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541.773.1444        101 N. Central Ave. Medford, Oregon 97501
MON-FRI: 10-6 | SAT: 10-5 | SUN: Closed


When: Saturdays, August 19 & 26, 2023
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Central Art classroom

Fee: $100 / person

Max. capacity: 8 students

*Registration required.

Workshop Description:
Clayboard etching has been around since the mid-1800’s. It started out as a workhorse in the publishing industry and gracefully found its way onto the fine art stage in the mid-1900’s. In this 2 day, 8-hour workshop we will be exploring the art of etching on Clayboard, both white and black.  

In the first 2 hours of the first session, we will dispel some of the myths about Clayboard etching and you will learn what Clayboard etching is, the tools of the art and practice the basic techniques to create fine detail and subtle values and how to add color. In the second part of the first session, we will begin our etching adventure on Ampersand’s white Claybord®. In the second session we will finish up with a project on Ampersand’s black Claybord®. I warn you; this is an addictive medium, and you will wonder why you never tried it before! 




You will need to bring:


- Xacto craft knife with #11 blade.

- Fiberglass Brush

- Higgins Black Magic pen

- Faber Castell Pitt Pen - Black

- Round Paint Brush (Soft Bristle # 6)


The following Tombow Dual Brush Pens:*


990  Light Sand

062  Pale Yellow

985  Chrome Yellow

947  Burnt Umber

899  Redwood

245  Sap Green

192  Asparagus

243  Mint

173  Willow Green

723  Pink

673  Orchid

772  Dusty Rose

N15  Black


** If you have other pens you’d like to use that is fine, just try to bring colors that are similar to those listed. You can see Tombow’s color charts on their website.


I will provide (per student):


- 1 Ampersand White Claybord®

- 1 Ampersand Black Claybord®

- 1 Fiberglass Brush - Extra Thin

- Extra sample boards of each

- Ampersand Inks

- Reference Photos

- Line Art

- Transfer paper


** I will also bring a few other tools for you to sample.
Skill Details:
All Skill Levels
Instructor Name:
Lara Strazdas
Instructor Bio:
Lara Strazdas is a wildlife/nature conservation artist, pet portrait artist and art instructor. A native Oregonian, she lives in the lovely historic town of Jacksonville in the house she grew up in, with her husband of 22 years and their dog Jaz.

Her greatest passions in life have always been animals and art. She combines these two passions to create life-like wildlife and pet portraits. Her style is realism, but each work of art is done in her unique style and with a passion and knowledge of her subjects. She works in several mediums on a variety of surfaces.

Lara is self-taught; learning animal anatomy through her education, she has spent much of her life observing wildlife and having pets her entire life. She went to university with the intent to become a veterinarian specializing in wildlife care. Her studies included several courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, ecology, and zoology. She has over 20 years of hands-on experience working for veterinarians, on ranches, the Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as wildlife rehab centers and animal parks.

Lara strives to promote conservation awareness with her art and hopes to inspire others to see and feel the connection between all species and the awareness that we don?t just live on our planet, we live with our planet. She supports several wildlife and conservation organizations and projects, both local and abroad.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge of animals and the art techniques she has learned over the years, hoping to help encourage the creative spark in others who want to learn how to improve their skills, learn a new medium, or just need an excuse to find time in their life to create.


$ 100.00
2 Sessions