Guidelines and Policies

If you cancel before June 1, 2019, all but $150.00 will be refunded. After June 1, 2019, refunds depend on The Creative Arts Community's ability to fill your spot, but you can transfer your spot to another person. After July 1, 2019, no refunds are allowed, but you can transfer your spot to another person.

Alcohol and Tobacco
Smoking is restricted to specific areas. Smokers are asked to be very aware of potential fire danger in the windy Columbia Gorge. Discreet consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in opaque mugs only. Students may not drink during class or in the dining room.

Guests are welcome after 4pm and at the presentations, but are not allowed in the studios during class time. There is a meal charge for guests. Lunch is $13.00 per person and dinner is $18.00 per person. Reservations and payment must be made upon your arrival on Sunday. Space is limited. There are no accommodations for overnight guests. The Walkabout after dinner on Friday is a very popular time for guests.

We welcome people of all abilities, but please note, the Creative Arts Community does not have the capacity to help participants that need assistance to get around campus. Due to its rustic nature, independent mobility skills are required to navigate the grounds at Menucha. Contract the registrar if you have concerns about mobility on the Menucha grounds. 


  • Studio workshop hours are 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm plus a short orientation Sunday evening.
  • Instructors are officially off “work” at 4:00 pm and the studios remain open for use 24 hours each day.
  • Cell phones must be on silent during class and calls taken outside of the classroom.
  • Guests are not permitted in the studio during class hours, but everyone is encouraged to visit the other studios during non-instruction time.
  • Students range in age from early twenties to folks in their (70+) and abilities vary from beginners to professional artists.
  • Student class size is typically between 6 and 10.
  • Most campers find that they are free to take artistic risks at Menucha.
  • The environment is very supportive and liberating, often focusing on learning a process with less emphasis on the finished product.

Studio Painting Rules 
Your health matters to Creative Arts Community. We’d like to serve you better and keep you safer by implementing these procedures for painting indoors in an enclosed studio space.

  • Gamsol is the ONLY solvent allowed in the studio.  It is very different from any other thinner, including the odorless thinners of any sort.
  • All containers (other than water) need to be covered during class, and at night.
  • Palettes need to be covered when not in use. Yes, oil paint gives off fumes and odor.
  • In enclosed studio spaces, such as Ballard and the Greenhouse, mediums are offensive and should be avoided. Even Galkyd and Galkyd lite will off gas. Walnut oil (Graham sells a good product), and Gamblin Solvent Free Gels  are good options, covered when not in use.
  •  Students are encouraged to use oil (such as safflower) for  brush cleaning during the painting session. Lanolin soap will be available at designated clean up stations.
  •  Used rags, paper towels need to be placed in a fireproof container at the end of the day.
  • Please be prepared to pack out your used Gamsol, solvent free medium, and oil at the end of the week.
 Please ask your teacher if you need additional supplies such as nitrile gloves, protective masks, lanolin soap or have additional concerns about safety.

Disclaimer of Responsibility 
CAC reserves the right to not accept applications from students with a history of unsatisfactory behavior. By registering for this program the camp member specifically waives any and all claims of action against CAC and its staff for damages, loss, injury, accident, or death due to negligence on the part of any organization or employee providing services included in the Creative Arts Community Workshops.