Northwind offers a winter catalog of art classes

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Art School, formed after the merger of the Port Townsend School of the Arts and the Northwind Art Center, released a new winter course catalog this weekend.

Thirty-six in-person classes and 16 online programs are listed on the nonprofit school’s website, The first class listed is at the end of this month.

At its classroom space in Building 306 at Fort Worden State Park, Northwind continues to follow mandates and requires students and teachers to be vaccinated and wear masks, Education Director Meg Kaczyk said.

In-person class sizes are limited to eight people, so students are advised to register early.

The full course load means the school is at the pre-pandemic level for the first time, Kaczyk said.

Sixteen local teaching artists and eight guest artists will teach classes in a variety of media, from ceramics and fiber to assemblage, printmaking and portraiture. “Introduction to Oil Painting” with Tracy Grisman, “Picture Books and Graphic Novels” with Dana Sullivan, “Nature-Inspired Printmaking” with Rebecca Wild, “Have a Heart Collage” with Anne Schneider and “Play with Paint” with Max Grover are among the adult offerings.

Classes for kids during spring break in April include “Pattern Layering” with Dana Weir and “Graphic Novels & Comix for Teens” with Sullivan, who is the author of “Dead Max Comix,” a series of graphic novels for teens. school-aged youth. .

Other teachers from the Port Townsend School of the Arts era are returning, Kaczyk noted: Jesse Joshua Watson, Darsie Beck, Rick Myers and Katey Rissi are among them, while guest instructors include the abstract artist based in Santa Fe Sandra Duran Wilson.

“It’s really wonderful to see activity and creativity returning to Building 306,” Kaczyk said.

“The past two years have presented challenges, and we had to act fast and furious to connect quickly when the pandemic hit, she said. Then as now, “creating art is a source of expression and healing for people, and we are committed to providing that outlet.”

In the new catalog are basic courses in painting, drawing and mixed media, while the school will offer courses in creative processes that combine writing and visuals.

For example, award-winning illustrator and journalist Steve Brodner will give an intensive graphic memory workshop. Writer Jennifer Andrews and photographers Rick York and Ginny Banks will teach a class called “Envisioned Stories.”

Northwind will also present some pop-up offers during the coming season: conferences, workshops and seasonal activities.

Fan donations have provided the school with a new air filtration system, projection equipment to see art demonstrations clearly from a distance, a fresh coat of paint and additional tools and supplies, Kaczyk added. .

“I see such gratitude among our community of artists,” she said, “for each other, for being able to be together again and for the opportunity to learn, grow and make a difference. ‘art.”


Diane Urbani de la Paz, Jefferson County Senior Reporter, can be reached at 360-417-3509 or
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