~ Workshops ~

All workshops are held at Sagebrushers Art Society (unless otherwise noted)

117 SW Roosevelt Ave - Bend, OR 97702


Brilliant Morn Study

6 x 8 pastel on paper


with Amanda Houston

March 18-20, 2023, 10AM – 5PM. This three-day workshop will go beyond the “how-to” steps of creating radiant sky paintings from photographs. It will explore the intuitive creative process while still covering the foundation of good design and composition. We will focus on a series of small-scale color sketches and finish with one larger piece. While Amanda will share how she approaches skies, this workshop is for you to explore your own mark-making and undergo a deeper self-discovery to define your own unique painting style. Learn what habits holds you back so your true voice can come out. Amanda will demonstrate in pastel but any medium is welcome. Cost is $425.

For more information and registration, please contact Nancy Misek at nancym2010@bendbroadband.com

Amanda Houston

Oil Painting Jump Start

with Katherine Taylor & Michael Wise

Saturday-Sunday, February 18-19, 2023, 9AM – 4PM. If you have the desire to master painting in oils but have doubts because you fear the process is too complicated, then join us for this workshop. Local fine art instructors Katherine Taylor and Michael Wise will demystify the process of painting with oils and demonstrate a simple step-by-step process to create dynamic and powerful oil paintings. This will be an immersive weekend, covering the essentials that will include composition, color mixing, shape simplification, value structure, handling of edges and mark-making. Each day of the workshop will consist of a morning presentation and demonstration, followed by hands-on painting in the afternoons, with plenty of instructor assistance at the easels.

Cost: The Sagebrushers member fee is $160; the non-member fee is $185.

All required materials will be available from the instructors for $15, to be paid with the registration. Those registrants with their own materials will receive a recommended supply list.

For registration or more information, contact Barb Crislip at barbjc45@yahoo.com

About the Artists: Michael Wise (mikewiseart.com) lives in Bend, Oregon, where he combines running a chiropractic clinic with his interest in painting. As a painter his interests lies in creating lush landscapes with dramatic lighting. His approach is to create rich sculptural passages of paint, preferring oils applied with stiff brushes and palette knife. His work leans towards representational impressionism created on an abstract design.

Katherine Taylor (https://www.katherine-taylor.com) is a central Oregon oil painter whose signature style employs the dramatic lighting and luminous glazing of the Old Masters. Taylor spent time studying art and architecture in Italy and came away very influenced by the Baroque preference for chiaroscuro (strong contrast of lights and darks); her work has been described as 'soulful' and 'luminous.'

“Summons”, by Katherine Taylor

“Autumn’s Fury”, by Michael Wise

Looking ahead to 2023, below are tentative workshops in the planning stages - Stay tuned for more information as plans are completed.

  • Exploring Abstraction / Zoe Cohen – April 22-24

  • Watercolor / Eric Lin – May 26-27 & 28-29

  • Pastel / Barbara Jaenicke – July 8-10

Pastel - Barbara Jaenicke


If a workshop is cancelled by the instructor or Sagebrushers, a full refund will be given. If a student cancels at least 21 days before the start of class, a full refund will be given, minus a $25 administrative fee. If student cancels between 14-20 days prior to start of class, a 50% refund will be given. No refunds will be given for any cancellations during the 13 days prior to the start of class.

COVID POLICY: Currently, masking is optional. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided; bring your own mask. Please do not attend the workshop if you or persons in your household are ill.