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Creating with Cashmere

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

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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Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art
Grades: K-2
Fridays, Sept 2-Jan 20 | 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 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Dance 
Grades: 3-5 
Fridays: Sept 2-Jan 20 (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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Clay Vessels – ADDITIONAL SESSION AVAILABLE

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Clay Vessels
Ages: 16-Adult
Session 1: Tuesdays, Jan 10-Jan 31 | 6:30-8:30 pm (FULL)
Session 2: Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 2 | 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

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

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

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

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 – FULL

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Oil Painting Intensive - WAITLIST
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

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