Workshops, Lectures, and Series

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

To be added to our Education mailing list, contact Director of Education Lynnette Sandbloom,

To purchase a membership for discounts on workshops, visit our membership page.

Amy D'Apice boat sketchSketching on Location with Amy D’Apice

When: 1-4 p.m. Fridays, July 11 through August 8
Where: First class meets at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
Cost: $200 for the series, BAC members $190, students $165. Drop in option: $50, BAC members $47, students $42

Sketching is a powerful way to “see” and experience the world. This dynamic five-part course teaches students to record their impressions and visions on paper. Working at a new location each week, Amy will guide you through the process of seeing and remembering details by creating drawings that are free, loose, and interpretive.

Beneficial to beginners and experienced sketchers alike, the course covers everything from how to hold a pencil to how to capture the human figure in movement, underscoring basics like composition and form as you go.

All levels of drawing experience are welcome.

Saturday Morning Painting Jam with Amy D’Apice

Two separate sessions are available:

  • Session I:  9 a.m. to noon July 12, 19, & 26. Cost: $165, BAC members $150, students $130. Location: Hyla Middle School.
  • Session II: 9 a.m. to noon August 2 & 9. We’ll be painting plein air, rain or shine. Cost: $95, BAC members $85, students $75. Meeting locations to be announced.

Improve your acrylic and oil painting skills and learn new ones in this dynamic workshop designed to foster both your technique and the courage to use it!

The course will cover composition, color theory, painted edges, creating light, impasto, and enlightening critiques. It is geared specifically toward acrylics and oils.

Sign up for both sessions and save: $230, BAC members $220, students $195.

Amy FashionFashion Illustration with Amy D’Apice

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 14, 21 & 28
Where: BAC
Cost: $125, BAC members $105, students $95

In this three-part workshop, you’ll explore the dynamic world of fashion design and illustration using line, light, color, and movement. Designed for beginners and experienced sketchers, this course takes students on an exploratory journey of figure and fabric!

Instruction includes basic figure construction, sketching with line, value, color, and mixed media.

Erica Applewhite, TapBlock Prints: A Workshop for Adults with Erica Applewhite

When: 1:30 p.m. August 3
Where: BAC
Cost: $50, BAC members $45, students $40

Explore the unique world of block printing! Discover a simple and portable method of creating small relief prints to use for cards, handmade books, your own logo, etc. You will design and carve your own block to keep and hand print again and again.

Carving tools and materials will be provided during class. Workshop participants please bring a pencil, a blue or black ink pen, and idea books or visual materials for inspiration.

Erica Applewhite, Tap, 2013. Tarah Trede photo.

Mary McInnis, Morning  on the PolousePastel Exploration with Mary McInnis

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 8 & 9
Where: Hyla Middle School
Cost: $125, BAC members $105, students $95

Capturing light and putting color to stunning use are the hallmarks of Mary’s pastel work. In this two-day workshop, she’ll demonstrate techniques, discuss materials, and then help you navigate your own luminous, vibrant world.

Mary generously shares her soft pastels during the class. A list of additional supplies will be provided when you register.

Mary McInnis, Morning on the Polouse. Pastel. Image courtesy of the artist.

Table Tops: Still Life Drawing & Painting with Diane Culhane

November 8, details to be announced

Diane coined the term “Table Top” to merge the traditional definition of “still life” with the new ways in which still lifes can take on meaning in our contemporary lives.

In this class, Diane will set a foundation based on paintings by masters of the form including Paul Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse. You’ll begin with drawing and end with acrylic painting, placing an emphasis on line and exploring the use of prismacolor pencils to apply glorious color to various surfaces.

Diane’s innovative, imaginative approaches will help you transform the tradition of still life into something uniquely your own.

See. Experience. Draw. Color. Paint.


We’re excited about this series of summer classes aimed at the younger set. Check our website for times, prices, and locations.

Michele Soderstrom, SkeeterPainting Horses in Watercolor with Michele Soderstrom

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 12, 13, & 14

Where: Hyla Middle School

Cost: $125, which includes all paint and supplies. You’ll also get to take home leftover supplies at the end of the workshop.

BAC welcomes award-winning, in-demand equine artist and instructor Michele Soderstrom for a three-part workshop in which you’ll learn to draw horses, paint them in watercolor, and explore color mixing.

For ages 7 and up.

Lee Schiring, WeatherWeather: A Collage Workshop for Kids with Lee Schiring

When: 10 a.m. to noon August 4 & 5
Where: Hyla Middle School
Cost: $80

Lightning strikes, dark storm clouds swirl, the hot sun fills the summer sky. Let’s make weather art!

In this two-part workshop, we’ll use collage to explore the drama of weather. We’ll look at pictures, share ideas and then sketch, cut, tear, and arrange paper. Most supplies will be provided by the instructor.

For ages 7 and up.

Lee Schiring, Weather, 2014. Collage. Spike Mafford photo.  

Block Printing with Erica Applewhite

Two separate sessions available:

  • Session I: Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to noon or
  • Session II: Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Hyla Middle School

Cost: $40

Explore the fun, inventive world of block printing! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to design and carve a small block print to use for cards, scrapbooks, stationery, or whatever your imagination can dream up. When the class is over, you’ll keep your block so you can hand print again and again. For ages 9 and up. Carving tools will be provided during class. Students, please bring a pencil, a blue or black ink pen, and idea books or visual materials for inspiration.

Susan Wiersema, Bug IICreepy, Crawly Bugs and Reptiles with Susan Wiersema

When: 10 a.m. to noon August 18, 19 & 20
Where: Hyla Middle School
Cost: $120

Hey, bug artists! Learn to capture the weird spots, funky bumps, and dazzling colors of bugs and reptiles using colored pencil and a few simple techniques.

In this three-part workshop you’ll learn texturing, transfer layering, finishing, and erasing, all of which will make your creatures pop. The entomologists and herpetologists in your life will turn green with envy.

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Jennifer Umphress, green octopus (detail). Tami Meader photo.