About the program

WheelHaus Arts Mission Statement:

What is WheelHaus? An area that matches a person’s skills or expertise. Our goal is to create a thriving arts community for kids and adults. This community arts space is where we hold classes and workshops that allow you to learn skills that will expand upon your creative journey. This is a space where we help you discover your own vision by helping you build confidence in your artistic skills. Kids/Teen Classes (K-12 ) Artists Gallery, Studio & Classroom created by David Placencia. WheelHaus Arts connects the next generation of artists to the local art community. Students will have a chance to display their work in various locations during the year. We focus on helping artists find their wheelhouse of artistic expression. We have expanded our program to include three separate K-12 art classes every Saturday. We also offer after school instruction during the weekday. See our calendar for a list of classes.

Adult Classes and Workshops: We’re excited to start building out our calendar for adult classes. Currently we are offering Creative Lunch Lab, Adult Open Studio, Bi-lingual Spanish Studio and Basic Drawing. Join out mailing list to get updates on new classes! Send an email to Wheelhausarts@gmail.com along with information on what you would like to learn. We love hearing from the community and take into consideration your suggestions for future classes.

We have had a multitude of volunteers and instructors in the program who have shown and sold at many events in the past including coffee shops, gallery shows, universities, art competitions and even a painted ten umbrellas for auction. Many of these students have sold artworks with the funds 100% going to that artist.

We are located at 160 E. Broadway- The Historic Quackenbush Building in Downtown Eugene Oregon

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Testimonials:

“I being a grandfather of one of the art students of David’s art class have seen not only a huge improvement in her self-esteem, but also her accomplishments. David has provided an outlet that the school system no longer provides. She comes home excited about practicing what she has learned, and has filled their home with art. I was involved in the umbrella project, what a joy that was. He asked me to participate in the umbrella walk. So much fun! Before David’s class their nothing to my knowledge to compare with. David has also enlisted other exceptional artists to show other techniques to expand their skills. I surely hope that this program can continue only to enlighten the community.”

-Timothy Reed

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I bring my granddaughter to your classes every week because you instruct and demo important art concepts AS you provide opportunity for the kids to do enjoyable little age appropriate art projects designed to drive home the concept.  Of course Ella is only 6 and youngest one in there, and pretty ‘lost’ and checked out a good portion of the time, particularly given her tendency to become completely overwhelmed in groups+ noise, but it’s good for her to attend this class in that regard as well. 
 Though its not particularly evident in the classroom, when we go over the concepts and techniques you’ve taught that Saturday and she finally gets it,  the new concept is integrated into her ‘tool box’.  I have watched her circle back in her artwork to very conscientiously apply some concept she was introduced to in your class.  I just about cried when I saw her scowling at a drawing she was doing one day here and suddenly say” Oh yea! it needs some mid-ground thing,”…” ‘there that’s better”.

I have saved every piece of art she’s done since age 1 1/2. There was a big jump in her abilities shortly after beginning your class.  

You are an excellent teacher David.

-Leslie J.