Arts & Cultural Programs
The Arts & Cultural programs include classes and workshops in music, dance, fine arts, crafts, cooking and many other activities for adults and children of all ages. You'll find classes in pottery, drawing, painting, poetry, swing dance, vegetarian cuisine and more. Click the brochure link below to download current programs! Scroll down or click here to view our program areas and learn about our instructors.
ARTS AND CRAFTS BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Fun & creative birthday celebrations for kids who love art and crafts!
Art Explorers - for children 2-6 yrs. $175 plus tax for up to 8 participants for a 1.5 hour party
Art Studio Adventures - for youth 6-12 yrs. $250 plus tax for up to 10 participants for a 2.5 hour party.
Choose from a number of creative themes with fun, age appropriate
art or craft activities for partygoers. Party schedule includes directed activities, plus time for cake and opening presents. Room rental at Strawberry Hill Center. Project materials, and instruction are included in the fee - you provide food, beverages and tableware. Contact Sue at 842-2306x116 for reservations and more information.
Come explore this fascinating archipelago and its remarkable inhabitants with presenter Sue Hylen, Arts & Cultural Manager for the BI Metro Park & Rec District. Details for the 2014 spring trip will be shared with stories and photos from the 2013 BI Galapagos trip.
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Pottery Classes for adult and youth at Eagledale Pottery Studio (5055 Rose Avenue at Eagledale Park). Our studio features a gas kiln, raku kiln and several electric kilns as well as kick wheels and electric wheels. Our highly skilled staff teach a variety of classes each quarter with an exciting array of clays, glazes and other materials from which to choose.
“The Eagledale studio is such a creative cauldron. … I feel energized and inspired by my fellow students as well as the great teachers. …How the teachers manage to inspire and educate while allowing students of all backgrounds to do their own thing at their own pace is quite an art in itself.” Leslie Bland
Sherri Underwood (Grossbauer) has been a Studio Artist in Kingston for over 15 years. She has been teaching adult pottery classes and workshops at Eagledale Pottery since 2004. Sherri graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1989 with her BFA in ceramics and sculpture and moved to Kitsap County in 1992. At her home studio she explores low fire techniques and produces functional pottery as well as custom tiles. Her decorative pots can be seen at various Galleries in the area.
Jay has lived in Japan for three years, spending one of them as a full time pottery apprentice near Bizen, one of the six classic pottery studios in Japan. He currently works and teaches both youth and adult out of his studio/gallery in Indianola as well as at Eagledale Pottery Studio.
Suzanna Lugo has been teaching pottery for youth, teens and Adults at Eagledale Pottery Studio since January 2006 with extensive experience and education in clay. Student comment-
“Suzanna Lugo has to be the most encouraging teacher I've ever had. She teases and cajoles me into exploring creative avenues I would never have imagined were there. I often end up with amazing product that I had no idea I would be able to create. And her classes are always fun and relaxed.”
Terry Siebert, Fall 2011 ED Pottery instructor Terry Siebert received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She started her explorations with earthenware and Majolica glazes at Pottery Northwest in 1981. Over the years she has exhibited her work nationally and taught numerous workshops. Her work is featured in many books including most recently, Masters: Earthenware by Lark Books. For the past 20 years she has lived and worked as a studio potter on Bainbridge Island, WA. www.terrysiebert.com
Sue Tuttle is a working potter, teacher and the owner ofMud Flats Pottery (www.facebook.com/MudFlatsPottery). She strives to reinforce the importance of creativity in everyday life. Her selection of studio classes offered at Mud Flats Pottery and Eagledale Pottery Studio are designed to promote community enrichment through shared art experiences. Her teaching philosophy is to give every student the basic skills to become a successful potter, while at the same time encouraging them to develop their own styles. Sue currently resides with her family in Seattle. www.mudflatspottery.com
Arts & Crafts
Paula Ensign has been filling sketchbooks and journals with her drawings since she was 10 years old. It was natural to major in both Studio Art and Art History at Principia College. Workshops with artists such as Frank Webb, Michael Schlicting, Jim Lamb and Frank Serrano have kept her artistic skills developing. Paula’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the Northwest. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, a life member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and current President of Plein Air Washington Artists. Paula especially enjoys teaching drawing to beginning artists of all ages and firmly believes that anyone can learn to draw. She is delighted to have recently returned to live on Bainbridge Island.
Cynthia Herrick enjoys teaching her creative craft classes at Fernwood Studio to help spark the creativity in everyone. She has been professionally involved with a local child care facility, a popular garden tour, three cottage industries, and an island garden center. Her products have been seen at Nordstrom's, Studio Tour, Christmas in the Country, & Indie Banditas.
Stain Glass Classes taught by Julie Hews Everett, who has been a working glass artist and instructor for more than 35 years. During that time, she has worked in many different styles and mediums including stained, fused, and mouth-blown glass. Her numerous pieces are installed at locations in North America and Europe. She maintains a full-service studio at Fletcher Bay on Bainbridge Island, WA where she teaches the art of stained glass and glass fusing. In addition, Julie designs and builds new custom glass commissions and refurbishes and repairs stained glass pieces.
Metalsmith Jewelry classes taught by Jane Martin at Camp Yeomalt Multipurpose Classroom (900 Park Ave) Jane Martin is a studio jeweler producing work, which is sold in galleries throughout the United States. In 1978, she received a BFA degree in jewelry/metalsmithing from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art). In 1988, Jane was a founding board member of the Seattle Metals Guild and program director for four years. In 1990, she founded Net Contents Gallery and in 1999 co-founded Art Jewelry Showcase both on Bainbridge Island. In 1994, she was the founder and a committee member for the Jewelry/Metals Symposium, Seattle Metals Guild. The 2002 Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Fund awarded Jane a grant to start a jewelry/metalsmithing class on Bainbridge Island through BIMPRD. She also teaches at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.
Mosaics Using Ceramics: Pique Assiette by Gillian Allard Gillian fell in love with mosaics in Barcelona’s Park Guell seeing the work of Anton Gaudi for the first time. Five years ago she made her first mosaic stepping stone with her sister. Since then Gillian has created mosaics for her garden, friends and family using broken dishes, tile, and found objects (the technique known as pique assiette). With four years of experience, Gillian loves to teach mosaics to both kids and adults.
Woodworking classes co sponsored with the Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop offering classes by local woodworkers. Local woodworkers have formed a non-profit organization, Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop to build a community woodshop. Members will be able to work on their own projects there, and the organization will work with the Park District to sponsor a robust series of classes for all skill levels. Membership in the group is open to all. To find out more about the Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop, and to suggest topics for future woodworking classes, visit their website at www.bainbridgecommunitywoodshop.org.
Robert Spangler, Woodworking Instructor. Since 1973 I have been a full time furniture maker. After working in the design field as a Landscape Architect I became fascinated with woodworking and apprenticed with a third generation cabinetmaker. Since then my work has been included in National shows, public art projects, various publications, competitions and private collections. Over the years I have come to believe that building and designing are inseparable - both processes inspire, one feeding the other. Mostly self-taught I believe that have made every mistake imaginable and can help students to be very creative in solving their woodworking problems. I was an instructor at the University of Washington in the Art Department Woodshop for 7 1/2 years and have worked with students at all skill levels. My work is shown in galleries in Portland, Bainbridge Island and NW Fine Woodworking in Seattle.
Preston Michaels currently teaches Wood Technologies ("woodshop"), Architectural and Mechanical drafting in the CTE program at Bainbridge Island High School. Until five years ago, he owned a remodeling and carpentry company for 16 years, and also worked as a licensed building inspector. Prior to that, he worked in human resource management, truss manufacturing and contractor sales. Prior to moving to Washington, he was licensed as a California Contractor for six years. He graduated from California State University, CHICO, in Social Science with major coursework in Industrial Technology. My advice to all who want to teach, try it, you will never believe how fun and rewarding it is.
Creative Sewing & Crafts classes for Youth & Adult with Jeanette Schanilec at Strawberry Hill Center (7666 NE High School Rd in Strawberry Hill Park). Jeanette Schanilec has been teaching sewing and crafts on Bainbridge Island since 2000. A safe, supportive, and age-appropriate environment; quality materials; and fun, imaginative projects are the cornerstones of her popular programs. www.justcrafts.net
“Having the right materials and tools at hand, as well as providing a safe and supportive environment, are the cornerstones of my programs. In my small group classes, workshops, and camps (6:1 or lower student to teacher ratio) I am able to offer personalized attention, high-quality materials, and creative flexibility. I design my own projects not just because I enjoy the creative process, but because I want to make sure that the projects that I present in my classes are doable and will provide a pleasurable and successful creative experience for my students. Children and adults of every level of ability and experience are welcome in my classes. I am happy to collaborate with students and families to figure out the best approach and adaptations necessary to make crafting accessible to everyone!”
Drawing & Painting
Drawing & Painting Classes for adult and youth
Watercolor, pastels, oil painting, drawing, collage, art studio sampler classes and more are taught by talented local artists at Strawberry Hill Center (7666 NE High School Rd in Strawberry Hill Park).
“… I love the Park District classes because I get to see what others are painting, and I can share my years of painting with other students. I learn new things each time I begin a new painting, or see what other painters have done. It keeps me young.” Arta Johnson
John Adams, watercolor instructor< Pacific Northwest watercolorist John F. Adams has been painting with watercolor since 1975. He has a BA in Fine Art and Art History from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and an AAS in Graphic Design from Seattle Central Community College. As a signature member of both the National and Northwest Watercolor Societies, his work is exhibited in juried
shows and galleries locally and throughout the United States. John works as a graphic designer,
watercolor instructor for BIMPRD, and paints from his home studio by Hood Canal. "I encourage my students to learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting and design in a positive, creative environment where all levels of experience are
Marcia Millican has been an art instructor for both youth and adult at Strawberry Hill Center since 2001. A resident of Bainbridge Island for over 30 years, Marcia received her B.A. in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Skilled in a variety of mediums, Marcia offers age appropriate art experiences and enrichment for ages 2 through adult, incorporating famous artists, history, and culture into her curriculum. From the toddler exploring painting, to the nervous adult in their first-ever drawing class, Marcia thrives on encouraging the beginner artist in the creative process. Marcia regularly brings her students’ work into the public realm through displays at the Bainbridge Island Public Library and the Don Nakata Pool. In addition to her art endeavors, Marcia also writes poetry, is a mother of two teenage boys, and is a substitute Special Education Para educator for the Bainbridge Island School District.
Gillian Bull, adult painting and pastels instructor. "My work is representational, with an authentic sense of place using pastels or oils. I enjoy painting landscapes en plein air and portraits in the studio. Taking workshops, painting with other artists and teaching pastels helps me to understand and enjoy the complexity and craft of painting." Gillian has a Diploma in Design with a major in painting and minor in ceramics from Bournemouth College of Art, and is a member of several professional art and painting organizations.
Sylvia Carlton, adult oil and acrylic painting. Sylvia's love for the outdoors shows in her passion for 'Plein Air Painting', painting on location in natural light. Each painting reflects a passing moment of beauty captured in radiant truthful color. She paints the outdoors in natural light conditions as accurately as she can to preserve the essence of the light to share with others. Sylvia has studied with Eileen Nelson, Susan Sarback, Lois Griffel, Guido Frick and other artists who represent the two main schools of impressionism in the United States taught under Henry Hensche and Sergei Bongart. Sylvia maintains a studio and gallery in her home on Bainbridge Island which is open by appointment. Phone #206-842-8046. She started Plein Air Washington over 8 years ago. The group has many paint outs and participate in a regular show each year. www.pleinairwashington.com.
Gregg Onewein, Life Drawing volunteer coordinator at Strawberry Hill Center for over 10 years! Gregg’s work can be found in many local NW galleries including Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.
Dorothy Matthews. After decades of trying to fit my work into family activities, create art while traveling or with limited or no studio space, I’ve finally evolved a process for painting on the go that incorporates traditional watercolor techniques, but uses a complete and portable ‘studio’ that fits into a pocket or purse. Painting on the go helps capture the excitement I find while traveling even close to home and satisfies my desire to create Art Anywhere. Showing others how they can do the same is the objective of the Art Anywhere class. I create Art Anywhere. You can too! I studied painting and ceramics formally in Washington, California, and Oregon and worked primarily with clay for many years. After graduating from San Jose State University I found the forms and textures that interested me most were derived from simple sketches and paintings of rocks, trees, plant forms and water patterns. This interest in landscape elements continues to influence my current work.
Darlene Dihel. Sumi painting instructor Darlene Dihel brings to the classroom many years of experience as both an artist and K through 12 art/classroom teacher, retired for years. In her workshops she shares many important aspects of Sumi painting such as its history, use and care of materials, basic calligraphy strokes, resources for materials, handouts for reference, and much more.
Susan Callan has been immersed in the world of books and the craft of bookbinding for many years. Her retirement “career” revolves around all things Book Arts – folding-binding-sewing; paper engineering; innovating & adapting; writing & painting; and, of course, continual learning. She folds all aspects of this passion into teaching classes and workshops on Bainbridge Island and elsewhere. Susan teaches primarily to inspire creativity in others, so many of her classes are geared to those with no prior experience, but a lot of curiosity.
Writing, Poetry, Storytelling, Acting, Public Speaking
Susan Cawman currently resides on Bainbridge Island with her family. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, she moved to New York to study dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also trained in the Meisner Technique, a method acting discipline with a strong foundation in improv and being in the moment. Her studies led her to Gotham City Improv where she studied, performed, and taught before accepting a job at the cable television company, Comedy Central. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, and the Actor's Equity Association.
Margaret Nevinski holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s the author of children’s books for the school market as well as published stories and poems. Margaret has been teaching Creative Writing Workshops for young writers since 2000, and recently added “Creativity for Writers” for adults. Whether working with children, teens, or adults, Margaret loves to help writers explore their imaginations, express their unique voices, and put words to the page.
“Creativity for Writers was just what I needed. I was able to connect with other creative people, learn about the creative process and have fun…. Not only did I make great connections in the class, but I also was able to tap into a creative side of me that I hadn't given voice to in years.” Erin Jennings
John Willson has taught the Poetry Writing Workshop with B. I. Metro Park and Recreation Arts & Cultural programs since 1991. In an atmosphere of positive, constructive criticism, he tries to nudge workshop conversations about poems toward a balance between nuts-and-bolts comments-where to break a line or stanza, where a different word or phrase might be more effective-and the overall impact of the poem on the level of emotion, how the poem makes us feel. The aim is to have the poet leave the workshop with ideas on how to revise toward the craft and the feeling of the poem. He believes in living long with a given poem in order to find its integrity, and encourages workshop members to bring revisions to subsequent workshops. To read a little more about John, click here.
Chuck Kirchner, a photographer as well as a transportation and environmental planning consultant, has traveled extensively in the US and abroad for both pleasure and business. And he’s always planning the next trip! His photographs have been published in local and national publications and have been exhibited at various Puget Sound area venues.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND PHOTO CLUB
Learn about techniques used by other photographers, ways to display photos, and how to use new types of equipment including digital. Join the photo club and meet with both amateur and professional photographers. There are opportunities to share your work and to participate in a variety of events. Held monthly on the 2nd Wed, (except in July and August when the meetings will be held the Thursday following the second Wednesday) from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bainbridge Commons, 370 Brien Dr NW. Call 780-2232, 855-9316 or 360-297-2448 or visit www.biphotoclub.org for more info.
Michelle Hofmann is a professionally trained baker who specializes in gluten free baking. Michelle attended the Seattle Culinary Academy where she earned a degree in French pastry and Artisan Bread Baking. She has been baking professionally and locally for over five years and has worked in bakeries dedicated to gluten free baking. Michelle has specialized in gluten free bread baking with a focus on whole grain healthiness and excellent taste. She currently lives and works as a baker on Bainbridge Island.
Stephanie von Tacky has been cooking in the PNW for over 25 years in restaurants, as a caterer, a personal chef, and on unique eco-tour boats in SE Alaska. She is also a Francophile, holds a MA in French.
Aileen Bergstrom grew up in Indonesia, in a Chinese family, where she became very familiar with both Southeast Asian cuisine as well as traditional Chinese cuisine. She attended the culinary school the Seattle Art Institute, where she mastered basic culinary arts as well as various advanced culinary disciplines.
Music and Dance
Sheila Phillips is a certified dance instructor in Swing, Salsa, Ballroom and Latin with 16 years teaching experience. She is the owner and operator of Educated Feet dance studio on Bainbridge Island. She was also co-founder and coach for the Bainbridge award-winning teen troupe, the Swingin’ Hepcats. Sheila’s love for dance and in teaching dance gives her greatest satisfaction in social partner dancing. Above all, she believes in sharing the joy of dance with another. Sheila feels that dance has no boundaries and offers private and group instruction at all age & skill levels. Sheila believes dance in itself, is a lifelong learning experience. www.educatedfeet.net
Barbara Deering: guitar instructor - Barbara Deering is a long time resident here on Bainbridge. You may recognize her name and/or face from work she has done at the BPA, from her 15 year ownership of our one time local music store, Deering Music Co., or as someone who has taught your child, neighbor, or friend something over the past several years! Making her living as a performer as well as a teacher, Barbara has been teaching music and acting for over 30 years. Through the Parks Dept., she enjoys helping friends and neighbors learn self expression and creative new skills as she firmly believes the Arts are for EVERYONE!
Heather Scott with Little Woodstock Music Together
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and the adults who love them! Music Together is a community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance oriented setting. Music Together classes are research based & developed from a multi-age learning model, so siblings attend classes together. Watch your child learn, grow and develop basic music competence while having all around goofy fun! Music Together has been offering Family Music Classes for 20 yrs! Come experience the Joy of Family Music - it really is like Woodstock for Little People! Instructor Heather Scott is a licensed Music Together Center Director.
Yoga, Qigong and more
Carol Wallace has been dedicated to her personal practice of yoga for more than 25 years. For most of that time she has taught as well as practiced, mainly on Bainbridge Island, where she lives simply, adhering closely to the yoga ethical principles (the yamas and niyamas). Over the years her offerings to the yoga community have included study with guest teachers, her own yoga intensive workshops in and out of the country, and her broad variety of practice and yoga styles. Carol draws from various yoga disciplines, drawing inspiration comes from such respected teachers as Shiva Rea, Judith Lassiter, Jivamukti, and many outstanding NW teachers including Kathleen Hunt, Eiric Ovrid and Rebekkah LaDyne. She looks to Jack Kornfield and Salvatore Zambito as her special spiritual mentors. Her knowledge of yoga is deep and diverse, and she brings to every class a fresh, creative perspective of the practice of yoga. Om shanti.
Bridge with Anne Sommer
Anne Sommer loves bridge. For Anne, nothing matches the creativity, pleasure and excitement of the best game in the world, except for other bridge players. Ordained as a certified bridge instructor by the American Contract Bridge League in 2009 and a current member of the American Bridge Teacher’s Association, Anne hopes, through her classes, to convert others.
Foreign Languages and more
After living in Italy for 8 years, traveling, studying and graduating from the Università di Firenze (Florence, Italy), Ashlee Redfern returned to the Pacific Northwest and earned a TESOL certification from Seattle University’s S-TESL program. She has taught English in Italy and Italian in the USA over the past 10 years. Her Italian Language Courses are specifically designed for Curious Travelers and Continuing Learners with the end goal of conversation—basic grammar, useful vocabulary, cultural information and colloquialisms are tools for gaining confidence in speaking this musical and romantic language. Ashlee recently developed her business, Italian Inspirations, to offer in-home Italian Dinner Experiences, Cooking Lessons, Translations, Consulting, and Guided Culinary Tours of Tuscany. Read her blog at www.italian-inspirations.com or find Italian Inspirations on Facebook for the latest news & info.
Julieta Vitullo, Spanish instructor. Julieta is a native of Argentina and has a PhD in Latin American Literature. She’s taught Spanish for 12 years. Borrowing from authentic materials such as poems, comics, songs and movie clips, Julieta’s classes will help you acquire the language while you get familiar with the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
Julia Ensley, French instructor I grew up in Southern England and began studying French at the age of eight. Since then, I have studied approximately 12 languages and taught French, German, Italian and English as a Second Language. You could say that learning and teaching languages is a passion. My own, personal, lifetime hobby is studying Mandarin Chinese, which is an ongoing project. So I know what it takes to acquire the basics in a language and I'll be able to see what is causing students problems in French, and help them find a way to fix or go around it. Part of my philosophy is to encourage students to make the language their own, by learning the words that are relevant to them and their interests. www.frenchonbainbridge.com
Jan Fredrickson, Adaptive Recreation Pottery, Cooking & Field Trips for People with special needs. Jan has taught cooking for many years with Kent Parks Adaptive Recreation. She is a former Special Education Teacher who, with her husband Craig, operates a home for people with disabilities here on Bainbridge Island.