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Understanding Skies and Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel
February 24-26, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — Improve your landscape painting and join Michael Story for this 3-day workshop as you use the sky as a dramatic design element in your painting's composition. Observe and learn to interpret various skies and cloud formations and how they reflect in water. You will also apply different painting techniques in oil or pastel to capture depth, movement and mood in your work. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michael Story, www.michaelstory.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Translucent Subject & Solvent-Free Oil Painting with Melissa Weinman
February 25-26, 2017 — Fruit, flowers, and glass are beautiful subjects because they glow. It is their illusive translucent nature that allows them to transmit light and color, but also makes them such challenging subjects. In this two-day workshop we’ll learn and practice the mechanics of translucence, and how it varies from painting opaque and transparent subjects. We accomplish this by painting small studies while developing a still life painting. I’ll also coach you through compositional strategies and demonstrate oil painting techniques with both brush and palette knife. Additionally, you’ll learn to oil paint without toxic fumes from petroleum distillates. Please do not bring solvents like turpentine or odorless mineral spirits to class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Melissa Weinman
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $260
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Still Life Painting
March 2-4, 2017 — David Gray, will come to teach his remarkable oil painting technique on Whidbey Island. This class will really benefit students who have a firm grasp of drawing and oil painting basics, and who wish to take their Still Life painting techniques to the next level. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray
Sponsor: WIFAS
Cost: $660
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 206-571-0442

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Gouache Portraits
March 5 & 12, 2017 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — Using colored pencils, learn how to mix and observe color relationships as you work from the live model. This is a great way to learn and practice the vocabulary of color using a clean, portable medium, and is excellent for those wanting to move from drawing into painting. It is also an effective foundational refresher for those who have been painting already but want a more structured approach to thinking about color. We will discuss practical color-theory, using limited palettes of color pencils in order to see color in terms of relationships. We will use a specific vocabulary of value, temperature and intensity to deconstruct the model into observable relationships, and predictably and accurately mix the colors we see. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Sarah Bixler, www.sarahbixler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $250 + Model Fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Portrait Drawing with Pencil and Water Soluble Graphite
March 17-19, 2017 — In this 3 day workshop, students create a single portrait drawing from the live model in tandem with the instructor. At each major stage of the drawing process, there is a demonstration and lecture to map out the next step forward. The first day students learn to work with water soluble graphite, and we will establish our portrait design through thumbnail/value studies. The second day we begin the portrait block-in based on our design, and then begin massing in key tonal areas with water soluble graphite. On the third day, we'll focus on rendering the half-tones and lights of our portrait. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Tenaya Sims, www.tenayasims.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $350
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Advanced Level

Exploring Your Landscape Painting Skills in the Studio
March 23-26, 2017 — This plein air workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters working in oils, pastels and acrylics. Marc works in all three mediums on location and in the studio, and is happy to instruct artists in any of the three. Marc works with each individual student at their own level, and spends a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. He also demos everything that he asks you to do. You’ll leave the workshop having spent the time studying the basic elements of painting... Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design... with one other element, possibly the most important one of all... Concept... being explored and discussed at length. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Marc Hanson, www.marchansonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Exploring Composition through Shape and Notan
March 25-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Every composition is fundamentally an arrangement of abstract shapes. To truly “compose” and take command of those shapes, we must first be able to identify them. The notan is a unique type of study that allows us to identify the underlying energies of a composition through the arrangement of dark and light patterns. “Notan” is a Japanese word that means “light-dark harmony.” The notan study uses an extremely limited set of tones — in its most strict form, black and white; and in its more liberal form, black white, and a mid-tone. This flat and abstract design notation is uniquely suited for expressing a composition in its irreducible shape terms. Learn to make better choices and bring greater power to your compositions. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Closeup Photography "Boot Camp"
March 31 - April 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Some call it “macro” but I like to call it close up photography. Finding and learning to see the small world around is always an interesting and provocative experience. You will be surprised how many lenses can be used at high focal lengths to create great images. If you have a macro lens by all means bring it, but you can make great images with other lenses as well. Many of the techniques used are those we commonly rely on in landscape photography, however we’ll explore some new techniques and learn to see the small world around us just a bit differently. We will cover the use of proper apertures, shutter speeds and lens choices to create interesting close up images. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Studio Painting with Michele Usibelli
April 1-2, 2017 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — In this intense three-day workshop, students will work on using field studies and other reference materials to create studio paintings. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of the importance of drawing, value, design, and color. Students will also focus on seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail and line. From these fundamentals, students will proceed to work on their own studio pieces. Students should bring reference materials such as plein air sketches, field studies and photographs. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Michele Usibelli, micheleusibelli.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $375
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Felted Flowers
April 4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Through the shapes of flowers we`ll discover several sculptural felting techniques in this class. Both with and without using resists, flowers are gonna be born in your hands! We’ll explore how the fiber’s staple direction influences the shrinkage and how can we take advantages of this quality. I’ll show you how to blend smoothly colors in tiny objects. There will be big emphasis on finishing, shaping and adding the final touch to each piece. This felting workshop is no burden on the body, we can work easily, seated all day long. A handful of flowers will be finished during the day, but these techniques can be applied on many other felted projects, including jewelry, wearable art, home décor etc. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus $12 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Felted Jewelry
April 5-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class I will guide you to create complex wearable-art shapes inspired by nature. You will learn how to attach fancy fabrics or yarns to the wool, how to felt beads in different shapes of settings, make the cord of a necklace and attach the segments by building and felting pieces together. We’ll discuss after-felting embellishment possibilities, such as bead-work or embroidery that can be added at home. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Figure Drawing from Life (gesture, structure, and shading)
April 6-8, 2017 — Students will learn the fundamental concepts for drawing the human body. On the first day, we'll capture the motion of the pose with quick gesture drawings. On the second day, we'll add structure to the body to make it feel 3 dimensional and solid. On the final day, we'll do a longer drawing combining gesture, structure and tone to create a finished shaded figure drawing. Students will be drawing from a live model. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Stan Prokopenko, www.stanprokopenko.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $350 (excluding model fee)
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Capturing the Figure and Portrait in Grayscale Pastel
April 7-9, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Elana Hagler for this 3-day intensive workshop focusing on depicting the figure and portrait through the use of both line and tone. This way of working emphasizes large spatial relationships, and can be adapted to either a loose and very gestural approach, or to the most highly-detailed, developed pastel drawings. We will focus on pastel application, proportion, gesture, composition, problem-solving, creating a feeling of light and air, and attaining visual harmony. The workshop will include demonstrations of both figure and portrait drawing. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Elana Hagler, elanahagler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Joomchi
April 8-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, wearable, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3D either functional or fine art oriented. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Dolly-palooza
April 19-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fabric surface design (FSD) is the process of enhancing fabric through various techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, painting and stamping (to name a few). We will be playing with a variety of these techniques to create our own unique fabric. This is an addicting process and I find that the more personal touch that I add to my art (with less consumer bought materials), the more my own distinct style outshines mass produced commercial products. We will be making a funky mixed media soft doll, using our handmade fabric! We will create our own patterns, cut our fabric and bring our dolls to life! You do not need any sewing skills for this class. It’s a simple process and quite fun. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kecia Deveney
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $350 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Dolly-palooza Altars
April 21-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We will focus on technique, sculpting, designing and storytelling to begin creating your doll altar. I will be demo’ing casting/molding plaster and clay to form long lasting sculpture and personalized faces by using ordinary, found and 3D objects to create shapes and forms. Our Altars need to dry overnight so that we can begin to adorn and personalize them. We will add finishing touches to body, form, faces, with painting, and other finishing touches. This is a full on creative process from start to end with each Altar evolving into a wonderfully diverse and creative expression you’ll be proud to take home! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kecia Deveney
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $350 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Image to Abstract
April 21-23, 2017 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) — This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up. Paint with oils or acrylics. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson, www.markdanielnelson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Mixed Media Wednesdays
thru April 26, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Bring your current creative project, lunch and your spirit of fun. Count on being encouraged exactly where you are in your process, and being an encouragement to others! To add a bit of spice, Whidbey Island artist, Wendy Lee Lynds, will start out our time together with “no-pain-flex-your-creative-muscle” exercises. Don’t miss the chance to connect with other kindred spirits…..and to start out your week in a creative way! These are pay-as-you-go, drop-in sessions. Come to one, come to all! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Wendy Lee Lynds
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $12 per session
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies, Limited Palettes and Color Groups
May 6 & 7, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Landscape is an endless source of color inspiration, yet successful landscape painting is only partially about referencing the colors we see in nature. More often than not, a successful depiction of landscape light is based on the implementation of a color strategy or “color plan.” Although we will reference photos in this workshop, we never copy photographic color; instead, we learn to build color harmony by becoming color strategists and inventors. You can work with your own photographs or work with those provided by the instructor. This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for plein air or studio landscape painters who want to expand their color vocabulary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $295
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting the Clothed Figure in the Environment: An Energized Start and Graceful Finish
May 9-12, 2017 — In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, in conjunction with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photographs. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Photography of Intent
May 15-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join veteran instructor and long-time assistant to Sam Abell and Arthur Meyerson for an expansive week of photography! Through tips, techniques and critical thinking about your photography, Keron will help you deepen the joy and purpose in your photography. Creating intent and building strength in communicating that intent are key ideas in the course. Getting your work seen, publishing photo books, experimenting with layers and compositing, and examining short and long term photo projects are some of the other topics explored during this dynamic week. There is time each day for photographing and daily critiques of work along with one-on-one sessions to support your unique voice. Come join us and expand the possibilities for your photography. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $750
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Plein Air Landscape Painting
May 19-21, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Painting directly from observation is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. When we are outdoors, the problems are amplified due to uncontrollable factors such as the weather and the constantly moving light. The challenges don't stop there. Out on location, there is just an overwhelming amount of visual information that needs to be analyzed, processed and translated onto canvas in a limited amount of time. It's confusing and frustrating, and yet you keep going back for more, because you know it can be done. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Terry Miura, www.terrymiura.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $425
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Photography Intensive – A Master Class
May 20-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join renowned photographer and teacher Sam Abell for a concentrated one-week workshop on beautiful Whidbey Island. Open to a select number of photographers serious about their work, this workshop will emphasize documentary photography of the life and landscape of Puget Sound. The workshop will also concentrate on the editing of work and the creation of photographic projects. Each day participants will engage with Sam in the field making new photographs and in the classroom editing existing work. With strong individual attention from Sam participants will leave with a refreshed, more refined way of seeing and a distinct, more compelling body of work. This workshop is limited to 12 students. The talented Keron Psillas will offer her expertise as Sam's assistant for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sam Abell
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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For Love or Money: Portraiture and the Pursuit of Excellence, with Chris Saper
May 22-25, 2017 — This four-day workshop is designed to provide hands-on skills necessary to paint portraits successfully. The course is focused on gaining painting skills by working from life with a special emphasis on seeing, mixing and painting color in light, and in shadow. Drawing skills and specific portrait measuring techniques will be emphasized to achieve likeness, giving students a solid plan to continue to work on improving their results. Artists are welcome in any medium. Chris has experience in pastel, charcoal, and oil painting. Topics include: producing excellent photographic resources from which to work, presenting yourself and your work effectively, client relations, understanding your market, embracing and sifting through social media and the Internet presence, and developing your own business plan. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Chris Saper, chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $630 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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3D Texture and Surface Design on Felt
May 30 - June 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day experimental workshop there will be several 3D surface manipulations taught, with the goal to gain full control over the process. On the first day we`ll make samples with stitching, creasing, tie-ing the felt. On day two we’ll learn more 3D felting techniques, ruffling, layering, sculpting. On the third day you can unleash your creativity making a wearable art piece using any or all of the techniques discovered on the first day. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Oil Painting: Inspiration and Design
June 2-5, 2017 — This four-day oil painting workshop presents the opportunity to paint directly from the model or a still life setup, and emphasizes the importance of having a clear idea for a painting. What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Lectures and demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a lighthearted approach. Afternoons are studio time, with time for students to paint on their own and receive individual instruction. Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, before class starts. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Aimee Erickson, www.aimeeerickson.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Color of Light
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This renowned workshop is designed for both amateur and professional photographers who wish to strengthen their ability to see and work in color. Through daily shooting assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire techniques to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, pattern, and design. While covering the use and quality of natural light, the main focus is on investigating color from a personal point of view. Arthur guides and inspires participants to help refine an individual style for creative fulfillment. In addition to addressing the aesthetics of color photography, Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography. This workshop is limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Arthur Meyerson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Dyeing to Print!
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — MX dyes are versatile – taking artists from the bucket to the print table in the course of one afternoon. The emphasis in this workshop is on thickened dye and the many exciting ways the dye can be applied. Brush, stamp, stencil and also experiment with Jane’s special “multi-colored printing” technique – employing interfacing stencils to print two colors simultaneously. Huge fun, and a great intro into the wide world of printed dye. We’ll also talk chemistry and safety to make the week complete. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $795 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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A Library of Memories
June 8-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this very special, 4-day art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, bookbinding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. In addition, we will be taking the workshop outside the classroom, visiting a number of destinations on the Island for both creative inspiration and supply gathering. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Fiber + Paper + Ink
June 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fibre + Paper + Ink explores in depth the layering and design opportunities of these three wonderful mediums. Paper and Ink incorporated with more traditional felting fibers opens up new possibilities in material options and surfaces. Paper adds unique sculptural and tactile qualities to our felt, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We study sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for its use on fibers like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. By creating a variety of display samples and a shawl, or larger wall hanging, we’ll look at how these mediums can be applied to garments, accessories and sculptural work. For intermediate feltmakers. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Bookmaking! Tips and Tools for Creating and Refining Projects
June 11-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Keron Psillas for an intensive three days of book-making. Keron is an internationally published author, photographer and designer. This course will delve into the workflow to create a Blurb book, using Blurb software and Lightroom, as well as overall discussion about printing and publishing options. Bring your project for editing help, along with books you admire. We’ll share this with the class. Keron will share insights, tips, and thoughts about layout and design that stem from 20 years in the printing and publishing industry before she became a professional photographer. Keron will spend time individually with participants working on projects, and there will be time for you to shoot the lovely environment of Whidbey Island. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Keron Psillas
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $450
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Let’s Boss Around Color (Pastel, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor)
June 12-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Many artists are afraid to turn up the colour volume in their paintings. Most artists become stuck painting only the colours they see and are missing out on taking their work to the next level — and to making artistic statements. This session will help you bring more creative interest to your work no matter what subject matter you enjoy painting. During our time together we will also touch on these foundational topics as they relate to colour: harmony, values, underpainting and the power of greys. There will be many exercises designed to ground your learning by doing! There will also be time to work on your own paintings with plenty of support as you gain insight into a new way of looking at and bossing around colour. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting the Floral Still Life
June 12-15, 2017 — This 4-day class will focus on painting the floral still life in oils. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Carlo Russo, www.carlorussoart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Shadow Felting + Surface Design + Garment Construction
June 13-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Shadow Felting: Working in layers of silk gauze and small amounts of fine merino wools, we’ll create highly refined, drapable textiles of the lightest weight possible. This strata effect adds depth and interest to the felt surface, building up shading and shadows in both neutral compositions and those highly colored. Garment design will be covered encompassing color, form and fit, plus seamless garment construction for feltmaking. Participants can make either a dress, vest, skirt or small jacket. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Composition Can Be Fun!
June 14-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Good composition makes your paintings stand out. Whether a painting is a still life, a landscape, wildlife, people, or an abstract — the underlying structure holds the painting together. Knowing compositional design tools can make you more creative, not less! You’ll also spend more time painting and less on fixing! Together we will identify the compositional and design tools at your disposal and put you in the designer seat. Among many things we will learn how to make Notans and thumbnails using photo references. You’ll find out how to use line, shape, values, colours, textures and so much more to help your creative story take shape. You’ll learn by doing and work on your own paintings to strengthen your compositional skills. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Christine Camilleri
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Tactile Metaphors
June 16-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Add dimension and depth to your felt making. While we cover many techniques, it is a class about creative process, ideas and inspiration. We cover a broad range of strong surface design techniques and discuss using these as metaphors, adding our own narratives to our felt. We then look at how to use these elements in combination to create aesthetically pleasing compositions using design theory; focal point, line, balance, form and scale. Because these ideas can be brought to every type of felt making, the class has an open choice of project, as a canvas for participants to explore these techniques further while refining their design and felting process. Past participants have made small garments, felt bags, wall hangings, and vessels. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Luscious Floral and/or Still Life with Effigies
June 22-25, 2017 — This class teaches still life painting using both direct and indirect methods. Students will receive a lecture and two instructor demos, and be given the opportunity to make two such paintings using this method with instructor critiques, all while observing and painting. Drawing, composition, value, color and edges will be discussed as well as art materials. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $620
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Concept to Print
June 22-25, 2017 — The process of making an image that stands the test of time includes proper field technique, creativity and processing technique. We will spend time exploring some of the beautiful State Parks located on the island as well as the numerous rocky beaches, period farms, tidal marshes, lighthouses, Americana of the quaint coastal communities and rolling farmland of Whidbey Island. The island is truly a photographer’s paradise. Sunrises and sunsets are amazing this time of year and we’ll be out to capture them. Special time is set aside for image reviews and processing techniques. Jack will cover image production methods both in the field and in the studio as well as processing and preparing files for printing. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstraction from Nature: Small to Big
June 23-25, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — This 3 day studio class is designed to help you with finding your voice and gaining freedom in paint. We explore all of the characteristics that make a great painting: intent, paint, color, mark making, drawing, shape, edge, methods and materials and we do it at the fun sizes, 30×30 to 40×40 on the easel or on the floor. This class will start with the same processes as in all my classes, small studies to larger studies to big stuff. The big paintings are done with house paints, acrylics, tempera, whatever is cheap and plentiful. We also will be using different tools to create with; brooms, mops, sponges, brushes, squeegees, and more. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $450
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felt Garment Making, Eco Printing and Acid Dyes
June 26-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Janet, professional educator and artist, for a week of advanced feltmaking and dye work. First, learn to draft a pattern and then create a custom garment (dress or coat or top & skirt) for yourself out of lightweight felt you make from natural, renewable, luscious silks and extra soft merino. Next, learn to eco print using plants from around Whidbey while practicing on silk scarves. Find out how to use elements naturally contained in the plants and permanent, professional grade dyes to create sophisticated designs. Finally, choose your favorite leaf prints and color palette and dye your felted garment! Prior experience using a flat resist necessary in order to complete garment. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Janet King
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $130 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Over the Edge
July 6-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” journal of page shapes and edges is making a comeback, only this time it’s “Fun Size” (4 1/2? X 6 1/4?)! We’ll work on getting those pages to “pop” (no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will help us break away from the traditional rectangular shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and making other shapes for pages giving our books more dimension and interest. The importance of the often neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s original book “An Instructional Guide for Going Over the Edge” will also be available for viewing a plethora of possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nuno Felted Design: Skirt, Dress, Coat
July 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Charity studied Fashion and Knitwear Design at Nottingham University of Art and Design (UK). She then moved to the Netherlands and employed her unique style and cultural flare to create a new fashion style. Over the years, Charity developed a passion for creating garments using the felting technique. She is constantly researching new materials and new techniques using natural fabrics, raw materials and organic fibers. Her Sharit Ethical Fashion line attracted the attention of Li Edelkoort in Paris and is becoming a recognizable brand in the Netherlands. The focus of this workshop will be on designing and making a one-piece Nuno-felted garment. Students will be working with a very simple pattern that will help them develop their own fashion ideas. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Charity Van De Meer
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $115 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Portrait with James Tennison
July 8-11, 2017 — During this four-day workshop we will be painting a head-and-shoulders portrait from a live model. On the first day I will give a demonstration of my painting procedure and will discuss my approach to capturing a likeness. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of accurate drawing, analyzing the planes of the head, determining correct values, mixing clean flesh tones and controlling hard and soft edges. On the following days, workshop participants will paint from the model and I will give personalized instruction and demonstrate as needed. Painting a portrait is no easy task and it is recommended that students have experience with drawing the head and painting in oils, but all who are truly interested in learning will be welcomed. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: James Tennison, www.jamestennison.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mandala Journal
July 8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Intrigued and inspired by the meaning and history of Mandalas, this journal was created and loosely based on this concept. Singular unbound round pages can have mandalas on one side and have journaling on the back and are neatly housed inside the Mandala Journal Box. Pages can be removed, flipped over or rearranged at will – a format that makes working on pages and reading them a real pleasure. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Ingrid Dijkers
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fusion of Botanical Print and Natural Dyeing
July 10-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the focus will be on the fusion between natural dyeing and botanical prints. Students will learn the subject of mordant for different fibers as well as different dyes that create a wide palette of colors such as: logwood, cochineal, weld, indigo and how to combine them as background and as different effects with botanical print. Through trial and error with different plants the students will be able to recognize the interesting results and then they will develop the results to high quality designed fabrics. In this technique, there is always unpredictable results, but we will learn how to get more and more control of the outcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850 plus $70 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax
July 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world –without a map. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. I’ll show you lots of techniques for adding layers, textures, graphic touches and atmosphere to your work. Mix and match techniques in your own way to develop your own style. You’ll learn how to use ordinary household tools to incise and make marks, how to scrape back for a dramatic look, and how to unify your compositions. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Serena Barton
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $55
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2017 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Figure in the Landscape
July 13-16, 2017 — This workshop will focus on painting the figure in the landscape while exploring the differences between working indoors vs. outdoors. Light and color variables will be talked about in depth, as well as how to best use photography to serve as source material for studio work. Dan will demonstrate techniques to the group and also offer individual instruction. Two days will be spent working indoors and two outdoors. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dan Schultz, DanSchultzFineArt.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Pam & Mary Beth Art Journal Road Show
July 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn the tricks of the Art Journal... Starting with backgrounds to making collage parts to color management and composition and even interactive pages, the sky is the limit! On day one, Mary Beth and Pam volley back and forth comparing and contrasting a variety of techniques. On day two, you will spend half of the day with Pam learning the ins and outs of adding a mixed media self-portrait to your journal page and the other half, Mary Beth will teach Collagraphic printing techniques. On day three you will pull all the techniques together. You will delight in how Mary Beth & Pam bounce ideas off each other and exploit all the potential of their chosen supplies. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw & Pam Carricker
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $450 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fusion of Botanical Print and Natural Dyeing
July 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the focus will be on the fusion between natural dyeing and botanical prints. Students will learn the subject of mordant for different fibers as well as different dyes that create a wide palette of colors such as: logwood, cochineal, weld, indigo and how to combine them as background and as different effects with botanical print. Through trial and error with different plants the students will be able to recognize the interesting results and then they will develop the results to high quality designed fabrics. In this technique, there is always unpredictable results, but we will learn how to get more and more control of the outcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850 plus $70 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting
July 17-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Jo bases her fun-filled workshop on the belief that if you approach your art with a playful attitude, you will be more apt to keep making art, and the more art you make, the better your art will be. To facilitate this attitude of experimentation, you will be creating small “practice samples” that are no larger than 10” x 10”. Jo will open up her toolbox of exciting painting tools and materials; she will introduce you to the Resist Pen, Fineline Applicator Bottles, the mouth atomizer, pipettes, Clear Tar Gel, Acrylic Glazing Medium, and even stencils made from hot glue. You will work on a variety of surfaces including watercolor paper and Yupo that has been coated with white and black Gesso. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jo Toye
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

New & Exciting Techniques in Watercolor
July 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each day, Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic techniques, such as composition and coloring. He then demonstrates his techniques, including 'Color Pouring and Blending'. He stops at different stages so students can practice and retain the painting process. In addition, there will be daily critiques and individual assistance, with lots of time to paint. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Poetic Landscape
July 19-21, 2017 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — Learn methods that will help you look past the overwhelming details of the landscape and compose a well-edited painting with a concise visual message. We’ll also address how to make every stroke count, considering the particulars of how you apply pigment to surface and how the quality of the application will contribute to your painting’s message. A generous, talented, humble and beloved instructor, Barbara welcomes pastel painters and oil painters alike. If you work in both media—great. Barbara takes time to work individually with students at their easels. Her demonstrations are wonderful, informative, and she is full of great tips and tricks she’s learned over her many years as a professional and teaching artist. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke, barbarajaenicke.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $400
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Atmospheric Watercolors
July 21-24, 2017 — Bring your painting skill to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. Frank works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Frank Eber, www.frankeber.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $500
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Workshop
July 24-28, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! You will paint a collection of easy elements like a variety of fence types, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers and more! Then you will use your new symbols to create paintings from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches easy-to-learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration. She will also show you simple steps for turning boring landscape scenes into exciting works of art. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Joyce Hicks
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Contemporary Abstract Mixed-Media Assemblages: Screen Print, Stitch, & Paint
July 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this mixed-media interdisciplinary workshop, we will be creating wall art by drawing upon techniques from both the textile and the fine art traditions. Pavlos will be sharing his signature mixed-media assemblage style while workshop participants will be learning and combining two thickened dye textural screen printing techniques using thickened dyes as well as a third more painterly screen printing technique. We will stitch found objects, fabric scraps, or recycled art before (or after) screen printing onto a canvas with a 3” profile creating drama using our screen printed marks as a template for our work. This workshop holds special interest for mixed media artists, soft sculpture makers, fiber artists (quilters and surface designers), screen printers, and painters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pavlos Mayakis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
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Creative Iphoneography
July 31 - August 4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, we step outside the role of photographer and into that of an artist. We will push the limits of how we see by isolating textures, forms, and shapes and approach our new work by learning to let our intuition be our guide. We work in a spontaneous and playful way, creating work that surprises and excites us. And, we’ll do this using the iPhone and iPad. Whidbey Island is a compelling place for photographers and a perfect location for our exploration. The richness of the light, colors, and textures provides inspiration. Through lectures and daily assignments, you will learn to create compelling multi-layered imagery and begin discovering the work that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karen Divine
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

An Odyssey in Art Journaling – A Mixed-Media Adventure
August 1-3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will explore exciting mixed-media and collage techniques that will enhance your art experiences in refreshing and exciting ways. In just three days you will create an amazing stack journal using gesso, a variety of paints, ephemera, inks, recyclable materials, and much more. Everyone has a story to tell through art. You might already have a million ideas to express or perhaps you do not have a clue. Maybe you even have a fear of the blank white page. With Brian and John you are guaranteed to find and express your art story. Not only will you learn exciting techniques, but you will have an opportunity to help form a new mixed-media community of eager artists. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Kasstle and John Arbuckle
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Vision It! Capture it! Finish It!
August 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will explore the three phases of artful image creation. There will be daily location shooting, where John will work with you to achieve the images that spark your inner artist and tell your story. The field shooting sessions will be followed by midday critique sessions to hone in on effective ways to improve your images. During the afternoon sessions you will learn powerful post-processing techniques create images that will capture the viewer’s imagination. Join us for a week of exploration into the powerful storytelling ability of photographs in the beautiful setting of Whidbey Island. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: John Hummel
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
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On Location: Mount Rainier National Park
August 3-6, 2017 — You’ll photograph picturesque Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding forests, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows at the peak of wildflower season. Students will have plenty of time to practice on grand landscapes, alpine flower photography, and macro images. This workshop is based in Ashford, Washington where there will be in-class critiques and instructional sessions. Visit website


Location: Ashford, WA
Instructor: David Cobb
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Color, Texture, Feeling
August 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various "raw" materials the end result in abstract painting is the creative accomplishment. This method presents the magnetism that is the abstraction to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and, above all, emotion play off of each other when creating the piece. There is adventure in not knowing where you are going with it until you get there! You will become enlightened as you journey through this process. You must be able to let go of all painting habits to gain the knowledge of layering textures, color and feelings. Executing shapes by utilizing positive and negative space will be discussed. This is the cultivation that nurtures our souls. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jan Sitts, www.jansitts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felt Fusion Through Substrates: Texturing, Edging and Object Inclusion
August 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fusion (also known as nuno, laminate and hybrid) is the term I use to refer to the coercing of wool fibers through other pre-structured fabrics. Participants will explore the variables in this process to better direct their results and discover new possibilities through a series of studies and samples. The workshop focuses on experimenting with the inclusion of various substrate materials (not only silks!) for the purposes of creating light weight and draping felt fabrics, developing extraordinary fabric textures including the use of partial felts as a type of texture resist and incorporating durable materials/objects. Simultaneously, a variety of ways to finish the edges of the fabric inclusion will be sampled (folded edge, partial felt edge, and partial felt patterned edge). Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Bluffs of Whidbey with Mike Hernandez in Gouache or Oil
August 11-13, 2017 — Mike will cover the important fundamentals of composition, color relationships, lighting, atmospheric perspective, simplification and shape design through the use of gouache. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting plein air and would like to learn how to capture a sense of natural and/or stylized lighting/color into their work. Mike will start off the 3-day workshop with a lecture on Friday morning and demos in the afternoon, covering color, composition design, lighting design, simplification and atmospheric perspective. Lecture will include still digital images. Day two and three will be a full session of outdoor painting. Mike will go around and give hands on instruction during the class. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Mike Hernandez
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry
August 11-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Modern Impressionism-In-Action
August 12-15, 2017 — Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to our subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. His workshop will be conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Students of all skill levels in oil & acrylic are welcome. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Colley Whisson, www.colleywhisson.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $650
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Deep Dive Journal; Collage, Color and Resin Casting
August 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this process-oriented workshop, students will learn new resin techniques such as casting found objects and transforming them into tromp l’oeil artifacts; substrate surface design with texture, acrylic paint and water soluble crayons; and journal construction by deconstructing a hardback book. Three-dimensional objects shown in art sample are made from cast resin and are indicative of the types of pieces we will create and alter during the workshop. Techniques taught have many applications for mixed-media collage and assemblage work. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Alternative Marbling: Building a Personal Language
August 14-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experience the “oh wow” moments when the paint attaches to the cloth, freezing exotic imagery that is reminiscent of microscopic views of cells, geological forms, and cosmic observations. This class offers a fresh approach to the age-old tradition of floating paint on water and transferring the image to cloth. We will use water (for Suminagashi), methyl cellulose and carrageenan (for Ebru) to pattern small scale cloth and yardage, with a variety of paints. Each day includes a series of demonstrations and critiques to push personal exploration. Emphasis is placed on working towards a visual vocabulary using sophisticated layering, color combinations, and personal imagery. You don’t want to miss this engaging, fun, and satisfying experience. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Elin Noble
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $695 plus $45 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels and Mixed Media
August 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: under-paintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastel diluted with rubbing alcohol. (No petroleum-based solvents in this workshop.) We will be layering both dry and wet processes. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium! Visit website


Location: Port Townsend, WA
Instructor: Mira White
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Figure and Portrait with Zhaoming Wu
August 19-22, 2017 — In this workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form. It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $780 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Watercolors from A to Z
August 21-25, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. I will begin each day with a demonstration painting so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sterling Edwards, www.sterlingedwards.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $895
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Pastel Landscape, from Plein Air to Studio
August 25-27, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — This 3-day workshop will focus on gathering information through field sketches, small plein air paintings and color studies that will be used as your inspiration for further studio work. We will utilize the basics of composition and color in the field to inform and create more expressive, meaningful pieces in the studio. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Lyn Asselta, lynasselta.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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The Art of Wet Felt Making: Making Large and Decorative Wall Hangings
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We will make highly decorative, thick, durable felt with turned edges, of any shape or form using traditional “Wet-felting” methods. Built up using Finnwool batt, wet-out and felted to completion using a combination of hand and rolling techniques. A fusion of fibre blending and “painting” are used to translate the participant’s design into felt. Learn a high degree of control of colour, design and form, without any supplementary cutting, sewing, or needle felting. The emphasis is on quality and control. This method and technique can be applied to many other ways of feltmaking. “…from here you can go anywhere…” We ask all participants to have some kind of design idea prepared before the workshop begins. A rough sketch and basic colour plan is enough. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $650 plus $50-75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Wooden Boat Festival Photo-Essay Class
September 6-11, 2017 — Making exceptional travel photographs requires skills in many different types of photography, from street to still-life work to portraits. The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. This workshop covers the following topics: the traveling photographer’s camera and bag; being in the right place at the right time; varying the time of day and understanding light; portraying people; composition; stopping action vs. showing motion; framing and scaling; tripods; using the appropriate lens; flash basics. We have selected the nationally recognized Wooden Boat Festival held in the neighboring town of Port Townsend as our photographic venue. Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review. Visit website


Location: Port Townsend, WA
Instructor: David Wells
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge
September 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks. Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters as well as by hand. Thermofax screens and the use of Gelli plates with dye will round out the tool box. As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting Barns and Buildings on Whidbey Island with TJ Cunningham
September 9-12, 2017 — During this comprehensive landscape class both plein air and studio painting will be thoroughly discussed. Often, work created in the studio lacks the energy of paintings created outdoors from direct observation. However, time constraints generally limit the design, finish, and size of a plein air piece. The focus of this class will be the process of taking information from both life studies and photographs and combining them into authentic, fully realized, studio paintings - bringing the best of both worlds together. TJ will give daily demonstrations and individual attention to each student over this four day workshop. We will spend most of the time outdoors painting Whidbey Island barns en plein air then finish the paintings in the studio. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Experiments in Mixed Media, Part I
September 10-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will feature a series of projects that explore different mixed media techniques. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s approach for abstract works, using “sandwiches” of mixed media materials, takes the pain and agony out of starting an abstract piece. You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as preparation of Tyvek, painting on aluminum foil, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay and Plaster of Paris, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more. Carol will also discuss composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Email: Lisa Bernhardt
Phone: 360-678-3396

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Advanced Level

Text & Texture: Making Expressive Textures with Calligraphic Marks
September 14-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I have a passion for textures, especially textures found in nature. In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. We’ll examine writing speed, pressure, the directions of strokes, and the relationship between letters. Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Yukimi Annand
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $550 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Beauty of Imperfection – Reveal the Magic
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — I dare you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents that ‘Reveal the Magic.’ Students will work from landscape photos, still life objects and florals, and weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a variety of soft and hard pastels, and sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist and abstract style as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, and color. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Evenhus
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Experiments in Mixed Media, Part II
September 15-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop may be taken with, or separately, from Part I. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day. Carol’s abstracted tree paintings are very popular and her step by step approach makes for a very high rate of student success. Emphasis will be placed on tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of specialty papers to add texture, and create vibrant colorful landscapes. Carol’s Effortless Abstracts are a unique approach to abstraction that takes your left brain out of the equation. The random aspect of this method makes for delightfully unexpected results. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Nelson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Black & White Photography: The Art of Seeing
September 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop in Black & White photography will emphasize the cultivation of a poetic eye. Accordingly, an interpretive style will be advocated. And to reinforce this approach a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of composition and design will be provided as we consider the role of line, shape, texture, and depth along with light and time. Field excursions with the instructor will be conducted in Coupeville & vicinity. These field sessions will provide an opportunity for classroom evaluation. As well, one on one sessions with instructor Robert Stahl will be available to review material brought to the workshop (digital files and/or prints). Come join us for this stimulating workshop on the art of seeing deeply in Black and White. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Robert Stahl
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $400
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Nuno Butterfly Scarflette
September 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage scarf. Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting along with some of the unique techniques even the top felt makers use! You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool so you will have a masterpiece even after one class. I will take all the mystery out of nuno felting and you will go home with your very own treasure. You will learn how to make nuno dreadlocks, ruffles, eyes and edges. Experience Level: Some nuno experience; advanced beginner to intermediate. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Story Pages
September 19-21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We will combine symbols from Eastern cultures, Africa, Grafitti, modern artists, calligraphers and mark makers from all of time. We will reinvent and reinterpret them to fit our own stories. You are invited to play with color, paper, texture, paints, and patterns in a room full of other enthusiastic painters. We will use shells, sticks, sponges, stencils, crayons, pastels, and our imaginations while guided to create unique papers that tell our stories through symbols, signs, marks and creative lines. The papers end up with layers of lovely textures, while retaining a soft, velvety surface, perfect for making books, text pages, cards and collage. They are stand-alone pieces or can be deconstructed to insert into a book of stories. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $12 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Eyes Wide Open
September 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Eyes Wide Open is a workshop designed to develop your seeing from what is right in front of your eyes into the world of abstractions, reflections, layers, movement, and then deeper into the realm of concepts and imagination. This workshop can be based in the city or the natural world. Visual presentations, hands-on exercises, and photographic assignments create a very full and experience-based workshop. The workshop is open to anyone with a camera. To participate in the image reviews, you need to have a working knowledge of your camera and the digital workflow necessary to edit your images. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $1000
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nuno Collage Wooly Locks Jacket With a Detachable Wool Locks Collar
September 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this 5 day intensive class you will be designing your very own double-sided (a sandwich of silk/wool/silk) Nuno Seamless jacket with wool locks. I will show you how to add wool locks in the collar, cuffs and body to add wonderful 3D texture! This design is very flattering and comfortable to wear. I will show you a new way to figure your pattern and shrinkage rate using an Ipad and/ or Iphone. Then we will get super busy laying out our design! You may do a nuno collage on the top or keep it simple and elegant. I will help fit your jacket to you. Nuno felting and seamless felting experience are required for this intermediate to advanced class. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Resilient Heart
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — We will explore all ideas about the physical and emotional tales of the heart by way of poetry, stories, journaling and quiet. In our five days we will create a book that contains our sacred offerings to the resilient nature of the heart: a scroll to commemorate our hearts’ journey, a container for small offerings, an accordion book that will be filled with words, textures, poems, maps, sketches, wax rubbings and journaling to honor and acknowledge our resilient hearts. We will learn many techniques including book making, painting and journaling, paper surfaces, and color. We will honor our surroundings and explore our stories of our magnificent surviving selves. Some experience journaling helps. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jill Berry, jillberrydesign.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $22 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found and recycled materials. Think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Each student will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create. Students will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast off materials. This class is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced students wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Students need to be familiar with using hand and power tools like drills, band saws, and sanders. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $675; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Essence of Light Oil Painting
September 25-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Brian Davis will demonstrate the approach to painting in oils that has made his floral paintings renowned. He will talk about choosing a subject, composition, the use of a value painting, and the techniques of oil painting that contribute to the look of his works. You will watch Brian as he goes through the process of bringing a painting to life. You will also work on your piece. Brian will be there to answer questions and assist you with the creation of your class painting. For those who are interested, he will answer questions dealing with the art business. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Brian Davis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $725
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment
September 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn the instructor’s latest technique inspired by amazing surfaces of marbles in nature. Class starts with discussion on the power of the natural patterns and how it can be incorporated in our wearable art pieces. Learn the layering technique to mimic nature’s perfect designs. After understanding the concept by making a sample, a seamless vest or tunic will be finished by the end of the class. Wet felting experience is preferred. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo
October 2-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn 3 processes for dying fabric: the Batik process of creating designs in wax resist using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber; the Adire Eleko process of creating designs using cassava paste (also called yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather; and the Tie-Dye process of using raffia to tie and then dye the fabric. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. It has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. It is used for medicine as well (it cures an upset stomach) and is also painted on houses to ward off viruses. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Light Sculpture or Illuminated Paper
October 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Paper is an incredibly versatile lightweight sculptural material: you can bend it, fold it, tear it and enhance its luminosity by layering, folding and cutting. In this workshop, we will begin with tradition and then add our own twists. Learn to make Japanese chochin, a collapsible lantern form and shoji screen panels that can be connected with a cool Japanese hinge to form a folding screen or lantern. Discover ways to illuminate paper utilizing electric lamp parts and natural light. Explore ways to use reed, balsa wood and simple hand tools to create a series of light sculptures. Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $55 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Felted Form : Taking It To The Next Level
October 9-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced felters who want to push their skills and creativity to a new level of three-dimensional felting. Discussion will be held on vessels, sculptures and sculpted wall hangings as well as surface designs and final presentation of your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and sketches along with an open readiness to begin. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $60 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Vibrant Watercolor Painting
October 9-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The primary goal is understanding how to control water to paint in watercolor. Understanding the process and learning techniques will help you to achieve the result you want in the final painting. The hands on experience in every step, starts with demonstration of each step, and will allow artists to experience the limitless possibilities for creating watercolor paintings of beauty and joy. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Soon Warren
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels
October 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms
October 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Natural Dye Master Class
October 23-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Beyond Mud – Techniques of Working Wet-Into-Wet with Oil
October 28-29, 2017 — Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping your colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident – it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. You’ll practice several techniques and then do a painting of your own choosing, under Mitchell’s guidance. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mitch Albala, blog.mitchalbala.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $300 plus $10 Supplies Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Egg Tempera Painting
October 29 - November 2, 2017 — Egg Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design. Koo will help with the initial planning stages, provide on-going discussion and critiques, give painting demonstrations, and discuss the important design elements of old master painting. Demonstrations presented in this workshop include: painting a portrait in egg tempera; creating granite, marble, and other textured surface; decorative and geometric patterns; incised lettering; oil glazing over tempera; and more. Open to all levels of painters. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $690, plus $70 materials fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Abstract Photography on Whidbey Island
November 3-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Whidbey Island is known for its quaint town, picturesque ocean views and pristine beaches. We will take this to a new level and explore the other side of Whidbey. Finding and learning to see abstracts or what could be called photo art is an interesting and provocative experience. Many of the techniques used are those we rely on every day, however we'll explore new techniques and learn to see a bit differently. We will cover long exposure photography, using shutter speeds and zoom lenses to create interesting effect on commonly photographed subjects as well as the use of special techniques to create the abstract. We will spend time in the field in locations from beaches to junk yards learning to see the abstract in photography. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jack Graham
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Oil Painting Workshop
November 10-12, 2017 — This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Open Painting Studio
Ongoing (Mondays, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.) — Have you wanted to spend more time painting? Has it been difficult to find a block of time or a place to be a bit messy? Join us at Winslow Art Center for our Open Painting Studio. Set aside a few hours to fearlessly drip paint with other painters! All mediums are welcome. Space is limited! Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $50 buys a 4-session punch card (Drop-in $15)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Mentoring Program with Cary Jurriaans
Ongoing (Thursdays, 10-12:30 and 12:30-4 pm) — This coaching & mentoring program is for beginners and advanced youth to adult. This is not general instruction but rather a personal approach addressing the needs and goals of the individual at their level. In painting, we begin with a clear understanding of values using a limited palette. Drawing, composition and shading are essential for all observational art. Drawing will start with the basics, master copies and cast drawing. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Cary Jurriaans, caryjurriaans.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $50 whole day; $25 half day
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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