Thursday, December 20, 2012

Meet Keith Carter!

Recipient of the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts and called a "Poet of the Ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter's haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Eleven books of his work have been published and  a documentary film: A Certain Alchemy, available in DVD, was released by Anthropy Arts, NY.
We are thrilled to bring Keith to our 2013 faculty this year!  For a direct link to his course description with us please click below!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Meet Seth Apter!

Meet one of our new Mixed Media instructors for 2013...Seth Apter from New York.  He will be here in May offering two fabulous workshops...


Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist from New York City, focused primarily on paper arts, book arts, and textural assemblage. His artwork and writing can be seen on multiple websites, including, and have been published in multiple books, national magazines, and independent zines. Seth is currently working on his first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media.

Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

A: RicĂ« Freeman-Zachery’s Living the Creative Life is my go to book right now. I constantly read random pages for inspiration.

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?

A: Two plus weeks wandering around Italy. It doesn’t get better than that!

Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?

A: Does cereal count?

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?

A: The color where the ocean meets the sky.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?

A: NYC. And how great that I actually live there.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?

A: Travel to all the countries on my list that I haven’t yet been to. It’s a long list.

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?

A: I didn’t know it at the time but it was the last dinner with my whole family before my mother died.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?

A: You never know…

Monday, November 26, 2012

Serendipitous Santa

Recently, when searching for something to put outside the art school to catch folks eyes as they travel by, we came across what appeared at first glance to be an inflatable Santa Claus in a plastic bag at our local thrift store.   Not seeing anything else appropriate we purchased said "Santa in a bag".  Once back at the school and upon closer examination noticed the date on the still sealed package was 1958! We opened the bag and proceeded to follow the directions for stuffing of Santa along the lines of 1958 (newspapers, no air pump for this Santa!)  This is truly a vintage Santa Claus...

A few days after this purchase a local member came in with some donations for our upcoming art mart garage sale. In one of the boxes we uncovered two vintage Christmas decorating catalogs. One was from 1959 and the other from 1962.  Upon casually persuing them, to our complete astounishment, we found an article about the exact same Santa Claus that we had purchased not a few days prior to the art mart donation! 

So come by and meet our vintage claus, he is holding up our sign out by the street and a cheerful reminder to shop local and support local artists and YOUR art school.  He needs a name and we are open to suggestions...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Come Explore Dark Table!

Introduction to Darktable

David Vincent-Jones, Facilitator

January 5, 2013 (9am-4pm)

Fee: $25

Darktable is a fairly recent arrival on the software scene that is targeted towards advanced photographers. The software is developed under Open Source parameters and is freely available. David will offer an all-day seminar on the use of Darktable. In the first part of the day, he will introduce the software and its concepts and provide a demonstration.During the second part of the day, attendees will be provided with an installed system on a USB stick that would run on their own laptops, but without placing anything whatsoever on their hard-drives. Students then could together process a set of images. A supervised ‘hands-on’ session, if you will. At the end of the day, each attendee will keep their USB stick for further home study.

Please note: This is a unique offering at a very special price.

We think this a great opportunity, visit our website, to register!

Our very own Santa mailbox!

We recently discovered that one of our Youth Art students was the recipient of a wonderful trip from the Make a Wish Foundation when he was undergoing some treatment for a serious illness last year.  In return he is participating in the Make a Wish Foundation Santa letter writing campaign.

For every letter that Macy's Department Store receives between now and December 14th, they will donate a $1 per letter up to one million dollars to the Make a Wish Foundation!

Our student is creating a "Santa Letter Mailbox" and will bring it to the school after Thanksgiving Break. We will have it in our lobby as part of our Holiday Gift Gallery.  Let's help fill this box with either a letter written by a chid or adult. The theme is "I believe...."

According to our student's Mom...."Do you have a Macy’s near by? If so, please drop off a stamped letter to Santa before December 24th.

If not, We are collecting letters, and will turn them in to Macy’s. These don’t have to be from kids; They can be from adults as well, and don’t have to be “I want …” . They could be “I believe in kindness to all” The campaign is called “I believe”.

If you have access to groups of people who might be willing to write letters, please spread the word.
We are trying to spread the word, and get as many people to contribute as possible.
I can pick them up from you, any time before December 14th."

We think this is the perfect way to kick off the season of giving...we are open Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 p.m. (after Thanksgiving of course!) and will be open on Saturday, December 1st (The Greening of Coupeville) and Saturdays December 8th and 15th. Bring your letters by and shop at the same time!

Monday, November 5, 2012


For every $10 spent in our Holiday Gift Gallery you will receive a chance to win a great gift basket created by our wonderful staff (Karen & Lisa)!  This is your opportunity to purchase unique, locally crafted gift items, support the art school and member artists all at the same time! Not sure what to get that special art lover? A gift certificate from us can be used towards a membership, workshop, item in our gift gallery, tickets for an Art Excursion trip....

Thursday, November 1, 2012


We are honored and delighted that Joan has chosen our school to teach her final workshop in 2013!

Won't you join us for this fabulous experience!  We will host during the workshop timeframe a reception to thank this talented and gifted instructor.

Japanese, French and Chinese artists created fans, both useful and decorative, and inspired many artists, Van Gogh and Matisse among them. The fan shape or theme is a well respected one in art making; the possibilities are endless. Participants will use many textile techniques including glue transfer, beginning and advanced photocopy processes, monoprinting, wrapping and some 3-D construction. Joan will show examples in various formats and present new exercises to ‘fan’ the creative spirit. Small exhibitions will evolve from fans, motifs, quilts and collages created during the week.

Experience level – open to all those with a love of experimentation.

                                                         CLICK TO REGISTER!

Monday, October 29, 2012

We "Reach" Halfway Across the World!

Her smile hides the hardship of her native Sierra Leone and her journey here last year to take workshops from us.  The photography skills that Frances took away from her time here at the art school have opened doors for her. Here she is cooking in England at the home of her mentor, Lee Karen Stow. She has been in England having an exhibition of her work and making contacts.  She took a small piece of us with her....and so we thought we would share.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wine & Wit!

A DATE WOULD HELP!  The date of this event is November 3rd, a Saturday, from 6-8 p.m. here at the art school, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupville. Call or visit the bayleaf to purchase tickets for just $10 per person!

What:  Wine & Wit-Taste five wines with artistic labels and view and purchase the witty and humorous work of local artist and cartoonist, Milt Priggee

When:  Saturday, November 3rd, 6-8 p.m.

Where:  Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville

Buy Tickets at the bayleaf, Coveland Street, Coupeville (next to Christopher's on Whidbey)

Wine & Wit!

Milt says...."Come join us for a fun evening"

Please consider this your personal invitation....Come "taste" five different wines all with their own "artistic" labels, and since we are all almost done with politics for the year...enjoy some cartoon humor and wit from local artist/cartoonist Milt Priggee in an exhibition guaranteed not to be boring! Only $10 gets you into the "tasting", and as a bonus all artwork will be for sale. Tickets can be purchased at the bayleaf, 360 678 6603


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Holiday Gift Gallery Call to Artists!

Member artists, we want your work to sell this holiday season!  We are looking for scarves, hats, gloves, jewelry, small paintings, photographs and anything else your imgination can create.  It is easy to be a member, just sign up!  Memberships start at $50.  You can call us or go online to our website to become a member.

We will accept your submissions starting October 29th-November 5th with the Holiday Gallery Opening November 8th.  It will remain open until December 21st.  Our hours will be Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and possibly weekends depending on volunteer staffing of the gallery. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Meet our "Contemporary Archaelogist"

"My sources of inspiration and creative energy come from the artifacts and sculpture of ancient and primitive cultures, particularly Northwest Coast civilizations" says instructor and artist Jerry Pike.  Jerry will be leading a workshop, Mask Making, November 3rd and November 10th.  Tuition $255, materials fee of $150

Jerry is fresh back from Burning Man and full of inspiration and creativity energy that he is looking forward to sharing with you!

Mask making has been used for centuries as a way to convey history and has roots in many cultures.  The use of masks dates back to man’s earliest history (20,000BC).  The portrait aspect of making a mask draws one in and humanizes the viewing experience.  Mask making holds the potential for exploring inner imagery and creative resources which we cannot access in an ordinary way. In this two day workshop you will learn the fundamentals of mask making through frequent demonstrations, individual instructions, and “hands-on” practice.  Participants will experience what it is like to see form emerge underneath their fingertips (short fingernails work best in clay).  Once the character of the mask is revealed participants will decorate them choosing from a wide variety of found materials.  The supply fee includes materials, Raku firing of masks, and use of tools during the workshop.

click the link below to register today!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How Do You Define a Member?

"A distinct part of a whole" is the definition of member. However, to us here at the art school,a member is so much more!  You are the spark, the flame, the inspiration, the passionate artist, the great apprecaitor of art who keeps our flame burning. We could not exist without you...truly! 

Only 70% of our costs are covered by tuitions. The remainder comes from memberships and fundraising efforts.  So even if you only attend our lectures and presentations, or if you take a workshop or two a year, we VALUE your membership as it sustains and nourishes us.  As we enter the time of harvest, we are asking you to consider membership as way to show your support for YOUR art school.

                                           students participating in Mitch Albala's Plein Air Demo

Come visit us at 15 N W Birch Street. See our gallery, visit our classrooms, see where the kinetic sculpture will soon be installed.  Meet our friendly staff.  We are "your" art school and we value "you"

Visit this link to our website to sign up today!

Become a Member Today!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

2013 Catalog Is Here!

Yipee!  Our 2013 catalog is out and workshops are appearing on our website daily!  So we invite you to take a peek on what we have in store for you this coming year. Whether you are new artist taking your first tentative steps or an accomplished artist wanting to take your work to the next level, we truly have something for everyone. 

It is easy to reserve your spot for next year. A deposit of $100 secures your place in a workshop. You can simply call us toll free, 1 866 678 3396 or visit our website, and click on "workshops" and then search by medium. You can then add a workshop to your "cart" using our secure, online registration page.

Remember, if you are a member, member discounts apply as well. We look forward to seeing you in a workshop next year. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It Was a Success, Thank YOU!

How could we not have held a successful fundraiser with our  "Harvest Happening" being held on the night of the actual Harvest Full Moon?  Good wine, good food and but even better than that was the good friends that came together, some in costumes and masks and some without, to celebrate YOUR art school.  From the unveiling of the kinetic sculpture to the live world music provided by Hejira Nation and the caricatures created by Milt Priggee coupled with  the dulcet tones of auctioneer Dale Sherman, it was a magicial and wonderful night exceeding our expectations.  Thank you to all the restaurants that created fabulous "bites"(bayleaf, Captain Whidbey, Christopher's, Ciao, Coupeville Coffee House and Bistro, Ebey Bowl, Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, and Front Street Grill). Thank you to the patrons, donors of fabulous items, the hard working volunteers(Deb & Peter Francis, Christy & Steve Marx, Frank Swiderski, Steve Atkins and Steven Sloan), Milt Prigee (cartoonist), Dale & Liz Sherman (auctioneers), Hejria Nation (band), Board Members (Nancy Baggott, Margaret Livermore, Linnane Armstrong, Sue Symons, John Pendleton, Dottie Sanders, Art & Emily Lubin), to Carol Moliter and Big Rock Designs for creating our great tickets and poster and artists Jonathan and Jandellwyn Ward.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

So Many Choices, So Little Time!

As Fall has arrived in all it's glory it is time to take all the artistic inspiration the season brings and turn it into art!  We have so many great workshops to chose from it is truly hard to decide which ones to sign up for!

So here is a little teaser...

In the medium of Fiber we have ONE space left in Jane Dunnewold's "Complex Cloth" workshop.  If Mixed Media and Fiber are more your cup of tea, Kay Khan will be here in October offering "Quilted Vessels" and Katya Taylor rounds out the fiber slate with "Surface Design Wearable Art". 

Click here to view all these workshops and our 2013 Fiber Slate as well! and click on "Fiber"

If you are a Mixed Media artist then we have four tantilizing options for you to consider....
Danielle Bodine's "Twined Tall Basket"  October 21-22 or
Patty Picco's "Hand Monoprinting" November 8th, 2012 or
Wendy Lee Lynd's "Intuitive Collage Books" November 17th or
Gerald Pike's "Mask Making" November 3rd and 10th

If painting is more your style then consider these five selections!
Frank Webb's "Watercolor" workshop still has a few spaces left, October 1-5
Mitch Albala's "Keys to Landscape" October 19-21
James Moore's "Painting with Intention", Oct 13, 20, 27th

Bobbi Bradley's "Wet on Wet Bob Ross Style" November 3rd AM or PM sessions and November 10th, AM or PM sessions
Deon Matzen's "Color Theory for all Mediums" is also available November 12-16th

Finally, we simply cannot forget PHOTOGRAPHY and we have a stunning way to end fall with
David Cobb's "Columbia River Gorge, October 25-28, 2012

To learn all the details of tuition, supplies fees and to sign up please click below to be directed to our website


Friday, September 21, 2012

Basket Makers Take note!

Danielle Bodine offers "Twined Tall Basket"
October 20-21, 2012 for $255, materials fee of $25

Learn the ancient technique of twining to create contemporary baskets out of a variety of materials. The class will learn various twining techniques on 5-6 foot bamboo or willow spokes. We will be experimenting with a variety of natural and manufactured weaving materials. Collaging with mulberry papers, stamp printing, painting, using dyes, and embellishing will all be explored. Danielle will bring samples and books and will give a digital presentation of contemporary basket makers’ works.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for participants to experiment with a variety of materials to create a unique basket. This is a good workshop for art teachers and artists in all medias.

Two-day workshop – Beginner to Advanced

Friday, September 14, 2012

Enjoy a Fabulous Sunset and Some Art Tonight

How do you honor an iconic Whidbey artist?  You have an exhibition of course!  That is exactly what the family members of Joan Brosnahan are doing tonight and tomorrow and you are invited.  Come to the Pacific NorthWest Art Show this evening from 5-9 p.m. and see the wide range and depth of her work.

All work is for sale. So now is the time to obtain a piece of local history so to speak.  What a great way to honor Joan's memory...

There will be refreshments. We are located at 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville (located kitty corner from Lind's Pharmacy).

Hope to see you all there....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One Year Under Our Belts

                                     students enjoying a reception after class....

Some Words From Your Humble Steward:

Well, it has been a little over a year since I became the Humble Steward of the Coupeville Arts Center dbaThe Pacific NorthWest Art School and so much has happened I wanted to take the time to re-cap the highlights and thank everyone who helped me along in my journey this past year.

It truly does take a village to make things happen, and we are no exception. We cannot even begin to complete our mission of offering exceptional visual arts education to our community and beyond without our "village" of students (who came from as far away as Israel, Kazakhstan, and Singapore), instructors (local, national and international), class assistants, volunteers, and of course our members, patrons and volunteer board members. We thank you one and all!

This past year we kept our pledge of offering free and low cost options to the local community in the form of free lectures and presentations from our visiting faculty (Sam Abell, Eddie Soloway, Robert Stahl, David Julian, Chuck Hindes) as well as two open houses and awarded 14 Youth Art Scholarships this past winter and spring. These are accomplishments we are very proud of.

We also offered, in the off season, Open Studio Sessions at $10 per session, and saw 119 local students pass through our doors to participate in these affordable programs. We took an Art Excursion group to the Gauguin Exhibit, held three Members' Gallery Exhibitions and Sales, and hosted the Juried Art Show as part of the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival this past August. We partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Sno -Isle Regional Library, Whidbey General Hospital, and the Oak Harbor Senior Center as well as many other local groups. We did this all with three staff members. We also held all our usual wonderful workshop offerings and watched with delight students honing their skills and taking their art to the next level.

So, if you like what we are doing, please consider showing your support by purchasing tickets and attending our annual fundraiser, Harvest Happening, on September 29th. We count on this fundraiser as it helps sustain us and funds our programs.

If you don't live locally you may still support this event by going online and donating to our annual "Fund The Programs". The Fund the Program Campaign will be accepting donations through December. We are a 501c3 non -profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

We really need Your help at this event, as this is Your art school. Can we count on Your help this September? As always, our doors are always open as are our minds and hearts to your suggestions and comments.

Click to purchase tickets!

Click to Support and Donate!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kumihimo with Wire

Giovanna Imperia , Instructor

September 28-30, 2012
Tuition: $365/Deposit:

In this workshop, students will explore the creative possibilities of kumihimo with wire while working on the equipment of their choice (taka dai, maru dai, kaku dai, disk or square plate). In the process, they will learn the properties of wire and how they can impact a braided structure. Students will learn how to successfully handle wire, how to avoid typical challenges presented by this material, and explore how cores can expand their creative opportunities. Time will be set aside to discuss finishing techniques. Students should have some braiding experience as the workshop is not designed to teach kumihimo.

Material/Supply Fee: $35

go online at to register, or call us toll free at 1 866 678 3396

with Instructor Ray Pfortner

September 26 (Wednesday, 6pm) – September 30 (Sunday, 12noon) Lodging info below.

An absolutely unique opportunity (1) to photograph one of the most beautiful wine regions in the nation at one of the best times of the year; and (2) to learn how to market your results to make a return on all your investments in your photography. Gain special access to shoot the harvest in the rolling Dundee hills plus the transformation of the grapes into wine. When the light is good and the harvest and crushing/fermenting is going on, we will shoot. At other times we will critique the results, discuss likely clients - how to reach them and how to work with them including licensing fees – and of course taste wine.

For all serious photographers who want to do more with your work, no matter what your age, level of experience, or type of camera.

Lodging Info:

Shilo Inns Suites Hotel

501 Sitka Avenue

Newberg OR 97132

503 537 0303

A block of rooms is being held under the "Pacific NorthWest Art School". Please note: these rooms will be released after September 11.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's A Party and You Are Invited!

"Harvest Happening", this year's annual fundraiser for the Pacific NorthWest Art School, is set for Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Come dance the night away to live music, wearing a harvest inspired mask and costume, or not, enjoy appetizers and wines, have your caricature drawn and fund our programs.

This night is all about supporting the important work we do to offer exceptional visual arts education, free community lectures and presentations, Youth Art, scholarships, Art Excursions and more. We count on the community's support to make this all happen.

New this year will be the unveiling of a kinectic sculpture that will serve as visible appreciation of our patrons and founders support. Each patron that supports our "Fund the Programs" portion of our annual event (and during our annual fund campaign) at the $250 level or more will get a piece of the sculpture and will be able to watch the sculpture "grow" as our support grows.

Tickets are just $50 and are on sale now. Come by the school, Monday-Friday, 9-4 pm. at 15 NW Birch Street, Coupeville, to purchase or call us at 360 678 3396 and purchase over the phone. . We will hold them at "will call" for you. You can also visit our website, and purchase online.

Even if you don't live here locally but take workshops, or want to support what we do, you can still participate in our fund the programs and have visible proof of your support! Just call and say "I want to support your "Fund the Programs"., or visit our website where you can do so online,

Thank you for your support and for those of you who can attend our event, we look forward to sharing a great evening with you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our Instructors Write Their Descriptions

Recently, while reading class evaluations, we came across in the question to students "how could the art school improve"  the comment "vet the instructor description".  This caused us to ponder this and respond.

All our instructors write their own descriptions...we either publish them as is (other than correcting obvious grammar and spelling errors) or shorten them due to space constraints.  Perhaps having the instructor's "signature" added at the end of the description would lend more credibility and weight.  So while we ponder how to best do this...keep sending us those suggestions.  We believe the author of this suggestion wants potential students to know that the instructor approves of and endorses the description we are putting out there. 

Here is a little eye candy to enjoy from the one and only Sam Abell...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Celebrate and Support us at our Harvest Happening!

Save the date of September 29th, 6-9 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall for the Pacific NorthWest Art School's annual fundraiser.  There are many new elements this year including the time of year.  We listened as you asked us to hold our annual event other than at the end of the here are the details!

When:  September 29th, 2012 6-9 p.m.

Where:  Coupeville Rec Hall, Coveland Street, Coupeville

What:  ANNUAL Fundraiser, $50 a person

What:  Come in your best harvest inspired mask or costume, or not..and be prepared to dance, drink and eat and of course support our Fund the Programs and Auctions.  There will be live music, awards for best masks, heavy appetizers, great wines and even better company all joining together to support the Coupeville Arts Center dba The Pacific NorthWest Art School.

NEW for this year will be a tangible opportunity to show your support. For those patrons that support us at the $250 level and higher there will be an outdoor art piece of sculpture that will be attached to our building.  As support "grows" so will our sculputure. There will be an unveiling of the artist's concept at the event.

PLUS local cartoonist Milt Priggee will be on hand to do caricatures of patrons as a keepsake of a fun and support filled evning

What a great way to show your community you support us! Whether you are an individual or business you can have your love one's name, business name or perhaps your donation will be in memory of a beloved artist...

Tickets are only $50 and on SALE NOW!  Come by and visit us at 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville,
Monday-Friday, 9-4:30 p.m.

or call us at 360 678 3396 or 1 866 678 3396 and purchase with credit card. We will hold your tickets at the WILL CALL. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Join us for the "After the Festival" Show!

Please join us next Thursday, August 23rd, from 6-7:30 p.m for our next Members' Gallery Exhibition and Sale.  Grab a friend and see some truly lovely photographs, paintings, fiber art and mixed media pieces.  Mingle with the artists, enjoy some refreshments and find that perfect piece of art you have been searching for.  Free and open to the public.  Enter a drawing for a book by our visiting faculty member Jan Sitts, who graciously juried this show for us while she was here teaching her workshop "Texture, Color, Feeling".

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Please come support the 49th Annual Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival and Juried Art Show this coming weekend August 10-12, 2012. 

Did you know that every piece of art purchased from the Juried Art Show held in the Rec Hall supports us?  Well, it does and we thank you for your past and hopefully this year's support!  So come down to the Rec Hall and check out what our local artists have created for us this year. 

Friday Nights Wine Tasting and Art Opening starts at 7:00 p.m.  Stroll downtown and see the picturesque scene the Hawaiian Chieftan makes moored at the Wharf and perhaps have dinner at one of our many great dining spots and then come enjoy the wine tasting and the art.  See you there !

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART-New kid on the block!

Whidbey Island welcomes a new art gallery, RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART. In the famed location of Ann Wilson’s Coupe D-Art at 902 NE Center, across the street from the Anchorage Inn… just two blocks from the Coupeville Historic Waterfront.

As a photographer and producer of coffee table books and documentary television, Ryan has collaborated with writers and artists throughout our American West. To open RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART she invited some of her talented artist and literary friends to showcase their works at the gallery, along with her original photography. Ryan’s hope is to offer Whidbey Islanders diverse artwork from around the West and autographed copies of books from authors who have participated with her.

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART will open this Friday, August 10 – Noon to 7 pm, to celebrate the Coupeville Arts Festival and Festival Wine Tasting and Art exhibit.

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART will be open on weekends, by appointment, for screenings, and special literary and theatrical events. Whidbey has a new venue for diverse art forms.


Anne Coe, conservationist and painter, Apache Junction, AZ

Jeff Dolan, plein air painter, Sedona, AZ

Teresa Jordan, writer, musician and artist, Virgin, UT

Susan Kliewer sculptor and painter and plein air painter, Sedona, AZ

Page Lambert, writer, editor, life coach, speaker, Mt. Vernon, CO

Tad Cheyenne Miller, photographer and watercolorist, Bisbee, AZ

Vel Miller, painter and sculptor, Atascadero, CA

Kay Parsons, watercolorist, Coupeville, WA

Cynthia Rigden, oil and bronze, Wickenburg, AZ

Sharman Apt Russell, nature/science writer, Silver City, NM

Kathleen Jo Ryan, photographer, Coupeville, WA

Barbara Earl Thomas, painter and writer, Seattle, WA

Ann Wilson, renaissance woman and artist, Coupeville WA

Ann Zwinger, writer and artist, Colorado Springs, CO

Susan Zwinger, fine artist and natural history writer, Langley, WA

Grand Opening:

Friday, August 10, Noon – 7 pm


902 NE Center, Coupeville

Across from Anchorage Inn

Monday, August 6, 2012

Learning to See The Color of Light...

Did you know you need to learn to see the actual color of light?  Well, it's true...let Arthur Meyerson show you how and increase your photography skill sets.

Join Arthur for a week of unbelievable learning and seeing anew the world around you!
Visit our website at for the complete description and to register.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PBS Instructor to Teach at PNWAS!

Meet Tom Lynch, he will be teaching this fall for us, September 7-11, 2012, tuition $595 and are thrilled!

"Tom has been referred to as one of the nation’s premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted

several award winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by

American Artist magazine. He is represented by some of the nation’s leading museums and art galleries. He has

been the spokesperson for the National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international

spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV

channel Visual Arts Network (VAN), and on the leading internet art education site … Art Academy"   To register, please visit or

Friday, July 27, 2012

Truly an International School!

The Pacific NorthWest Art School is truly an international school with students this past week in a fiber workshop coming from Israel, Kazakhstan, Bristish Columbia, all over the U.S., and not to be out done, several local, professional level felters from Whidbey!  Here is a shot with our student from Israel taking notes while a student from British Columbia looks on and the class assistant, one of our "locals" assists.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Read What Instructors and Students Are Saying About Us!

Testimonials are powerful...don't take our word for how wonderful the Pacific NorthWest Art School is what both our instructors and students have to say about us!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bonus for next week's Open Studio Time with Stephanie Schuemann...

 Come watch local artist Stephanie Schuemann do a demonstration portrait during her regular Open Studio Time next Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Why don't you join us?  Bring whatever drawing project you are working on or come for just the demo.  If you are asking Stephanie for pointers, the cost is just $10.  If you are coming for the demo, it's FREE but donations are always gratefully accepted...Stephanie offers Open Studio Time for drawing every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $10.  Great deal, bring a friend and come check it out.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville

Monday, July 16, 2012

Encaustic Boat Launched!

Daniella Woolf's recent Encaustic Mixed Media workshop culminated in some of the students creating vessels that were "launched" at the end of the workshop. Here is a small creation of Nita Wester's being launched in our pond by our front all the Woolf students and most especially to Daniella, thank you for a wonderful two workshops bursting with creativity, energy and wonderful encaustic work being created. We can't wait until Daniella returns...

Friday, July 13, 2012

This Opportunity Only Knocks Once a Year...


Join renowned photographer, author, and National Geographic veteran, Sam Abell, for an in-depth workshop designed to teach you editing, book making, and essay building skills. Sam's lifelong devotion to finely crafted images and skill in bookmaking will have you thinking deeply about the elements of good images, good design, and the lasting value of the photographic book. Take advantage of this unique and rare opportunity to shoot along side Sam in the field. He will be going "on assignment" with the class two of the five and half workshop days. Also, enjoy private one-on-one sessions with Sam as well!

Can you afford to miss this life changing workshop?  We think not....

or call us toll free, 1 866 678 3396 or 360 678 3396,

Thursday, July 12, 2012

FREE is always appreciated!

It bears is always appreciated and so are small donations to defray the cost of the artist's gas and ferry fees!  We hope to see you all at this wonderful event here on the 28th of July. Visit our website to learn more about who and what we
We are located at 15 NW Birch Street (down the street from Lind's Pharmacy) with ample parking.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Learn to Make Faux Turquoise!

You can learn to make these fabulous faux stones in our one day workshop!  Join our instructor Deb Francis on September 29th, 9-4 p.m., tuition $120, materials fee $3 and let her show you how.  So grab a friend and make an art date of it!  Visit our website, to sign up or give us a call today...1 866 678 3396 toll free or 360 678 3396.  Better yet, stop by and visit us at 15 N W Birch Street, visit our gallery and sign up in person at the same time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Students From Afar...and Near

One of the best things about an art school is one never knows where our students will come from...from right down the street to halfway around the world. This year we have an exceptionally unique group in one fiber class starting later this month. We will have a student from Israel and one from Kazakstan as well as a group of local, very talented fiber artists.  This fellow, picutred above, is not in a workshop but we think this photo reflects the diversity that flows through our doors and community!  If you think you know who this Ghandi wanna be is...send us your best guess. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Local Artists Live On Through Scholarships

Can one person make an impact on the world even if their life was tragically cut short at age 17?  Of course, and we can show you in the faces and art work created by 12 young Youth Art scholarship students this year alone...Elisa Older(seen in photo above with her artwork) only tread this earth for a short while but her legacy lives on in each scholarship that we give out. 

Elisa took a workshop back in 1996 here at the school that culminated with the mural you see on the outside of our building today. All the students in this workshop had some part in the creation of this mural.  Shortly after taking this workshop Elisa was killed in a drunk driving accident. 

Her grandmother, local artist Pat Christianson, and her mother, helped create a scholarship in memory of Elisa.  This year our newly re-launched Youth Art Program allowed us to give six full scholarships valued at $200 each from the Older Scholarship fund.  The other six students were funded by the Carol Peralta Scholarship.  Carol's life was cut short by a brain tumor in 2004 but her family also created a scholarship for youth in her memory. Carol's memory also lives on in each scholarship given out.

Won't you help us replenish these scholarship funds by donating to our Youth Art Scholarships?  To do so you can call us, 1 866 678 3396 or send us your tax deductible contribution to PNWAS, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville WA  98239 and write "Youth Scholarships" on the note line.  Or better yet, stop by and visit our newly decorated and expanded Gallery and see Elisa's work up close and see the work by all the other Member artists, including some of our youth art work.

Friday, June 22, 2012

See What $20 Gets You!

Even though we have blogged about this certainly is worth repeating. Join us on the grounds of the historic and charming Captain Whidbey Inn on June 30th from 3-5 p.m. for an extraordinary plein air demonstration by our faculty member, Mitch Albala. Watch Mitch "create" before your eyes and explain the elements of a good plein air painting.  $20 gets you this mini session, the beauty of this Madrona log Inn perched over scenic Penn Cove and the company of likeminded folk!  Invite your off-island artist friends to share this experience with you..they can dine and lodge at the Inn...Mitch only has two spots left in his July workshop.....

Monday, June 18, 2012

Take a journey to another world

Come escape the commonplace and take a journey with photographer Robert Stahl and see the world as he does...Known for his "poetic" eye Robert will spend an evening with you on June 20th at 7:00 p.m. showing some of his recent photos from Africa and more. The Pacific NorthWest Art School is located at 15 N W Birch Street.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


We are all about giving artists is one to consider...

Your painting or photograph could grace the cover of the Whidbey Telcom's directory

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


We can't promise you this for our upcoming Solstice FREE photography lecture on June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. by Robert Stahl but we can promise you an evening full of beautiful and inspiring photography and conversation and refresments!  Please join us...

What: Instructor Robert Stahl's lectures and shares images including his recent trip to Africa
When:  June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville, 1 866 678 3396 or 360 678 3396

Friday, June 8, 2012

Our First Donation to Youth Art Scholarships!

Got our first donation to our Youth Art Scholarships since we launched our campaign to replenish them! Thank you Mike McConnell.  Mike sold a large piece of his art...which by the way can be viewed not only here at the school but also at Coupeville Coffee and Bistro, and promptly gave us a donation.  It is artists and art lovers alike who make our scholarship program thrive.

 We gave out 12 scholarships to students this year. This was a huge accomplishment but can only continue if supported...any amount makes a difference. Perhpas you may be helping educate the next artist of the century...  We hope you attend this coming week's Exhibition of our Youth Art Students on Thursday, June 14 from 6-7 p.m. here at the school...15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville, WA .

To make a donation call us at 360 678 3396, or visit or mail us at the address above.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Exciting news from last year's CHS graduating senior scholarship recipient, Tyler Potts.  She called us today to inform us she had been accepted to her "dream" school, Seattle Central Community College Photography Department. Apparently they only accept 35 photography students per year and she now is one of  class of 2012/2013.  Congratulations Tyler! We are so glad our scholarship can assist you with books and tuition.  Thanks to those who contribute to our fund each year (there are only two of you) as you make a huge impact on a local student.

If you would like to learn more about our CHS scholarship, our Youth Art Scholarships or any of our other scholarships, call us, 360 678 3396 and maybe you can have a role in making a "dream" come true for a worthwhile student.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Please join us for our first Youth Art Exhibition and Opening on THURSDAY, June 14th, from 6-7 p.m. at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 N W Birch Street
Come see the work produced by these hard working students and celebrate their accomplishments.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. So grab a friend, neighbor or co-worker and come see what these students have created.  Their work will remain on display until the end of June.

1 866 678 3396

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tell Us Your Story!

painting by instructor Guido Frick

What does the art school mean to you? It could be anything from starting a new career, getting over the fear that you are not an artist, to meeting an instructor that changed the path of your art work or started you on an artistic path. Or as simple as a great way to meet fellow artists and hone your skills. If you have a special memory or story and would like to share, we want to hear your stories! We plan on combining them with some images from classes this year as part of a presentation at our fall Harvest Happening, September 29th. Email us your stories to or


Come to our FREE lecture and presentation on June 20, 2012 and listen to engaging instructor and photographer Robert Stahl  as he shares his recent images from his trip to Africa. Bob has been teaching for the school for over twenty years now.  The evening will start at 7:00 p.m. This is a free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Bring a friend and join us for a wonderful evening of photography.

To find out more about what we offer please visit our website at or call us at 360 678 3936 or visit us at 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Why so many photography workshops to choose from?

Have you noticed the explosion of photography workshops being offered these days? Well we have and have been talking to our faculty about it. Here is the general concensus. There are many photo jouranlists now looking to re-invent themselves as print media is on the decline and the accessibility of digital photography has opened many doors for photographers.

However a word of caution when out there shopping for a get what you pay for. Would you rather take a workshop from one of our highly acclaimed photography instructors with 30 years teaching experience coupled with our 26 years experience offering workshops or would you rather take a workshop from someone without the credentials and life experience of a total of 56 years experience?
While you ponder this we ask you then to consider the following faculty we have for you in 2012 and beyond:

Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Robert Stahl, Craig Tanner, John Shaw, Bobbie Goodrich, Brenda Tharp and the list goes on....I know which workshop and which school I would choose...