workshops & teachers we recommend

Assembly: gather+create

Founded by the local creative duo, Liz and Brian Wright, Assembly hosts hands-on modern craft & DIY workshops in bars and other social spaces around the Portland area. The workshops and classes, covering a wide variety of crafts, are perfect for beginners and designed to empower creativity and pique interest in potential new hobbies. Assembly is also available for private craft parties and special events. Visit their website for a list of upcoming classes and more information:


Bird's Eye View Studio

Suki Allen is the creative genius behind Bird's Eye View studio. Suki's passion is being a creative cheerleader and art instructor. Suki has been teaching artists, both young and old, for seven years, and is grateful each and every day that this is her job. 
Suki offers classes in drawing, watercolors, linoleum block printing, sketchbook arts, needle felting, resin jewelry, mixed media and collage in her inner NE Portland studio.  Her studio is just down the hill from the Alberta arts district.
She also proudly teaches at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Multnomah County Library and Tigard Library.
Visit her blog for a full listing of classes:


With Love, From PDX
With Love, From PDX is the creative brain-child of Inger McDowell-Hartye. Join them for one of their unique workshops, where they bring together the creative talent of the artists, designers, and makers behind some of Portland's best brands.
Workshops are held at 5012 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR.


Jesse Reno

Local Portland artist, Jesse Reno is teaching workshops in his Portland studio located at his Gallery:  True Measure Gallery. Jesse is a wizard of an artist, he painted the mural on the East side of our Alberta St Store's building.  
Check his website for more info:


Serena Barton
Serena loves to provide an atmosphere we you can discover or rekindle your creative spark. Serena creates and sells original art and offers a variety of classes and workshops at her studio in Portland and at art retreats around the country.  Check Serena's  website for more info on her classes. In addition to her regular classes, Serena will schedule a class for you and two or more friends at a mutually convenient time.
Her book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop, was published by North Light in 2013. Her second book from North Light, Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax, came out in August 2015. Check Serena's website for more info on her classes. In addition to her regular classes, Serena will schedule a class for you and two or more friends at a mutually convenient time.


Jenna Lechner

Jenna Lechner is an artist and teacher with a fine art training, but who works across disciplines. She both writes about art and works as an illustrator. She also teaches group arts and craft lessons in Portland and the surrounding areas. Check her website for class information, or send her an email for more info:




LeBrie Rich - PenFelt Studio


LeBrie Rich has been teaching feltmaking for 12 years and loves to introduce people the miraculous process of transforming raw wool into felt! LeBrie is the former proprietress of a line of hand-felted wearables and objects that she sold in select craft galleries nationally. In 2016 she ceased production after 12 years in business to focus on teaching others to make felt, and to have more studio time to play in fiber, collage, and mosaic. LeBrie’s workshops provide practical techniques and result in marvelous finished products. Some of her most popular classes include Wet Felted Slippers, Beret in a Day, Felted Soft Sculpture, Felted Acorns and Needle Felted Cakes. LeBrie has taught at Oregon College of Art and Craft, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and art studios and fiber festivals around Oregon.

Adult felting workshops: http://penfelt.com/workshops/
Free community craft classes (various ages): http://penfelt.com/libraries/