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Winter 2015 Catalog

Winter registration will begin Nov 24th!

MAC Winter 2015 Catalog

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Multnomah Arts Center
Winter 2015

To register,
please drop by the office or call us at (503) 823-2787. You may also register online by going to
Portland Parks & Recreation.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s new online registration system

Portland Parks & Recreation is partnering with ActiveNet to provide you with a new and improved class registration and park reservation system! Your ActiveNet account will offer a fast, secure, and easy way for you to register with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Our registration system will look different online. It will be easier to navigate and search for classes by age, category, time, location, and activity.

Go to Portland and click on Register Online! You will be able to view information about the new system, read the FAQs, and watch how-to videos with information for returning and new customers. Sign in, create your account, and register for Winter classes on Monday, November 24!

*Online registrations will be charged a nominal fee.

Cartooning & Animation

cartoons by Alex Chiu
cartoons by Alex Chiu

Cartooning Ages 5 – 8

Transform your imaginary friends into special characters! Explore different styles and techniques, making figures and drawings develop personalities. Stimulate curiosity while sharpening a sense of line and movement.

1018628 Tu. 3:30 – 4:30 pm Jan. 13 – Feb. 10 $60 [5 classes] Alex Chiu

1018629 Tu. 3:30 – 4:30 pm Feb. 17 – Mar. 17 $48 [ classes] No class Mar. 10 Alex Chiu

Cartooning Ages 9 – 13

1018627 Th. 4 – 5:30 pm Jan. 15 – Mar. 19 $140 [10 classes] Sophie Franz

Animation—Time Based Cartooning

Introduce yourself to the world of time based cartooning! Discover simple techniques and methods to make your own cartoon characters move. Explore fundamentals and techniques such as character design, paper stop motion, claymation, and hand-drawn animation. This is an opportunity for artists of all abilities. Beginners and experienced artists welcome.

Ages 8 – 13

1018616 Tu. 5 – 6:30 pm Jan. 13 – Feb. 10 $100 [5 classes] Alex Chiu

1018617 Tu. 5 – 6:30 pm Feb. 17 – Mar. 17 $80 [4 classes] No class Mar. 10 Alex Chiu

Ages 13 – 17

1018618 Tu. 7 – 8:30 pm Jan. 13 – Feb. 10 $100 [5 classes] Alex Chiu

1018619 Tu. 7 – 8:30 pm Feb. 17 – Mar. 17 $80 [4 classes] No class Mar. 10 Alex Chiu

Doctor Who & the Werewolves of London

Studio Theatre Presents
Doctor Who & the Werewolves of London

Who might you be? I am the doctor.
Doctor who? Precisely!

We invite you to a free performance of Doctor Who & the Werewolves of London, an adventure for all ages. Adapted for the stage by MAC instructors Dawn Panttaja and Timothy Scarrott. Performed and staged by an all-student cast.

See full poster here.

Show Times:
 • Friday, December 12th at 7:00 pm
 • Saturday, December 13th at 7:00 pm
 • Sunday, December 14th at 2:30 pm

The Studio Theatre will return in the winter with Alice’s Adventures Underground. For those who are ages 10 – 16 and are looking for a great stage experience details can be found in our winter catalog.

If you would like to inquire about our theatre program please contact MAC’s Theatre Coordinator Amy Jo McCarville via email.

MAC Gallery December Show

December 8th – 30th, 2014

Suzy Kitman Skipping Stones

Suzy Kitman bio


“By Land, Sea or Sky”

“By Land, Sea or Sky,” an exhibit of paintings by Suzy Kitman, will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning December 8, 2014. The work will include oil pastel and oil paintings from her Oregon Coast Landscapes and Reflected Water Series. An artist reception will be held Friday, December 12, 7-9pm. The exhibit may be seen through December 30.

Reception: Friday, December 12 • 7 to 9 pm

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Literary Arts Winter 2015

Multnomah Arts Center welcomes our latest installation: the Literary Arts Pole. This work of art was a collaboration with artists: Jerry Harris, woodwork; Greg Wilbur, metalwork; Christine Colasurdo, calligraphy; Nicole Rawlins, copper etching; and Tracy Wolf-Paquin, glass. Poet Kim Stafford contributed the inscription. Thanks to everyone, including the Multnomah Arts Center Association, for this wonderful addition to our community. Visit the Literary Arts Pole periodically to be inspired by new works from MAC faculty and students.

Literary Arts Classes for Adults

NEW! Reading & Writing About Portland Ages 18 & Up

You might know Portland’s urbanscape well, but what about the city’s wilder aspects? Be inspired by the city and find wildness all around (and in) you, not just far away in mountains or deserts. Using the book “Wild in the City” (Houck and Cody, 2000) as a starting point, deepen your knowledge of Portland’s geology, history, and natural history. Read poems and prose by local writers and create your own work that is informed by a sharpened sense of place, wildness, and time. Course materials included. All levels.

1019147 Fri. 10 am – 12 pm Jan. 16 – Mar. 6 $136 [8 classes] Christine Colasurdo

Memoir Writing Ages 18 & Up

Anyone can write memoir. We all have stories—young and old, rich and poor, famous and not so. Participants will use prompts and other exercises to trigger and unlock their memories in order to zero in on those moments that are both rich and significant. Draw inspiration and craft secrets from other authors and address and put aside the inner critic, so that you may engage your creative process in a safe and encouraging environment. All levels.

1019148 Tu. 10 am – 12:30 pm Jan. 13 – Mar. 10 $180 [9 classes] Rob Freedman

1020820 Wed. 7 – 9 pm Jan. 14 – Mar. 4 $136 [8 classes] Aaron Raz Link

NEW! Rites of Passage Writing Workshop Ages 16 & Up

Our lives are punctuated by certain transformational moments such as the first day of school, a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, break–up of a first relationship, or the birth of a child. They can be an entire stage of development such as puberty, or as small as a minute when, for whatever reason, your entire perception of yourself, or of the world, shifted. Explore these signposts and see your life as a rich source of creative inspiration. All levels. Poets and prose writers welcome.

1021353 Th. 1 – 3 pm Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 $102 [6 classes] Donna Prinzmetal

Fiction Writing Ages 16 & Up

Do you have a story to tell? Have you dreamt up characters that you want to write more about? Do you want to use your imagination to create fictional worlds? Whether you have great ideas for stories but no idea how to start telling them, or drafts of stories you’ve written that don’t quite feel finished, this workshop is for you. Together, we willll explore how language, character, and narrative structure work in each other’s writing as well as in published works. All levels.

1019152 Mon. 7 – 9 pm Jan. 19 – Mar. 2 $120 [7 classes] Michael Cooper

Writing Our Lives As Story Ages 18 & Up

When writing from personal experience, we think we know our own story. However, it’s only when we’re surprised by our story that writing starts to take on depth and energy. In this workshop, we’ll enter our life through the back door and explore how to create stories we never even knew we needed to tell. All levels.

1019154 Wed. 1 – 3 pm Jan. 14 – Mar. 4 $136 [8 classes] Nancy Linnon

Writing Poetry That Pops Ages 16 & Up

Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision. All levels.

1019150 Mon. 1 – 2:30 pm Jan. 12 – Mar. 9 $98 [7 classes] Christopher Luna

NEW! Writing from Art Ages 16 & Up

From Keats’ 19th century “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” to Don McLean’s 1971 “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” works of art have long fired writers’ imaginations. Explore the art and practice of writing through the non-linear lens of visual art. Read and discuss writing inspired by art, loosen up your creative minds through right-brain writing exercises in response to art on the walls of the Multnomah Arts Center, and engage in simple artwork of your own to use as another portal into the writing process. All class sharing will be optional and supportive. Writers and artists of all levels welcome.

1021491 Sat. 10 am – 3 pm Jan. 17 $46 [1 class] Judith Pulman

Literary Arts Classes for Youth

Creative Writing Workshop Ages 8 – 12

We all have something to say! Learn how to really see—and write about—the world around you. Expect fun collaborative writing and focused free writing during class. Use your senses and draw on your life experiences to find your written voice.

1017031 Tu. 4:15 – 5:30 pm Jan. 27 – Feb. 17 $50 [4 classes] Amy Minato

Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

Thursday & Friday 9am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
December 4th, 5th & 6th

Arts & Crafts Sale

Ceramics \\\ Textiles \\\ Jewelry \\\ Prints \\\ Paintings \\\ & More

Featuring the work of over fifty artists and the support of MACA’s volunteers. Art sales support MAC’s mission to promote arts education on a community level. Come out and find a unique hand made gift that you won’t find anywhere else.

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Mark Mahaffey: Master Printer

Trayle Studio: A Center for Printmaking and Book Arts

Artists in the Studio Series: Mark Mahaffey – Master Printer

Mark Mahaffey

Join MAC Trayle Studio in an engagingevening exploring the art of lithography. Included in the evening are a presentation of prints from Mark’s studio, discussion of lithographic processes, collaborative printmaking, print secrets, and a preview of his upcoming workshop at MAC!

Mark Mahaffey, Co-Owner and Master Printer at Mahaffey Fine Art, LLC

Mahaffey Fine Art LLC, owned and operated by Mark and Rae Mahaffey, is a professional print workshop offering contract services to artists, galleries, and other publishing institutions. Before bringing Mahaffey Fine Arts to Portland, Mark worked at three of the most influential print workshops in the United States: Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, Tyler Graphics Ltd. in New York, and Hand Graphics in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with many important artists, including: Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Dale Chihuly, Sherrie Wolf, Laurie Ross Paul, Helen Fankenthaler and David Hockney.

Artists in the Studio Series is a new MAC program in which prominent artists in the world of printmaking and book arts share their work and expertise.

Friday, December 5th, 6:30pm – 9pm

Location: Trayle Studio (Cottage 6 on the west end of MAC campus)

Free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is highly recommended. Refreshments served.

Send RSVPs to

Winter Music Registration

Susan Brakeall teaches a piano student

Current Students:
Registration for current lesson time slots starts on Thursday November 13th and we will hold those time slots until Tuesday December 2nd at noon.

New Students:
Open registration for lesson time slots for new students starts on Wednesday December 3rd at noon. Some times may open up earlier, so students are advised to be proactive.

To sign up for music lessons or if you have any questions please visit the MAC front office or call 503 823 2787.
Thank you!

MAC Open House 2014

Friday November 7th

Arts Center

Open House


Instructors Show

Opening Reception for the Instructor Show. Enjoy diverse works of art on display, created by the talented teaching artists from MAC. The exhibit includes paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, photography, mixed media and textiles.
MAC Gallery 5-7pm

Little Artists Preschool Open House

Little Artists Preschool Open House. Meet our teachers, explore the classroom, create art and make new friends
Cottages 1 and 2 5-7pm

Village Vaudeville

MAC’s Performing Arts Department presents Village Vaudeville II. Please join MAC faculty, students and community members for this fun evening of variety performance, emceed by Theatre Program Coordinator, Amy Jo McCarville. Song, dance, comedy and family friendly entertainment await you at our celebration of community. Free popcorn!
MAC Auditorium 7-8:15pm

Activities & entertainment for all ages. Free! Open to all!

Lantern in a Day! ~ Metals Workshop

Lantern – in – a – Day

A one day workshop to light up your Fall!

metal lantern

Youth and adult partners will learn to collaboratively design and fabricate a hanging lantern. Use drill bits and a jeweler’s saw to create patterns and images for the light to shine through. Then, join the pieces together with wire using cold connection techniques. An optional soldered component will be demonstrated for those who are comfortable using a torch. Leave with a one-of-a-kind lantern! No prerequisite. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Price includes a $25 studio and materials fee which is non-refundable after class begins.
1014014 Sat. 10 am – 4 pm Oct. 25 $75
- Ages 10 & Up – [1 class] Allie Bentley

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Saturday Life Drawing

I sometimes think there is nothing
so delightful as drawing.
~ Vincent van Gogh

Eduardo Fernadez's Life Drawing

Saturday Life Drawing
Oct 4th thru Dec 6th
- Open for Drop-in *
$12 per session 9:30am to 12:30am

* Special Drop-in Offers for Fall 2014

2 for 1
Bring a friend and get a free session.
- limited to a different friend each time.

Free Sessions with Class Registration
Register for “Art of the Gesture” or “Artistic Anatomy”
and get two free sessions of Life Drawing.

Date Monitor Model/Notes
10/4 Eduardo female – nude
10/11 Nate female – nude
10/18 Eduardo male – nude
10/25 Eduardo female – nude
11/1 Sarah Male – nude
11/8 Chris female – nude
11/15 Nate female – nude
11/22 Chris female – nude
11/29 No Session Thanksgiving Weekend
12/6 Chris female – nude

Work on drawings, paintings and even sculpture. There is no instruction in this offering, however, there will be a monitor calling the poses. Mac’s life drawing class is for students ages 18 and up.

Information provided above is subject to change without notice. For more information, please check with MAC office.
(503) 823-2787.