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Knitting Foundations

Knitting Foundations
Ages: 13-Adults  
Thursdays, Oct 6-Nov 10 | 6:30-8:30 pm  
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor: Rachel Keil  
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Cozy up in the Blue Heron and make a warm hat for winter. Learn the basics of knitting: reading a pattern, casting on, knit and pearl stitches, and knitting in the round. This is a beginning class, no experience needed. Tea and light snack will be served. Knitting needles to keep and practice yarn provided; worsted weight wool yarn required for hat.

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I Solisti di Vashon

I Solisti di Vashon
Grades: 9-12 (younger by special permission)
Mondays, Sept 12-January 30 | 5:15-6:30 pm (skip school breaks/holidays)
Tuition: $295 General | $275 Member
Instructor: Gaye Detzer
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

I Solisti di Vashon is an advanced string ensemble for high school students (8th graders by special permission). The repertoire is chosen from the great classical composers and from contemporary popular music. 

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Improv II/III – NEW DATES

Improv II/III
Ages: 16-Adult
NEW DATES - Mondays, Oct 10-Dec 5 | 7-9 pm (skip Oct 31)
Tuition: $250 General | $230 Member
Instructor: Mik Kuhlman
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

A deeper dive into physical improv focused on ways to incorporate the body while adding verbal repartee and wit. Students must have taken Mik’s Improv class or have instructor permission to register. Contact mik@mikkuhlman.com with questions.

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Kids Clay Lab – NEW DATES

Kids Clay Lab
Ages: 7-12
Wednesdays, Oct 12-Nov 2 | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $115 General | $105 Member (includes $25 materials fee)
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe 
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Join us for this exploration of hand-building clay techniques and learn to pinch, coil and slab-build. Projects will include animal sculptures, personalized mugs, food (donuts, cakes/pies, ice cream cones), and things that make noise (bells and whistles).

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Improv I – NEW DATES

Improv I
Ages: 16-Adult
NEW DATES - Wednesdays, Oct 12-Dec 7 | 7-9 pm (skip Nov 23)
Tuition: $250 General | $230 Member
Instructor: Mik Kuhlman
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Explore the spontaneous creation of theatre and short form improv with one of Vashon’s most talented actors. Learn to work with spatial awareness, balance and body centers as you build characters and develop group dialogue. A fun class for students with or without experience. Mik Kuhlman has performed and taught in over 500 schools, universities and art centers throughout the US and abroad.

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Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art

Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art
Grades: K-2
Fridays, Sept 2-Jan 27 | 9-10:30 am (skip holidays and school breaks)
Tuition: $380 General | $350 Member (includes $75 materials/snack fee)
Instructor: Sara Bennett
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Students will create projects that inspire them to consider their uniqueness as individuals, and slowly broaden their scope to consider their part in larger spectrums... family, homes, community, Vashon Island, and our amazing ecosystem. Expect to decorate body tracings, assemble self-portraits, "grow" family trees, build miniature houses, create representations of Vashon businesses and landmarks, construct a ferry project, paint a wall hanging of our beloved Vashon-Maury Island, create mosaics from fir and cedar cones, design monograms from seashells and sand, make driftwood mobiles, paint beach rocks, and play with different mediums to represent the likeness of orcas, jellyfish, starfish, owls, raccoons.

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Late Start Dance 

Late Start Dance 
Grades: 3-5 
Fridays: Sept 2-Jan 27 (skip holidays and school breaks) | 9:00-10:30 am 
Tuition per session: $350 General | $320 Member (includes $45 materials/snack fee) 
Instructor: Elise Ericksen 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Join us on Late-Start Fridays in an exploration of dance in its many forms. Each month will focus on a new genre of dance, including its history and specific movement qualities.  We will study ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern and will also get to learn some trendy dances too!  No previous dance experience necessary. 

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Monster Knitting!

Monster Knitting!
Ages: 9-12
Wednesdays, Oct 19-Nov 16 | 4:15-6 pm
Tuition: $155 General |$145 Member (includes $20 materials/snack fee)
Instructor: Rachel Keil
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Learn the basics of knitting, how to cast on and the knit stich. You'll sew the knitted piece together and add buttons and fabric to create your knitted friend. Materials and snacks provided.

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Resin Art

Resin Art
Ages: 15 to Adult
Saturdays, Oct 22 & 29 | 1-4 pm
Tuition: $110 General | $100 Member (includes $20 materials fee)
Instructor: Alisara Martin
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Explore the rich colors and textures of paint and resin pouring as you develop paintings on panel using layers of paint, pigment, mica powders, and resin. These satisfying materials allow you to follow your intuition and watch your abstract come alive.

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Owl Study: Science and Art 

Owl Study: Science and Art 
Ages: 15-Adult 
Tuesday, Oct 25 | 6:30-9 pm  
Tuition: $45 General | $40 Member 
Instructors: Vashon Nature Center and Britt Freda 
Location: Blue Heron Gallery 

Discover the world of owls! Vashon Nature Center will begin the workshop by sharing information about our nocturnal raptor neighbors on Vashon, including their unique characteristics, habitat requirements and adaptations for survival. In the second section of the workshop Britt Freda will lead a drawing class on owls utilizing the physiological characteristics presented by VNC to guide our anatomical and mythological understanding of this legendary bird species.  Britt Freda’s work can be seen in VCA’s Heron Meadow at the Audubon Climate-Threatened Bird Mural, in museum exhibitions on Environmental Impact and in galleries and private collections.  Britt’s award-winning work is a part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  

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Songwriting with Hope

Songwriting with Hope
Grades: 3-5
Thursday-Saturday, Nov 3-5 | 10 am-2 pm
Celebration and performance: November 5 | 1:30-2 pm
Tuition: $180 General | $170 Member
Instructor: Havilah Rand
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Did you know that researchers have found that hope is a belief that is teachable, measurable and one of the greatest predictors of well-being? Spend time exploring your own sense of hope, what you believe is needed for a better future for the world and pathways for achieving these goals. Then craft your discoveries into songs and create an album of hope to share with your community.

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Poetry of Place – online workshop

Poetry of Place – online workshop
Ages: 16-Adult
Saturday, Nov 5 | 10 am-1 pm
Tuition: $50 General | $45 Member
Instructor: Jodie Hollander

This online workshop will focus on the significance of place in poetry. Place may be defined as a geographical location, an internal state, or perhaps a poetic meeting of the two. Using the unique and extraordinary surroundings of Vashon Island as inspiration, this workshop will lead students through a series of writing prompts to ultimately create an original draft of a poem. In addition, the class will center around how to structure and develop poems and the creative process that is involved.  Jodie Hollander's debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Creating with Cashmere

Creating with Cashmere
Ages: 13-Adult
Tuesdays, Nov 29-Dec 13 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $135 General | $125 Member (includes $35 materials fee)
Instructor: Jessica Kennan
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Get creative with cozy cashmere! Make a neck-warmer and select a cashmere sweater (there will be plenty to choose from!) with a few holes in it to artfully repair and keep. Class will include information on how to wash, de-pill, and protect your cashmere and wool clothing, and additional information for tackling any creative mending project. Each student will also go home with a clothes moth trap and a sweater stone for keeping your cashmere soft and smooth. Hot tea and warm cashmere provided!

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Clay Vessels – NEW DATES

Clay Vessels
Ages: 16-Adult
Tuesdays, Jan 10-Jan 31 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $150 General | $140 Member (includes $30 materials fee)
Instructor: Laurie Thorpe
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Learn techniques to make functional vessels, such as cups, small pourers and bowls. Explore coil-building, slab construction, and Kurinuki - a traditional Japanese hand-building method of carving out of a single block of clay.

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Knitting Just Beyond the Basics: Fingerless Mittens/Handwarmers

Knitting Just Beyond the Basics: Fingerless Mittens/Handwarmers
Age:13-Adult
Tuesdays, Jan 17-Feb 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm (skip Feb 21)
Tuition: $170 General | $160 Member
Instructor: Rachel Keil  
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Do you know the basics of knitting and want to branch out? Learn how to knit with double pointed needles, use more than one color, and create simple designs with knit and pearl stitches as you make fingerless mittens or handwarmers for winter (a great project for scrap yarn!) Materials list provided upon registration.

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Writing and Critique

Writing and Critique
Ages: Adults
Thursdays, Jan 19-Feb 16 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $140 General | $130 Member
Instructor: Tavi Black
Location: Blue Heron Classroom

Discover the importance of having readers for your writing in this beginner to intermediate class. Set up in a writing critique group format, we will read each other’s work and learn to gently make suggestions. What makes a work speak to readers? How can we revise to make work better? What are Beta Readers and what difference can they make to developing a manuscript? How can we learn to hear opinions without taking it personally? Students should currently have writing they are working on—it can be fiction or nonfiction, as long as it is in narrative form. We will also do in-class writing exercises. Come with pen and paper or a computer as well as an open, creative mind. Tavi Black’s debut novel, Where Are We Tomorrow? was the 1st place winner of the 2016 PNWA Mainstream Fiction Contest and was a finalist in the 2021 NYC Big Book Award.

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Oil Painting Intensive

Oil Painting Intensive
Ages: 16-Adult
Friday, Jan 20 | 7-9 pm
Saturday, Jan 21 | 9 am-4 pm
Sunday, Jan 22 | 9 am-3 pm
Tuition: $340 General | $310 Member
Instructor: Pam Ingalls
Location: Blue Heron Gallery and Downstairs Studio

Learn to paint in the Russian Impressionist tradition from one of Vashon’s most talented and prolific painters. Watch Pam paint a demonstration with Q & A on Friday evening. Learn to paint still life and/or portraits Saturday and Sunday. Materials list provided upon registration. Bring a sack lunch. Pam Ingalls’ award-winning work has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Africa, and juried into more than 125 national and international shows. She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector and American Artist magazine. Questions: pam@pamingalls.com

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Scholarships available!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have financial aid available to make arts education classes accessible to any student interested.

Please click the link below or contact BHEC Registrar for more information:

joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org