Professional Development Workshops

Tualatin Valley Creates offers professional development workshops for artists and arts organizations to expand their skills and knowledge.

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Workshops hosted by TVC are $20, but additional donations are welcome. Click here to donate.

Upcoming Workshops

How to Photograph Your Work

March 7, 2024, 5:00-6:30pm,
Grey Raven Gallery, 12695 SW Crescent #150, Beaverton OR 97005

Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) offers workshops as a way for artists/creatives to connect while learning about important and interesting topics. This March 2024, TVC is teaming up with David Leonnig, Photographer and Digital Storyteller from Grey Raven Gallery. A special thanks to Grey Raven Gallery for offering the gallery space and sponsoring this event.

Seminar Overview:

By working with our available materials and often just a cell phone camera, we can create stellar photos that will position our art and enhance the elements we most want collectors to see. Capturing images with just your camera phone allows you to create amazing promotional images of your artwork, jewelry, ceramics, or other creations. The most dramatic changes in small business promotion have come since the cell phone became a sophisticated camera. But it still takes some knowledge to get good photos. While you have all of this horsepower in your hands and at your fingertips, it still comes down to three basic things: Lighting, Exposure, and Composition. We’ll set up three different demos to cover most of the basics of lighting and image capture basics you will need.

Today the camera on your phone takes images well beyond anything we could have dreamed of just a little over two decades ago. So now that you have all of this horsepower in your hands and at your fingertips, how do you use it? It still comes down to three basic things: 1) Lighting 2) Exposure 3) Composition Focus should be on this list, except that the cameras today, with their incredible sensors and Artificial Intelligence enhancements, do a lot for us. So, the real magic is in controlling what we should control, and letting the cameras do the rest.

David Leonnig received his MFA in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas – but not for photography. His experience does include more than 40 years of producing print advertising, brochures, website images and both analog and digital video. He was the Digital Content Manager on the startup team for, and his understanding of imagery includes the first high resolution images captured to digital for two 600 page catalogs for a RadioShack startup called TechAmerica. His digital imaging experience also includes working on the initial marketing team for the Academy-Award-winning Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology at Texas Instruments.

$20.00 Registration Fee
Financial assistance available upon request, please reach out to for further information. 


Do you have a skills or experience in the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Humanities fields you would like to to share? TVC is always looking to expand their educator network. If you are interested in teaching a workshop with TVC email Jayne Dahl, Programs Manager, at for more information.

Past Workshops

Click the drop-down for each workshop to access recordings for select webinars.

Ways to Market Your Art

TVC staff members Raziah Roushan and Katie Devlin Chae will review ways for artists to refine their  brand approach and by develope a holistic social marketing approach.

Creative Business Basics

TVC presents Attorney Ryan Mauck, Principal with Aspect Law Group and Board member of the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. This workshop will cover contract law, tips how on to navigate contracts in creative partnerships and business as well how to protect yourself and your work/product. 

Grant funding can open doors, but it can also open a can of worms. Learn how to maximize your grant-seeking efforts and build a strategy to grow your practice and programs with grants. This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of planning, writing, and managing grants through an interactive presentation and discussion. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about grant writing.

About the Presenter: Cindy Dauer has been a journalist, educator, and nonprofit leader. She’s helped win and manage grants from $500 to $4.5 million over the last 10 years. She currently works in Communications for the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

In this workshop, TVC Executive Director and Professional Artist with over 20 years experience, Raziah Roushan will present a workshop on “How to Price Your Work and Services”.

This workshop was led by Shelby Silver, a multidisciplinary ecological artist, educator and cold-water diver. Shelby’s work is largely centralized around marine conservation and ecological restoration through the removal of plastic marine debris from our oceans and uses these materials in her artwork. In this workshop, attendees learn about creative conservation, non-judgmental practices, and open-hearted mindfulness.

This workshop was led by Bryan Welsh. Through this program, attendees learned how to develop tools needed in recovering from setbacks while connecting to their true north and call more instinctively.

In this two-hour workshop, attendees learned the ins and outs from experienced muralists- best practices like wall prep, how much paint to purchase/plan for, how to involve community members, and how to get approval for your mural project from local agencies or business districts.

Workshop attendees learned tips on how to get work noticed in a gallery. Presenters Kristin Solomon the Director of Blackfish Gallery and Emily Miller a practicing artist discussed how to best exhibit work, market yourself on social media, crafting a strong artist statement, and more in this two-hour workshop.

In this 2-hour workshop, high school students explored creative industry internship opportunities, shared their college and career focus, and discussed how to find and apply for summer internships. Guest speakers for this workshop were Heather Ferrin-Myers, the Director of School to Career for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Harvey Cumez-Chali, Business Outreach Coordinator for Hillsboro Downtown Partnerships and TS McCormick, professional actor, musician and educator with Bag and Baggage Productions in Hillsboro.

In this 2-hour workshop, Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant Jenna Goldin covered topics such as: business structure, self-employment taxes, income and expense categories, record keeping, quarterly taxes, and more. Jenna also discussed CAREs Act funding including: tax changes, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

In this free workshop, participants learned about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

Representatives from Oregon Children’s Theatre and the Arts Council of Lake Oswego talked about their creative approaches to fundraising. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Mark McCrary, a seasoned nonprofit professional, discussed how to find the right fiscal sponsor for your project or organization. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy representatives Allison Baker and Steven Pederson discussed how the arts influence and inspire social and political movements. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

Representatives from Awesome Portland, Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts and RACC hosted a free panel discussion providing information about grant opportunities and grant writing tips for individual artists in Washington County.

In this free workshop, we discussed how art helps us during difficult times for comfort. This workshop was part of the Creative Impact Series organized in partnership with the Beaverton Arts Program and Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division.

In this free 2-hour workshop, we delved into the age-old question, “how do you make a living as an artist?” We brought together college counselors, art directors, professional artists, and art administrators to talk about what it really means to work in the creative sector and steps to take toward shaping the career you want. Our panel of creative professionals included Danielle Gurley, Andre Middleton, Christine Miller, and Leah Payne.

In this 2-hour workshop, co-presented with Portland Opera, we explored how to cut through the noise and meaningfully engage your audience. Through real-world examples and interactive portions, participants learned how to develop and implement a content strategy.

Parents and their children joined us for an interactive webinar with Mary Andrus, Art Therapy Program Director at Lewis and Clark College, and Portland-based art therapist Jolie Guillebeau. The speakers led participants through a calming art-based activity and discussed how creativity helps children (and the child in all of us) process challenging situations. 

The pandemic has resulted in many organizations facing or expecting to face budget deficits. This workshop, co-hosted with the Westside Transportation Alliance, covered strategies that can help with planning for deficits, including ideas that can help focus messages and activities, identify in-kind opportunities to reduce costs, and find allies to support your work.

Watch the Recording on YouTube.

This engaging workshop taught participants about the power of broadcast media for local community arts efforts. Participants learned how to get station representatives to reply to press releases and announcements and how to be an effective communicator for live broadcast media.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

This webinar, led by capital campaign managers from Beaverton Art Foundation’s Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, challenged attendees to think inventively about how to expand donor pools and how to message solicitations for individual contributions. It also identified  tell-tale signs of donor burnout and how to avoid them.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

This free webinar covered adjusting your budget given any lost revenue due to cancelled programming and how to manage increased individual giving.

This free webinar provided best practices for writing a proposal and/or application for COVID-19 relief funding opportunities.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

What to charge for your art can be a very difficult decision. This interactive workshop covered how to set fair pricing and how to motivate customers to purchase your work.

Participants heard FACT Oregon share how to incorporate inclusive practices. Oregon Children’s Theatre and Disability Arts and Culture Project shared how they welcome people with disabilities. 

In this free workshop for teens, TVC brought together college counselors, art directors, professional artists, and art administrators to talk about what it really means to work in the creative sector and provide resources for summer internships.

TVC hosted a 1-day workshop in partnership with The Lussier Center focused on effectively defining best practices for board engagement.

In this free workshop, participants learned about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

Tualatin Valley Creates partnered with QuickBooks® Made Easy™ to offer a 3-day webinar series for Washington County service providers, artists, non-profit organizations and residents.

Good photos of your artwork make your website and applications to shows shine. Photographer Rick Paulson provided a two-hour guided tour on best practices for photographing artwork. 

Participants received free access to a variety of services including accounting, financial and legal advice, translation services, photography and video tips, and more. They left with a professional headshot, 30-second elevator speech video, professional advice on pressing needs, and the confidence to go forth and make more art.

Representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Miller Foundation, and Precipice Fund participated in a free panel discussion to share their knowledge about local grant opportunities for arts and culture programming in Washington County.

A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Best Grant Proposal

In this hands-on workshop, Gigi Rosenberg demonstrated how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist a team to help craft a proposal, follow-up with a funder and create a budget to make your application irresistible.

Research Resources for the Creative Industry

You may have compelling anecdotes that illustrate the impact of your work, but do you have the data to back it up? Participants in this interactive discovered how to infuse data into grant writing, appeal letters and more to show the value and necessity of their work.

Moving from Invitation to Engagement

We all start from a place of wanting to share our creative work with a broader audience, but does inviting diverse audiences truly make everyone feel welcome?  In this session participants heard first-hand accounts of what has made people of color and marginalized groups feel truly welcome or unwelcome at arts events.