts, and demonstrations in response to the natural setting of Menucha, followed by one-on-one creative and technical support from me and time for your individual project development.

We explore dry and liquid mediums, the layered and the transparent, in grand and miniature scale. We develop a drawing series started from observation, considering sequence, narrative, and composition, evaluate color, value, light, viewpoint, and touch in drawing. We resource inspiration from the literal to the sublime through the drawing process. Drawing becomes both meditation and dance, an intentional and intuitive action. Make your mark!

Class Material Fee $10
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Jewelry with Junko Iijima

Jewelry: Forging and Wire Working


Instructor: Junko Iijima 
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

In this week-long workshop, students will learn basic cold forging techniques along with basic metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, soldering, hammer texturing, fabricating, polishing, and simple cold connections (tab setting and bezel setting) to create rings, necklaces, and earrings in brass and copper. Some wire working and chain-making will also be included. A new project and a new skill will be introduced each day. We will focus on making one-of-a-kind unique jewelry inspired by your unique life experiences. 

Class Material Fee $40
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Still Life Painting with Sarah Sedwick

Loose Realism: Painting the Still Life in Oils


Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Paint looser and more confidently during this five-day workshop with Eugene, Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to alla prima oil painting, from black-and-white studies to brilliant color. Build a beautiful composition with life and movement, and get a new perspective on the still life. Instead of struggling with overworking your paintings, practice STOPPING SOONER to keep the freshness you crave in your work! Working with a split-primary palette of six colors and white, you’ll learn Sarah’s favorite painting exercises to warm up for a studio day, get back into the groove after some time away from the easel, or simply shake things up! Explore how limitations can set you free, creating a painting in 20 brushstrokes, and another in 20 minutes. Learn the fundamentals of good design, and walk step-by-step through Sarah’s alla prima process, creating a dynamic still life from start to finish! Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Instruction is in oils, and acrylics are welcome - particularly Open acrylics, that stay wet longer.

No Class Material Fee
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Salvage Collage with Dayna Collins

Salvage Collage: Creating Eclectic and Contemporary Collages


Instructor: Dayna Collins 
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Part archiving, part storytelling, and part mad science - collage is so much more than cutting images out of a magazine and gluing them onto a piece of paper. Using old letters, scraps of wallpaper, discarded paper, ephemera, and material scavenged from discarded books, we will create eclectic and contemporary collages. We will: discuss collecting unique and unusual materials as well as making our own collage papers; learn about composition and design elements; the importance of color and value; explore a variety of techniques, from gluing to sealing, and how to display completed collages. No experience is necessary to work and play in this medium. I will do class demos with lots of time for hands on experimentation and creation.  I will provide an abundance of materials to use and tools and supplies to share.

Class Material Fee $25
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Music with Brook Adams

I Wanna Play That! Workshop for Ukulele, Guitar, & Bass


Instructor: Brook Adams
Week1: July 31 - August 6, 2022

Bring your instrument and some songs to work on, recorded or written, and prepare to have fun. The goal is to spend the week working on a song or songs that you always wanted to learn. Not a beginners' workshop but if you feel comfortable playing your instrument this is for you.

We will meet as a group at the start and the end of each day to play and exchange notes. The remaining time will consist of individual practice and instruction with Brook. We will put on an informal show at the end of the week.

Brook Adams has performed at many festivals and venues around the country. He has made 10 albums... maybe 11. He will help you delve into your project and improve your playing.

No Class Material Fee
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Week 2, August 7-13, 2022

Ceramics with Deborah McCunn

Ceramics: Myths and Masks


Instructor: Deborah McCunn
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

Join Deb McCunn and create your own expressive masks. We’ll look at myths and symbolism in mask making and then you’ll create masks telling your own stories. You might choose a Greenman, sun goddess, your favorite animal, or a self-portrait as your starting point. This is a great opportunity to learn human and animal facial features or create your own mythical characters. Your masks will evolve through your own unique voice. We’ll use paper clay along with metal wire, nails, horsehair, cloth, and other mixed media to bring your ideas to life. Each student will have time to make three masks that can be wall mounted for display. All levels are invited to join the fun and learn about masks.

Class Material Fee $10
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Historical Painting with Mary Josephson

Living History: Recording Events in Paint


Instructor: Mary Josephson 
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

Recognizing Important Current Events to Construct Modern Historical Paintings

The events we will later realize are important to our culture, history and civilization are not in history books, they are happening now all around us, every day.  When I approach a new body of work, I think about what resonates, is ‘of the moment’ in the world and begin to visualize how I would paint these events, thoughts and feelings. Our class will begin with a focus on what is happening in the world, international, national and local events. We will discuss how we might translate current events into meaningful contemporary historical painting that reflect the struggles and triumphs of our time.

Examples of what might be considered: the contemporary hero and heroine, the effects of global warming, the pandemic, scientific discovery, space travel, architecture, the homeless crisis, athletic events, animal husbandry, agriculture, revelations in nutrition and fitness… the possibilities reflect how we view the world, from the simple: a new variety of apple to the complex- global warming, adding weight and rich narrative to our work.

All artists are welcome regardless of prior experience, a positive attitude and willingness to explore creatively is required.


Class Material Fee $20
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Water Media with Margaret Godfrey

Water Media: Playing with Patterns 


Instructor: Margaret Godfrey
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

This workshop will appeal to artists who are interested in expanding their art with new and interesting ways to paint by adding patterns to paintings. Watercolor, gouache, and acyclic paints will be used on watercolor paper.  Participants will explore creating their own symbols and shapes to add personal content to their art. In this workshop, Margaret will demonstrate several ways of creating patterns and collage materials, then show ways to use them in painting to make each person’s work unique and more meaningful. The instructor will provided stamp making materials. As a story-telling artist, Margaret will help participants bring more content and ideas into their art. There will be daily demos and Margaret will work with each individual.

Class Material Fee $5
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Printmaking with Dawn Endean

Printing with Shellac Plates


Instructor: Dawn Endean 
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

Shellac Plate Printmaking is a low-tech and versatile technique for creating intaglio prints as well as subtly textured collographs. Through demos and lots of hands-on work we will create and print shellac plates using both intaglio and collograph techniques. Instruction/demos will include:

  • Making the shellac plate
  • Image transfer and mark-making
  • Intaglio vs. Collograph plates
  • Inking and printing techniques
  • Adding color with viscosity rolls and a la pouée techniques
  • Chine collé technique: traditional and contemporary applications
  • Composing and collaging with shaped plates

Students will be encouraged to experiment with the wide range of effects that can be achieved with shellac plates to express their own ideas and aesthetic. This is a great alternative to creating etching-style prints without the use of chemically etched metal plates. Some printmaking experience helpful but not essential.

Class Material Fee $50
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Representational Collage with Susan Schenk

Representational Collage: Painting with Paper


Instructor: Susan Schenk 
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

Take mixed media to a new level by upcycling papers to create representational art. Portrait, still life, landscape, birds and their nests and butterflies…all are good subjects for painting with paper. You will be guided through a technique to use the element of shape to create realistic or imaginary works with no drawing skills needed.  You will produce 5-8 frame-ready 2D works and create stencils and templates for making additional work at home. All levels welcome.


Class Material Fee $20
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								 		Writing with Leanne Grabel

Spill Your Guts


Instructor: Leanne Grabel
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

There is nothing more liberating than telling your personal stories. There are so many impactful events and people in our lives that we will never forget because they changed us, they moved us. Sometimes the movement was forward. Sometimes the movement was backward. But we changed. These are the stories of memoir.

In this workshop, you will write a series of flash memoirs--short pieces that recount these events and people that formed and informed you. We will look at many examples, review poetic techniques and editing techniques so that your words will be concise and yet able to describe without becoming bogged down in length and complication. In essence, you will be writing prose poetry.

If you are comfortable with illustration, I would love to have you illustrate your pieces. If you are comfortable with spoken-word performance, I would love to have a class performance at the end of the workshop week. If you are not comfortable with adding these extra pieces, you will come away with a chapbook length series of personal memoir. Family photos can be scanned and added to each piece also.


Class Material Fee $15
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Open Studio with Ruth Armitage

Open Studio


Instructor: Ruth Armitage 
Week2: August 7-13, 2022

Open studio participants bring work in progress or explore new ideas with instructor input to help encourage personal expression and artistic development. Group critiques and one-on-one consultations will emphasize the elements of design: shape, color, line, value, form, etc.

Suitable for relative beginners to professional artists, this is a class for painters seeking an intensive week of artistic exploration in a stimulating setting. Oil or acrylic, or water based media.

No class material fee
Click here for required class supply list