Class Descriptions/Schedule


Upcoming Classes

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SCHEDULED CLASSES OTHER THAN OPEN STUDIO HELD TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM 1-5 PM.  Please rsvp your attendance. Open Studio is currently held outside and social distancing and use of sanitizers and masks are required.  Indoor classes (requested by students) are limited to three people and require masks.

Most of my classes are initiated by participants.  Call me or send an email letting me know what you’d like to do and when and I’ll schedule it for you: 503-866-0180.

What do you want to learn to do? Is there a type of art you’d like to explore?

There are several ways to take classes at Denny’s Workshop:

  1. Come to Open Studio and work on projects.
  2. Call or email Denny and tell her what you’d like to learn to do.  You’ll schedule a class at a time that works for you.  You can take the class individually, invite friends to join you, or Denny can open the class up to the public.

Descriptions for  a number of workshop classes (taught by Denny) appear below.  Denny offers far more than what is listed below.  Tell her what you want to explore and if she knows how to do it, she’ll schedule a class.  If she doesn’t know how but wants to learn how, you can schedule a class to explore it together.   She teaches kids, adults, families, and seniors.  She offers birthday parties, scout activities, art and wine for friends, retreats and more.

Denny is always looking for people who would like to teach classes she doesn’t teach.  For more information on teaching a class in the workshop, contact Denny at


Open Studio


Open Studio Days are an opportunity to come in and work independently on your own personal project.  You have access to all of Denny’s mosaic and glass tools, stamps, stencils, gelli pads, Cricut machine, glass grinder, mat cutter and more.  Work at the shop and make the mess here and not at home.  Free time, space, use of equipment.  If you are using work shop materials (paper, paint, inks, etc) please make a donation to cover cost of materials.

Alcohol Ink 1 

Explore the world of alcohol inks.  It’s a new way of painting, stenciling, and more.  Learn the basics in one of these two identical classes.  Experiment with Yupo paper (synthetic or plastic paper), watercolor paper, and Terraskin (paper made from rock) and more.  This is a “no fail” class.  Make a “mistake”?  Add another layer or remove the ink that is there.  Create landscapes, flower gardens, and abstracts.  Doodle on the finished art — or not.  It’s fast and it’s fun.  Make greeting cards, framed art pieces, journal pages, backgrounds and much more.

Alcohol Ink 2 

This is the second class in the series of exploring alcohol ink.  You’ll take alcohol ink to the next step as you stencil on ceramic tiles, add a stamp and emboss it to make tiles or drink coasters.  Find out what alcohol ink does on silk…  Come and play!

Exploration: Clay Hand-building

Regardless of your experience level, come play with clay.   Build a masterpiece, pound out your frustrations, create a mask, use texture tools.  Fire and glaze.

African Fabric Earrings

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Using fabric stiffener and remnants of African and Dutch was prints along with various jewelry findings, we design African themed earrings.  Bring your imagination and any African beads you have.

Credit Card Mosaics


This picture is just a small example of mosaic work that can be done using plastic credit cards, gift cards, room keys, etc. Mari Cardinal Walker is the master of this technique.  (The piece below was done by Mari Cardinal Walker.)  Come experiment with a mixture of acrylic paints, glue, and cards.


Accordion Framed Book


In this class you will build a book form using a variety of book binding materials including tyvek, watercolor cover paper, polymer clay,  copper sheeting, and more.  This is an accordion book with a small niche or two to highlight a charm, a bead, or a word.

Canvas Books

Come prepared to get your hands dirty! Building this highly textured canvas book includes layers of canvas, gesso, stenciling, various textures, lace, fabric, and ephemera.  The three signatures are sewn into this durable and deeply satisfying book.

Beach Retreats

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There’s nothing better than going to the beach for a few days.  Relax; walk on the sand; collect sand dollars and other shells, driftwood, and rocks; laugh; and do art.  We may paint on shells or create board books of our experiences.  Or we can play with new materials or scrapbook.  Regardless, it’s a treat!   (Note: Retreats are usually relatively small groups, that stay at various WorldMark Condos, eat some meals in and others out.  Retreats can also be requested or designed by participants.)

Paste Resist Papers


Paste paper is one of the oldest decorated papers used by bookbinders, and can be found in books that are centuries old. Going back hundreds of years (and continuing today), sometimes bookbinders would use up their leftover bookbinding paste by throwing some pigment into the paste and brushing it out on some paper to make decorative papers to then use in bookbinding. They would then make strokes or stipple patterns with a brush in the paste, or use a tools to draw or comb designs in the paper and let it dry. One of the distinctive qualities of paste paper is the rich 3-dimensional patterns and designs. This is achieved because when the paste is first applied to the paper and a pattern made in the paste, it is thick, with peaks and valleys. As the paper dries, the paste is sucked flat into the paper, leaving a 3-dimensional pattern on a 2-dimensional surface. Read the rest of this blog at 

This class explores a variety of paste paper techniques to create textures.  Create textures for greeting cards, book covers, mixed media projects and more.  A second day can be added work with resist techniques.

Day of the Dead Niche


Create your own personalized Day of the Dead niche, diorama, or shadow box using charms, beads, polymer clay, matchboxes, tins, stamps and more.

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican Holiday celebrated November 2nd. It is a happy event; a celebration of life and all it entails – full circle. Traditionally, these altars are made for those who have passed, often decorated with pictures of the person, flowers, offerings and some of their favorite objects.

Garden Stone Mosaics 

Using large rocks, glass, gems, beads, and your imagination make small  mosaic features to grace your garden or use as a door stop.


Pysanka is a hand decorated Ukrainian Easter egg using a stylus in a wax resist and dye process.  Note: Many Eastern European cultures claim this art style.  We use both traditional symbols and patterns and contemporary free-hand ideas to decorate eggs.  After the wax/dye process, the eggs are heated in an oven until the wax is soft enough to drip or wipe off.  My collection dates back more than ten years when a neighbor introduced our family to this art at their annual pysanka party!

Gelli Printing 

If you haven’t tried Gelli plate printing yet, it’s past time!  It’s a fun way to make prints of all sorts to use in journals or scrapbooks, frame, use as wrapping paper, make greeting cards, and more.  Another “no fail” art.  Use a brayer with colors; add a stencil, a mask, or a stamp; use a texture tool; take a print… and then another.  Print on prints.  Wear an apron!


Create a mini-book from tags to express your heart for your significant other, child, parent, or BFF.  Give a one of a kind gift/card.  You’ll tape, paint, stencil, and then add your words or those of a favorite poet.

Marbling Paper 

This class is an introduction to the art of marbling papers.  You will learn the basic process and try your hand at creating fun patterns on different kinds of paper.  It’s a fun afternoon!

Shibori Dyeing 


Learn the basic shibori technique of the accordion fold for a contemporary result. You will leave with two indigo and white silk scarves you’ve made yourself following the ancient technique.  This is tie-dying for adults!

Stamp Carving and Block Printing


This is a beginner’s class on learning to carve your own stamps and then  take prints from them.  Leave with at least two stamps you’ve carved and prints of both!



Every Tuesday evening  is focused on Journaling from 7 to 9 pm.  We began by exploring Julie Balzer’s Junque Journal methods and continue to explore other methods.    As we experiment with different techniques of art journaling, we will use gelli pads, stencils, layering, collage, paints, memorabilia and more.  This class also includes bookmaking/binding.

Card and Tag Making


Create specialty cards and tags for Christmas, birthdays, and other occasions.



Mosaic the image of your choice using tiny bits of paper.  Add jewelry, found objects and more to turn it to a mixed-media mosaic.

Resin Jewelry

Create your own personal jewelry for self or gifts for others incorporating vintage jewelry, gemstones, collage items, photographs, meaningful words, gears and charms, mica, resin and more!

Beginning Tile or Glass Mosaic 



Beginning Mosaics introduces beginners to the basics of mosaic making: the variety of materials and adhesives, design and composition, the cutting and laying out of tile, and the grouting process. Supplies such as glass tile, ceramic tile, sheet glass, and china are available for students to explore and incorporate in their work, and all the necessary tools, adhesives, and materials are provided. No prior art experience is necessary.   Note: Students will need to return at a later date to grout their piece or do it on their own at home.

Beginning Glass on Glass Mosaic


Beginning Glass on Glass Mosaics focuses on the art of glass mosaics using glass, glass scraps, and other tesserae (small pieces used in mosaics). Using a frame piece of glass as a blank canvas, students will create their own beautiful mosaic design. Students will learn basics of mosaic design, glass cutting, layout and grouting. Note: The piece above used resin to “grout” the design.  Students will learn the difference between traditional grouting and the use of resin.

Polymer Clay Mosaic


In this class, you will create a mixed media mosaic art panel using a variety of media including glass tiles, polymer clay tiles, jewelry, and beads. You will create your own tiles with polymer clay using a variety of techniques including stamping, painting or applying micas, and gold leafing. You’ll also learn how to embellish glass tiles and mosaic with beads. You’ll combine all three mixed media materials—glass, clay and beads—into an abstract mosaic that is not grouted. This class is open to students at all levels.  You may choose to bring favorite stamps and any polymer clay tools you have.  Clay, jewelry, and all other materials will be supplied.  Studio will have an assortment of stamps for class use.

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Come alone or gather some friends.  Work on your scrapbook.  Use my embossing folders, stencils, stamps, and more.  I’ll clean up the mess afterwards!  Limited amount of paper and ephemera free with class.  Additional products available for purchase.



Come relax and color with old or new friends.  Pens, pencils, paints available for use.  Coloring books available for purchase.  FREE.

Lavender Resin Jewelry Class


Embed blooming lavender into resin to make a necklace.  Lavender and other ephemera will be available.  Or bring your own tiny pieces (or photo) to add to a necklace.   Drop in any time, takes about an hour.  Pieces will be available for pick up the next day or can be mailed out.

Happy Mail


Bring color, art, joy/laughter/humor into someone’s life by using an envelope created at this workshop.  Learn different techniques.  Walk away with a dozen “happy” envelopes and templates to make more at home…

Arts, Crafts and Kids 


Each session will include two or more activities — clay play (building, glazing, and firing included), study famous artists and try their techniques, paper marbling, dyeing, collage, drawing and more…

Artist Trading Cards 

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Explore the world of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).  These playing card-sized art pieces are designed to be swapped or given to others — or saved in your own collection.  Use collage, mosaicing, art, doodling, and more!  Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Art Journaling 


Experiment with different techniques of art journaling.  We will use gelli pads, stencils, layering, collage, and more.



This class may be taken individually or as a series .  You will come away with a new blank book each week.  The first book we will make is the star.  (Note: Bookmaking is different than bookbinding.)

Glass Fusing 1


Come explore the process of glass fusing.  This is an introductory class for people who are new to glass fusing and working with glass.  We will cover the process, vocabulary, practice cutting glass and then creating simple pieces that can be used for jewelry or in mosaics. Note: firing will not be done during class.  Students will need to return to pick up their completed projects approximately one week later.  Class size: 4 students max.  This is a special class.  Please contact Denny for further information.

Miniature Gardens 

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Create a miniature garden for inside or outside. Variety of vessels available.  Choose two plants and three figurines.  “Landscaping” materials provided.  If you have special items you’d like to include, bring them along.