Summer Arts Festival Workshops

Unlock Your Creativity with Hands-On Workshops

Dive into the world of art with our interactive workshops at the PhinneyWood Summer Arts Festival. Whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned creator, our workshops offer something for everyone. Learn new techniques, explore different mediums, and walk away with your own masterpiece. Don’t miss this chance to learn from local artists and expand your creative skills (kids and adults alike).

We offer some drop-in classes, such as Mini Watercoloring of PhinneyWood and Create Your Own Toolbox. For other classes, advance booking is required due to limited availability, so secure your tickets early to avoid missing out!

Workshops

Make a Mug, Slab Style!

Teaching Artist: Coco Spadoni
Class Time: 11am – 1:30pm
Fee: $75
Age Range: 14+

About the Workshop: Enjoy your beverage of choice in an exciting new mug you made yourself. Join us for a workshop where you’ll delve into the world of clay, specifically focusing on crafting your own unique mug. Guided by local artist, Coco Spadoni, you’ll explore the fundamentals of working with slabs and templates to shape your personalized mug. By the end of the course, you’ll proudly have a one-of-a-kind mug ready for firing. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artisan, all skill levels are encouraged to participate. This workshop is recommended for ages 14 and up. Rest assured, all materials will be provided onsite. Additionally, firing services are included, and Coco will expertly glaze the interior of your mug with a clear finish.

Coco's Story

Coco Spadoni is a ceramist artist and teacher based in Seattle. They are drawn to bold bright colors that pop with modern freshness! Spadoni uses patterns and abstract characters to explore what it means to be holistically human- with all our messiness and playful energy. Coco has taught hundreds the basics of clay and loves making art accessible!

Make a Mug, Slab Style!

Teaching Artist: Coco Spadoni
Class Time:
2.30pm – 5pm
Fee:
$75
Age Range: 14+

About the Workshop: Enjoy your beverage of choice in an exciting new mug you made yourself. Join us for a workshop where you’ll delve into the world of clay, specifically focusing on crafting your own unique mug. Guided by local artist, Coco Spadoni, you’ll explore the fundamentals of working with slabs and templates to shape your personalized mug. By the end of the course, you’ll proudly have a one-of-a-kind mug ready for firing. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artisan, all skill levels are encouraged to participate. This workshop is recommended for ages 14 and up. Rest assured, all materials will be provided onsite. Additionally, firing services are included, and Coco will expertly glaze the interior of your mug with a clear finish.

Coco's Story

Coco Spadoni is a ceramist artist and teacher based in Seattle. They are drawn to bold bright colors that pop with modern freshness! Spadoni uses patterns and abstract characters to explore what it means to be holistically human- with all our messiness and playful energy. Coco has taught hundreds the basics of clay and loves making art accessible!

Abstract Art Class

Teaching Artist: Brooke Lee
Class Time:
11am – 1:30pm
Fee:
$75
Age Range: 13+

About the Workshop: Dive into the world of geometric abstract art in our dynamic painting class! Participants will craft a unique 16×20″ abstract painting using a variety of tools and techniques, including brushes, a scraper, tape, and spray paint. Explore abstract painting methods, choose your favorite colors, and layer your creation with paint. Add an exciting twist with tape and metallic spray paint, then peel back the tape to unveil your stunning geometric masterpiece. This class is a perfect blend of instruction and creative freedom

Brooke's Story

Brooke Westlund, a native Seattleite, has always loved art. She studied Photography, Art History, and Business at Western Washington University. Following graduation, Brooke worked under artist James Jensen as an apprentice and was inspired to pursue painting.
She has slowly developed her unique style and built her career as an abstract and mixed media painter, exploring many styles and mediums over the years. Her work explores her love of life, the beautiful city of Seattle and all that it encompasses: texture, simplicity, complexity, movement, color, spontaneity, awareness and chaos. Brooke’s mixed media and abstract paintings show her world through her photography, different types of paints, dry pigments, stamps, encyclopedia cut outs, high gloss varnishes, and found
 materials. She blends them with large brushstrokes, splatters, drips and bold colors.
Brooke has shown her work in many venues across the Seattle area. She has worked on multiple corporate commission projects for interior designers as well as individuals to create the perfect painting for their home. She opened her public studio and gallery in the eclectic Pike Place Market in 2011 where she spends most of her time creating and showing her latest work.
www.brookewestlund.com

Flower Painting Class

Teaching Artist: Brooke Lee
Class Time:
2:30 pm – 5pm
Fee:
$75
Age Range: 13+

About the Workshop: Join us for a vibrant and colorful floral painting class! Under expert guidance, you’ll create a stunning 16×20″ floral masterpiece on canvas. Step by step, we’ll explore the fun and beauty of flower painting. By the end of the session, you’ll have a delightful finished artwork to proudly display at home. All materials provided, including a 16×20″ canvas.

Brooke's Story

Brooke Westlund, a native Seattleite, has always loved art. She studied Photography, Art History, and Business at Western Washington University. Following graduation, Brooke worked under artist James Jensen as an apprentice and was inspired to pursue painting.
She has slowly developed her unique style and built her career as an abstract and mixed media painter, exploring many styles and mediums over the years. Her work explores her love of life, the beautiful city of Seattle and all that it encompasses: texture, simplicity, complexity, movement, color, spontaneity, awareness and chaos. Brooke’s mixed media and abstract paintings show her world through her photography, different types of paints, dry pigments, stamps, encyclopedia cut outs, high gloss varnishes, and found
 materials. She blends them with large brushstrokes, splatters, drips and bold colors.
Brooke has shown her work in many venues across the Seattle area. She has worked on multiple corporate commission projects for interior designers as well as individuals to create the perfect painting for their home. She opened her public studio and gallery in the eclectic Pike Place Market in 2011 where she spends most of her time creating and showing her latest work.
www.brookewestlund.com

Family Friendly Improv Workshop

Teaching Organization: Taproot Theatre Company
Class Time: 1 – 2pm
Fee: $10
Age Range: Open to all! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian/participant who is 16+

About the Workshop: Explore the creativity, spontaneity and fun of improv in a bite-sized experience! Say Yes, and! to a quick lesson in the basics of improv that leads to collaborative games, story-telling and scene creation in a hilarious and supportive community atmosphere. Fundamentals of improv including games, techniques, and fun!

About the Taproot Theatre Company

Taproot Theatre Company tells stories of hope, serving the Pacific Northwest through live theatre and educational programs.

Theatre As Play

Teaching Organization:Taproot Theatre Company
Class Time: 2:30pm – 3pm
Fee: $10
Age Range: Open to all! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian/participant who is 16+

About the Workshop: Your child’s imagination provides the inspiration in this bite-sized workshop! They’ll experience the wonder of Theatre As Play as they work together to recreate a story their teacher just read in an environment where empathy and respect are highly valued. Children will listen to an age appropriate story, then with the guidance of an expert teacher they will act it out together.

About the Taproot Theatre Company

Taproot Theatre Company tells stories of hope, serving the Pacific Northwest through live theatre and educational programs.

Make a miniature PhinneyWood watercolor!

Drop-In Class: Find them beside the metal slides in the Artist Marketplace

Teaching Artist: Emily Weissman
Class Time:
All day in the artist marketplace outside – no booking necessary.
Fee:
$10 (Drop-In Class)
Age Range:
all ages (parent supervision recommended for young children)

About the Workshop: Unleash your inner artist and explore the beauty of PhinneyWood through watercolor painting. In this feature area, participants will have the opportunity to create their own mini-watercolor paintings using watercolor pencils, under the guidance of Emily Weissman, a talented local artist known for her captivating landscapes and vibrant compositions.

No prior experience is necessary! Emily and our helpful volunteers will provide step-by-step instructions, tips, and encouragement. Whether you’re a seasoned painter or trying watercolors for the first time, this activity is perfect for artists of all skill levels and ages.

Emily's Story

Emily is a local Seattle artist who loves to bring a playful and joyful quality to everyday scenes. Through watercolor, she captures the beauty of “ordinary” neighborhood places, in celebration of the people who give them meaning. Emily is also the illustrator of several children’s books including Harriet’s Grand Adventure and My Home Is With You. Most recently Emily released Color-Me Phinney, a coloring book full of architecture, history, shopfronts, and favorite foods in the Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods. Emily’s Etsy store has charming prints and quirky maps, and she accepts commissions for shopfronts and home portraits, as well as hand drawn illustrations of your family’s favorite recipes. You can find Emily online as @urb.em.sketches

Tiny Tinkerer's Toolbox Workshop

Drop-In Class: Find the booth in the Artist Marketplace

Teaching Organization: PNA Community Workshop
Class Time:
In the marketplace outside – no booking neccessary. First-come first-served.
Fee:
$20 (Drop-In Class)
Age Range:
5+ with adult participation

About the Workshop: Join us for an outdoor crafting experience with our ‘Tiny Tinkerer’s Toolbox Workshop,’ hosted by the PNA Community Workshop Volunteers. In this workshop, children have the opportunity to construct their own toolboxes, enhancing their creativity and building practical skills. No prior booking is required for this walk-up workshop; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. We provide all necessary materials, pre-cut for ease. Participants will focus on assembling their toolboxes. Join us for a fun, hands-on learning experience.

PNA Community Woodshop

The PNA Community Woodshop is a space that builds and supports a broad community of fabrication and woodworking. We welcome members who are enthusiastic about learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, skill, and community service.

Creative Dance | 3.5-5 years

Teaching Organization:American Dance Institute
Class Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
Fee: $20
Age Range: 3.5-5 years

About the Workshop: This class will work on developing body awareness, locomotor skills, strength, flexibility and coordination in a fun welcoming environment. Release your child’s inner creativity while they learn fun dance concepts. Maximum enrollment 12.

About the American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has been Phinneywood’s neighborhood dance school for 35 years teaching toddlers through adults in the art of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, KPOP, Creative Dance, Shuffle Dance and more. We welcome all body types and pride ourselves on being a warm welcoming studio to all who want to study dance. No snootiness allowed! 

You can learn more on their website www.americandanceinstitute.com or call (206) 783-0755

Pre-Ballet | 5-7 years

Teaching Organization:American Dance Institute
Class Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Fee: $20
Age Range: 5-7 years

About the Workshop: This class works on developing body awareness, locomotor skills, strength, flexibility and coordination in a fun welcoming environment. Release your child’s inner creativity while they learn fun dance concepts, Ballet positions and travelling ballet steps. Maximum enrollment 15.

About the American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has been Phinneywood’s neighborhood dance school for 35 years teaching toddlers through adults in the art of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, KPOP, Creative Dance, Shuffle Dance and more. We welcome all body types and pride ourselves on being a warm welcoming studio to all who want to study dance. No snootiness allowed! 

You can learn more on their website www.americandanceinstitute.com or call (206) 783-0755

Children's Hip-Hop | 8-10 years

Teaching Organization:American Dance Institute
Class Time: 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Fee: $20
Age Range: 8-10 years

About the Workshop: This class will begin with a thorough warm-up,  strengthening core muscles, which are essential for body control and the development of sound dancing techniques. Then, the class will focus on funk and hip-hop  choreography to help the students enhance their expressive ability. And of course, we play only clean music selections that are always family friendly. Attire : comfortable dance attire (leggings, shorts, sweats or loose jeans that and T-shirt and sneakers.) Maximum enrollment 20.

About the American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has been Phinneywood’s neighborhood dance school for 35 years teaching toddlers through adults in the art of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, KPOP, Creative Dance, Shuffle Dance and more. We welcome all body types and pride ourselves on being a warm welcoming studio to all who want to study dance. No snootiness allowed! 

You can learn more on their website www.americandanceinstitute.com or call (206) 783-0755

Jr/Teen KPOP | 11-14 years

Teaching Organization:American Dance Institute
Class Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Fee: $20
Age Range: 11-14 years

About the Workshop: Class will use simple and advanced cardio steps to recreate the iconic K-pop dance choreography moving to the beat of iconic KPOP groups and soloists including ItzyMomolandStray KidsAlexABlackpink, and more! Attire : comfortable dance attire (leggings, shorts or sweats and T-shirt and sneakers.) Maximum enrollment: 22

About the American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has been Phinneywood’s neighborhood dance school for 35 years teaching toddlers through adults in the art of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, KPOP, Creative Dance, Shuffle Dance and more. We welcome all body types and pride ourselves on being a warm welcoming studio to all who want to study dance. No snootiness allowed! 

You can learn more on their website www.americandanceinstitute.com or call (206) 783-0755

Adult KPOP | 15 years - adult

Teaching Organization:American Dance Institute
Class Time: 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Fee: $20
Age Range: 15 years – adult

About the Workshop:

Class will use simple and advanced cardio steps to recreate the iconic K-pop dance choreography moving to the beat of iconic KPOP groups and soloists including ItzyMomolandStray KidsAlexABlackpink, and more! Attire : comfortable dance attire (leggings, shorts or sweats and T-shirt and sneakers.) Maximum enrollment 22

About the American Dance Institute

The American Dance Institute has been Phinneywood’s neighborhood dance school for 35 years teaching toddlers through adults in the art of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Flamenco, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, KPOP, Creative Dance, Shuffle Dance and more. We welcome all body types and pride ourselves on being a warm welcoming studio to all who want to study dance. No snootiness allowed! 

You can learn more on their website www.americandanceinstitute.com or call (206) 783-0755

Print Your Own Custom Piano Nobile x PNA Summer Arts Festival Poster

Teaching Organization: Piano Nobile
Class Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Fee: $20 – max 20 per session
Age Range: 10 years+

About the Workshop:Learn how to screen print your very own custom poster to take home! Artist Isabelle Robertson will be at the press for a hands-on one-of-a-kind print experience. Ages 10+.

About Piano Nobile

Isabelle Grizzard and Nickolas Robertson founded Piano Nobile in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. From the beginning the studio has centered a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, from their first residential and commercial architecture projects in New York, to launching a successful wholesale product line that sold their hand-printed textiles and home goods throughout North America and Japan (2006 – 2017). In 2007 they moved to Seattle, and they’ve been growing their studio and family ever since. They continue to offer multi-disciplinary services, including architecture, interior design, landscape design, and home goods. Today the studio has grown to include a resourceful, inventive team with a deep background in hands-on design and construction centering core values of community and education. Nick and Isabelle taught at Cornish College of the Arts from 2015-2020, and look forward to offering workshops in their brand new studio in the Phinney Center. They are very excited to be the newest tenants at the PNA campus!

Building Block Printing

Teaching Organization: Piano Nobile
Class Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Fee: $20 – max 20 people
Age Range: Ages 5+ (Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

About the Workshop: Build a town on paper with Architect Nick Robertson! Use a variety of building block stamps, real building pieces and found objects to print a streetscape inspired by your own neighborhood.

About Piano Nobile

Isabelle Grizzard and Nickolas Robertson founded Piano Nobile in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. From the beginning the studio has centered a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, from their first residential and commercial architecture projects in New York, to launching a successful wholesale product line that sold their hand-printed textiles and home goods throughout North America and Japan (2006 – 2017). In 2007 they moved to Seattle, and they’ve been growing their studio and family ever since. They continue to offer multi-disciplinary services, including architecture, interior design, landscape design, and home goods. Today the studio has grown to include a resourceful, inventive team with a deep background in hands-on design and construction centering core values of community and education. Nick and Isabelle taught at Cornish College of the Arts from 2015-2020, and look forward to offering workshops in their brand new studio in the Phinney Center. They are very excited to be the newest tenants at the PNA campus!

Open House and Screen Printing Demonstrations

Drop-In: Brick Building: Level 2

Teaching Organization: Piano Nobile
Class Time: All day
Fee: Free (Drop-In)
Age Range: Open to all

About the Workshop: Welcome to our brand new studio in the PNA Brick Building! We’ll be celebrating with an all-day open house, screen printing demonstrations on our custom built 6-yard-long textile printing press, and workshops.

About Piano Nobile

Isabelle Grizzard and Nickolas Robertson founded Piano Nobile in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. From the beginning the studio has centered a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, from their first residential and commercial architecture projects in New York, to launching a successful wholesale product line that sold their hand-printed textiles and home goods throughout North America and Japan (2006 – 2017). In 2007 they moved to Seattle, and they’ve been growing their studio and family ever since. They continue to offer multi-disciplinary services, including architecture, interior design, landscape design, and home goods. Today the studio has grown to include a resourceful, inventive team with a deep background in hands-on design and construction centering core values of community and education. Nick and Isabelle taught at Cornish College of the Arts from 2015-2020, and look forward to offering workshops in their brand new studio in the Phinney Center. They are very excited to be the newest tenants at the PNA campus!

Contact Us

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