Excessive Heat Plan

The Artingales classroom is in a large cool basement.

  • We will stay in for lunch all four days and the door will remain shut
  • The building has AC and we have a fan
  • There are popsicles in the freezer upstairs
  • There is plenty of access to water, bottled and from sink
  • For those who need to get out the wiggles, the basement has long open area and we will play physical game if needed.
  • Plan to just pull through to back deck for pick up, we will be upstairs looking out the window at exactly 2:30pm, and your child will only be sent once we see your car. Text 503-929-4088 if you need to alert me to a pickup person / car that is unfamiliar to child or you are running late.
  • There is a shop dog upstairs, please let me know if your child has a fear of dogs so we can close him in before going up.
  • Artingales is located behind 2032 Pacific, accessed from lot at Ash street. Link is a YouTube short of driving from Pacific. This is the Google Map.

Past Newsletters

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Art Opportunity

 2023 Commemorative Ceramic Stein – Art Contest

Winner receives $100 cash and a 2023 commemorative stein

If your art is selected to be placed on the ceramic stein it will wrap around the stein along with the header and footer. See last years stein displayed below. 


  • Artist: Any age but must be a resident of Forest Grove, Gaston, Gales Creek, Banks, or North Plains and their communities within. Applicant must be the artist. 
  • Medium Options: Paint, charcoal, pencil, ink, chalk, photography, digitial or combination of aformentioned. Must be art which can be photographed/scanned into a digital format and still maintain its clarity. (ie: no shadows, clear etc) 
  • Theme: Must represent Forest Grove or immediately adjacent countryside. Not meant to showcase any particular business for benefit of the business. 
  • Size and attributes: Art must be of a 20:7 ratio. (example: if a sketch was 20 in wide it should be 7 in tall. If digital art is 2000px wide it should be 700px tall or of that ratio. The higher the resolution the better.) 
  • Other: Must be digitized and sent via email as a high-resolution png or jpeg along with the application. Please include an explanation, description or short story of your art (fifty words or less) on the application below as requested. 
  • Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023 by 5pm. Submit to Voting will be performed by the Oktoberfest Committee and/or their delegates and annouced on or around July 8, 2023. 

Selected art may be modified to be single color, outline or other adjustments to work with the stein printing format. 

Though there will be a winner, it is possible no art is selected for the stein by the committee. For event details, apply for the contest or anything Oktoberfest visit the website Questions email: 

Download this PDF for the entry form, page 2.


Summer Options

Continuing students have summer options for art. From single classes to summer camps, and you don’t need to register if your child took a class in 2023. Simply text April at 503-929-4088 with your choice(s) and she’ll register for you. All camps at Artingales’ downtown location.

Afternoon Art Breaks

Singles, Multiples, and Mix & Match okay, use credits or $18 each (Ages 5+)

  • Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm (July 18, Aug 1, Aug 22, Aug 29)
  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm (June 21, July 19, Aug 2, Aug 23, Aug 30)
  • Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm (July 6, July 20, Aug 24, Aug 31)

Youth Art Evenings

Pick one and stick to it for the best group and project continuity, use credits or $18 each (Ages 8+)

  • Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm (Quieter more composed group with naive attitudes)
  • Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm (Robust group with adolescent attitudes and spirited conversations)

Art Camp Options:

Flora, Fauna & Funga Themed

You’re locked into the lowest possible price as a 2023 return customer regardless of when you reserve, space availability not guaranteed if already full.

Mini – Camp

Mon July 03, 2023 – Wed July 05, 2023
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ages (5+)

Summer Camp 1

Mon July 10, 2023 – Thu July 13, 2023
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ages (8+)

Summer Camp 2

Mon July 24, 2023 – Thu July 27, 2023
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ages (8+)

Polymer Clay Camp

Mon Aug 07, 2023 – Wed Aug 09, 2023
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ages (7-17)

Summer Camp 3

Mon Aug 14, 2023 – Thu Aug 17, 2023
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ages (8+)

If we have low or no enrollment in one of the above camps, it may be converted into an ADULT class for people with autism or Down’s.


Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Come make a Valentine!

Join Artingales and participating downtown businesses for Sip, Shop, & Stroll – Saturday, Feb 11th, 1:00-5:00PM.

Up to 10 kids may stay ONE HOUR to create while you shop. As space allows, first come first served. Adult must be prepared to provide emergency contact information and return in one hour to avoid any charges. Last drop-off 3:45PM.

Around back and down the ramp, 2032 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116


Project samples

Here are some of the projects we might do during Art Kids. We always remain flexible in case supplies are delayed or students have already done the exact project in another Artingales class/camp. When a majority of the students are continuing, projects won’t be repeated at the same location within the same school year. However, the same medium may be used in another project. In the rare chance a student enrolls later that has done the project and the lesson plans are set, they will be encouraged to push it further, or do their own variation with the medium.


We cycle through various drawing projects to teach skills in drawing what we see with shading, abstractions that focus on line and color, and free drawing from the imagination. Drawing projects might be still life, self portrait, emulating another artist, or doing style like surrealism. We use pastel, graphite, charcoal, markers, and colored pencils.


We only use acrylic or watercolor, and on rare occasions, tempera for painting since oil based paints aren’t as safe and solvents are problematic. Focus is usually on composition & color mixing, and we may paint on more than just canvas. Kids have some of the most fun doing magical messy acrylic pour.

3D – Sculpture, Assemblage, Bookmaking

We use various types of clay depending on the location, some might include Model Magic, Sculpey, kiln fired clay, and non-hardening modeling clay. Generally these projects focus on seeing all points of view and building objects that are structurally sound. However, one favorite is using Model Magic to learn color mixing. We start with primaries and mix through tertiary in our Takashi Murakami inspired daisies. A new project in 2022 introduces students to artist Yayoi Kusama, and incorporates her famous polka dots and infinity mirror concepts. We also make books and mixed media projects.


In schools we focus on portable types of printmaking that are done by hand instead of on a press. Depending on dexterity and maturity, these might include linocut carvings, nature printing or stencil printing on gel plates, or abstract paper textures, all resulting in monotypes. Sometimes we incorporate our prints into a book.

Printmaking on the flatbed press

(Only available at Artingales location, not in schools) Depending on the dexterity and maturity of students, we may do either pochoir, linocut/woodcut, or monotypes on the large press. Some techniques can result in an edition of prints, others in one of a kind monotypes. Coming in late 2022, we will collaborate with our upstairs neighbor to incorporate letter press into our projects too!

The art of craft

Sometimes we do what others consider craft, which is making a real comeback in the art world. There are too many to name, but here are a few images of what April considers craft projects.


Firing Delayed

We’re still waiting on several of our projects to be fired, consider this just an update in case you were wondering. Also, April will be in the gallery on Wednesday to start bagging up the summer stuff and other projects that are done. Stay tuned for a text alerting when pick up is ready.

Announcements Clay

Let’s identify the creators

More projects went through the 2nd kiln firing and not all initials are identifiable. Sometimes the colorant washes away markings, so could you please have your child look at these from August camp & class and get back to me?

Thank you. Once you send confirmation I can get them bagged up and ready for pick up. Don’t worry if they’re not sure, we’ll do process of elimination if we need.

Can your child identify theirs?

Another pick up batch ready!

New deadline, October 15th

We have a new place for picking up clay, yay! Now you will find readied projects in the white bookcases at the back of the gallery classroom. (see pics)

Please be extra careful removing your child’s work, the sacks may be unbalanced, and behind other kids’ projects that may tip. Ceramics and pottery are breakable, of course.

Gallery hours are Wed – Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and sometimes later on first Wednesdays during market season. ***IMPORTANT: CLOSING FOR AUCTION. CLOSED FRIDAY 10/7 starting at 3PM, CLOSED ALL DAY SATURDAY 10/8. (unless you’re attending the auction) We will be open late on Wednesday Oct 5th for Sesquicentennial market.

This is back by the gallery restroom.
Find your child’s name, or their last name.

Also look at the shelf of loose items, I couldn’t identify these!

Items with illegible or missing initials will be loose on a lower shelf. Your child may identify theirs if they’re with you for picking up projects, or tell you which ones from posted images.

Announcements Clay

Clay update

Clay project announcements are delayed due to illness and losing shelf space after HVAC installation. April is working on space in the gallery classroom area and will email you, plus post updates here.

Announcements Clay

July 11th Clay a Go!

We have minimum enrollment for Monday July 11th class, approved students will meet. Unsure of registration/enrollment status? Email or text April.


Classes resume soon

Many of you are regulars and already know. If not, Artingales classes will resume Thursday July 7th. See individual class listings for a detailed schedule, or email April. Another break in the schedule will begin August 18 as April is having surgery.

Announcements Clay

Clay ready for pick up

These are from Spring 2022 and Summer 2021. Does your kid recognize theirs? Notify which and April will get it ready and labeled.

Deadline extended to Sept 23 since studio upgrades eliminated pick up shelves. After Aug 22 these can be picked up Wed – Sat, 11am-5:30pm from the gallery classroom back wall, under the cabinets. Look for child’s name.


Clay Pick up Policy

New Project Pick Up Policy – Valley Art no longer has space to store clay items long-term, here’s the new deadline for pickup policy.

21 days after email notice of clay projects being ready for pick up, pieces will be destroyed or donated to Valley Art education scholarship fundraising. After any clay class, it usually takes 2-3 weeks to go through both required firings before notices will go out. To mitigate the email delivery issues, I’ll also start posting clay pick up to this “blog” on the Artingales site when they’re ready. Ongoing students will not have this limitation since they are actively attending class and picking up projects on class days. Thank you for understanding.