Studio Info & Policies
About Our Space
WHAT: Check out the Calendar page for what’s coming up. Scroll down below the photo tour for more about what I teach.
WHEN: Because the studio is in our backyard, it’s only open when a class or event is in session.
WHERE: We’re in NE Portland’s Alberta Arts District, half a block north of Alberta Street. This map shows our general location. The specific address is given in the class and event listings. Scroll to the bottom of this page to hear more about our vibrant neighborhood.
Take a look at our lovingly remodeled 300 square-foot art studio in the photo tour below. The space is stocked with plenty of creative energy and materials, and equipped with large tables that provide a comfortable workspace for 6 - 10 people, depending on the activity. With the use of outdoor space we can accommodate slightly larger groups, weather permitting. Want to come by in person to see if we’re a good fit for your event? Email me (pam@AllHandsArt.com) to arrange a brief visit.
WHO and WHY:
Age: Our workshops are geared toward adults, but children age 8 and up are welcome to participate with an adult who is also signed up for the class. As a long-time former elementary school teacher, I’m taking a break from working with groups of kids only. However, I love the spirit of inter-generational art-making.
Accessibility: The studio is accessible to people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Visitors may drive or roll right up to the double doors via the back alley. Contact me (email@example.com) about other modifications you or your group require.
Intentional Diversity + Healing through Art: We care about healing of all types, including the healing and reparation of generations of racial trauma that our country has inflicted on specific groups of people. For that reason, I offer ALL of my scheduled workshops at a 90% discount to those who identify as African-American or Native American. Yep, you read that correctly. If you don’t see a discount option during checkout, just email pam@AllHandsArt.com and I’ll get you set up. It’s a small thing that I’m honored and privileged to be able to do—a tiny, humble start.
In line with the above intentions, I donate studio time —including materials and the option of instruction—to organizations dedicated to lifting up the African-American and Indigenous community. If this describes your work, let’s talk! We can arrange a staff retreat, volunteer appreciation art party, or creative team-building event at my studio, at no cost to you. If your group is larger than 10 people, I may be able to bring an art activity to your work space instead.
Community Partnerships: Along with reaching out to groups mentioned above, I aim to make our studio space an integral and beloved part of our neighborhood. We’re kinda new around here and still getting things going, but watch this space to hear about collaborations with local businesses that are in the works. For example, like to do YOGA? My friend and amazing instructor, Erin Nova, teaches yoga on Saturdays at noon half a block away at the Cruz Room Annex on Alberta Street. I’ve scheduled my Saturday classes at 2:00 pm so that you can get some exercise and stretching with Erin (for $10), enjoy lunch at any of the dozens of nearby eateries, and then pop over to make art with me. How’s that for a day of self-care??
MORE ABOUT WHO/WHAT/WHY, and a bit of HOW: As a Jill-of-all-trades type of artist, I offer a variety of workshops all with the same goal: to pull back the curtain and make art accessible to anyone with the interest and willingness to try. I’m not the least bit interested in talent — it’s so over-rated! Art skills are just like everything else: When you take time to practice, you get more comfortable and adept with the materials and with your ideas. I do my best to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where you’ll feel free to relax, try new things, make “mistakes” and then explore ways to turn them into happy accidents (as Bob Ross would say), and just have some fun.
* Don’t see what you’re looking for on the class calendar? Send me a message about it, and maybe we can make it happen.
* See something you like, but you’d rather bring your own set of friends and schedule a private class or art party? Yes, let’s! Click on over here for that.
About Our Policies
Cancellations/Refunds: You may cancel your purchase of a class up to 48 hours before the start time and get a full refund. If you need to cancel within 48 hours of the start time, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to either: 1) receive 50% of the cost as a refund, or 2) apply the total amount to a future class.
About Our Neighborhood
Our beautiful backyard studio is smack in the middle of NE Portland’s Alberta Arts District. It’s a vibrant and very walkable part of town. Parking is free and pretty easy to find, and we’re served by several Tri-Met bus lines. Consider allowing time before or after your art class to check out the nearby shops and galleries, or catch lunch, happy hour, or dinner in one of the many bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. Heck, we’ve got a coffee shop, three bars, and a food truck court ALL WITHIN ONE BLOCK of our place! How convenient is that?