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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. Learn to Paint Using Acrylics with Julie Read

    January 8, 2019, 10:00 AM - February 12, 2019, 1:00 PM

    Learn to paint using acrylics in this 6-week course. Students will explore a range of acrylic painting techniques to create soft images inspired by nature, and also bold, bright, wild creations that acrylics are known for. Each assignment will guide students step-by-step through planning for a painting, preparing surfaces for paint, and finishing a completed painting.

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  2. Introduction to Drawing II with Nonie Gaines

    January 8, 2019, 6:00 PM - February 5, 2019, 8:00 PM

    Take your realistic drawing skills to the next level in this six week, follow-up class to Beginning Drawing I. Students will use techniques acquired in the beginning drawing class to further enhance their art knowledge and to develop a personal style. Areas of exploration will include one, two and three point perspective, landscape drawing, basic portraiture, and mediums other than graphite pencil.

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  3. Beginning Figure Drawing with Kelly Drake

    January 9, 2019, 10:30 AM - February 27, 2019, 1:00 PM

    In Beginning Figure Drawing, you will learn to draw the human figure in a casual, non-judgmental environment. First, by doing quick “gesture” drawings, you will learn to capture the essence of a pose quickly and accurately. Then, during longer poses, learn how to portray the correct human proportions through observation, drawing accuracy, measuring and some anatomy basics. Move on to creating shading and light, comparing values and adding drama.

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  4. Narrative Ideas & Practice with Ginny Banks

    January 10, 2019, 10:00 AM - February 7, 2019, 12:00 PM

    This exploratory workshop will focus on students photographing what moves them personally and be introduced to elements of design and how they can apply these elements to improve their compositions. There will be guided exercises that help facilitate this process along with a field trip. Students will also write a story line to accompany their images. Students will get photos printed for sharing and discussion each week.

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  5. Calligraphy with Rebecca Wild

    January 10, 2019, 1:00 PM - February 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

    In this 5-week class, you will focus on the historical Uncial script, as we learn basic lettering principles, technique and practical and creative uses for calligraphy. This is designed for beginners and those who need a refresher course.

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  6. Alla Prima Painting with Chris Witkowski, Last Saturday of the Month

    January 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - May 25, 2019, 4:00 PM

    This initiates a series of ongoing, once a month, full day workshops exploring Alla Prima painting. Commit to your painting. Set aside one day a month and feel good about making it happen. Alla prima is Italian for “at the first” or “at once” and represents the technique of direct painting. Specifically, it has come to mean finishing a painting in one shot. The success or failure of the results rides on the inspiration of the moment and the skill of the artist. It calls for a totality of vision, seeing the “whole picture” in a simplified way. It requires discipline and an economy of technique so as to say more with less. It’s challenging but so satisfying when you pull it off. You will be working from still life materials, learning and practicing all the ways one can achieve a fresh, vibrant painting. Keeping your palette and painting tools clean is of paramount importance in this style of painting. You learn to work fast and cover your painting surface quickly.

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  7. Hand Tool Essentials: Mortise & Tenon

    February 2, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this weekend class, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently layout, cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery using only hand tools. We will show you time-tested, traditional techniques to create wedged, drawbored, and haunched mortise and tenon joints. We also use this class to introduce you to some of the specialty joinery planes; the router plane, shoulder plane, and rabbett plane. These planes shine when it comes to tuning the fit of mortise and tenon joinery. And, since mortise and tenon joinery is key to frame and panel joinery, we introduce you to the plow plane as well. By the end of the weekend, we think you will be convinced that not only are these joints doable by hand (it was, after all, the only way to do them up until the mid 1800’s!), but that hand work can offer a faster approach when doing a one-off piece of furniture.

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Rockport State Park

  1. Deep Forest Experience

    February 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Rockport State Park

    Experience an ancient forest this winter at Rockport State Park.

    Rockport State Park’s Deep Forest Experience will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January and February. Rockport State Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. They include the 500-year old “Grandmother Cedar.”

    During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi.

    Participants should dress for cold, wet, winter weather, including suitable footwear.

    Visitors can also duck into the family-friendly Discovery Center, enjoy free refreshments and hot cocoa by the woodstove, explore interactive displays, watch nature videos, read books and make crafts.

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