Arts Education

Loading Events

Past Events › Arts Education Classes

Beginning Filmmaking- Intro to Visual Storytelling

Beginning Filmmaking - Introduction to Visual Storytelling
Ages: 11-16
Tuesdays, Nov 3-Dec 1 | 3:30-5 pm
Instructor: Emalia Hinden
Location: online via Zoom

This course covers the elementary skills needed to go from concept to finished film, using equipment everyone has at home. Weekly assignments and class discussions will cover the basics of script writing, storyboarding, shot listing, shooting, and editing, using iPhones (or Androids) and iMovie (or Adobe Premiere Pro). Each student will leave the class with a confident skill set in visual storytelling, and a background in the mechanics of filmmaking. Emalia Hinden is a graduate of Hofstra University’s film studies and production program, with a concentration in film directing. A lifelong member of the Vashon film community, she showed her first film at the Vashon Theatre in 2009 when she was 11 years old and has been working on films ever since.

Find out more »

Alice in Vashonland Project

Alice in Vashonland Project
Ages: 10-18
Instructors: Marita Ericksen, Christopher Dawson, Elise Ericksen
Location: online via Zoom

Students in Alice In Vashonland will join the ranks of performers around the world who are finding new ways to create art in safe, digitally enabled ways. Our original reinterpretation of this beloved children's classic will include music, movement, costumes, scene development, and class sessions on video auditioning and self-tapes. Classes will take place via Zoom (with breakouts for scene writing and rehearsal) and outside at VCA. We will also be filming scenes on location at iconic spots around the island. All scenes have been adapted to respect social distancing and masking guidelines with careful in-person rotations. The course will culminate with a streamed video of the project for family, friends, and community to enjoy.

Find out more »

Fearless Drawing

Fearless Drawing
Ages: 15-Adult
Thursdays, Jan 21-Mar 25 | 7-9 pm
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Bruce Morser
Location: Online via Zoom

Ask a class of first graders "Anyone want to draw?"- they'll all scream "YES!" Ask a bunch of adults…not so enthusiastic. What happened? We all know drawing is at the core of so many creative activities. And even though our brains are actually wired to succeed at it, why do many of us lack confidence? Drawing, it turns out, is much more of a "mindset" than a "skill". Unfortunately, most of us judge our skill first, and never deal with the mindset, so we never really get started, or skillful. This workshop is designed to tackle that conundrum. We'll define, then open “the mindset” with a variety of rendering activities, and then we'll draw a bunch of images. No experience necessary - honest. Bruce Morser has created images for National Geographic, NASA, Nike, Starbucks, Smithsonian, Microsoft, and many more.

Find out more »
+ Export Events

Vashon Center for the Arts
Education Programs
COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Safety is a top priority for our VCA education program. We recognize that the COVID situation is changing very rapidly, so we are closely monitoring CDC and State/local health department guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff. Based on these recommendations, if any of the below protocols merit changes, we will do so and communicate accordingly.

We implement the following protocols to help keep staff and students safe in our in-person classes:

*All in-person classes will happen outside under one of our large tents (if heavy rain is in the forecast for that day, class will be held online. Students will be notified in advance via email or phone).
*All students are required to wear a mask
*Each class begins with sanitizing hands and student temperature checks. Students with a temperature above 100 degrees will be sent home.
*Class sizes are reduced (max of 10-15) and students meet in groups of 5 or 6
*Class activities are designed to maintain 6 ft of social distancing
*Students have their own work spaces and materials
*High contact areas and surfaces are sanitized frequently

We will communicate quickly and openly to parents in the event of any suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. In the situation of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case we will contact local health officials and follow their guidance on next steps.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our registrar Crissy Baker at or 206-259-3005.

Scholarships available!

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

**VCA couldn’t do it without all our volunteers and donors who contribute in so many ways including our SCHOLARSHIP fund!! Thank you!! We have scholarships available for all applicants, making art and dance accessible to all!

Teaching Artist Videos

Every year, VCA’s arts education program hosts classes with local teaching artists, giving students opportunities to create meaningful, seasonal gifts–for themselves, friends and family. This year, we’re unable to gather in person for these classes but would like to mark the season with these fun and instructional videos for our students and families –as well as to highlight some of our teaching artists, who are truly gifts to the VCA community. We hope you enjoy them!