Summer Recap 2018!

Wow! What an incredible summer at Vibe of Portland. Even though school was out there was no shortage of learning, growing, creativity, music making and friendship building.

Here are some of the highlights from summer:

  • East Winds Band Camp was our biggest and best one yet! Thanks to our friends at Mt Hood Community College and the amazing public school band directors, private lesson teaching artists, musicians and Chamber Music NW for making this camp an annual week of awesome! Save the date for East Winds Band Camp 2019 : July 29-Aug. 2nd
  • 3 sold out Pint Size Picasso camps – our littlest artists explored the rainforest, created unique mythical creatures and battled robots!
  • Photography camp had a photoshoot at the Tillikum bridge, created camera obscuras, learned about lighting, focus and how to take an awesome picture! Thank you Posy for another great year of photo camp!
  • Nature camp where kids went on nature art treasure hunts, did garden still life in our studio garden, and had an awesome interactive presentation from Portland Insectarium.
  • POP! Art camp exploring 2D and 3D pop art icons like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Theibaud. Giant sculptures of highlighters and toothpaste and coffee cups – Warhol inspired self portrait print making and so many awesome projects.
  • African Rhythms art & music camp. We had an amazing week combining Ghanaian drumming and culture with a variety of African inspired art projects. The week ended in a final concert of drumming, artists wearing traditional Ghanaian dress and showcasing their artwork. A special thanks to Alex Addy for bringing so much to this camp!
  • World Folk Art – a great camp to follow African Rhythms – a week of celebrating indigenous art forms from around the world. Campers created their own versions of pounded bark painting, Oaxacan sculptures, masks, aboriginal art and more!
  • Weekly illustration and comic classes for middle school students at the studio
  • Capoeira in the Park – on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July thanks to a grant from RACC, Vibe’s Capoeira teachers brought music, dance & movement to students at Ventura park in partnership with Portland Parks & Rec’s summer lunch programs.
  • Music classes in partnership with Multnomah Educational Services District’s Migrant Summer Education programming
  • Summer SUN music classes at Sacramento Elementary in the Park Rose School District!

Amazing! No wonder we’re taking a moment to catch our breath and gear up for fall quarter. Our incredible Vibe teaching artists made summer magic happen and brought so many innovative ideas on how to inspire kids with creativity!

Summer at the Studio!

Summer Camps, Drawing Workshops & Open Studio sessions!

Summer Camps are almost upon us and we have a couple spots left in some of our camps – check out the dates HERE and join us for an amazing week of creativity at the studio!

* New this summer we are offering a couple middle school age camps in photography and costume/fashion design!*

Pint Size Picasso preschool camps start June 4th and run for 3 weeks – so if you’re preschool age artist has finished preschool already and needs a creative outlet to start off the summer- the studio is the place to be. Week 1 is : Explore the Rainforest :: Week 2 is Mythical Creature themed – I think there will be dragon and fairy wings involved! :: Week 3 is Robots

Our preschool camps are amazing in how much art is produced and how focused and amazing our pint sized artists are!

*New this summer – Drawing Workshops for upper elementary and middle school artists!*

We are excited to roll out our expanded Summer Art Class offerings at
VIBE OF PORTLAND !  (* Music + Arts Education )

DRAWING I (BEGINNERS): People, Places & Things 

Mondays, 4pm to 6pm *Ages 10 & UP!  (Teens welcome)

Dates of Workshops : June 4, 11, 18 :: July 9, 16, 22 :: August 6, 13, 20

So you want to learn how to draw !  Learn the fundamentals of Drawing
People, Animals, Mythical Creatures, Landscapes and Buildings .  For
beginning artists, to practice basics of geometry, constructive
drawing, and the beginnings of drawing from the imagination, pictures,
and/ or real life !

DRAWING II (ADVANCED):  Character Design + Visual Storytelling

Tuesdays 4pm to 6 pm *Ages 10 & UP! (Teens & Adults welcome)

Dates of Workshop : June 5, 12, 19 :: July 10, 17, 23 :: August 7, 14, 21

So you’re already drawing people, animals & creatures.  Let’s dive deep into Character Design, Creature Creation, Storytelling & World Building !
Ideal for students interested in Comic Books, Graphic Novels, or to develop skills towards Animation, Game Design, Cartooning or just for Personal Expression and Fun !

After 9 weeks Students will walk away with a full portfolio of their original creations, ideas and / or artwork!
(Flexible Scheduling & Drop-ins avail.)

$40 / drop-in (or $20/ hour for ‘power hour’ students)
$325/ 9 classes (Full Summer, 3 month program)
$240/ 6 class Punch Card (2 months of Classes *flexible scheduling)
$120/ 3 classes ( 1 month, short but sweet! )



Come and be oriented around / just do “Your Thing” in our
*Air-Conditioned*, fully stocked & spacious Art Studio !
Hosts Sarah Eaton & Joe Fortunato will be on hand to show you around, help with art-oriented questions & materials.  * 1 or 2 Still Life examples with be set up each week, to work from.  Or just come in, bring your own materials, and work on Your Artwork !

Rates:  $10 / Open Studio Drop-in Fee*  (*$5 /per every 1.5 hours studio use & cleanup. Come and do one to 2.5 solid hours of open studio use ! )

Dry Materials Fee: $5  (Pencils, Colored Pencils, Charcoal, Markers, Pens & drawing paper)
“Wet” Materials Fee: $10 (Acrylic Paints, Watercolors, Painting Paper, etc.)

Come bring a sketchbook or portfolio & your own materials – or use ours!
We are excited to open our doors to our creative, artistic community.
Come join us for an Open Studio on Tuesdays Nights (starting in June) and stay tuned for announcements of Pints & Palettes nights, to occur throughout the Summertime !

Joseph “Mr. Joe” Fortunato
Art Instructor, Youth & Adult Classes
Cell: 503.867.9640 /

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the studio this summer for a class,event, open house or at our monthly Student Art showcases!