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19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
1 206 463 5131

Suzuki Violin Lessons 

Suzuki Violin Lessons 
Ages: 4-18 
16 weekly lessons, Sept 12-January 30 (skip Nov 20-26 and Dec 18-31) | Contact Gaye to schedule 
15 Minutes: $290 General | $270 Member 
30 Minutes: $560 General | $510 Member 
45 Minutes: $750 General | $690 Member 
Instructor: Gaye Detzer 
Location: Blue Heron Classroom 

The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language – through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Students can register for 15, 30 or 45 minute lessons. Class includes one group lesson per month. Gaye Detzer has been a Suzuki teacher for almost 40 years. Contact Gaye with questions GayeD@vashoncenterforthearts.org 

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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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Musical Theatre Ensemble Class: Shrek, Jr. – FULL

Musical Theatre Ensemble Class: Shrek, Jr. - WAITLIST
Grades: 3-5
Tuesdays, Sept 13- Nov 15 | 4:15-6 pm and Sun, Nov 6 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm
*Additional rehearsals during tech week
Performances: Fri & Sat, Nov 18 & 19
Tuition: $290 General | $270 Member (includes $30 production fee)
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Blue Heron Gallery and VCA Stage

Be part of the exciting big group songs in the Shrek production! Ensemble students will transform into fairytale characters and have a magical time while learning about theatre and its production.

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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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Little Mozart

Little Mozart
Ages: 4-6
Saturdays, Oct 1-Nov 5 | 10-11:30 am
Tuition: $110 General | $100 Member
Instructor: Tricia Rose
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

A creative & fun introduction to reading music for young children! Learn to how to read music on a staff through letters, numbers and colors. Class will include fun and silly songs as well as rhythm and movement exercises.

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Fun with Art – Preschool Style! – NEW DATES

Fun with Art - Preschool Style!
Ages: 4-6 (focused 3-year-olds welcome)
NEW DATES - Mondays, Oct 3-Nov 7 |10 -11:30 am
Tuition: $115 General | $105 Member (includes $5 materials fee)
Instructor: Tricia Rose
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Bring your preschoolers for a fun immersive experience in art, with different projects and techniques each week. Drop your child off and get some chores done or stay and be a part of the fun.

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Kids Clay Lab – NEW DATES

Kids Clay Lab
Ages: 7-12
Wednesdays, Oct 5-Oct 26 | 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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Beyond the Selfie

Beyond the Selfie
Ages: 9-15
Thursdays, Oct 6-Nov 10 | 4:15-5:45 pm (skip Nov 3)
Tuition: $145 General | $135 Member (includes $35 materials fee)
Instructor: Annie Marie Musselman
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Who are you beyond the surface? How can you creatively show that in photographs? Explore self-portrait photography in different ways and varying locations, with both digital and film. Annie Marie Musselman’s work has appeared on the covers of Audubon, Smithsonian, and Outside magazine and inside The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic among others.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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