Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2019-07-19T19:37:52-07:00

General Questions:

Our gallery hours are:
Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM
Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM
Sunday-Monday, Closed

We pride ourselves in representing a variety of art genres in our gallery, from painting to ceramics to printmaking. Gallery programming also varies, ranging from our annual instructor and student show, to themed shows with work from national and international artists. Some of our shows are juried, and some are curated by our very own J Gordon as well as guest curators. 

In addition to supporting KAC through memberships and donations, we also have an active volunteer program! Volunteering can take the form of helping out at community events, assisting in our gallery, internships, and more. Refer to our “Get Involved” tab for more information. 

Yes! We greatly appreciate donated art supplies that are in good condition. Call or email us and we can set up a time for you to drop off your donation, or make other arrangements if need be. 

Due to the historic nature of our building, KAC is not fully accessible. More detailed accessibility information is available here. Please call ahead if you need ramp access or for further information about accessibility. You can also browse a current list of classes held in our Mezzanine Studio, currently our most accessible classroom, or our offsite classes.

While KAC does not have a dedicated lot, there is plenty of neighborhood parking available surrounding our facility.

We do not take art donations at this time.

Yes! We offer private art parties. These include birthday parties as well as corporate team building events. For more information about rental fees and building specifics, check out this page or email  rentals@kirklandartscenter.org with your questions. 

Donations help us to achieve our mission goals. This includes:

  • Igniting artistic growth and self-expression through 200+ affordable classes serving over 2500 adult and youth.
  • Cultivating community through our free community events and contemporary exhibits at the KAC Gallery and in public spaces around Kirkland.
  • Building and sustaining our historic home as a vibrant art-engagement space and landmark of local history.
  • Investing in KAC’s mission and programs for generations to come.

Education and Registration:

We hope to make art accessible to everyone, and to make our community more inclusive, creative, and reflective of our whole community. To qualify, students must complete an application (found here) and provide requested financial documentation as noted in the application. Scholarships are available to students of all ages and are need based.

No! Our camps are designed to cater to a range of skills and abilities so every child can have a positive artistic experience. Beginners and more advanced students are always welcome.

While our school is inclusive to individuals of all abilities and experiences, if you are concerned about your ability to keep up in a class, feel free to call or email us with your questions, and we can help guide you in making a decision. Depending on the class, our instructors can be a great resource as well.

If you withdraw from a class 7 or more days prior to the start date, we can issue a refund less a $20 withdrawal fee. If  withdrawals are less than a week from the start date, then students will not receive a refund or credit. For more information, please refer to the  Education Policies page or give us a call with specific concerns. 

Yes! Our online registration system allows students to select to be put on a waitlist for a class. If there is an opening, we will notify you (notifications are in order of placement on the waiting list) and confirm your enrollment. 

Generally, we offer ceramics, printmaking, acrylic and oil, watercolor, drawing, and collage classes for different levels. We also offer workshops and youth/teen classes and camps. Check out a full list of our classes here

It depends on the class or workshop. When you register for a class, the supply list will be available in the class description, and will also be sent within your enrollment confirmation email. Instructors are typically very responsive and clear when it comes to supply questions, and often give suggestions on brands, stores, etc. 

Of course! We believe that artistic exploration is not simply for the already-experienced, but for everyone, and we believe our inclusive class programming creates an inclusive, non-intimidating learning environment for all skill levels, ages, and abilities. 

Our class programming is broken up into four quarters per year, each with different registration dates. Our class catalog can be found here, and our online registration platform here.

We currently offer open studios for our ceramics and printmaking classes. These are available to currently enrolled students only. We DO NOT allow non-student, unscheduled use of our facilities. 

We have several community partnerships with local schools through our Make Your Mark program, as well as holding our summer youth camps at a nearby church. We do not currently offer adult classes off-site. 

We are always looking for experienced art instructors for upcoming quarters. Refer to our “Employment Opportunities” page for more information. 

Membership:

As KAC has experienced healthy growth in classes and broader community engagement over the past few years, we have recognized that many of our students, instructors, and volunteers are seeking a deeper relationship with us as an organization. Memberships foster this relationship through mutual support and benefits, including additional communication from KAC, discounts, and enrollment privileges. See here for more information on membership.

Membership is considered a good/service, and therefore is not eligible as tax deductible. 

Our memberships are good for ONE individual’s account. Your spouse, partner, or child may not use your membership for a discount on a class. 

While we value the whole family’s involvement at KAC, we currently do not offer a family membership. 

No! We hope our members will take full advantage of their benefits. 

We are so grateful that we have members that feel comfortable sharing their work with us and our gallery, but we do not offer discounts on exhibition application fees at this time.

At KAC, we pride ourselves in our students’ continuity of study, and have historically rewarded this by giving current students pre-registration benefits. Now that we offer our new membership program, we are extending the benefits to members as well. 

No  – you do not need to be a member to participate.

Membership benefits cannot be applied retroactively, so if you are considering becoming a member, we recommend you make that decision before enrolling in classes so you can get the 10% discount. 

We do not offer discounted room rentals to members at this time. 

We began offering memberships during Summer 2019. We continue to explore the idea of different membership levels. At this time, we just offer an individual membership level.

We only offer memberships for individuals at this time. However, we DO offer venue space and art workshops/parties for corporate events. 

Yes! Members currently can receive 10% off at An Artful Touch and Daniel Smith in Seattle. We are working on further partnerships and discounts as well.

We are so proud of our local art scene, but memberships do not currently include free museum passes. However, the following local art museums offer free admission: Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum (every first Thursday), Henry Art Gallery (Sundays), Olympic Sculpture Park, Bellevue Arts Museum (every first Friday), and the Museum of Glass (every third Thursday from 5-8pm). 

Yes! Board meetings are open to all, and you do not need to be a member to join us. However, membership does NOT allow you to vote at board meetings. To learn more information about becoming a board member, click here