Workshops, Lectures, and Series

In addition to free monthly gallery talks and demos, BAC offers ongoing opportunities for edification and full-on creative immersion. Register for workshops at the front desk or call us at 206.842.3132.

Get onto our Education mailing list: Email Director of Education Lynnette Sandbloom,

Purchase a membership for discounts on paid workshops: Visit our membership page.

The Art of Collecting Art

When: May 16, June 20, and July 18

Art of Collecting ArtWhere: Venues to be given upon registration

Cost: $150 for the full series (members $125) or $65 for a single event.

Some of the island’s most intriguing art collectors open their homes, share their art, and tell their stories.

  • In May, we feature a colorful South-end home where well-known artists such as Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Edouard Vuillard are almost overwhelmed by the huge showing of contemporary artists from our region.
  • June takes you to a mid-century home with a Zen-like aesthetic and a collection built on a foundation of venerable Northwest artists, contemporary gems, and a gorgeous collection of Asian art.
  • In July, you’ll meet a couple who have collected art together since they were married 30 years ago. Their eclectic collection includes local and well-known contemporary artists, a large assortment of treasures from the couple’s world travels, and a wonderful collection of Judaica.

We must also add, views, views, views. We can’t tell you more until you register, but we can say that our hosts are among the most gracious and charming people we know.

Assemblage with Susan Wiersema

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on consecutive Sundays, May 31 & June 7

Assemblage bugWhere: BAC

Cost: $120, members $110, students $100

Make your vision a 3-D reality through assemblage. In this two-part class, you’ll use colored pencil as your primary medium, learning about how to use image transfers to create bugs, birds, or any other assemblage that strikes your fancy.

The workshop cost covers materials, assembling, layering, and framing your piece.

Susan Wiersema, Pi Bug. Image courtesy of the artist.

Watercolor with Anita Lehmann

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 & 20

Anita Lehmann, UntitledWhere: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Cost: $195, BAC members $175, students $160

Watercolor creates opportunities to describe and evoke emotion in a subject. In this two-day workshop, you’ll develop an understanding of transparent watercolor while discovering the medium’s variables and learning how to communicate with your own voice using loose strokes and bold color.

Anita is a former drawing instructor at the University of Washington and a practicing architect.

Anita Lehmann, Untitled, watercolor. Image courtesy of the artist.

Plein Air Pastel Weekend with Stan Sperlak, PSA


When: Three-day workshop runs Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Stan Sperlak, TracksWhere: To be announced

Cost: Early bird special! Sign up and pay before April 30 to get a special rate of $350 (members $325, students $300). May 1 and later: $400 (members $375, students $350)

Whether you’re a beginning or an advanced student, Stan’s methods for how to see, analyze, and reinterpret a scene will take your skills to the next level. In this class you’ll learn how to bring forth paintings that reflect your emotion and connection to your subject while still producing believable images.

Based in New Jersey, Stan Sperlak is a nationally recognized artist and instructor who holds sell-out workshops around the country and whose work has been featured in Pastel Journal. Don’t miss this Northwest opportunity! The weekend includes an opening night meet and greet at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Stan Sperlak, Tracks. Image courtesy of the artist.

Beginning Pastel with Mary McInnis

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 7 & 8

Where: Hyla Middle School

Cost: $160, members $150, students $140

Capture any subject in pastel! All supplies will be provided.

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Diana Cronin, Bicycling in Snow pasta dish, 2013 (detail). Porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.