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. 

Scroll to view our offerings!
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All artwork created by virtual workshop attendees.

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SilverKite is partnering with various library systems throughout the US to provide FREE online arts programming to their patrons. 

Scroll through this page to view our class offerings and which library programs are participating in various workshops. See a workshop you are interested in? Visit your specific library webpage to register!

King County Library System

Access Code: KCLS2020

The Seattle Public Library

Access Code: SPL2022

Sno-Isle Libraries

Access Code: sil2020

Tacoma Public Library

Access Code: TPL2022

Prescott Valley Public Library

Access Code: PVPL2021

North Olympic Library System

Access Code: NOLS2022

 
 

Visual Arts

Beginning Drawing

This is a beginning drawing workshop where the attendees will learn how to draw portraits.

What you'll need:
Paper
Pencil and eraser

Facilitated by Ali Alderman

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SATURDAY, JULY 2

Beginning Drawing

10:30 - 11:30am PDT

PORTRAITS

KCLS
Sno-Isle
SPL

Introudction to Pastels

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

Facilitated by Ali Alderman

You will need:
Chalk Pastels
Paper
Pencil
Eraser
Paper Towels

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SATURDAY, JULY 23

Introduction to Pastels

10:30 - 11:30am PDT

KCLS
PVPL
SPL

Sip and Paint

Join us for a step-by-step watercolor painting workshop with one of SilverKite's professional teaching artists.

Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together!

Taught by Cooper Perry

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

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

Sip and Paint

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

WATERCOLORS

KCLS
SPL
PVPL

Sip and Paint

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

Facilitated by Cooper Perry

What you'll need:

Acrylic paints -Red, Blue, Yellow, black, and white
1" flat and angled flat brush
Filbert brush (flat with a round top)
Pointed round brush
Fan Brush
Pallet knife or butter knife
Mixed Media Paper preferred
Painters tape or Masking tape
Cup of water to wash out your brushes
Pencil or marker
Q-Tips or cotton swabs

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SATURDAY, JULY 16

Sip and Paint

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

ACRYLICS

KCLS
PVPL
Sno-Isle
SPL

Dementia Friendly Watercolors

During this workshop, we'll use a haiku as the inspiration for 3 different abstract watercolor paintings.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry

What you'll need:
Watercolors
Brush
Cup of water
Pencil
Thick marker or Sharpie
3 pieces of Paper (watercolor paper is ideal but not necessary)

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SATURDAY, JULY 30

Dementia Friendly Watercolors

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

KCLS
SPL

Visual Journaling

Do you keep a journal? During this interactive workshop we will explore ways to record daily experiences & 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 Cooper Perry

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

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Visual Journaling

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

KCLS
SPL
Sno-Isle
TPL

Landscape Drawing

This is a beginning drawing workshop where we'll explore ways to draw a simple landscape.

This workshop is facilitated by Cooper Perry.

What you'll need:
Paper
Pencil and eraser
something to blend with (like a paper towel or a tissue)

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Landscape Drawing

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

KCLS
PVPL
Sno-Isle
SPL
 

movement, music, and more 

Mandalas

Join us as we explore the ancient art of mandala. During the workshop you will be guided through a few simple techniques as you create your own stunning and intricate mandalas. Together we will learn how we can express ourselves through shape and color, and discover all the wonderful ways in which the art of mandalas can add peace and relaxation to your day to day life.

Facilitated by Nani Trias

You will need:
* sheets of blank paper
* a pencil
* eraser
* pen (ballpoint, gel, or rollerball)
* compass (any straight edge or circle to trace works too!)
* protractor (any straight edge or circle to trace works too!)
* ruler (any straight edge or circle to trace works too!)
* markers/colored pencils/crayons

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22

Mandalas

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS
PVPL
NOLS
SPL

Sip and Paint

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 Nani Trias

What you'll need:
Acrylic paints
1" flat and angled flat brush
Filbert brush (flat with a round top)
Pointed round brush
Fan Brush
Pallet knife or butter knife
Mixed Media Paper preferred
Painters tape or Masking tape
Cup of water to wash out your brushes
Pencil or marker
Q-Tips or cotton swabs

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MONDAY, AUGUST 29

Sip and Paint

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

ACRYLICS

KCLS
SPL

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

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SATURDAY, JULY 9

Bollywood Dance

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

KCLS

Mindfulness

The general principles of mindfulness are acceptance, purpose, and doing what needs to be done. When we connect to our breath, we create a moment of pause, a chance to restore. We let go of our busy-ness and stress. This helps with everything from de-escalating conflict to easing us into a good night's sleep. It allows time for insight and helps us move forward.

This workshop will introduce the art of mindfulness, suggesting a simple, ongoing practice.

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

Mindfulness

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

KCLS

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

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MONDAY, AUGUST 15

Bollywood Dance

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS

Storytelling through Hula

Hula is a visual dance form of storytelling from Polynesia, which was developed in Hawai’i and has more recently become a popular form of exercise. Together we will walk through some basic hula steps and use our bodies to develop a hula “vocabulary”. At the end of class, you will have a story to tell, using these beautiful movements!

Facilitated by Rachel Rene

What You’ll Need:
* Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move your whole body.
* Have water and a towel nearby.
* Socks or bare feet are preferred over wearing shoes, if possible.

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MONDAY, JULY 11

Storytelling through Hula

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS
PVPL
SPL

Dance through the Decades

Get your dancing shoes on as we go around the world and learn popular dances between the 1920's through the 2000's.

Whatever your dance level, come ready to have some fun as we Shag, Stroll, Hustle, Cha Cha slide, Gangnam Style and Nae Nae through the decades, while learning a little about the history of each dance.

Materials
Dress comfortably
Wear comfortable shoes for movement
Water

Facilitated by Merri Ann Osborne

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MONDAY, JULY 25

Dance through the Decades

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

KCLS
SPL
 

Writing, Theatre & Storytelling

Memoir Writing 

During this interactive creative non-fiction writing workshop, participants will engage in reminiscence activities and memoir writing exercises and learn some basic strategies on how to write and structure a memoir.

Facilitated by Pearl Klein

What You'll Need:
Pen or Pencil
Paper

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1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Memoir Writing

MONDAY, JULY 18

KCLS

Writing Fictional Characters

Fictional characters live or spend their time in places that shape them, reflect and influence who they are, and support and move the plot along. We will explore the role of setting in fiction by looking at some published examples, and doing writing exercises to explore the way settings can anchor and develop our stories.

Taught by Pearl Klein

What you'll need:
Paper (several pieces)
Pen or Pencil

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1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Writing Fictional Characters

MONDAY, AUGUST 8

KCLS
SPL

Intro 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 Rachel Rene

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1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Intro to Acting

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

KCLS

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