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ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Join SilverKite for live, intergenerational arts workshops - including visual arts, dance, music, writing, theatre, and much more! Registration is open for individual participants of all ages. 

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All artwork created by virtual workshop attendees.

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SilverKite partners with library systems across the US to provide FREE online arts programming to their patrons. 

Scroll through this page to view our class offerings, and learn which libraries are participating in each workshop.

See a workshop you are interested in? Visit your specific library webpage to register!

King County Library System

Access Code: KCLS2020

Sno-Isle Libraries

Access Code: sil2020

Prescott Valley Public Library

Access Code: PVPL2021

Merrill Gardens

North Olympic Library System

Access Code: NOLS2023

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Visual Arts

July & August Workshops

Self-Care Mandala

In this workshop we will create a mandala as a special gift to ourselves. A mandala that will show us how much we appreciate who we are.

Facilitated by Bertha Marselis.

Supplies needed:
1.) Colorful pencils and/or markers
2.) A black sharpie
3.) #2 lead pencil
4.) Scissors
5.) Magazines, old used greeting cards, calendars, copies of personal pictures
or photos
6.) Glue or glue sticks
7.) 8 ½ x 11 or 9 x 12 mixed media paper
8.) Something for drawing a circle
9.) Some of your favorite poems, or inspirational messages
10.) Stickers, gems, or any ephemera you may want to use in your
creation
11.) A ruler

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Self-Care Mandala

MONDAY, JULY 22

1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

A Masquerade for Me and You:

A Mask-Making Workshop

Making and wearing masks is an ancient tradition. Masks are funny things: they’re eye-catching, they exaggerate and broadcast emotions, and yet they generate mystery and anonymity, hiding the wearer’s face. In this workshop, we’ll create double-sided masks, using both faces of the mask to explore not only what we readily show to the world, but the sense of self that lies behind it.

Facilitated by Vero Lecocq.

Supplies:


Necessary:
Cardboard, cardstock, cereal boxes, thick paper
Scissors
Paper
Glue (or tape)
Something to draw/color with (pens, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc.)

Optional:
Paintbrushes (for glue or paint)
Stronger glue (such as tacky glue)
Decorations -- the sky’s the limit! Suggestions include…
Tissue paper
Glitter
Sequins
Buttons
Ribbons or lace
Stickers
Paint

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A Masquerade for Me and You:
A Mask-Making Workshop

MONDAY, JULY 29

1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Intro to Charcoal

The "Introduction to Charcoal Drawing" workshop is a beginner-friendly, 1-hour art making session designed to introduce participants to the art of charcoal drawing. Participants will learn basic techniques, concepts, and tips to create their own charcoal masterpieces.

 

Facilitated by AshaAung Helmstetter.

 

Materials:

-Several Soft Vine Charcoal Sticks

-9”x12” up to 18”x24” Drawing Paper or Sketchpad (specifically designed for charcoal and/or mixed media)

-Kneaded Eraser

-Paper Towels or Soft Cloth

-Blue masking tape

-Drawing Board (if working on loose drawing paper instead of in a sketchbook or on a drawing pad)

-Fixative Spray (optional for fixing finished artwork)

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Intro to Charcoal

MONDAY, AUGUST 5

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS
MG
PVPL

Hand Building with Clay

Roll up your sleeves and discover the magic of hand building with air dry clay! This workshop will introduce participants to pinching, coiling, and slab building techniques to inspire decorative and functional clay creations.

 

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

 

Supplies:

- A flat surface or table (wooden, glass, or granite)

- 1-2 pounds or 16-30 oz air dry clay (Ideal brands:
“ACTIVA Supreme Artist's Air-Dry Modelling”
“Creative Paperclay” 
“Sculpey Air-Dry”
“Old Potters Premium Air Dry Clay”)

- Acrylic paint or acrylic paint pens

- Water-resistant Acrylic or polyutherane varnish (paint on or spray)
ModPodge /
Liquitex /
Americana

- Flat brush, foam brush

- 2 wooden dowels, metal straws, wooden chopsticks, or 2 identical pencils

- Ruler

- Pencil & eraser

- Copy paper

- Wooden sculpting tools for clay or home alternatives: spoon, spatula, smooth butter knife, palette knife, wooden spoon, toothpick, old gift card or credit card

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Hand Building with Clay

MONDAY, AUGUST 12

1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Abstract Acrylics

In this workshop participants will explore the depths of their creativity with acrylic paint. Participants are invited to lean into the freeing and playful nature of abstract art. The goal of this workshop is to let go of "product" expectations and engage with the unique process of abstract painting.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

Supplies:
• 1 canvas of any kind & size (or thick multimedia paper)
• Acrylic paints: whatever you have on hand
• 1 palette knife (or plastic knife)
• 1 palette (a plate will also work)
• 2 flat brushes (around 1" and 1/2" in size)
• 2 round brushes (ranging anywhere from 3 - 8)
• 1 or 2 cups of water
• Paper towels (or a designated "for painting" washcloth)
• A pencil (optional)
• A small spray bottle filled with water (3 oz is perfect) (optional but recommended)

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Abstract Acrylics

SATURDAY, JULY 20

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Summer Pastels

In this workshop, participants are invited to create a summer inspired image. This can be abstract or include cultural celebrations, tradition, connection to nature, etc. This workshop provides a space to explore and honor what summer means to each unique participant.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

Supplies:
- Drawing or multimedia paper
- Chalk or "soft" pastels
- Pencil (optional)
- Damp hand towel or paper towels (recommended)

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Summer Pastels

SATURDAY, JULY 27

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

PVPL

Sip and Paint

Join us for a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop! Grab a beverage of your choice to sip on as we spend an hour slowing down and making art.

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

Supplies:
-Canvas or Bristol board*
-Acrylic paint
-Palette (or palette paper or a plate)
-Brushes (round and flat)
-Cup of water
-Paper towels
-Pencil
-Palette knife (optional)

*Note: I tend to use paper/canvas sizes that fit within my document camera frame, but participants are welcome to use any size.

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

ACRYLICS

Writing, Painting and Drawing Affirmations

Create a positive affirmation painting blending messages, statements and and art.

 

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

 

Supplies:

Neutral tone (tan or light brown) multimedia paper Black and white acrylic paint

Pencil

Black permanent marker

Small round paintbrush

Small sponge

Water container and water

Paper towels

Palette or palette paper

Masking tape

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Writing, Painting and Drawing Affirmations

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

PVPL

Sip and Paint

Dive into the world of watercolors inspired by ocean life. Relax with your favorite beverage and paint a vibrant underwater scene while exploring the mixing and movements of water and color with your paintbrush!

 

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

 

Supplies:

Watercolor paints with a palette

Mixed media or watercolor paper (size of choice from 4x5 to 9x12 inches)

Cup of water

Paint brushes (flat brush and pointed round brush) Painters tape

 

Optional:

Pencil

Eraser

Thin permanent ink pen (black)

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

WATERCOLOR: UNDER THE SEA

Sno-Isle

The Writing Workout!

Body builders develop muscle through repetition and increased weights. Creative writers build their writing muscles through exercises that push them out of their comfort zone, exercises they can use at any time. Let's get together and sweat!

Facilitated by Pearl Klein.

Supplies: Paper and something to write with.

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The Writing Workout!

MONDAY, JULY 15

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS
Sno-Isle

September Workshops

Visual Journaling
September 7th
10:30 - 11:30am

In this workshop we’ll go back and forth between doodles and words to get our feelings and creative thoughts out on the page. Let’s have some artsy-journaling fun!

 

Facilitated by AshaAung Helmstetter.

 

Supplies:

Journal or drawing paper Your favorite pen for writing/drawing (fineliner also works)

Assorted writing/drawing utensils

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG

Writing the Personal Essay
September 16th
1:30 - 2:30pm

When we want to connect with others, we often tell stories about our life experiences and how they've shaped us. A personal essay, like a good conversation, offers the chance to share our unique perspective on the world. In this workshop, we'll explore ways to draw out these ideas and put them on the page.

 

Facilitated by Pearl Klein

 

Supplies:

Paper

Something to write with

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG

Sip and Paint:
Acrylics - Brush and Breathe

September 23rd
1:30 - 2:30pm 

Immerse yourself in a tranquil atmosphere as you sip on your favorite beverage and let your paintbrush flow. Explore mindfulness through each brushstroke and color, allowing the act of painting to become a meditative journey of self-expression.

 

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

 

Supplies:

- Black permanent marker thick or thin

- Blank canvas or heavyweight mixed media paper

- Painters tape (optional if using mixed media paper)

- Paintbrushes: flat, round, and pointed

- Acrylic paints: primary colors, black, white, or colors of choice

- Cup of water

- Sponge, rag, or paper towels

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG, PVPL

Printmaking with Recycled Materials
September 9th
1:30 - 2:30pm

Join us and explore the endless possibilities of this versatile printmaking process! We'll be incorporating recycled materials and found objects into our prints, adding an eco-friendly and sustainable element to our artistic process. Discover how everyday items can be transformed into printing plates, adding depth and character to your compositions.

 

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

 

Supplies:

- Mixed media paper or cardstock

- Adhesives of choice: liquid glue (craft or Elmers), glue stick, double-sided tape, hot glue gun

- Scissors (good for cutting cardboard)

- Recyclable Materials: cardboard from boxes, corrugated cardboard, bottle caps, bubble wrap, scrap paper, sheets of foam - Optional found objects: fabric scraps, legos, string, leaves, sticks, flowers, etc.

- Printing plate: Rectangle or square piece of cardboard that is smaller or the same size of printing paper of choice

- Your choice of printing medium: water-based block-printing ink, acrylic or tempera paint, stamp pad

- Baren or substitutes: rice paddle, wooden spoon, 2 glass sheets from old picture frames,

- Brayer or substitutes: paintbrush, rolling pin wrapped with plastic, firm paper towel roll wrapped with plastic + straw/pencil, - Inking plate(flat surface for printing medium) or substitutes: sheet of glass or clear plastic from old picture frames, 8x8/9x13 glass or tin baking pan/tray, plastic cutting board or wooden wrapped with plastic.

- 3-4 sheets of blank papers: Printmaking paper, Plain cardstock, mixed media paper, or copy paper color of choice

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG, Sno-Isle

Intro to Drawing with Ultra Fine Sharpies
September 28th
10:30 - 11:30am

Draw small natural and found objects—leaves, rocks, shells, knickknacks, keys, etc using various techniques.

 

Facilitated by Gloria Garcia.

 

Supplies:

Drawing paper—cut down to 6” x 9" 

Black Ultra-Fine Sharpie

Graphite pencil 

Kneaded eraser.

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG, PVPL, Sno-Isle

Exploring Pastels
September 14th
10:30 - 11:30am

In this workshop, participants are invited to play with pastels! This process-oriented workshop offers an opportunity to explore the unique textures and mark making of oil pastels.

 

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

 

Supplies:

- Drawing or multimedia paper

- Oil pastels

- Pencil (optional)

- Damp hand towel or paper towels (recommended)

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG

Sip and Paint:
Watercolor - Intuitive Botanicals

September 21st
10:30 - 11:30am

Enjoy your favorite beverage and immerse yourself in an intuitive approach to painting with watercolors inspired by botanicals. Join us in discovering the joy of blending colors and capturing the intricate details of nature through a painting process rooted in mindfulness and self-expression.

 

Facilitated by Nani Trias.

 

Supplies:

- Watercolor paints with a palette

- Mixed media or watercolor paper (size of choice from 4x5 to 9x12 inches)

- Cup of water

- Paint brushes (flat brush and pointed round brush)

- Painters tape

- Sponge, rag, or paper towels

COMMUNITIES:

KCLS, MG, PVPL

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