Online Workshops 

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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 the Calendar of upcoming workshops

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 summer  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 month of June.  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 arts workshops through May 2021.  Please visit the SPL Access webpage and use the password:  SPL2020

Prescott Valley Public Library will be partnering with SilverKite to provide access to FREE online arts workshops to library patrons.  Please visit the Prescott Valley Public Library webpage to register.  Use the password:  PVPL2021 to access the page. 

Timberland Regional Library is partnering with SilverKite to offer programming to their patrons during the summer.  Click here to visit the Timberland Regional Library webpage to view workshop descriptions and register.  Use the password:  TRL2021 to access the page.  

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

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, June 5:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of the Prescott Valley Public Library, KCLS, Seattle Public Library. 

Contact Us to register.

Drawing with Colored Pencils

Using colored pencils and graphite pencils to go over basic sketch techniques.

Facilitated by Arika Gloud-Jones

What you'll need:
Colored pencils
graphite pencil
paper

Friday, June 11:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.  

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, Sno-Isle Libraries, Timberland Regional Library, and the Prescott Valley Public Library.

Contact Us to register.

Pop-Up Cards

In this class we’ll transform flat pieces of paper into pop-up cards and scenes. We’ll learn a variety of beginning paper engineering techniques that will dazzle your friends and pen pals!

Facilitated by Suzie Treinen

What you’ll need:
Assortment of paper: construction paper, card stock, printer paper or cool bits from the recycling bin
Scissors
Glue stick or liquid glue
Your favorite drawing materials (crayons, colored pencils, markers or pens)

Saturday, June 12:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Dementia Friendly Watercolors

During this workshop, we'll explore basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and
color mixing and creating an original painting of your own.

This workshop has been designed and will be facilitated for persons with dementia and their care partners.

Everyone is welcome!

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder

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

Friday, June 18:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Urban Sketching

Using a photo or real life reference, sketch buildings and trees using perspective techniques.

Facilitated by Arika Gloud-Jones

What you'll need:
Pencils
paper
eraser

Monday, June 21:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Sip and Paint (Acrylics)

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-Jones (June 26)

Facilitated by Nani Trias (July 24)

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

Saturday, June 26:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT. 

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, and Prescott Valley Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Saturday, July 24:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, and Sno-Isle Library.

Contact us to register.

Intro to Pastels

Taught by Ali Alderman

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

You will need:
Chalk Pastels
Paper
Pencil
Eraser
Paper Towels

Saturday, July 3:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, and Prescott Valley Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Intro to Origami

Taught by Nani Trias

During this step-by-step workshop, we'll explore the art of folding paper (Origami) and transform square pieces of paper into intricate works of art.

Materials:
A smooth, flat surface to work on
5X5 - 12X12 inch origami paper in any color or design you have available (as long as it's a square)

Saturday, July 10:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, and Prescott Valley Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Beginning Drawing

Taught by Arika Gloud-Jones


This is a beginning drawing workshop where the attendees will draw a still life and work on basic shading techniques.

What you'll need:
Paper
Pencil and eraser

 

Monday, July 12:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and the Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Beginning Watercolors

Taught by Arika Gloud-Jones


During this workshop, we'll explore basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and
color mixing.

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

Saturday, July 17:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Seattle Public Library, Timberland Regional Library, and Prescott Valley Public Library.

Contact us to register.

 

Dance / Mindfulness /Play  Workshops

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.

 

Each session is different!  Join us!

What you'll need:
a water bottle
a towel

Taught by Sandy Mathews

Wednesday, June 2:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.

Wednesday, June 16:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT. 

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Virtual Travel (dementia friendly)

Get ready to pack your imaginary suitcase and buckle up your imaginary seatbelt!
In this virtual travel experience hosted by your Seattle based tour guide, you will join other travelers as we take a virtual visit to a popular US destination.
Learn about local cuisine, history and attractions that you can draw and write about in your personal travel diary.
Haven't been able to travel since COVID? Always dreamed about going somewhere but could never afford it?
Then join our virtual tour bus for a free, fun, interactive journey.

Facilitated by Merri Ann Osborne

What to Bring to Workshop:
Pencil or Pen
Colored Pencils or Pens (optional)
Paper
Sketch book (optional)
Imagination

Monday, June 7:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Senior Social Hour

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

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder

Wednesday, June 9:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.  Click here to register

Wednesday, June 23:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.  Click here to register

Friday, July 9: 10:30 - 11:30am PDT. Click here to register

Dance with Susan (dementia friendly)

Dance along with us!


Explore dances across the 20th century during this interactive workshop!
The workshop will be facilitated so participants can either be seated or standing during the experience.

Facilitated by Susan Wickett-Ford

Supplies needed:
Your favorite chair

Monday, June 28:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Prescott Valley Public Library, and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Indian Cooking 

Indian Cabbage Salad

Easy to make Indian Cabbage Salad tossed in aromatic tempering of spices and fresh lemon juice is a must try recipe! Perfect for a light side dish or a full meal. Add your protein of choice to make it a hearty meal.

 

Nimbu Shikanji or Shikanjvi is a refreshing Indian drink made using lime juice, spice masala, and soda.

Facilitated by Sandy Mathews

Click here to view full ingredient list

Wednesday, June 30:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Prescott Valley Public Library, and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Hip Hop Dance 

Join us for some up beat music and learn a simple hip-hop routine!


Facilitated by Rohan Gonzalez and Karina Kaiwi

 

What You'll Need:

Water

A smile!

Friday, July 16:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Sno-Isle Library, and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Music and Movement: Virtual Time Travel to the 80's 

Have your passport ready, your suitcase packed and get set to travel to the 80's!
We will journey to a time when people were showing off their Running Man dance moves, mullets and jheri curls were the must have hairstyles and MTV ruled the airwaves.
But what was going on in other parts of the globe?

Join your tour guide Merri Ann Osbourne as we visit Japan and the UK, learn about food and culture and sing and dance to their top hits.

What to Bring to Workshop:
Dress comfortably (80's styles encouraged)

Friday, July 23:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Dances of the 20th Century

Dance along with us!

Explore dances across the 20th century during this interactive workshop!

The workshop will be facilitated so participants can either be seated or standing during the experience.

Facilitated by Susan Wickett-Ford

Supplies needed:
Your favorite chair

Monday, July 26:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Indian Cooking 

Goan Shrimp Pulao With Coconut Milk

Goan shrimp pulao is a quick and easy Indian rice recipe made with shrimps and coconut milk. This is a mildly spiced pulao recipe. Adding the Goan green masala to this shrimp pulao with coconut milk which makes it mouth-watering delicious.

Facilitated by Sandy Mathews

Click here to view full ingredient list

Friday, July 30:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Timberland Regional Library, and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

 

Storytelling / Writing / Theatre Workshops

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:
Something to write on
Something to write with

Friday, June 4:  10:30 - 11:30am PDT. 

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Landscape Poetry

We belong to the interiors and exteriors of our lives, to the land, to the towers and waters.

We often clearly remember the sun setting on a wheat field or the deepening shadows on the walls of a Manhattan skyscraper.

We remember the pounding of the surf or the tire swing on the tree and the way the breeze felt in our face as we rode a bicycle down a dirt road in the summer.

Poets write and singers sing about the land, the garden...home.

During this workshop we will explore the settings that hold special meaning to you through reminiscence activities. We will sing songs together that recollect and songs we remember. We will share our personal stories and, together, create a mural of landscape memories—captured in visual images, words and phrases.

Facilitated by Bobbi Kidder

What you'll need:
Paper
Pen or Pencil

Monday, June 14:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

Celebrating Juneteenth- Poetry

For this workshop, we will define Poetry: a healing passage of oneself from the inside to the outside.

We will explore what it means to use the feelings inside of us and put them to paper using tools of poetry. We will use anaphora style along with metaphor and personification as tools to express ourselves.

Facilitated by: Aviona Creatrix Rodriguez Brown

What you'll need:
writing utensils (pen, marker, computer)
writing surface (notebook, paper, notes, word doc)

Saturday, June 19:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT. 

FREE to patrons of KCLS, Sno-Isle Libraries, and The Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

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:
Paper
Pen/pencil

Friday, June 25:  1:30-2:30 pm PDT. 

Monday, July 19: 1:30-2:30 pm PDT.

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.

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 Bobbi Kidder

Friday, July 2:  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT. 

FREE to patrons of KCLS and Seattle Public Library.

Contact us to register.