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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.

Fort Worden State Park

  1. Foundations of Woodworking

    October 2, 2017 - December 22, 2017

    This course will drill deep into the basics, beginning with a firm foundation in understanding wood as a material and incorporates introductory training in a wide range of techniques. You'll leave with a in depth experience of hand tools, practice applications of joinery methods, consider choices for wood selection and working with non-toxic materials, and understand practical planning for designing and executing woodworking projects. The curriculum focuses on imparting skills through a series of projects designed to build on one another in techniques and complexity.

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  2. Furniture Making: Finding your Voice

    October 2, 2017 - December 22, 2017

    This 12 week course is focused on developing the skills that will allow you to start to find your voice as a furniture designer / maker. Design will be the consistent thread through the numerous projects of this class. We will take a hybrid approach to furniture making by blending traditional hand tool techniques with pragmatic use of woodworking machines.

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  3. Having Fun With Pastels With Charlie Gilder

    October 12, 2017, 1:00 PM - November 16, 2017, 4:00 PM

    In this series of 5 classes, you will explore the versatility of pastels, blending, line and tone qualities. Drawing and painting techniques used alongside each other can create a surprising range of effects. Beginners are welcome.

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  4. Papier-Mache for Grown-Ups with Meg Kaczyk

    November 2, 2017, 9:00 AM - December 7, 2017, 12:00 PM

    In this class series, you will learn how to use the simple craft of paper mache to make useful and beautiful vessels. It’s playtime for grown ups. In this hands on experience, you will make your creations using common objects such as bowls, cups and plates as forms. Then you’ll successively layer the form with newspaper strips and simple flour-and-water paste to build a rustic, sturdy vessel. To finish the pieces, we’ll look at pattern design from nature, history and different cultures to inspire your painted surface decorations. You’ll use bright colors and shapes painted with water based liquid acrylic to make your vessels friendly and inviting. In this class, you will learn how to make the most of the beautiful flexibility of this art form. And they make wonderful gifts.

    Beginners are welcome and all materials are provided.

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  5. Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Level II with Marcy Gordon

    November 6, 2017, 1:00 PM - December 4, 2017, 4:00 PM

    This class is for those who have taken the previous class or are comfortable with controlled areas of flat and graded washes. Each class will include instructor demonstrations and individually supervised exercises. You may work from instructor provided photos and drawing or bring your own specimen to draw. We will cover drybrush, color mixing and sequence of glazing , masking techniques, underpainting, use of gouche for backgrounds and highlights and water drops on plants. The instructor has taught this class for over 25 years, both for college credit and pleasure. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

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  6. Autumn Your Alternative Writing Program (YAWP)

    November 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017

    Sky gray, like being inside a lidded pot, with cracks of light at the horizon. Blackberry season has ended: the rains fall on the woods, the rocky beaches, the fields, the rooftops of the cozy cabins. YAWP’s first session was about community and reading and writing and doing guided freewrites and writing exercises and creating new work and having good food at PT restaurants.

    Autumn YAWP will be the same, as well as being under the November sky and with clouds pressed together like bales of wet newspapers and the firs and madronas and deer wandering like tramps and all the inspiration of tea and wine and books and your notebook or laptop and lamps lighting the mid-autumn peacefulness of Fort Worden State Park.

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