Painting class, photo courtesy Bridgett Ezzard Photography

Painting & Drawing

The Classes

Painting and drawing classes are alive and thriving at KAC. We offer numerous weekly classes in acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, plus pastels and Asian ink painting. Develop your observational rendering skills with still lifes and figure models or branch out into abstract art! Our experienced instructors – some have been with us for more than 20 years – provide demonstrations and one-on-one guidance.

We offer classes for children and adults with options for first-time students through more advanced artists. Between our weekend workshops, day and night classes, and holiday intensives, we have a class to fit every schedule.

The Facilities

Our light-flooded third floor Skylight Studio in our charming historic building makes our 2D art classes one-of-a-kind. Some painting and drawing classes take place in the smaller, more intimate Print Studio just off of the Skylight Studio. Easels, drawing horses, drawing boards, and tables are provided. Plein-air and tabletop easels are not.

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Art from Sunday Life drop-in life drawing session

Sunday Life Drawing

$15 fee per session. Only $10 per session for currently enrolled KAC students! Discount punch cards are available – get 10 sessions for $100! Supplies are not included but you may use our easels, tables, drawing horses and boards, or sculpture stands. Sunday Life Drawing is open to the public and registration is not required.

Work from a nude or costumed model during this three hour drop-in life drawing and painting session in our 3rd floor Skylight Studio. Sculptors are also welcome! Every Sunday, we feature a model performing either long or short poses. Sunday Life Drawing is currently facilitated by Stephen Cheng and Loren Medberg; instruction is not provided.

Changes to Sunday Life Drawing will be posted below, on our announcements page, and through our Sunday Life Drawing mailing list.

Winter 2017

Coming soon

Printmaking student at Kirkland Arts Center, Credit: Mitch Reinitz 2011

Printmaking

The Classes

Explore etching, woodcut and linocut relief prints, collage, photo lithography, stencils, monoprint, and other exciting techniques from inspirational instructors in an intimate class environment. Printmaking classes and workshops are open to adults and teens with options for first-time students through more advanced artists. Between our weekend workshops, day and night classes, and open studios, we have a class to fit every schedule.

The Facilities

The Kirkland Arts Center Print Studio features a 30″ x 60″ Takash state-of-the-art combination printing press, suitable for work in a variety of printmaking processes. Print students have access to drying racks, glass-covered table space, a sink, brayers, a workroom in a historic building, and the camaraderie of knowledgeable and enthusiastic artists, students, instructors, and staff.

Inks and weekly open studio time are included with most printmaking classes and workshops.

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Digital Art, Writing, & Other 2D

KAC is now offering an expanded 2D art program; explore photography, then learn how to edit your photos in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Looking for a more traditional medium? Learn the ancient art of sumi painting. Interested in interdisciplinary arts? Try animation or one of our many art & writing classes and workshops, from illustrating children’s books to combining collage and poetry to ekphrasis, the art of writing about art!

Our 2D classes primarily take place in our third floor Skylight and Print studios. In some cases, laptops and software are provided for digital art classes. Specific supply lists are provided on individual class pages.

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Need help registering?

Contact the Education Office at (425) 822-7161 x108 or registrar@kirklandartscenter.org for help with registering, finding a class, or any other questions.

Accessibility

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.

Have an idea for a class?

Find out more about becoming an instructor at KAC here.