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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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Adult Belly Dance 

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

Adult Belly Dance 
Ages 17+ 
Session 1: Fridays, Sept 16-Oct 28 | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Session 2: Fridays, Nov 4-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11, 25, Dec 23 & 30) | 2:00-3:00 pm 
Tuition for Session 1: $130 General | $120 Member  
Tuition for Session 2: $145 General | $135 Member 
Instructor: Maya Krah 
Location: Downstairs Studio 

This course incorporates basic Belly Dance isolation techniques with Flamenco, Cabaret, and Raqs Sharki classical stylings. You'll learn several short phrases of movement comprising our "dance language" and be able to take those dance phrases to build your own solo by the end of the semester!  Mainstream Belly Dance is divided into two broad categories of dancers: with and without hand cymbals (zills). We are no zills, all frills in this class!  

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Ballet 3

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

Ballet 3
Ages: 8-11
Wednesdays & Fridays, Sept 14-Jan 20 (skip Nov 11 & 23-25, Dec 21-30) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $860 General | $790 Member
Instructors: Madeline Morser & Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs Studio

At this level, dancers train twice weekly for skill acquisition and injury prevention. Dancers will be introduced to turns, more intricate combinations, and proper technique will be a focus. Students are invited to perform in Vashon’s Nutcracker Dec 1-4, and rehearsals are an additional 45-minute session following the Wednesday class.

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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

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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 – WAITLIST

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Clay Vessels - WAITLIST
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

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.

Whim W’Him | Winter ’23

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

FEATURING NEW CREATIONS BY Mike Esperanza, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Olivier Wevers WINTER ‘23 is sure to thrill audiences with a new voice and much-anticipated returns. As always, Whim W’Him […]

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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.

Portage-Fill Harmonic

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Celebrating our 50th year as an ensemble, Vashon’s Portage Fill Big Band brings the Big Band Era to life, playing jazz standards and dance tunes from the 30’s, 40’s and […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Kerry James Marshall

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Kerry James Marshall (born 1955), one of the finest painters working anywhere, turns the sites of Black American experience – the barber shop, the diner, the projects – into settings […]

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VRT Presents: Sweeney Todd

19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Vashon Repertory Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical version of an old English terror tale will showcase some of the Island’s best singing voices with Stephanie Murray in the late […]

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra returns to Kay White Hall for a matinée performance featuring island musicians and student soloists--as well as guest performers--in a program that will both surprise and […]

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph Shabalala, then a young farmboy turned factory worker. The group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Ladysmith, […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Alice Neel

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Alice Neel (1900-1984) painted portraits that are as radical in their own way as the drips of Jackson Pollock. Living and working in Spanish Harlem, she made bold and memorable […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Jeffrey Gibson

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

A multimedia artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, Gibson combines traditional Native American artistic elements with abstraction and pop culture references to create unique works that are both witty and […]