Online Workshops 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SilverKite is offering online intergenerational arts workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community.  By offering these opportunities, we aim to provide stimulating creative engagement opportunities and social connection during this challenging time.

Join us for live, interactive workshops in visual arts, dance / movement, and storytelling / writing.  

 

Registration is open for individual participants of all ages.  

Click here to view a gallery of artwork created in our virtual arts programs.

We also have a pre-recorded performance of SilverKite's Intergenerational Theatre Company touring production of "Keys" available to view.

If you live in Snohomish or Island Counties, Sno-Isle Libraries is offering FREE registration for selected SilverKite arts workshops through the month of October.  Please visit the Sno-Isle Access webpage and use the password:  sil2020 to access.

If you live in greater King County, the King County Library System is offering FREE registration to selected online workshops through the end of 2020.  Please visit the KCLS Access webpage and use the password:  KCLS2020 to register.

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with SilverKite to provide FREE registration for virtual arts workshops through the end of 2020.  Please visit the SPL Access webpage and use the password:  SPL2020 

Questions?  Technical issues? 

Interested in a SilverKite online workshop license for your community or organization? 

 

Get in touch.

 

Art Gallery

Art created in our online arts workshops. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a class?

1.  Choose the class you're interested in.  Click on the "Click here to register" button.

2.  You will be sent to a registration screen.  Enter your name and email address.  Press submit.

3.  After you complete this step you will be sent to PayPal to complete your registration payment (if your class requires it).  

4.  If you have a PayPal account you can sign in to your account to pay for the class.  If you do not have a PayPal account, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on "Pay by Credit or Debit Card."  Enter your payment information.

5.  If you are not interested in paying by PayPal, please contact us by phone - (360) 218-4884 - and we can help you.

6.  After you have completed your registration you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your spam or junk folders to make sure you have received it.  If you don't receive it, please let us know.

After I have registered for the online experience how do I access it?

An email will be sent to you after you register for the class and reminder email will be sent to you again a day before the class.  In each of these emails is a link that says "Click Here to Join."  At the time of your class, click that link and you're in! 

We have found using Chrome as your internet browser works much better than Safari to access our classes.

If the link is not working, open Chrome and type in "join.zoom.us" a screen will pop up which asks you to enter a meeting ID.  The meeting ID is a 9 digit number that you will receive in your email. 

Workshop Calendar

Workshops that are open to the community are not highlighted in the calendar below. Private workshops that not open to the public are highlighted.

 

Visual Arts Workshops

Introduction to Pastels

 

During this hands-on workshop we’ll learn how to use pastels to draw a simple still life.
 

Taught by Ali Alderman


You will need:
Chalk Pastels
Paper
Pencil
Eraser
Paper Towels and/or wet wipes

Saturday, January 9:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST. $10.  Click here to register

Introduction to Knitting

Knitting is a wonderful way to express your creativity. It enhances spatial, mathematical, and fine-motor skills and – once the basics have been mastered! – is calming and relaxing. Make gifts, connect with a global community of knitters, get involved with "yarn-bombing" activism or just pamper yourself through this popular hobby and art form. Beginners are invited to this intergenerational class where you will learn how to cast on, do the knit stitch, and cast off. Depending on previous experience, how quickly participants progress, and the number of knitters in the class, we may be able to cover more.

Taught by Laura Simeon

What you'll need:
Starting off with the right supplies is critical to success as a knitter. The wrong materials can make the experience of learning to knit needlessly frustrating. I highly recommend shopping at a local yarn store as they have knowledgeable employees who can advise you. Many of them are doing mail order and curbside pickup. This website is a good starting place: https://www.lystour.com/

1. One pair of straight, single-pointed bamboo or wooden knitting needles in size 7 or 8 (Clover is a reasonably priced brand that is easy to find). Beginners should avoid metal needles.


2. One skein of smooth, light- or bright-colored worsted weight wool or a wool/acrylic blend, for example Plymouth Encore worsted. Cascade 220 is a great choice but it comes in a hank that will need to be wound into a skein before use. Avoid dark colors, fuzzy yarn, novelty yarn, cotton, and non-elastic fibers.


3. A pair of scissors.

Friday, January 15:  10:30 - 11:30am PST. $10.  Click here to register

Paper Sculpture


Learn how to turn flat pieces of paper into 3-dimensional shapes. We’ll cut, bend, fold and attach paper to create art from your recycling bin!

Taught by Suzie Treinen

Supplies:
Assortment of paper (computer paper, card stock, magazines, paper bags, construction paper etc.)
Scissors
Glue (your preference: white liquid glue, Aileen’s Tacky glue OR glue stick)
Scotch tape or masking tape
Stapler (optional)

Saturday, January 16:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST. $10.  Click here to register

Sip and Paint Watercolors

Join us for a step-by-step watercolor painting workshop with one of Silver Kite's professional teaching artists. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together!

 

Taught by Nani Trias.

What you'll need:
Watercolor paints
Paint brush (1" flat brush and pointed round brush)
Mixed Media or Watercolor paper
Cup of water
Painter's tape

Saturday, January 23:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST. $10.  Click here to register

Sip and Paint Acrylics

Join us for a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop with one of Silver Kite's professional teaching artists. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together!

Facilitated by Arika Gloud

You will need:
Mixed media paper (9x12,11x14, other sizes will work)
1"" flat brush
1"" flat angled brush
1-2 pointed round brushes for detailing
Red, blue, yellow, black, white acrylic paint
Paper towels or sponge
Cup of water
Paint palette or white plate

Friday, January 29:  10:30 - 11:30am PST. $10.  Click here to register

Intro to Visual Journaling

Do you keep a journal? During this interactive workshop we will explore ways to record daily experiences and memories by creating a visual journal.

During the workshop we will create our own journal and explore basic drawing skills to help us get started.

Facilitated by Ali Alderman

What you'll need:
-Drawing pad (About 6 sheets of printer paper is okay, but a heavier weighted paper pad is best)
-Pens
-Magic Markers
-Collage magazines
-Scissors
-Glue stick

Saturday, January 30:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST. $10.  Click here to register

 

Dance / Mindfulness /Play  Workshops

Mindfulness and Creativity

In this workshop participants are guided through a series of mindful creative prompts with the focus on attending to the present moment with tenderness and joy. We will get to know one another a little while we draw, move and write poetry. Ages 15 and up.

Facilitated by Meredith Arena

What you'll need:

A smile!

Monday, January 11:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST.  Click here to register

Bollywood Dance

Come learn the dances that area part of the largest movie making capital in the world – INDIA. India makes 3x as many films than Hollywood. Bollywood is the Hindi-language sector of the Indian movie making industry.

Traditionally, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Asian cultures, Hindu art, music and culture. Today Bollywood music and dancing is also influenced by other cultures and forms of dance including salsa and hip hop. Contemporary Bollywood music is known for collaborations with well known musicians from around the world. Come join us for a fun class where we will dance to Bollywood hits songs from different eras and learn about the inspiration behind the songs.

What you'll need:
a water bottle
a towel

Taught by Sandy Mathews

Wednesday, January 13:  10:30 - 11:30am PST.  Click here to register

Dancing New Beginnings

A gentle workout, these expressive dances invite you to celebrate a new year and a fresh start.
Silver Kite teaching artist Susan mixes traditional dances from around the world with her own grooves, mostly in the stability of a chair, with an optional get-on-your-feet section. Enjoy great music while connecting over the airwaves with others.

 

Facilitated by Susan Wickett-Ford

What you'll need:
Your favorite chair

Monday, January 18:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST.  Click here to register

 

Senior Social Hour

Seniors, join us for a FREE hour of conversation, play, and connection!

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder

Wednesday, January 20:  10:30 - 11:30am PST.  Click here to register

Bollywood Dance

Come learn the dances that area part of the largest movie making capital in the world – INDIA. India makes 3x as many films than Hollywood. Bollywood is the Hindi-language sector of the Indian movie making industry.

Traditionally, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Asian cultures, Hindu art, music and culture. Today Bollywood music and dancing is also influenced by other cultures and forms of dance including salsa and hip hop. Contemporary Bollywood music is known for collaborations with well known musicians from around the world. Come join us for a fun class where we will dance to Bollywood hits songs from different eras and learn about the inspiration behind the songs.

What you'll need:
a water bottle
a towel

Taught by Sandy Mathews

Wednesday, January 27:  10:30 - 11:30am PST.  Click here to register

 

Storytelling / Writing / Theatre Workshops

Voice of Experience: Writing a Personal Essay

What sorts of newspaper or magazine articles (online or otherwise) compel you to
grab a cup of your favorite beverage and hunker down for a read? For me, it’s a “personal
feature story” a.k.a. a personal essay about working in a unique environment; caregiving;
growing up in extraordinary circumstances; or traveling to a remote or difficult place. I’m drawn
to any piece where the writer is sharing their experience in a way that either explodes a myth,
gives me a glimpse into an unfamiliar world, or offers me solace because I have experienced or
am experiencing much the same thing. In this workshop we will explore what a personal essay
is; look at a few short and very different examples; brainstorm ideas for your own piece; and
get started on your own personal essay. Your experiences and insights are bound to be
enlightening for others.

Facilitated by Julian Edelman

What you'll need:

Paper

Pen/Pencil

Friday, January 8:  10:30 - 11:30am PST. $10.  Click here to register

Introduction to Acting 

During this interactive session you’ll learn some basic principles of acting using the actor’s tools of body, voice, and space. And we’ll try a few acting exercises. No experience required!

Taught by Bobbi Kidder

Friday, January 22:  10:30 - 11:30am PST. $10.  Click here to register

Intermediate Poetry

During this webinar we'll engage in writing exercises focused on helping you craft poems reflective of your life experiences and moments.

This is a workshop designed for writers who are experienced in writing poetry.

Join us!

Facilitated by Pearl Klein

What you'll need:

3 - 4 pieces of paper
pen or pencil

Monday, January 25:  1:30 - 2:30pm PST. $10.  Click here to register

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